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Thank You for Choosing Us for Your Surgery.

As you prepare for your surgery, let us know of any special requests. We will work closely with you to meet your needs.

One of our nurses will call you before your surgery. If your surgery takes place on Monday, we will call you by the previous Friday. If you do not hear from us by 3 p.m. the day before your surgery, please call.

If you cannot read or speak English, or if you use sign language, let us know. We can arrange for an interpreter.

We welcome your comments, concerns or suggestions. Please call us at anytime. Our phone number is 320-243-7712. Our hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Bathing Instructions

When taking a bath or shower the day before surgery, lather up a washcloth with half a bottle of the supplied chlorahexidine soap. Scrub your entire body with the soap, except your face and genital area, for ten minutes. Especially wash well the part of your body undergoing surgery. After scrubbing for ten minutes, shut the shower off or sit on the edge of the tub and let the soap sit for five minutes. After five minutes, rinse off the soap. If washing your hair, do so before using the soap. Do not use lotions, powders or deodorant after bathing. Repeat these same steps again the morning of surgery, using the remaining half bottle of soap. Doing so will help prevent post-surgery infections.

Arrival Directions

Please make every effort to arrive at your scheduled time. When you arrive:

  • Go to the hospital nurses' station. (Enter at the emergency entrance - door #17.)
  • Go to the Specialty Services Department after registering at the clinic reception desk.

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

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