Patient Stories

You want to know that your health care providers truly care about you and your family. Providing patients with the ideal health care experience is our goal at CentraCare. Below, you will find stories from real CentraCare patients — about their experiences with our hospital, medical providers, and staff. We hope these will give you more of an idea of what to expect when you come to one of our hospitals or clinics in Central Minnesota for your health care needs.

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Julie and Dave Tschida
Julie and Dave Tschida Weight Management
CentraCare Weight Management program expands to Sauk Centre Ask Julie and Dave Tschida of Grey Eagle their secret to losing weight and the first thing they’ll say is that working together is key. “It really was the only way to go for us when we were trying to become healthy,” Julie said. “We put a lot of effort into keeping unhealthy food out of the house and to start making healthier choices.” Described as a “game changer” in ...
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  • Doug R's Story Heart & Vascular Care

    For Doug, a visit to the emergency room in Brainerd to check on his heart suddenly turned into a helicopter flight where Doug coded three times during the trip to St. Cloud Hospital.

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  • Marcy's Story Heart & Vascular Care

    When Marcy was discharged, her heart was working at 20 percent of its capacity due to damage from the heart attacks (normal capacity is about 65 percent). Because of her high risk of heart rhythm problems, she was required to wear a defibrillator to monitor her heart rhythm day and night for the next two ...

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  • Jay K's Story Heart & Vascular Care

    If someone told me that I would have to have a bypass, I wouldn’t have believed them. My family has no history of heart problems. I’ve never considered myself inactive or overweight – this is the last thing I ever would have expected.

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  • Jay's Story Heart & Vascular Care

    For Jay, the effect of the stent was immediate, eliminating his shortness of breath. Jay recommends everyone be proactive about their health. “Watch what you eat, exercise and get regular check-ups. It pays off in the end.”

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  • Tony Boverhuis Weight Management

    I’ve been amazed. This program has provided me with focus, the tools I needed and confidence. I was running a playbook, but I now I know I have a coach and a whole team behind me to catch me if I fall.

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  • Julie and Dave Tschida Weight Management

    We were so happy to hear that the program started in Sauk Centre. It is 25 minutes closer to our home. We have met so many wonderful care providers in the program.

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  • Chris, Mary and Ella Morris Lifestyle Health

    After working with Dustin, we dropped two to three seconds in times, which is a lot in swimming. When it comes down to it, dedication and hard work really pay off.

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  • Michelle Wilson Lifestyle Health

    I’m eating better, feeling better, sleeping better. My cholesterol is down, blood pressure is down, and prediabetes is not a concern anymore.

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  • Kari Dembouski Lifestyle Health

    My massage therapist worked with me to find the tense muscles in my neck and shoulders and then created a plan that included monthly massage visits and gym exercises.

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  • Becky Wertish Lifestyle Health

    You get used to the constant aching. But when it ramped up, it got to the point where I was miserable just standing.

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