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Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Bemidji Area

Cass Lake Hospital

Cass Lake Indian Health Service Unit

The Cass Lake Indian Health Service Unit is owned and operated by the Federal Government as a Public Health Service, Indian Health Service Facility. It provides over 160 full-time jobs in the community. The Service Unit operates a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Outpatient Ambulatory Care Clinic that offers Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Radiology, Physical Therapy, Audiology, Podiatry, and Optometry Services. Cass Lake IHS also provides 24/7 access to Urgent Care/Emergency Care services.

The Service Unit has an active user population of 12,265 clients. The CAH has 4 beds and 1 crib. In Fiscal Year 2014, we had 66 discharges, 379 patients days, 97,773 out-patient visits (includes UC/ER, Pharmacy, etc.) and 7,653 dental visits. The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe manages the Behavioral Health programs, Substance Abuse programs, a Diabetes Center and Public Health Nursing at six community based clinics on the reservation.

Mission Statement

Working together to promote health and well-being is the mission of the Cass Lake Indian Hospital and Clinic

Vision Statement

Cass Lake Indian Hospital will be a model facility and the first choice for quality health care. By using an innovative approach to promote health and well-being, our team will encourage customers to participate in health care decisions.

Aim Statement

The aim of Cass Lake North Star Improvement Team and Clinic Improvement Teams is to improve health and promote wellness for the community we serve. We strive to provide safe, effective, efficient, and accessible patient care that promotes patient empowerment through mutual respect and trust while maintaining financial viability. We will continue to improve our services to exceed expectations of the people we serve. The Aim, vision and goals are consistent with the mission and vision of Cass Lake Indian Health Service

Tribale Information

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Hospital Services

Emergency Room

Hours of Operation

Outpatient Clinic
Monday – Friday 8 AM to 5:00 PM

Dental Clinic
Monday – Friday 7 AM to 5:30 PM

Monday – Friday 8 AM to 6:00 PM

Physical Therapy
Monday – Friday 7 AM to 5:00 PM

Monday – Friday 8 AM to 5:00 PM

Monday – Wednesday and Friday 8 AM to 4:30 PM

Wednesday 9 AM to 3:30 PM

Urgent Care/Emergency Services
24 Hours a Day/7 Days a Week/365 Days a Year

Inpatient Services
24 Hours a Day/7 Days a Week/365 Days a Year

Out Patient Clinic Teams

Blue Team: 218-335-3302
Mary Salter, MD, Internal Medicine
Joseph Rubash, FNP, Family Nurse Practitioner
Melinda Haubrich, RN, Care Coordinator

Orange Team: 218-335-3248
Matei Teodorescu, MD, Pediatrician
Diane Bohn, Certified Nurse Midwife
Barb Nyberg, RN, Care Coordinator

Green Team: 218-335-3294
Beth Blumenstein, MD, Family Practice
Andrea Athman-Luksik, FNP, Family Nurse Practitioner
Brad Scilley, RN, Care Coordinator

Purple Team: 218-335-3246
Antonio Guimaraes, MD, Family Practice
Jessica Ankney, DO, Family Practice
Heidi Heap-Chester, MD, Family Practice
Roleen Walgenbach, FNP, Family Nurse Practitioner
Jana Heger, NP, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Jeff Krona, RN, Care Coordinator


Norine Smith, Chief Executive Officer
Antonio Guimaraes, MD, Clinical Director
Terrance Lascano, Administrative Officer

Cass Lake Indian Hospital
425 7th Street NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633

Phone: 218-335-3200
Fax: 218-335-3300
Toll Free: 888-257-8067

Cass Lake Hospital Jobs


Family Practice
Radiology Mammography
Radiology Ultra Sound

Internal Medicine
Pediatric Dentistry

Community Information

Leech Lake Indian Reservation is an open reservation located in Minnesota’s northwoods region. Towering pines fringe many of the lakes found within its boundaries. Wild rice beds, deep forests, shimmering lakes and an abundance of plant and animal life make this area a center for recreation. The reservation is approximately 1,050 square miles in size nearly all of which lies within the boundaries of the Chippewa National Forest.

The greater Leech Lake area has much to offer whether it is recreation, education or cultural. The diversity of recreational activities range from fishing, hunting, boating and camping to alpine and nordic skiing providing year around possibilities. The area boasts excellent primary, secondary and post-secondary educational opportunities. Though Leech Lake’s natural beauty, civic attractions, and recreational activities are things to behold they pale in comparison to the friendliness of the people of the Leech Lake area. The population within the reservation boundaries is estimated at 91,800. Nearly fifty-eight percent are between the ages of 16 and 65. The resident American Indian population on the reservation has been estimated at 7,763 by the census. Most of the population is concentrated in eight communities dispersed across the reservation.

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Adjacent to the reservation, there are three major economic centers: Bemidji, which is 13 miles to the west of Cass Lake; Grand Rapids, which lays 54 miles to the east of Cass Lake; and Walker, roughly 23 miles to the south of Cass Lake. Most of the health care professionals and staff reside in Bemidji (the 1st City on the Mississippi and a growing community) which is a short 15-20 minute commute. The region has many cultural and outdoor recreational activities, an excellent school system including a state university and a healthy environment.


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Phone: 218-333-3100

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Phone: 218-335-2203

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Phone: 218-665-3000

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Phone: 218-755-2001

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Phone: 218-333-6600

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Phone: 218-335-4200

Construction Project

NEW Cass Lake Indian Health Service
The Cass Lake Indian Health Service, in collaboration with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, began construction of a 28,000 square foot clinical addition and 8,000 square foot remodel project. The project includes a major expansion of the Out Patient and Urgent Care clinics, providing a brand new facility for our patients’ primary medical home. The new clinic will feature a covered main entrance, new lobby, new patient care rooms, and expansions to the pharmacy, lab, and physical therapy departments. Improvements to the existing clinic will include a complete interior renovation and updates, as well as replacement of the roof, the ventilation system, and other mechanical components.

In order to avoid disruption of services, the project will be completed in several phases over the next several years. The clinic staff and administration will seek to provide patients continued access to services to the greatest extent possible. However, we are aware the construction may result in some inconveniences. We appreciate your patience during this exciting time in our facility’s continued development.

Construction Phases

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Breaking Ground Ceremony
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Construction Phase
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Construction Phase

Phase 1 (Completed June - July 2014)

Contractor set up a staging area and a groundbreaking ceremony was held. The ceremony was open to the public and many community members attended. Construction began of north parking lot, drainage pond and underground utilities. Construction began on June 23rd. The parking lot was paved paved the week of July 21st.

Phase 2 (18 months, July 2014 – December 2015)

This phase includes the demolition of the east entrance and Physical Therapy as well as new construction including a northeast entrance, Patient Registration, waiting areas, Primary Care Clinic, an an addition to the Pharmacy. During this time the east parking will not be accessible. Patient parking will include the ER entrance and the west Dental Entrance parking lot. Staff will park in the new north parking lot. Ambulance and ER access will remain open. Patients may enter the facility through the ER entrance and through the west Dental Entrance. Physical Therapy was relocated to the new Behavioral Health modular building on July 14th. Existing Clinics, Pharmacy, Lab, Patient Registration and Records along with the main waiting room will remain open and accessible. At the completion of this phase the following services will move into the new space: Primary Care teams, Urgent Care team, Physical Therapy, Podiatry, and Patient Registration. Medical Records will be relocated temporarily into the new space.

Phase 3 (4 months, October 2015 – January 2016)

This phase includes the remodel of the old Outpatient clinic into Lab space. The west half of Pharmacy will be remodeled while Pharmacy operates out of the newly constructed east side. Patient Registration, Medical Records and the current waiting areas will be remodeled into the new Urgent Care clinic. Site improvements will include the south entrance and parking area. Ambulance and ER access will remain unchanged. At the completion of this phase work will be completed for the Lab, Pharmacy and Urgent Care departments. All new parking and entrances will be completed.

Phase 4 (3 months, November 2015 – January 2016)

This final phase includes the remodel of old lab into Medical Records and upgrades to Heating and Air Conditioning systems, mechanical, and roofing systems throughout the existing facility and final completion of the building project.

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