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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

Some CentraCare Providers Using Scribes to Assist with Documentation

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

St. Cloud, Minn. – It is no secret that health care organizations big and small are facing numerous changes and challenges, many of which directly impact the patient. From increased patient volume to complex and burdensome paperwork, doctors are spending less time with the patient and more time on administrative work.

CentraCare recognizes the concern and frustration this causes for patients and doctors alike. As a result, nine physicians have undertaken a unique and innovative approach to improving the quality of patient care by using medical scribes.

A medical scribe is a highly-trained individual who specializes in documenting patient visits. A typical scribe has previous higher-education and a desire to pursue a career in the health care field. His or her primary duty is to shadow a doctor throughout the workday, noting patient encounters in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR). In essence, the pertinent information a doctor typically records during and after the visit is instead captured by the medical scribe, allowing the doctor to focus on the patient while in the room. All documentation is still reviewed by the doctor, ensuring complete accuracy of the records.

CentraCare has partnered with Elite Medical Scribes based in Bloomington, Minn. Elite provides scribe services to leading health care systems across the nation and specializes in training and compliance as well as patient and provider engagement.