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.

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

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

Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT)

The Cook Hospital has partnered with Cloquet Memorial Hospital to provide ENT services at Cook.

ENT focuses on conditions involving the sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity, and upper pharynx (mouth and throat), as well as structures of the neck and face. It’s often referred to as otolaryngology.

Dr. John Schmitt offers personalized treatments that promote good health and relieve discomfort from the following:

  • Ears – Balance disorders, ear infections, hearing loss, and tinnitus (ear noise)
  • Nose – Allergies, nasal obstruction, polyps, and smell disorders
  • Throat – Swallowing disorders and conditions involving the larynx, throat, and voice
  • Head and neck – Infections, tumors, and facial trauma or deformities

Patients of all ages are welcome to make an appointment.

 

Community Memorial Hospital: Dr. John Schmitt

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:

• 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

Pain Management Clinic - Telemedicine

Do you suffer from chronic pain? You may be one of the 95% of individuals with chronic pain who can be helped at our Pain Management Clinic, the Cook Hospital has partnered with Cloquet Community Memorial Hospital.

Relief from persistent pain is available at the Pain Management Clinic

The Pain Management Clinic specializes in helping you manage many kinds of chronic pain:

  • Mild procedure
  • Neck and back pain
  • Headache and facial pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis pain
  • Shingles pain
  • Post-accident pain
  • Sports injury pain
  • Post-stroke pain
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Chronic pain syndrome
  • Deconditioning syndrome

Comprehensive pain relief. Advances in technology and a new understanding of the physiology of pain make it possible for us to accurately diagnose and effectively treat many types of persistent pain previously thought untreatable.

Dr. Paul Vollmar, Director of the Pain Management Clinic, and his staff use powerful new fluoroscopic techniques for the precision diagnosis and treatment of persistent pain. When the true source of pain can be identified, your treatment is more precise and effective. The fluoroscope allows us to use a fine needle to precisely guide injections of medicine to the source of pain. These highly accurate injections are performed with minimal discomfort.

Community Memorial Hospital: Dr. Paul Vollmar

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