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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

Grant helps St. Cloud Hospital reach more rural patients with mental health needs

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare
St. Cloud Hospital Behavioral Health received a nearly $1 million grant from the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to fund the Rural Access to Mental Health Providers (RAMP) project. The project increases access for patients from rural areas to St. Cloud Hospital Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) team through telehealth services.

The IBH team, which includes a psychotherapist, psychiatric provider, psychiatric nurse and chemical dependency evaluator, share their expertise and work directly with patients and their primary care providers, allowing them to receive immediate mental health care at their own medical clinics. IBH has been shown as the most effective approach to care for people with multiple health care needs.   

The three-year grant enables services to begin at some clinics starting Oct. 30. Telebehavioral health will eventually be available to patients of CentraCare Clinics in Belgrade, Clearwater, Cold Spring, Eagle Bend, Eden Valley, Long Prairie, Melrose, Paynesville and Richmond. Services are billed through insurance, like an in-person visit.