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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

Brett's Story

Orthopedics
“Not having the chronic ache in my hip joint is such a gift!”

Doctor becomes perfect patient

Being an obstetrician and gynecologist, Brett Pinkerton of Sartell, spends her days helping others. But after a bilateral hip replacement to replace worn out hips, she gained insight for others with physical ailments.

After surgery she was thrilled to be pain-free other than the discomfort from the incision. Within a month she was swimming and more than six months later had recovered almost 100 percent. “Not having the chronic ache in my hip joint is such a gift!” Dr. Pinkerton said.