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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 Launches Blue Band Initiative to Combat Preeclampsia

Published in Birthing Services, Media Releases Author:

CentraCare is launching the Blue Band Initiative, a new effort in Minnesota to improve awareness and recognition of preeclampsia within our communities. Preeclampsia is a serious disorder that develops during pregnancy or up to 6 weeks after delivery. As part of this project, patients at risk for preeclampsia will receive a blue wristband.

If someone you know or if you see someone who is experiencing a medical problem and who has a blue wristband, please speak up and notify medical personnel. This knowledge can affect treatment options and health outcomes. Symptoms of preeclampsia can mimic other conditions making it hard for medical staff to recognize — especially if the woman is not obviously pregnant or unable to verbalize her medical history. Some symptoms of preeclampsia include swelling, headaches, vision changes, nausea, weight gain, trouble breathing, chest pain and confusion.

“My hope is that through this initiative health care workers will gain a better understanding of the subtle signs and symptoms of preeclampsia, and women of all backgrounds will get similar treatment and care,” said Melissa Erickson, MSN Ed., CentraCare – St. Cloud Hospital Birth Center. “I would love to see this program spread across the Midwest.”

Without proper treatment, preeclampsia can lead to stroke, seizure, organ damage or death.