Emergency / Critical Care

The Cook Hospital Emergency Room has been designated by the Minnesota Department of Health as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital and a Level 4 Trauma Hospital.  A coordinated statewide system of care ensures all hospitals are equipped and ready to provide the best stroke care possible for all Minnesotans.  Minnesota’s trauma system is a network of hospitals and ambulance services organized and coordinated to optimize the care provided to seriously injured people by ensuring that injured people are cared for at a hospital with resources that are matched with the injured persons’ needs.

Our goal is to treat medical emergencies as quickly as possible. Our team of doctors and nurses are qualified to handle any medical emergency including stabilization and transport to a higher care facility if necessary. Our emergency department has four private bays, with one bay specified for more critical emergencies such as trauma or life threatening events. The department is located adjacent to the hospital inpatient care area.

Four regional ambulance services provide emergency access and a helicopter air ambulance service provide transportation to whatever level of care is required. We are a full primary care hospital with access to secondary and tertiary care centers through technology and/or transportation for referrals. Nursing staff is provided advanced training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Trauma Nursing and disaster preparedness.