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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

The Facts About Donate Life Month

Published in For the Health of It Author: CentraCare

April is National Donate Life Month. An effort to bring awareness to organ, tissue and eye donation across the country.

The Need

  • Each day, 22 people die while waiting for a transplant.
  • A new name is added to the transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.

How Organ Donation Has Made a Difference Locally

  • In 2020, CentraCare – St. Cloud Hospital had 10 organ donors who saved 28 lives.
  • There were 25 tissue donors that benefited approximately 1,800 patients.
  • There were 37 eye donors who gave the gift of sight through cornea transplantation and research.

Signing Up Is Easy

Among the ways you can sign up to become an organ, tissue or eye donor include:

  • Checking the box on your driver’s license and sharing your wishes with your loved ones.
  • If you have not already documented your choice on your driver’s license or state ID card, you may register at www.donatelifemn.org. The whole process takes less than five minutes.
  • Registration is confidential and will help ensure that your wish to donate is fulfilled.
  • If you already are listed as a donor on your driver’s license or state ID card, you do not need to register online.

More Information From Life-Source.Org