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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

Lou's Story

Stroke Care
“Lou and Kylee’s bond is even stronger after Kylee saved her grandmother’s life following a stroke.”

TeleStroke — faster treatment, better outcomes

Sometimes it’s what you don’t know that can save you. Lou Palmer, age 73, from Clara City, learned that firsthand on Nov. 27, 2015.

She was at her home with her 11-year-old granddaughter, Kylee, decorating for Christmas when suddenly she became weak on her right side and could not speak. “I was standing by the fireplace and felt like I was passing out,” Lou said.

“Grandma was falling into the Christmas tree,” Kylee said. “I put her on the ground and called for help.” Lou was transported to Rice Memorial in Willmar.

What Lou didn’t know was that since March 2015, TeleStroke services from CentraCare Health were available at Rice Memorial. Using TeleStroke technology, the Willmar emergency room team consulted with a stroke expert at St. Cloud Hospital. It was quickly discovered that Lou had a clot in a brain vessel. She was given a clot-busting medicine before being transferred via helicopter to St. Cloud Hospital for surgery to remove the clot.

Lou is nearly completely recovered; she returned to work in January. She is very thankful to all the people who helped her — especially her quick-thinking granddaughter. “The nurse told me I saved my grandma’s brain,” Kylee said.