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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

Duane's Story

Heart & Vascular Care
“Since I’m on many medications, having the iPad helps me keep it all straight,” said Duane, 59, Richmond. “I also use it to contact the nurses if I have questions or a problem. It really cuts down on phone tag”

iPads assist patients with heart failure

Duane Gertken wakes up each morning, weighs himself and enters the number in an iPad provided by the CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center, the first in the country to use the iPad-based application, OnTrack to Health.

The information is sent to the Heart Failure Management staff. Providers observe and monitor his status and make changes as appropriate.

“Since I’m on many medications, having the iPad helps me keep it all straight,” said Duane, 59, Richmond. “I also use it to contact the nurses if I have questions or a problem. It really cuts down on phone tag.”

Patient Stories

Read other stories of patient's courage and their care at CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center at St. Cloud Hospital.

“Patients are able to self manage and feel more in control over their disease,” said Dona Bloch, RN, certified heart failure nurse. “The iPads are easy to use; you don’t need computer skills to use them.”

As patients enter their data, it is monitored in real time on a dashboard that alerts Heart Failure Management staff if patients veer from their regimens. Early recognition and intervention can prevent hospitalizations and improve overall outcomes.

Learn more about the Heart Failure Management Program