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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Serving Barron, Rusk, and Washburn Counties
Individual options vary, please call
Transportation to cancer treatment.
General public served for any acceptable reason. *MA Individuals eligible for the transportation benefit should go through MTM first.
General public including elderly and disabled served for any acceptable reason. *MA Individuals eligible for the transportation benefit should go through MTM first.
MTM, Inc. arranges transportation for eligible Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus members throughout the state to their covered preventative and life-sustaining medical appointments.
Public Transportation with door to door stop service.
Service within the city of Rice Lake
Provides transportation for non-emergency medical appointments for Veterans at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN.
Individuals (60+) and disabled served.
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.
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!