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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

Dick's Story

Kidney Care
“Dick is the first to participate in a new program — nocturnal dialysis”

Nocturnal dialysis gives patient more energy, time

For the past six years, Dick Iten of St. Cloud has been a regular in the Dialysis Unit at CentraCare Health Plaza. Until recently, he spent four afternoons each week hooked up to a machine to filter his blood.

Now, Dick is the first to participate in a new program — nocturnal dialysis. He has dialysis just three times a week overnight at the dialysis unit — freeing up his afternoons and allowing him to pursue other interests such as volunteering. After many visits to the dialysis unit, the staff have become like family.

“They are wonderful. I hear about their kids and husbands. Someone is always having a baby and bringing it in to show everyone,” Dick said.