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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

Jim's Story

Wound Care
“After recovering from his prostate cancer surgery and radiation treatments in 2011, Jim Waltman, 66, from Swanville, still had blood in his urine and was in unbearable pain.”

Jim Waltman Lives Life to its Fullest Thanks to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy  

After recovering from his prostate cancer surgery and radiation treatments in 2011, Jim Waltman, 66, from Swanville, still had blood in his urine and was in unbearable pain. Jim’s urologist from the Mayo Clinic diagnosed him with radiation cystitis and recommended he try hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to ease his pain and stop the bleeding. 

“I was thrilled when I found out they offered HBOT in St. Cloud, just 45 miles from home,” Jim said. “I started receiving HBOT five times a week for three months; it made all the difference in the world.” Jim stated that his care at the CentraCare Wound Center was exceptional, his treatments painless.  

“The staff became like a second family to me. I really got to know and trust them. They truly cared about me and my recovery. I would especially like to thank nurses Amanda and Stephanie who worked with me daily.”  

Jim enjoys fishing with his grandson Max. Jim’s pain and eventually his bleeding stopped, allowing him to get back to doing the things he loves: his real estate appraisal business, fishing with his wife, Sally, hunting and spending time with his 11 grandchildren. He hopes to someday soon take a fishing trip to Alaska.