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

Staff Assisted Home Hemodialysis

Staff Assisted Home Hemodialysis (HHD) is being offered at St. Benedict’s Community Care Center, in collaboration with the CentraCare Kidney Program. St. Benedict’s is the first nursing home in the Midwest to have on-site kidney care services, which has brought dialysis care closer to home.

Frequent dialysis helps keep the amount of toxin and fluid build up to a minimum, which may reduce or eliminate many of the side effects patients experience.

Benefits to doing HHD more frequently:

  • Less stress on the heart
  • Better blood pressure control with fewer medications
  • Quicker recovery time after treatment
  • Improved appetite, energy and flexibility
  • No transportation to and from a chronic dialysis location

"We are always looking for innovative ways to enhance quality of life," said Susan Kratzke, Vice President/Administrator, CentraCare St. Benedict's Community. "There is a plethora of benefits to offering this service on-site; the biggest benefit is to those we serve, some of whom spend six plus hours a day, off-site, multiple times per week.”

“The need for comprehensive kidney care, including a kidney dialysis facility closer to home, has emerged as a growing community health need in recent years,” said David Walz MBA, RN, BSN, CNN, FACHE, CentraCare Kidney Program director. “This partnership reflects years of ongoing conversation within CentraCare and a mutual commitment to provide access to high-quality kidney care as close to home as possible.”

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Featured Patient Story

Jimmy Schultz & Lorre McDermott's Story Staff Assisted Home Hemodialysis Patient Story
"I love this place and the staff! Now that I can dialyze more frequently, I don’t feel tired all the time — I feel so much better. I just come downstairs and get in my chair."
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