The Red Lake Comprehensive Health provides the management, leadership and direction needed to provide quality health services to the Red Lake people. Our main goal is to elevate the health and health care of our Red Lake Tribal members and their descendants to the highest possible level.
Two Ambulance Services, one in Red Lake and one in Ponemah provide prompt emergency medical care for sudden injury or acute illness and immediate transportation to a medical facility where further care can be rendered to eliminate severe complications from untreated trauma, twenty-four hours a day/seven days a week.
The Ambulance Service are licensed by the State of Minnesota as a Basic Life Support Service.
The Ambulance staff are required to be certified State Emergency Medical Technicians in order to maintain our Basic Life Support (BLS) License. The majority of our Emergency Medical Technicians are Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technicians.
The Emergency Medical Technicians provide in-services and training to tribal members that want to learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, First Aid and Emergency Medical Technician skills. We are licensed by the State of Minnesota as an official training program for Emergency Medical Technicians, CPR & First Aid.
Medical Transportation is provided for the people to the Red Lake Hospital, Ponemah Clinic and medical facilities off the reservation.
Patients are transported to Minneapolis, Rochester, Duluth, St. Cloud, Minnesota, Fargo, Grand Forks, North Dakota and other towns as directed by the Medical Staff. Medical transportation is provided to the Red Lake Hospital, Ponemah Clinic and to the Bemidji Hospital and Clinics on a daily basis.
Noon Meals are delivered to home bound elderly and handicapped residents in Ponemah Monday through Friday.
Community Health Nursing Services provides health services to meet the assessed health needs of individuals and families in our four communities. Services are provided in hospital, clinic, home, school and community settings.
Community Health Nursing Services are provided within the context of total health care, including physical, social, psychosocial, environmental developmental, parenting education, nutritional economics and functional health. Nursing is provided at three levels of prevention: The primary prevention level focuses on health promotion and prevention against diseases, the secondary prevention level focuses on early diagnosis and prompt intervention in the disease process, and the third prevention level focuses on the use of rehabilitation activities to prevent further complications and to restore as much as possible optimal functioning. Language, communications and cultural considerations that influence care are considered. Individuals, families, and communities are encouraged to be active participants in determining their needs and reaching health outcome goals.
Major services Community Health Nursing provides are Public Health Nursing Services, Home-based Patient Care Services, High Risk Adult Supervision, Maternal Child Health Services, Health Promotion/Disease Prevention. Discharge Planning and Home Health Care Services.
The Ponemah Health Staff provide direct quality health care to the Ponemah residents in the Ponemah Clinic & the community. The health services include Maternal and Child Care Services, Chronic Illness Care, Acute Minor and Common Illness Care, Health Education/Disease Prevention and daily clinics.
The Ponemah Nurse Practitioner and her assistant provide Women’s Health Care Clinic once a week at the Red Lake Hospital.
The Physicians provide medical services to all eligible recipients in accordance with the standards and protocols of the Red Lake Hospital.
The Emergency Room Physicians provide emergency and urgent care services 24 hours a day 365 days a year, to all eligible recipients in accordance with the standards and procedures of the Red Lake Hospital.
The Red Lake Comprehensive Health Services provides one Pharmacist and one pharmacy technician to assist with prescriptions at the Red Lake Hospital.
Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
Physical and Occupational Therapy serve a variety of disease and disabilities occurring in all ages. The Physical Therapist provides services for neurological disorders, arthritic conditions, persons with fractures, strokes, burns and numerous physiological and musculoskeletal conditions.
The Comprehensive Health Services supplementes the Indian Health Service with needed personnel in order to maintain the highest possible continuity of medical care for our people. The hospital support staff provides direct patient health care services in all clinics, inpatient, dental, behavioral health, optometry and outpatient department of the Red Lake Hospital.
Dietary Services provide nutrition and dietetic services to individual patients, families and communities through a variety of methods including meal service, counseling, education, community services, and in-service consultation in the hospital.
Nutrition services provides and promotes sound nutritional practices for individuals, families and groups in the Red Lake Hospital and Health Care Facility, Ponemah Health Center, Elderly Nutrition sites, Maternal Child Day Care Center and the Headstart Programs; preventing potential health problems; and providing clinical nutritional and diabetic services for patients with existing medical problems.
Nutritional Services integrated with medical and interdisciplinary support services in outpatient clinics, health centers, community health clinics, school clinics and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) services.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) helps families eat well and stay healthy. The WIC program provides nutrition education, healthy foods and health services. WIC does nutrition assessments, and provides one-on-one counseling about food, nutrition, and breastfeeding to help you feed your family in a healthy way. WIC gives you vouchers to buy healthy foods. WIC helps you with referrals to other health and social services. To qualify for WIC you need to have a nutritional and/or medical need, and meet WIC income guidelines.
Red Lake WIC 218-679-3134
Environmental Health Services
The Sanitarian assists all communities in improving the public health. Environmental Health Services identifies and helps correct environmental conditions that are detrimental to the people’s health status. Security Services
Security services are provided for patients, staff and property at the Red Lake Hospital and Health Care Facility and the Extended Care Center. Security services work cooperatively with the local law enforcement agency for added safety.
The Comprehensive Health Services provides two Independent Licensed Social Workers, Social Workers and School Wellness Counselors to assist individuals, patients, families in the schools and community promoting positive behavior, health promotion and disease prevention through direct assistance, counseling and coordination between home, school, and community and health facility.
The staff provide outreach services and function as a community resource in dealing with maladaptive behavior, and provide intervention in seeking out and eradicating conditions that caused or contributed to mental disorders.
The School Wellness Counselors provide counseling in the schools and communities.
The staff work with individuals who are having thoughts of hurting themselves, are having suicidal ideation, self-injurious behavior and behavioral emergencies.
The Day Care staff provide services to eligible Indian children in need of a controlled quality health care environment that provides a safe place for emotional security and social development, where personal hygiene skills, proper eating habits and nutrition are taught.
Comprehensive Health Provides $25,000 a year to purchase dentures and partials for tribal members and their descendants at the Red Lake Hospital only.
Optometry provides comprehensive optometric services including vision assessment, eye evaluation, retinal assessment, frame adjustment and repair, eye injury treatment, eye disease treatment, and contact lens fitting.
The Red Lake Diabetes Program provides excellent care and education to all patients with diabetes, prediabetes, and those at risk for diabetes. Patients are seen as outpatients, inpatients and in the community. We provide one on one diabetes education, nutrition education, physical activity information, community diabetes screenings, youth wellness summer camps, diabetic socks and testing supplies given, current information on diabetes is provided to patients and diabetes related information is submitted to the Tribal Newsletter on a quarterly basis.
Balancing our lifestyle is a diabetes prevention program based on developing healthy eating habits and increasing physical activity for American Indian adults age 18 and over with prediabetes.
Provides healthy lifestyle services to promote physical activity, reduce obesity and deter smoking and tobacco use in our youth.
Nursing Home Services are provided at the Jourdain/Perpich Extended Care Center which is attached to the Red Lake Hospital and Health Care Facility. We have 47 beds available to serve our elders and handicapped individuals. All residents served are federally recognized Indians or descendants of federally recognized tribes.