As a result of the current Federal government funding situation, the information on this website may not be up to date or acted upon. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at www.opm.gov . Despite the lapse in appropriations, IHS will continue to provide direct clinical health care services as well as referrals for contracted services that cannot be provided through IHS clinics. For more information on how IHS is impacted, visit: HHS Contingency Plan
Cass Lake Hospital
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.
Working together to promote health and well-being is the mission of the Cass Lake Indian Hospital and Clinic
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.
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
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday 8 AM to 5:00 PM
Monday – Friday 7 AM to 5:30 PM
Monday – Friday 8 AM to 6:00 PM
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
24 Hours a Day/7 Days a Week/365 Days a Year
Out Patient Clinic Teams
Blue Team: 218-335-3218
Mark Becker, MD, Family Practice
Mary Owen, MD, Family Practice
Melinda Haubrich, RN, Care Coordinator
Orange Team: 218-335-3248
Matei Teodorescu, MD, Pediatrician
Alice Lingen, MD, Pediatrician
Diane Bohn, Certified Nurse Midwife
Barb Nyberg, RN, Care Coordinator
Green Team: 218-335-3294
Andrea Athman-Luksik, FNP, Family Nurse Practitioner
Brad Scilley, RN, Care Coordinator
Purple Team: 218-335-3246
Jessica Ankney, DO, Family Practice
Stacy Cederstrom, FNP, Family Nurse Practitioner
Jana Heger, NP, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Jeff Krona, RN, Care Coordinator
Louis Erdrich, Chief Executive Officer
Lora Fife, Clinical Director
Terrance Lascano, Administrative Officer
Cass Lake Indian Hospital
425 7th Street NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Toll Free: 888-257-8067
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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.
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.
Bemidji Public Schools Phone: 218-333-3100
Cass Lake Public Schools Phone: 218-335-2203
Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School Phone: 218-665-3000
Bemidji State University Phone: 218-755-2001
Northwest Technical College Phone: 218-333-6600
Leech Lake Tribal College Phone: 218-335-4200
Recent and Planned Facility Expansions and Improvements
The facility, originally constructed in 1937, has long history in the Cass Lake community and has been renovated and expanded multiple times throughout this history. In recent years and going forward the Cass Lake Indian Health Service (CLIHS) in collaboration with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (LLBO) has made the expansion and improvement of the facility a high priority with goals of improving access, patient experiences and making this facility the first choice for quality healthcare for the Leech Lake Band.
In 2010 the CLIHS was listed as a priority site for Indian Health Care Delivery Demonstration Projects which were established under the Indian Health Care Improvement Act and later re-authorized under the Affordable Care Act to expand the availability of services, reducing burden on Purchased/Referred Care (PRC) and the need for emergency room visits. The CLIHS is committed these goals and has partnered with the LLBO to meet them.
The most recent Phase 1 Expansion and Improvements to the CLIHS was the construction of a 28,000 square foot clinical addition and 8,000 square foot remodel project. The project was completed in several sub-phases over multiple years from 2014 to 2017 and included 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 features a covered main entrance, new registration, lobbies, and patient care rooms, and expansions to the pharmacy, lab, physical therapy, medical records departments. Improvements to the existing facility included interior renovations and updates, as well as replacement of the roof, ventilation system, and other mechanical components.
Moving forward and keeping the expansion and improvement of the facility a priority the CLIHS has partnered with the LLBO to complete a Facility Master Plan and Contract for the Design and Construction for Phase 2 Expansions and Improvements. This includes multiple expansions, renovations, site and utility infrastructure improvements to the facility and is divided into 4 sub-phases. These future phases are as follows:
- Phase 2.1 – 13,000 Square Foot Property and Supply Addition includes new Receiving, Central Supply, Biomedical and IT service areas, site improvements and utility and infrastructure for Phases 2.2-2.4
- Phase 2.2 – 31,000 Square Foot Clinical and Maintenance Addition includes a new 16 Chair Dental Clinic, New and Expanded Optometry, Audiology, Radiology, and Purchased Referred Care Departments, Maintenance and Support Services Space and Site Improvements
- Phase 2.3 – 10,000 Square Foot Renovation of Existing Space for Administration and SANE SART Program removing existing aged structures from the site
- Phase 2.4 – 5,000 Square Foot Hospital Renovation and 1,500 Square Foot Addition of a new Entrance and Waiting Area for the Hospital
The first Phase 2.1 is currently in design with construction planned for 2018. Phase 2.2 design is planned for 2018 with construction and subsequent phases to follow as funding is available.