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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

You don’t have to stop smoking in one day. Start with day one.

Published in For the Health of It Author: Sharon Mentzer

If you are a smoker, the most important thing you can do to improve your health is to quit smoking. Let the Great American Smokeout event on Nov. 15 be your day to start your journey toward a smoke-free life. Start with day one.

We know addiction to nicotine in cigarettes is one of the strongest and most deadly addictions one can have. Quitting is hard. It takes commitment and starts with a plan, often takes more than one quit attempt, and requires a lot of support. Getting help through counseling and/or medications can double or triple your chances of quitting successfully.

CentraCare Health is proud to participate in the American Cancer Society’s 43rd annual Great American Smokeout® event. We encourage everyone to commit or recommit to healthy, smoke-free lives — not just for a day, but year around.

Smokers are strongly advised to use proven cessation methods, such as medications or counseling, or a combination of both, to quit smoking. CentraCare Health has tobacco treatment specialists who are ready to support you with:

  • Individual counseling
  • Medication options to help you quit
  • Personalized quit plans with ongoing follow-up and support

Ask for a tobacco treatment specialist appointment when calling 320-200-3200.

Support is important. Consider telling your family, friends, and co-workers that you are trying to quit. Someone who feels supported is more likely to quit smoking for good. Talk to your support about how they can best help you in your effort to become smoke-free. The Healthy Living Tobacco Cessation Support Group meets Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. at Central Minnesota Mental Health Center in St. Cloud. Call 320-257-4222 for more information.

Quitting may not be easy. You can do it. We can help.

Take the first step today!