Patient Stories

You want to know that your healthcare providers truly care about you and your family. Providing patients with the ideal healthcare 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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Parents find comforts of home close to their babies
Parents find comforts of home close to their babies Birthing Services
Ewan and August Vogelgesang began their life with a rocky start at just over 26 weeks gestation. Now they are thriving sixth graders and their parents couldn’t feel more blessed. Wendy Vogelgesang closed her eyes as the medical teams whisked each boy from the operating room. She was just 26 weeks and six days into her pregnancy carrying twins when she had to have an emergency C-section. “I heard one boy cry. The other didn’t.” ...
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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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  • Parents find comforts of home close to their babies Birthing Services

    We feel more than fortunate that a challenging start for our boys has had such happy endings.

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  • Gavin and Crescence Valentine Weight Management

    We both learned a lot about not just eating what tastes good but what you should eat. And we’ve adopted a mentality of being mindful. We think about how hungry we should be when we eat and how full we should be when we are done.

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  • Bryant B's Story Heart & Vascular Care

    Running a half marathon is challenging. Running it after experiencing a near-fatal heart condition and being placed on a heart transplant list is a whole different story.

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  • Steve N's Story Heart & Vascular Care

    At age 54, Steve regarded himself as active and in good shape. So, he was puzzled when his workout just didn’t feel right.

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  • Karen's Story Heart & Vascular Care

    Fortunately for Boche, she saw an ad for Watchmen on Facebook. The device works by occluding the opening of the LAA, similar to a cork in a bottle, to prevent potential blood clots from forming and escaping the LAA.

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  • John Horn's Story Weight Management

    Along with weight concerns, John was also struggling with kidney failure, diabetes, back pain, and difficulty walking. John’s nephrologist, Thomas Leither, MD, recommended the medical weight loss program.

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