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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

Erin's Story

Kidney Care
“For the past three years, Erin has spent three days a week in dialysis with failing kidneys. After struggling with pain and nausea, Erin was referred to Merryn R. Jolkovsky, MD, with the St. Cloud Hospital Palliative Care program. ”

“When you can turn your passion into your work — that is success.”

Erin Yanish, who works on her family’s farm in Litchfield, believes this. Erin is in her early 30s and passionate about using organic and sustainability practices to raise produce, chickens and beef cattle.

For the past three years, Erin has spent three days a week in dialysis with failing kidneys. After struggling with pain and nausea, Erin was referred to Merryn R. Jolkovsky, MD, with the St. Cloud Hospital Palliative Care program. Palliative care specializes in the relief of pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness. Patients gain the strength to carry on with daily life and tolerate medical treatments.

“Merryn is very good at evaluating the patient’s needs,” Erin said. “Dr. Jolkovsky and her staff took the time to get to know me and who I am. She really listened to me and personalized my care, helping me to feel better and able to go back to a more active lifestyle.” Through Dr. Jolkovsky’s guidance, many medications were eliminated and emergency room visits decreased. “Merryn explained what side effects I could expect from medications and helped me work through them until the symptoms were gone.”