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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

Don’t Become a Statistic. Know How to Lower Your Stroke Risk.

Published in Stroke Care, For the Health of It Author: Leah Roering,APRN,CNP

When someone has a stroke, it is a life-changing event and a leading cause of serious long-term disability.

In Central Minnesota, we are fortunate to have the largest comprehensive stroke program in Minnesota at the CentraCare Neurosciences Stroke Center. That allows us to treat both small and complex strokes. By having 24-hour staffing and Telestroke services, we can get the right care to those in-need across the region. We also have an Intensive Care Unit with expert staff who can care for large ischemic strokes and brain hemorrhages.

Besides that, we also are very fortunate to have a rehab center to focus on those patients to help them recover and retrain their brains after stroke. Helping them to have a better outcome.

Just as a stroke impacts each individual differently, every person’s needs after having one also varies.

Sometimes, stroke patients can have difficulty swallowing, which can be a very tough change. Sometimes we need to retrain the brain with motor skill exercises that focus on large muscles to help one’s balance. At times, one needs mobility training, which teaches one how to use walkers, a cane or a brace. And sometimes, one needs occupational and speech therapy to help with memory, judgment, problem solving and social skills.

It all depends on what each individual person needs. But just as we are lucky to have such a program in our community, we should hope we and our loved ones should never need to use it.

Many strokes are preventable. Among the things you can do include:

  • Improve your diet and exercise habits. It is estimated that 80 percent of strokes could be avoided through healthy lifestyle changes.
  • Be knowledgeable about your blood pressure. Most people who have a stroke have high blood pressure, but nearly one in six American adults with high blood pressure are unaware they have the condition.
  • Know how to help someone in need. If someone shows the signs of a stroke, get that person to a hospital immediately. In some cases, treatments can be given that can limit its effects — but to work best they need to be given within three hours.
  • Show your support. May is National Stroke Awareness Month. There are many events taking place to honor victims and help raise money for those who have been impacted.