Health Clinic

Mission Statement

  • To protect and promote access to quality, holistic healthcare for the St. Croix Chippewa Indians and its communities that is person-centered and integrative on life's journey from birth to walking-on. By assisting the St. Croix Chippewa Tribe in promoting and achieving lifestyles and communities that are safe, sober, and healthy through identifying and building on the strengths of individuals and communities, encouraging hope for today and for the next seven generations.

IHS Involvement

The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives.

The provision of health services to members of federally-recognized tribes grew out of the special government-to-government relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes.

This relationship, established in 1787, is based on Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, and has been given form and substance by numerous treaties, laws, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Orders.

St. Croix began provding health care in mobile units in each of the communities in the 50's and 60's. The focus at this time was preventative medicine and immunizations. By the mid 70's and early 80's a small clinic was established in the tribal center with rent-a-doc's and contracted services. In 2000 the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin opened the doors to the new facility housing behavioral health, medical, dental, optical, community health and HOC/HOF/WIC. Our services continue to grow to meet our community needs. Our latest addition to our quality, efficient healthcare is electronic health records(EHR), implemented in Oct. 2010.

  • Our Mission... to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level.
  • Our Goal... to assure that comprehensive, culturally acceptable personal and public health services are available and accessible to American Indian and Alaska Native people.
  • Our Foundation... to uphold the Federal Government's obligation to promote healthy American Indian and Alaska Native people, communities, and cultures and to honor and protect the inherent sovereign rights of Tribes.

Inclement Weather

The St. Croix Tribal Health Clinic will be closed when schools in the area are closed due to the wind chill or snow (local area schools pertain to Siren & Webster schools).  This will be accepted procedures for the two hour morning delays as well.  If unsure, please call us before heading out for your appointment.

 Open 24 hours. See front desk for information and to sign agreement.

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

Our patient’s safety, accessibility, and quality of service are the utmost importance to the service we provide. We are committed to serve our Tribal Community to the best of our ability. We provide transportation for non-emergency medical appointments.

Eligible Riders

IHS Eligible Patients with medical conditions with confirmed medical appointments providing that all other resources have been contacted and eliminated, i.e. County Ride-Share, Relatives, Friends and/or any other program service that provides medical transportation.

Priorities of the Medical Transportation Department are as follows:

  • Chronic Care Patients
    • Dialysis
    • Cancer Treatments

Should you have a Medical Emergency, call 911.

Should you have any questions or need assistance with finding medical transportation, please contact Marisa at 715-349-8554, ext. 5104 and she’ll be happy to assist you!

Other Non- Emergency Medical Transportation Services provided by county:

Barron County

Barron County

Aging and Disability Resource Center of Barron, Rusk, and Washburn Counties. Barron County Contact  1-715-537-6333

  Serving Barron, Rusk, and Washburn Counties

Add LIFE Transit  1-715-537-6333

  Individual options vary, please call

American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery   1-800-227-2345

  Transportation to cancer treatment.

Badger Taxi  1-715-434-4444

  General public served for any acceptable reason. *MA Individuals eligible for the transportation benefit should go through MTM first.

Handi Lift  1-800-989-7433 

  General public including elderly and disabled served for any acceptable reason. *MA Individuals eligible for the transportation benefit should go through MTM first.

MTM  1-866-907-1493

  MTM, Inc. arranges transportation for eligible Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus members throughout the state to their covered preventative and life-sustaining medical appointments.

Namekagon Transit  1-866-295-9599, ext. 1 

  Public Transportation with door to door stop service.     

Rice Lake City Cab   1-715-234-6305

  Service within the city of Rice Lake

Veterans Service Office   1-715-537-6290

  Provides transportation for non-emergency medical appointments for Veterans at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Volunteer Services of Barron County, Inc.    1-715-236-2184

  Individuals (60+) and disabled served.

Sarah Cormell, MSW, APSW, SAC
Health Director

(715) 349-8554 ext. 5257

The St. Croix Tribal Health Clinic takes great pride in being an Ojibwe owned and managed state of the art Health clinic that is culturally appropriate, person-centered and holistic focused on prevention. Our goal is to assist our community members in preventing the onset of disease or health issues through screening and education, stopping the disease or health issue in its tracks before it can become chronic through the best and most advanced treatments, while reducing the overall impact on the individual, the family, and our communities.

This is accomplished by modern innovations such as electronic health records and proven practices made available, such as nutrition and fitness as medical treatment and adjunct care. Our patients can feel confident receiving care from the most qualified, caring staff who utilize the most innovative and effective evidenced-based practices for optimal health.

We integrate several services to treat the whole person-through Diabetes Care, Nutrition, Fitness, Family Medical, Dental, Optical, Pharmaceutical, W.I.C., Medical Eligibility Outreach, Transportation, Honoring Our Children/Honoring Our Families, Healthy Heart, Community Health-Elder Care, Behavioral Health, Tobacco Cessation, and Minochigedaa.  We also advocate at Tribal, County, State, and Federal levels to ensure that equal access to the best, quality health care is afforded as a basic human right. If we can't help pay for healthcare, we will help you find a way to obtain health coverage.

We achieve and oftentimes surpass accreditation standards and high medical quality by following core values of knowledge sharing, mutual support, and professionalism in meeting the patient's needs through best service and advocacy. We understand that best outcomes for health are reflected in prevention and wellness in the individual, family, and community.

Our hope is that you leave with an increased confidence about your hard work in prevention, complete with a blueprint for lifestyle prevention tools, supported by your health clinic team from each program as needed.

Prevention that is of the highest quality, sustainability, and growth to meet community needs are our focus. An exciting measure of growth is a remodel in 2011-2012. The remodel will increase care capacity and reflect the outstanding priority performance that is happening through our person-centered service delivery. Funding is currently being sought and we will keep you up to date!

Primary prevention is directed towards preventing the initial occurrence of a disorder through screening and adjusting lifestyles to reduce risk. Secondary and tertiary prevention seeks to arrest or retard existing disease and its effects. This is accomplished through early detection and appropriate treatment; or to reduce the chance of relapses or chronic disease. The best outcomes come from screening, identifying and changing risk behaviors in lifestyles.

prevention /prəˈven(t)SH(ə)n/  1. The act of blocking the initial onset or occurrence, arrest the progress of, or reduce the consequences of disease" (World Health Organization, 1984).

We realize it is our obligation to the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin to provide the best tools and interventions for a balanced, healthy, quality life through prevention, whether to block the onset of diseases, stop the progress of disease, or to maintain optimal health.

We feel honored to serve you, CHI Miigwech-Gigawaabamin Miiniwaa!


Ojibwe Name: She Stands in the Sky. She has Sharp Eyes to See All Things.
Health Director, Mother, Wife, Fancy Dancer, Marathon Runner, Snowboarder, Singer, Gatherer, Artist, Advocate
Eagle Clan
St. Croix Member

Business Office

Patient Registration/Scheduling

Medical Records