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End-of-Life Decisions

There are many ways to prolong life through advanced treatments, yet the potential benefits also may bring difficult choices for patients and families. Prolonging life is not always what’s best for you or your loved one, but this is still a decision no one takes lightly.

As your health declines, medical decisions often become more difficult. We hope this booklet will help make end-of-life decisions easier. You will need to consider how medical care will affect your life, comfort and death.

We suggest after reading this booklet, you discuss these matters with your family, doctor, clergy or other informed persons. These people should be aware of your wishes to assist you in decision making.

Download the End-of-Life Decision Making booklet (PDF)

"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on."
~ Henry Ellis

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