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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

CentraCare Offers Video Visits for Mental Health Concerns

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As a result of preparation for COVID-19, the structure of day to day life has changed. Many of us may be experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety and potentially feeling overwhelmed.

To provide support, CentraCare Behavioral Health is offering video appointments with mental health providers. These visits are available to established or new patients to CentraCare. Video visits provide the opportunity to talk to a behavioral health provider about the challenges people are facing while respecting the importance of social distancing.

"As we approach adapting to change and uncertainty, it is normal for people to feel fear, stress and anxiety in ways they may not have before. It's also possible that pre-existing stressors are exacerbated by all of this. Additionally, stay-at-home distancing guidelines will result in people being more socially isolated than they typically would be," said Ryan Engdahl, PhD, LP, Operations Director of CentraCare Behavioral Health. "The importance of connection, support, and healthy coping is very high right now."

CentraCare Behavioral Health has prepared a team of mental health providers who are available to provide an appointment very quickly, potentially the same or next day. Our hope is to be able to help people work through the changes and stressors that COVID-19 has presented as soon as possible.

Video visits with our team of therapists are available to children and adults and a referral is not needed. Schedule a video visit to address stress, coping and mental health concerns by calling 320-255-6677. Established patients are encouraged to connect with their care team as well. 

CentraCare is dedicated to the continued care of all patients who are experiencing a broad range of urgent/emergent care needs. The health and safety of each and every patient continues to be a priority.

See some frequently asked questions about video visits on our Behavioral Health Services page.