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Cook, Minnesota 55723
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Newsletter October 2014
The Healthy Times

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Winning raffle tickets from the Community Assessment are:
  1. David Morton: #2682612
  2. Linda Ferron: #2682519
  3. Edna Jackopich: #2682836

Local hospital leaders recognized by Minnesota Hospital Association

Sixteen hospital leaders join 57 others in state
who have completed comprehensive certification training

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sixteen hospital trustees from across Minnesota were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association’s trustee certification program. The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders.

By participating in MHA’s voluntary certification program, hospital trustees receive training on current health care trends; governance best practices; ethics; government regulations; patient safety; and quality. Participants undergo 35 hours of coursework, making Minnesota’s initiative the most comprehensive in the nation.

“In Minnesota, more and more hospital trustees are formally preparing themselves to address the often complicated issues facing hospitals and health systems today,” said Lawrence Massa, MHA president and CEO. “Our trustee certification program proactively ensures that hospital leaders are well-prepared to make good decisions.

“With so many changes in health care policy and practice — especially under federal and state health care reform — hospital trustees want this kind of support to be strong leaders in their organizations,” he added. “And earning this certification demonstrates a trustee’s commitment to the patients and communities the hospital serves.”

Following are the Cook Hospital & C&CN newly certified trustees:
  • Barbara Johnson
  • Michael Harry Enzmann
For more information about MHA’s hospital trustee certification program, visit For more information about Minnesota hospitals, visit

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The Minnesota Hospital Association represents 144 hospitals and health systems, which provide quality care for their patients and meet the needs of their communities.

Cook Area Health Care Auxiliary Donates $53,000 to Hospital & Nursing Home

Funding contributed by the Cook Area Health Care Auxiliary to the Cook Hospital is a result of a lot of very hard work, a hardy spirit and commitment to the entire region that the Cook Hospital and Nursing Home serve. The $53,000 is a total of equipment, scholarships, funding for the ambulance equipment under a special fundraising campaign and so much more. The resources go back to the wonderful community support given to the Cook Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop and memberships they sell. They participate in the Hospital Wellness Fair and they attack every challenge laid before them with vigor. Not only do they succeed, but they exceed all the goals put in front of them.

If you see any of the Cook Thrift Shop volunteers, thank these “heroes” and thank you for your continued support of the Cook Area Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop and other activities they participate in. On behalf of the Cook-Orr Healthcare District Board of Directors as well as the staff, patients and residents of the Cook Hospital and Nursing Home, thank you.
Cook Area Food Shelf Receives Check from 5K Shake-A-Leg

The “Shake-A-Leg” 5K walk/run that was put on by the Cook Hospital Rehabilitation Department on September 17th was a big success, again. The event raised $2,520. Last Tuesday, a check for this amount was presented by Rehab Director Brian McCarthy, Karen Hollanitsch, UR Coordinator, and Carrie Rahikainen, physical therapist assistant, to Cleo Cottrell and Donna Snyder of the Food Shelf.

This year all of the proceeds went to the Food Shelf. In the past, the proceeds have been split 50-50 between the Food Shelf and Wellness Center but the Wellness Center was not in need of funds this year.

The “Shake-A-Leg” 5K is quite popular, with many opting to walk it and enjoy the outdoors. Plan on participating next year.
Federal Health Reform

With the passage of federal health care reform, the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) is providing tools and resources to begin explaining and evaluating how this significant legislation will impact our community. Attached is a presentation for you to review that goes into more detail of the affects of the recent Health reform legislation signed by President Obama. It is important to emphasize that MHA continues to research and analyze this large and complex legislation. In the near future, we will post a federal health reform implementation timeline and other resources that we hope you will find useful.
Cook Hospital Rehabilitation Department Provides Wound Care

Cook Hospital Rehabilitation Department utilizes the latest modalities, dressings, and treatment techniques to heal your wound to include but not limited to: Negative Pressure Wound Therapy, Infrared light, UV Light, Wound Debridement, and electrical stimulation. Therapists maintain close communication with your physician and or specialists to determine the best course of treatment for your wound.

Types of wounds treated:
Diabetic, Trauma, Venous insufficiency, Arterial insufficiency, Pressure Ulcers, Skin Tears, Thermal Burns, Frost bite, Infections, Lacerations, Post amputation, Trauma and Chronic.

Brian J. McCarthy, PT, WCC, is Wound Care Certified by the National Alliance of Wound Care and is 1 of 3 therapists who performs wound care at the Cook Hospital. To make an appointment or to discuss your condition with a therapist, please contact the Cook Hospital Rehabilitation Department at 218-666-6225. M-F 7:00 AM-5:30 PM
Cook Hospital Receives New Bus

The Cook Hospital is proud to announce the purchase of a facility bus. The bus was paid in full due to the generous donations from the First Congregational Church of Cook ($25,000), Cook Hospital Auxiliary ($16,200), Cook Lions ($10,000) and various donations from community members.

New Bus for Cook Hospital

The bus will improve the quality of life for the residents at the Cook Nursing Home by providing easily accessible transportation for Nursing Home and Adult Day Service outings and resident appointments. This is a 8 passenger with 4 wheelchair lockdown locations with two double fold seats for a combination of 10 plus 3 or 12 plus 2 wheelchairs.

The staff and residents at the Cook Hospital and Nursing Home want to thank everyone for their generous donations that allowed us to purchase this beautiful new bus.

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