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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 Seeks Community Help As Pandemic Worsens Hospital Bed Availability

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

Hospital beds at CentraCare and Carris Health, and across the state, are full. Daily, staff at CentraCare struggle to find beds for critically ill patients. The emergency room at CentraCare – St. Cloud Hospital is packed with patients who need to wait hours for care they desperately need. CentraCare clinical teams are exhausted. Staffing was a challenge before the pandemic, and now it’s much tougher. Sadly, people who love health care are even leaving the profession. This pandemic is not over and in many ways it is worse.

"We have been working for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during this pandemic. We are committed to helping every patient who needs us — a responsibility that has been much harder lately," Ken Holmen, MD, CEO and President of CentraCare.

The number of patients with COVID-19 has a ripple effect on the entire health care system, making it very difficult to find beds for patients with other health issues.

"We couldn’t have made it through the early pandemic without our community’s support, and we ask for your help again — when we need it most," Holmen said.

How can the community help?

  • Please get vaccinated. Vaccines are our best defense against this virus. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID-19 illness, keeping people out of the hospital and preventing death. They have the potential to end the pandemic but only if more people get them.
  • Stop community spread by practicing social distancing and masking.
  • Come work for us. If you have any health care experience or licensure and would be willing to return to work or volunteer, please consider it.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options. This will help open beds for patients who truly need one. You can:
    • Visit CentraCare eClinic online
    • Schedule same-day appointments with your primary care provider
    • Speak with a CentraCare Connect nurse by calling 320-200-3200
    • Visit an urgent care near you
  • If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Media interested in an interview, please reach out to Karna Fronden.