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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

Roger's Story

Surgery

Upon the advice of his eye doctor and some prodding from family, Roger Carlson, then age 53, went to his doctor to get a cholesterol test. “I felt fine,” he said. “When I went in, my doctor saw I turned 50 and ordered a PSA test for me.” That lucky series of events added up to surprising results — prostate cancer.

Carlson chose daVinci technology offered at St. Cloud Hospital, a minimally invasive technique with much quicker recovery and fewer side effects, to treat his cancer. “I did a lot of research before choosing the daVinci,” Carlson said.

Cancer Did Not Slow Carlson Down

After the surgery, Carlson had seven weeks of radiation and didn’t skip a beat. “I was done with radiation a week before Labor Day and that weekend took a 650 mile trip,” he said. “It didn’t slow me down.” His cancer experience was a bump in the road, but with advanced technology and comprehensive care, today Carlson is riding high.