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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 Resuming Elective Procedures

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

Starting this week, and in accordance with the Minnesota governor’s executive order regarding elective procedures, CentraCare and Carris Health will resume medically necessary procedures that were delayed due to preparation for a surge of COVID-19 patients.

Surgical teams will safely increase emergent and time sensitive procedures to meet patients’ needs. As time goes on, CentraCare and Carris Health will continue to carefully expand to other types of cases, staying within the guidelines set forth by Gov. Tim Walz. However, these procedures will not be at pre-COVID levels for some time as staffing, equipment and inpatient bed availability will be limited.

“Our team is using a scoring system developed by the American College of Surgeons to prioritize medically necessary procedures based on patient acuity, safety, resources and more,” said Dr. Christopher Boelter, Specialty Care Division Physician Vice President. “Taking care of COVID-19 patients is the priority for CentraCare, and any elective procedures resumed could be rolled back at any time to conserve resources.”

Patients who are candidates for the elective procedures will be notified by their clinics. Patients who will undergo a procedure involving general anesthesia will be given a COVID-19 nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab and must test negative before the procedure can be done.

Over the past weeks, CentraCare has taken other measures to keep patients and staff safe, including universal masking, patient and staff screenings, visitor restrictions and intensive cleaning measures.

For patients who have questions about upcoming procedures, please contact your primary care provider or connect through MyChart.