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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Featured Patient Story

Prostate Cancer: Richard
Prostate Cancer: Richard Cancer Care
Laughter is the best medicine After enjoying an abundant life filled with all of his favorite things from fishing and golf, to shooting pool every week, Richard Kierzek, age 81 from Sauk Rapids, had to readjust. Rich went from leading a busy lifestyle to having PSA levels as high as 78 and dealing with prostate cancer. Over time the cancer spread to his bones and spine causing an extreme amount of pain, no longer allowing him to ...
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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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  • 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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  • Megan Hill Lifestyle Health

    I say, start with something simple. Get a massage and try the tape. Together the combination is just phenomenal.

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  • Meg Franklin Lifestyle Health

    I was anxious about acupuncture at first because I didn’t know what to expect. But Nedda was wonderful. She is super informative and calming. She makes the whole treatment process relaxing.

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