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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.
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Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Bernice (Bunny)'s Story

Wound Care
“During treatment, she would breathe 100 percent oxygen while inside a treatment chamber at a pressure higher than sea level pressure. He told her that if the treatment was unsuccessful, amputation could be the next option.”

Wound Center Helps Bernice (Bunny) Noble Avoid Amputation

When Bernice (Bunny) Noble fell on the ice in February 2010, she broke her ankle and needed surgery to repair it. Bunny developed an infection, which eventually spread to the bone. For the next two years, she was on numerous rounds of antibiotics, but nothing seemed to help.

Walt Ellis, DPM, Bunny’s podiatrist, sent her to the CentraCare Wound Center in St. Cloud where she received hyperbaric oxygen treatment. During treatment, she would breathe 100 percent oxygen while inside a treatment chamber at a pressure higher than sea level pressure. He told her that if the treatment was unsuccessful, amputation could be the next option. “Needless to say, I was quite upset and scared,” Bunny said.

By October 2012, after 60 hour-and-a-half treatments, Bunny’s infection was gone and her wound healed. “The staff at the Wound Center became like family to me,” she said. “I can’t say enough about how well they treated my husband and me.

Every one of them was so positive. They always had a smile — you could tell they really cared. It was like they were going through it with me. Every improvement I made was a celebration and they got just as excited as me.”

“We are so fortunate to have a wound center right here in St. Cloud,” Bunny said. “I have met people from as far away as Duluth and Fargo who receive their care here. I am hopeful that soon I will be out walking and able to participate in life again.”