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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

Diabetes Prevention Program kicks off Jan. 21

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

Today, approximately 86 million are living with pre-diabetes, yet nine out of ten of these adults do not know they have it because there are often no symptoms. Pre-diabetes is often a precursor to diabetes but can be reversed.

The Diabetes Prevention Program, developed by Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), is a yearlong lifestyle coaching workshop that will be starting up again on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 at a variety of locations including the Whitney Senior Center, Centracare Health Plaza, Lifestyle Health and more.

If you have a family history of diabetes, are overweight or inactive, have high blood pressure/high cholesterol and/or want to live a healthier lifestyle, consider enrolling in this program. You can expect to lose approximately five to seven percent of your body weight (if overweight), improve your food choices, increase your physical activity, receive group support and expert coaching for one year.

For a complete list of locations, times and registration, visit or contact Paula Woischke at 320-202-6945 or A voluntary contribution is suggested.