Published on April 12, 2018

Essentia Health-Sandstone offers new services to better care for patients

Essentia Health-Sandstone recently added two new services to better care for patients, and the results have been gratifying. A sleep medicine lab began offering services in August 2017 and has helped at least 22 patients.

“When someone believes they have a sleep disorder, or are just tired all the time, we can assess them here at Essentia Health-Sandstone,” says Mary Carlson, who manages Essentia’s sleep medicine services. “To do that, it’s considered an outpatient, overnight stay, where we can monitor brain waves, breathing, oxygen and cardiac levels and body movement.”

Sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia and restless legs and movement disorders are common culprits for a lack of sleep. There are a variety of treatments, including sleep masks, medicines and behavior modifications that can bring relief to patients.

“Our patients are so happy to have this care offered locally, so they can stay in their community and learn how to improve their lifestyle with better sleep,” Carlson says.

To learn more about the Essentia Health Sleep Lab, call (218) 786-4692.

Sandstone has also begun offering infertility and specialized gynecological services one day a month at the Gateway Clinic, located in the same building as Essentia’ hospital, with specialist Dr. Michael LaBerge.

“When our patients are referred to Dr. LaBerge, he can assist them with pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, reproductive health issues and incontinence,” says Heather O’Brien, who directs nursing at Essentia Health-Sandstone.

Dr. LaBerge also provides consults for many gynecological conditions, including endometriosis, tubal ligation and hysterectomies.

Contact your primary care provider to learn more.