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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

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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St. Cloud Hospital Delivers with Pasteurized Donor Human Milk
St. Cloud Hospital Delivers with Pasteurized Donor Human Milk Birthing Services
What started out as an easy pregnancy for Christina Clifton ended with a bang, after she endured a 40-hour labor that stretched out over the Fourth of July weekend. Eventually, after an unplanned cesarean section on July 5, her son Dax was born weighing 10 pounds, 2 ounces and 20.5 inches long at CentraCare – St. Cloud Hospital. Christina and her partner, Jeremy, had made the decision early on in the pregnancy to breastfeed ...
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  • A Proactive Approach to Heart Health and AFib After COVID Heart & Vascular Care

    We are so fortunate to have such top-notch medical care right here in our community.

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  • St. Cloud Hospital Delivers with Pasteurized Donor Human Milk Birthing Services

    For mothers who want to exclusively breastfeed, pasteurized donor human milk allows moms to work on milk supply while still offering an opportunity to bond with baby.

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  • Caregiver: Sharon's Story Cancer Care

    It helped me feel more positive, like life was coming back to me.

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  • William Marthaler

    I am grateful to St. Cloud Hospital and their commitment to heart treatments, all of which seemed futuristic to me.

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  • Hunter's Story Orthopedics

    Today I can run, work — there is nothing that I haven’t been able to not do yet. Everything is a little more challenging, but I can still do it.

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  • Lymphoma: Raine's Story Cancer Care

    I was lucky enough to develop a condition that led to a required colonoscopy. I wasn’t yet fifty and wouldn’t have elected to get one. However, that led to early detection of my cancer and I believe saved my life. There is no reason to wait or put it off.

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  • Yvonne Crandall Heart & Vascular Care

    A lot of people checked to see how I was doing. A doctor said a prayer with me, and a housekeeper gave me little angel pin. I just appreciated this so much — they made me feel special.

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  • Blue Bands Can Save Lives of Pregnant Women and New Moms Birthing Services

    I had friends and family in New York who died of preeclampsia. I thought ‘this can’t be happening to us, please God, please God, don’t make this happen.’ I knew every moment could be life or death.

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  • Sandy’s Story Addiction Services

    I was 57 and at the end of my rope. I felt helpless and hopeless. I thought I would surely die a drunken mess. But God saved me — physically, mentally and spiritually.

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  • Courtney's Story Stroke Care

    When I got to the ER, I looked up and recognized a nurse I had once shadowed during my time in nursing school. He had been a mentor to me. I admire and have so much trust in his ability to provide care that I knew I was going to be OK.

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