Tricounty News

Mindfulness: Medicine for the Heart

Join Certified Nurse Practitioner Kathleen Mahon, CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center, as she presents Mindfulness: Medicine for the Heart from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at CentraCare Health Plaza. Purchase the $5 tickets at:

• The Gift Galleries at St. Cloud Hospital or CentraCare Health Plaza

• Byerly’s

• All Cash Wise locations

• All Coborn’s locations

Tickets may be purchased at the door, but seating is limited.

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CentraCare Urgency Center opened Jan. 20

CentraCare Health soon will offer a new way of delivering care in St. Cloud – the CentraCare Urgency Center. The first of its kind in Central Minnesota, the Urgency Center delivers the high-quality urgent medical care you expect without the emergency room wait or cost. The CentraCare Urgency Center opened Monday, Jan. 20, at CentraCare Health Plaza, and will be staffed by Central Minnesota Emergency Physicians, the same group that treats patients at the St. Cloud Hospital Emergency Trauma Center.

Common health concerns to be treated at the CentraCare Urgency Center include:

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Kimball Bloodmobile results

The Red Cross Bloodmobile was in Kimball Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 7, at St. Anne’s Church. We can not thank our donors and volunteers enough for coming out that cold, cold day. The Red Cross had called that morning to check on how many donors were scheduled and to determine whether the bloodmobile should go forward. We decided to keep our appointments.

A goal of 52 was set for Kimball.

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Meeker Memorial Hospital begins visitor restrictions

Meeker Memorial Hospital will implement visitor restrictions Tuesday, Jan. 21. Because of the prevalence of influenza (FLU) already this season and to further protect patients, staff and the community from its spread, it has been decided to implement visitor restrictions at MMH; the following are in effect until further notice:

• It is recommended that no children visit hospital patients.

• Birth Center: No one under 18 is allowed to visit at this time, with the exception of siblings.

• For anyone with symptoms like scratchy throat, fever, cough, body aches, etc., a mask is required to visit patients.

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Jan. 7 Blood Drive at St. Anne’s

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Kimball 1-7 p.m. Jan. 7, at St. Anne’s Church.

If you are able to donate and have not been contacted to schedule an appointment, you may call Joann at (320) 398-2691. If you are unsure of your time schedule, you may come in any time and we will get you in as soon as possible. All donors should bring in a photo ID or your blood donation card.

The importance of a diverse blood supply

While many people share similar blood types, there are some with more rare types. It’s important for donors to reflect the ethnic diversity of the population in order to help meet the needs of as many patients as possible.

• Some blood types are unique to ethnic groups, making it essential that the donor’s and patient’s types are a match beyond their ABO blood type for some health conditions.

• Certain blood types are more common in some ethnic groups than others. For instance, about 70 percent of African Americans have type O or B blood, the types that are typically the first to run out during a shortage.

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