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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

Roz's Story

Sleep Medicine
“After retiring in 2000, my husband was going through a major health issue and I found that I wasn’t sleeping well. It wasn’t sleep apnea but I had severe episodes of insomnia. ”

A “sleep coach” changed my life

After retiring in 2000, my husband was going through a major health issue and I found that I wasn’t sleeping well. It wasn’t sleep apnea but I had severe episodes of insomnia. I had a lot of anxiety at bedtime wondering … am I going to sleep or not? I was frantic to sleep.

I had seen Dr. Payne at St. Cloud Hospital Sleep Center who suggested I see the psychologist there, Dr. Jennifer Miller. A week before my appointment with her in spring 2014, she asked me to complete a sleep diary. When we met she went over it and gave me things to do. She explained sleep patterns, and what interrupts sleep. She educated me and gave me tips. I saw her three times over a month. I’m taking less medication and I have a lot more energy now. I have energy to go biking and walking. She knows exactly what she is doing. Dr. Miller is wonderful. CentraCare as a whole is head and shoulders above any other organization we’ve been involved with.

For 14 years I struggled. It’s insanity, doing the same thing over again and again and expecting a different outcome. It’s powerful when you know you can go to bed and sleep. Anytime you can sleep better, you just feel better — it affects your whole day, your whole life.

~ Rosalind (Roz) Brizendine, Clear Lake