COOK- The Cook Hospital is slowly and safely resuming more patient services, with specialists resuming visits starting in June. Visitor restrictions at the hospital remain in place, according to …
COOK- The Cook Hospital is slowly and safely resuming more patient services, with specialists resuming visits starting in June. Visitor restrictions at the hospital remain in place, according to Hospital CEO Teresa Debevec, and the doors to the hospital remain locked so that anyone visiting the hospital for a specialist visit can be screened prior to entering the building.
Debevec said there are concerns that patients are ignoring health care needs during this pandemic period.
“We are seeing more critical patients coming into the emergency room,” she said. “We really want to stress the importance of not letting conditions get that severe.”
The emergency room is open and is seeing patients as usual, she said.
Visits with orthopedic and ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) specialists and EMG testing are all resuming in June. Twin Ports Dermatology will resume visits in July.
The hospital’s Adult Day Services remains closed at this time and will reopen as soon as state guidelines permit. The hospital is not sure when colonoscopies and endoscopies will resume; these also will follow state guidelines.
The hospital’s laboratory, physical therapy, and occupational therapy services are all open for visits. The wellness gym remains closed at this time.
To obtain more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Cook Hospital Outreach Coordinator at 218-666-6247.
If you have signs or symptoms relating to COVID-19, please utilize one of the triage providers listed below before going to the Cook Hospital emergency room. They will inform you if you need to go to the emergency room.
COVID-19 telephone and online triage services for Cook Hospital patients include:
Fairview Range Phone Triage - Nurse triage line, 218-362-6682, staffed from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
MHealth Fairview - https://oncare.org.
St. Luke’s - https://slhduluth.zipnosis.com/.