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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

Judy's Story

Respiratory Care
“She was diagnosed many years ago with scleroderma, which hardens the tissues, including her lungs, making it difficult to breathe.”

Less than a year ago, Judy Douvier had to stop to catch her breath when she walked up the steps in her home. Judy, 67, of St. Joseph, has had her share of lung problems throughout her life, suffering from numerous colds, lung infections, bronchitis and pneumonia.

She was diagnosed many years ago with scleroderma, which hardens the tissues, including her lungs, making it difficult to breathe.

“My breathing didn’t allow me to do the things I love,” said Judy, an avid fisher and hunter. While there is no cure for scleroderma, Judy knew she had to find some relief.

Judy was referred to pulmonary rehabilitation at St. Cloud Hospital.

Like many beginners, Judy thought the program was overwhelming. “I could barely walk for 3 minutes and to think about exercising was frightening.” Ask Judy today, during one of her 45-minute walks, and she will tell you how the program has changed her life.

“It is not an instantaneous program,” Judy said, “but things do get better and easier. The program has taught me lifestyle patterns to get the most out of my lungs.”

“The program focuses on your entire body, not just your lungs,” said Jessica Oman, a pulmonary rehabilitation specialist/respiratory therapist. Patients are given information about healthy routines and are monitored by a respiratory therapist, dietitian, exercise physiologist, pharmacist, Spiritual Care staff, physical and occupational therapists.

“Breathing is one of those things people take for granted,” Judy said. “The program takes effort, but I know it works. I am able to do things with my grandkids like climb rock piles and go fishing. It’s moments like these that take my breath away.”