Outpatient Services / Telemed

The Telemedicine and Outreach programs at the Cook Hospital have expanded the types of services available to patients. Many of the current specialty services offered were not available to our patients without them driving significant miles. Now patients can reduce the driving time and costs by utilizing the telemedicine or outreach services at the Cook Hospital

Our compassionate staff is committed to providing only the finest care and to meeting the unique needs of each individual. We are dedicated to continually introducing new programs and services that help you live life to the fullest. We invite you to visit our site often to learn about new innovations and services.

To obtain more information or schedule an appointment, contact the Cook Hospital Outreach Coordinator at 218-666-6247.

Outreach Program

The outreach programs offer face-to-face interactions with specialists at the Cook Hospital on a scheduled monthly basis.

Telemedicine Program

Telemedicine is the use of communications and information technologies to deliver clinical care.  Cook Hospital has top-of-the- line telecommunication equipment to deliver these services.  A private telemedicine room provides a comfortable and secure space for appointments.  With telemedicine, Cook Hospital is able to offer specialty services to the community and surrounding areas.

Cardiology -Telemedicine

The Cook Hospital has partnered with St. Luke’s to offer Cardiology services at Cook Hospital.  St. Luke’s Cardiology Associates offers a full spectrum of diagnostic, interventional and therapeutic services to treat cardiovascular disease.  Working closely with St. Luke’s cardiovascular surgeons and cardiac rehabilitation specialists, the team helps to coordinate patient care after hospitalization or surgery.  Visits for non-invasive cardiology services can be done in person at St. Luke’s or via telemedicine at Cook Hospital.  Non-invasive Cardiology services include: Adult Echocardiography, Anticoagulation Management, Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, Electrocardiography (EKG), and Lab Services.

St. Luke’s Cardiology Associates: Dr. Disha Mookherjee, Dr. James Mohn, Dr. Laszlo Tekler, and Dr. Scott Mikesell

Day Surgery (Colonoscopies & EGD’s)

The Cook Hospital has partnered with Scenic Rivers Health Services to offer Colonoscopies and EGD’s at Cook Hospital.  A colonoscopy is a procedure in which your doctor looks through a flexible tube called a Colonoscope for the following reasons:  To visually examine the lining of the rectum and colon/large intestine; to look for bleeding, inflammation, swelling or abnormal tumors or tissue; to take biopsy specimens; to remove polyps; and to treat bleeding sites.  Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is a test to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine.  The procedure uses an endoscope which is a flexible tube with a camera at the end.  EGD may be done if you have symptoms that are new, cannot be explained, or are not responding to treatment.

Scenic Rivers Health Services: Dr. Matthew Holmes

Dermatology - Telemedicine

Cook Hospital partners with Twin Ports Dermatology to offer Telemedicine Dermatology services at Cook Hospital.  Twin Ports Dermatology provides comprehensive treatment.  This includes medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatments.   No referral is needed unless deemed necessary by your insurance.  In the Twin Ports, our skin is often exposed to the elements: sun, wind, and harsh cold.  Luckily, Twin Ports Dermatology can diagnose and treat common seasonal ailments such as: Eczema, Dry Skin, and Sun Damage.   Other common ailments we diagnose and treat include (but are not limited to): Acne, Excessive Sweating, Dermatitis, Hair Loss/Alopecia, Herpes and Shingles, and Melasma.  Twin Ports Dermatology also specializes in cancer screening and diagnosis.   Skin cancers include:  Actinic Keratosis, Basal and Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Melanoma.

Twin Ports Dermatology: Dr. Jeffrey Samuelson, Dr. Grant Bishop, and Heather Smith, PA-C

EMG Studies

The Cook Hospital has partnered with a board certified electromyographer to offer EMG Studies.  David Boyce, Ed.D, PT, ECS, OCS, has over 20 years of experience and is performing EMG Studies as needed at the Cook Hospital.  EMG or electromyography is a test that measures nerve and muscle function.  The purpose of the test is to rule out or discover pathological conditions of the neuromusculoskeletal system.

David Boyce, Ed.D, PT, ECS, OCS

Endocrinology - Telemedicine

The Cook Hospital has partnered with St. Luke’s to provide endocrinology services at the Cook Hospital via telemedicine.  St. Luke’s Endocrinology Associates provide expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the endocrine, or hormone-secreting glands. These glands include the Thyroid, Pancreas, Pituitary, Ovaries, Testes, Parathyroid, Hypothalamus, and Adrenals.

St. Luke’s Endocrinology Associates: Derrick Aipoalani, DO

Impact Testing

Concussions can occur in any sport or physical activity. As children and athletes of all ages are playing longer and harder than ever before, the potential for concussion (classified as a mild traumatic brain injury -TBI), continues to increase.  ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is a comprehensive program for schools, teams and clubs that provides concussion management standards and accountability for athletes.  By administering the ImPACT program and working with healthcare professionals trained by ImPACT, you can assure the highest level of care for your teams – from baseline testing to treatment and safe return to play.

Infusion Therapy

The Cook Hospital offers a wide variety of infusion therapy treatments to outpatients. Infusion Therapy is the administration of a medication through a needle or catheter inserted directly into a vein when a patient’s condition is not treatable with oral medications. Some common disorders that may require infusion therapy include (but not limited to): Infections that cannot be treated with oral medications, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, Anemia, Osteoporosis, Ulcerative Colitis, Multiple Sclerosis, Immune Deficiencies, Ankylosing Spondylitis, and Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. With an order from a physician, the Cook Hospital is able to provide all types of infusion medications (except chemotherapy).

Nutrition Therapy Program - Telemedicine

The Cook Hospital has partnered with the Community Memorial Hospital to offer Medical Nutrition Therapy services.   A registered dietitian will work closely with you to develop a program that will help get you back on track.  Nutritional counseling can help you manage many medical issues and health concerns, including:

A registered dietitian will work closely with you to develop a program that will help get you back on track.       Nutritional counseling can help you manage many medical issues and health concerns, including:

• Obesity and Weight Management

• Diabetes

• Kidney and Liver Disease

• Hypertension

• Heart Disease

• Cancer

• Osteoporosis

• Gastrointestinal Problems

• Eating disorders

• Food Allergies

 

Community Memorial Hospital

Orthopedics

The Cook Hospital has partnered with the Community Memorial Hospital and Dr. Kyle Menzel to offer orthopedics services at the Cook Hospital.  Dr. Menzel is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and specializes in general orthopaedics, joint replacement, sports medicine, hand and upper extremity surgery, arthroscopic surgery, hip arthroscopy, shoulder/knee/ankle reconstruction, and fracture care.

Community Memorial Hospital: Dr. Kyle Menzel

Psychology - Telemedicine

The Cook Hospital has partnered with the Center for Rural Mental Health Services (CRMHS) to provide services at the Cook Hospital.  The CRMHS provides consultative psychological services via telemedicine to patients in rural areas who wouldn’t otherwise have access to these services.   Such services include:  brief psychotherapy, diagnosis/treatment recommendations, grief therapy, pain management therapy, and psycho-pharmacological consultations.   Providing mental health services via interactive video (termed telemental health) is one way the center provides rural Minnesota residents with better access to mental health services. Additionally, the center is working to integrating mental health into primary health care settings to enhance mental health service delivery in underserved rural populations.

Center for Rural Mental Health Services: Dr. Claudia Weber

Sleep Lab – Consults – Telemedicine

Diagnosing a sleep disorder begins with a visit to your family physician who will discuss your sleep history and determine if a referral should be made for consultation with our sleep specialist.  Our specialist will evaluate the severity of your condition and recommend appropriate treatment or medication options.  Sleep follow-up appointments are scheduled via telemedicine through the Cook Hospital.

Whitney Sleep Diagnostics and Consultants: Dr. Courtney Whitney

Sleep Lab – Sleep Studies & CPAP Clinics

The Cook Hospital has opened a Sleep Diagnostics Lab through a partnership with Whitney Sleep Diagnostics & Consultants.  Dr. Courtney Whitney, provides Medical Directorship of the Cook Hospital Sleep Lab.  Sleep lab services available at the Cook Hospital include:  Sleep Study, Overnight Oximetry Testing, and Quarterly CPAP Clinics.

Whitney Sleep Diagnostics and Consultants: Dr. Courtney Whitney