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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

Janna's Story

Surgery

After two of her sisters were diagnosed with breast cancer, Janna Cannon, age 57 of Sauk Rapids, decided not to put off her mammogram. Ten days later, she too, was diagnosed with breast cancer. All three sisters’ diagnoses came within 15 short months.

“I wasn’t going to have reconstructive surgery,” Janna said. But after exploring the possibility with her surgeon, John Houle, MD, Midsota Plastic Surgeons, she didn’t have a second thought about having a Deep Inferior Epigastric Artery Perforator (DIEP) flap procedure.*

“It was a positive, life-changing experience,” Janna said. “It gave me hope — after being taken apart and put back together — of being not only the same me, but a better me.”

Today, Janna spends her free time with family or on the golf course. After going through her cancer experience Janna says “It’s a better me, with a bigger smile!”

* The “Deep Inferior Epigastric Artery Perforator” (DIEP) flap is a breast reconstruction procedure. DIEP flap is the latest and most technically advanced procedure for reconstructing a patient’s breast using her own tissue from the abdomen. DIEP flap may cause less pain, allow for a shorter hospitalization and decrease the chances of some complications.