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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

John Horn's Story

Weight Management
“Along with weight concerns, John was also struggling with kidney failure, diabetes, back pain, and difficulty walking. John’s nephrologist, Thomas Leither, MD, recommended the medical weight loss program.”

On his way to a healthier life with the medical weight loss program.

After trying a variety of diets, John Horn, 70, of Lake Henry, has found success at CentraCare Weight Management. In August, he started on an individualized weight loss plan under the medical management of George Morris, MD.  Along with weight concerns, John was also struggling with kidney failure, diabetes, back pain, and difficulty walking. John’s nephrologist, Thomas Leither, MD, recommended the medical weight loss program.

Participation in the program involves a variety of options including: weekly classes, regular provider visits, periodic lab work, one-on-one dietitian visits and exercise consultation.  John feels much of his success is related to his attendance at weekly classes where the focus is on nutrition, exercise and lasting lifestyle changes.

Since starting the program, John is down 55 pounds. “Everything has improved. I can walk a half mile, do more with my family and my doctor has taken me off several medications.” John still has weight to lose but is well on his way to his ultimate goal of “helping with our catering business, taking the workload off my wife and to be all around happier!” John recommends this program to anyone who has been struggling with weight loss. “It’s an ideal program to go through; the support is there.”