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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

Dee's Story

Wound Care
“In mid-April, Dee was referred to the CentraCare Health – Monticello Wound Center, where she started receiving Negative Pressure Wound Therapy treatments. This method promotes healing by creating a vacuum through a sealed dressing, drawing fluid from the wound and increasing blood flow to the area.”

Wound Therapy leads to improvement for patient

Dee Ochs and her husband, John, were frustrated and worried after one of Dee’s incisions became infected after having ankle surgery in Florida in January 2016. When she arrived in Minnesota in April for the summer, Dee’s foot was still infected and she was unable to put weight on it.

In mid-April, Dee was referred to the CentraCare Health – Monticello Wound Center, where she started receiving Negative Pressure Wound Therapy treatments. This method promotes healing by creating a vacuum through a sealed dressing, drawing fluid from the wound and increasing blood flow to the area.

“Within one week, I had marked improvement,” she said. “I knew I was in good hands after my first experience at the Monticello Wound Center,” Dee said. “From the receptionist who put us right at ease to the nurses and doctors, they answered all our questions, calmed our fears and even made us smile for the first time in a very long time.”

After receiving her final treatment in June, Dee could walk on her own. “I couldn’t have asked for a better experience and a better outcome,” she said.