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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

Kathy's Story

Orthopedics
“My only regret was waiting a year too long before having surgery.”

St. Cloud Hospital completes more hip and knee replacements each year than most other hospitals our size in Minnesota.

When Kathy Hinkemeyer at age 48 needed surgery on her right knee, she looked to orthopedic surgeon Steven Mulawka, MD, and St. Cloud Hospital. Fellowship-trained surgeons, nationally certified nurses, and a dedicated unit with rehabilitation staff have made St. Cloud Hospital a national leader in orthopedic care. After years of stabbing pain, swelling and fluid in her knee, following total knee replacement surgery Kathy awoke to a leg that could straighten and nearly no discomfort. Now, the only reminder is a three-inch scar. Kathy, who loves the outdoors, has regained her active lifestyle in golf, snorkeling, boating and snowmobiling. “My only regret was waiting a year too long before having surgery,” Kathy said. She now is looking forward to having her left knee replaced, especially since St. Cloud Hospital uses the best and most up-to-date technology, including computer assisted navigation.