Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health 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 helps 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

Urgent Care to the Rescue: We're Here When You Need Us

Published in Wellness, Urgent Care

Author: Staff

You accidentally cut your hand with a kitchen knife. Your son has a fever that won't go away. Your husband drops a tree stump on his finger. Life happens. And when it takes a turn for the worse, there's urgent care.

In urgent care, we commonly see patients for coughs, sore throats, ear aches and infections, back or knee pain and ankle sprains. Occasionally we get patients like the individual who dropped a stump on his finger and waited until the next morning to be seen. Urgent care should be used for acute problems that arise like those above, not chronic health care problems that have been around for years such as autoimmune diseases or Alzheimer's. Chronic health concerns are best treated by your primary care doctor. However, there may be acute chronic issues that may come up like complications from diabetes or an asthma attack that warrant a trip to urgent care. In urgent care we can treat most injuries and ailments, but some things are best suited for emergency room care.

No matter what brings you to urgent care, there are things you can do help your provider treat you better and faster.

  1. The most important thing is to have a list of your current medications handy. We need to know if you are taking something that may react with a medication we'd like to prescribe. Some medications react adversely to one another and can harm you. It's a good idea to keep an updated copy of these medications in your purse or wallet or to bring a bag filled with your current medications the next time you make a trip to the clinic.
  2. Tell us what medications you may be allergic to so we can find the best way to treat you as quickly—and safely—as possible.
  3. Share your symptoms, including when they started and what you have done to treat them prior to coming in to urgent care. Are there certain things that make them worse? Or better? Have you taken pain medication? Did you ice your sprained ankle? Are others around you experiencing the same symptoms? This information will help us determine an ideal care plan for you.

The next time you make a trip to urgent care do as the Boy Scouts say, "Be prepared."