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Community Access to Compassionate Care

We foster a culture of individualized care and achieve a position of leadership in rural healthcare services through judicious use of available resources and collaboration with local and regional healthcare providers to meet changing healthcare needs.

Community Access to Compassionate Care

We foster a culture of individualized care and achieve a position of leadership in rural healthcare services through judicious use of available resources and collaboration with local and regional healthcare providers to meet changing healthcare needs.

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Wednesday August 12, 2020 - Anxiety or Stress

Monday August 10, 2020 - North Shore Health Laboratory

North Shore Health Laboratory routinely performs Outpatient lab testing from both local physicians and out-of-town physicians.  To have your testing performed at your local hospital Laboratory, just request a copy of your Outpatient lab services order from your physician.  It is up to

the patient to choose where their lab testing is performed.  Outpatient hours are M-F 8-5pm and Saturday 8-Noon.  Bring your physician-signed lab referral to the Hospital reception desk.  Call the lab at 218-387-3267 for more information or questions.

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Thursday August 6, 2020 - Third COVID Case Confirmed

Third COVID-19 Case Confirmed

Cook County has received confirmation of a new resident case of COVID-19, a female in her 20s. The case is expected to appear on the MN Department of Health (MDH) site tomorrow, August 7.

Cases are increasing throughout the region and state, with

significant increases in Lake and St. Louis Counties this week.

Cook County continues to experience an influx of people who reside elsewhere and either work in, or choose to visit, Cook County. The Emergency Operations Center asks individuals to continue utilizing best health practices to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 among our businesses, families and North Shore communities: distance six feet or more, utilize masks, practice good hand hygiene, and stay home when not feeling well.

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Monday August 3, 2020 - Long Term and Rehabilitative Care Available


The North Shore Health Care Center provides local long term and rehabilitative care.  This includes 24 hour skilled nursing care, physical therapy and occupational therapy services.  Please call 218-387-3264 for more information.

Friday July 31, 2020 - Short PSA Video on wearing a mask.

Watch video here.

Tuesday July 28, 2020 - August Happenings at North Shore Living

Yes, we still wonder when we can gather for group activities. Yes, we still wonder when our relatives can come visit us all day long if they desire and when things will get back to “business as usual”.

At this time, we continue to limit visitors inside our doors
to all but essential healthcare personnel, and compassionate care visitors. The next step is the introduction of designated Essential Caregivers. We also recognize the positive impact that essential caregiver visits can have and we believe we can successfully implement an essential caregiver program, if designated essential caregiver policies, procedures and instructions are followed. Our policy is based on the current guidance from the CDC, CMS and MDH. We will continue to refine and update our policy as more information becomes available and as guidelines change. August 4th is the projected date that we will begin Essential Caregivers visits. If you have questions regarding our Essential Caregiver Program policy, please contact Amy James at 218-387-3282; Robert McGregor at 218-387-3799 or Kimber Wraalstad at 218-387-3260, or you may call the Ombudsman for Long-Term Care at 651-431-2555 or 1-800-657-3591.

Now for some fun stuff…
Perk facts for July included International Kissing Day on July 13th. Did you know chimps and bonobos are the only other animals known to kiss, you share between 10 million and 1 billion bacteria when you kiss, 90 % of cultures around the world kiss and the use of an “X” to symbolize a kiss dates back to the middle ages when most people couldn’t read or write so they signed their name with an X and kissed the document for added sincerity. We spent the afternoon getting Hershey’s kisses as Bingo prizes. These kinds of kisses are delicious.

Also according to “The Perk” you can make lasagna in your dishwasher. I wouldn’t recommend it, but I also wouldn’t put it past my mother! I looked this phenomenon up and yes you can make lasagna in your dishwasher while you are washing dishes nonetheless. Someone try this and send a letter in to the editor or call me and let me know how it turned out. You can find the instructions to make dishwasher lasagna on Youtube.

Speaking of being in the kitchen those of you who have family or friends at North Shore Living, do you have any of their recipes? Once we are able to I’d like to cook/bake some of their favorite recipes. We made my grandma’s rhubarb crisp recipe a while back and shared it with all the residents. It was delicious as always and we had a great time reminiscing about things we liked to make back in the good old days. I’d also like to get a resident cook book started so send in those recipes please.

It was National Gorgeous Grandma Day on July 23rd. We think our grandma’s are gorgeous every day, but this day we took some time and to get sweet pictures of all our grandma’s whether they have actual grandchildren or have special children in their lives.

We still continue to play Hall Way Bingo twice a week. We have been receiving candy donations for our prizes and they have been well received. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We have special treats every Friday for Happy Hour. We have the General Store come by room to room which is always a hit.

July Birthday’s celebrated were Eleanor Sjoberg, Delores Saethre and Harold Husby. One of our residents bought Dilly Bars for all the residents which were thoroughly enjoyed. We have been enjoying sitting out on the patio soaking up the sun, having patio visits with our family and friends, having Skype and FaceTime visits and even getting a few haircuts in. We are looking for a beauty operator who can come in on a regular basis.
Patricia Hooper, Marcy Podas and Ed Hendrickson passed away this month. It’s hard to see family leave and we miss them. We welcome our new residents and enjoy getting to know them and their families.

To schedule door visits, Skype, FaceTime or Zoom contact the Activity Department at 218-387-3518. To schedule outdoor patio visits please call the front desk at 218-387-3040 ex 0. Please note that patio visits are limited to 3 guests per visit. You can visit twice a week. Since June 25th, we have had 118 patio visits with as many as 7 in one day. Our average is 3-4 per day. Patio visits will continue as long as the weather holds out. Most of us are Northerners so maybe we can just shovel a path?

To our family, friends, and volunteers we miss you and hope you are doing well and we hope to see you soon. Volunteers you too can call to have Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, door and patio visits with residents.

Last, but not least, I’d like to introduce you to Melissa Fleming, our newest addition to the Activity Department. Melissa and her husband Tom, who is the new Ambulance Director at North Shore Health, have been coming up to the North Shore for years spending time at their cabin which is now their home. When I interviewed Melissa I asked her what she liked to do on a whole list of activities. She said, “All of it!” Perfect! Can you start tomorrow?! Melissa is busy learning who everyone is and where they live and doing a great job. Welcome Melissa.
Melissa Fleming, the newest addition to the Activity Department.  Welcome to North Shore Health.

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Monday July 27, 2020 - North Shore Health has Mobile MRI Services

North Shore Health has magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).  A mobile MRI service available every other Saturday.  Please call 387-3268 for more information.

Thursday July 23, 2020 - Mask Up Minnesota

Tuesday July 21, 2020 - Coronvirus Response Hub: Cook County Minnesota

 This Hub seeks to provide current and accurate information and resources about the community wide response to the coronavirus. CLICK HERE

Monday July 20, 2020 - CT Scan services available

North Shore Health has CT scan services available 24/7, using a digital machine to provide your diagnostic care.  Available by referral from your local or out of town physicians as well as through the local ER.  Please call 387-3268 for more information.


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