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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

Cliff's Story

Orthopedics
“As an avid barefoot waterskiier — not only was I back on the water barefoot skiing 4 weeks after surgery, but playing tennis and living life the only way I know how — actively.”

Barefoot waterskiier “does it all” after joint replacement

I have always viewed pain as a challenge to conquer. After years of losing range of motion in my hips and knee and experiencing unmanageable pain, I had to accept what the doctors were telling me…I had bad hips and a worn out knee. I was afraid of the restrictions artificial joints might impose on me. Dr. Joe Nessler and his staff worked wonders replacing my hips and knee. To this day, I still find it hard to believe I walked into the hospital in the morning and then walked out the same afternoon with a new replacement hip and have regained full range of motion. We are blessed with today’s medical technology. As an avid barefoot waterskiier — not only was I back on the water barefoot skiing 4 weeks after surgery, but playing tennis and living life the only way I know how — actively.