Skip the Road Trip with Local Outpatient Infusion Services

Skip the Road Trip with Local Outpatient Infusion Services

Date: November 16, 2023

People needing intravenous medications and injections can save themselves the time and expense of a long car ride, thanks to Outpatient Infusion Services at CHI LakeWood Health. 

Outpatient Infusion Services include IV antibiotics and antifungals, blood products, iron infusions, outpatient injections and many other medications. Port flushes are also done for people with cancer, severe infections, kidney failure or other conditions that require implanted ports.

Being able to stay in Baudette for these services saves local residents time, money and hours missed at work. That’s especially helpful for specialty medications given regularly, such as Prolia for osteoporosis and Humira for rheumatoid arthritis.

Patients often don’t realize they can ask their provider to have their same treatment right here close to home. “They feel like they have to travel,” said Brent Noble, Pharmacy Supervisor. “We hear patients say, ‘I wish I could do this here.’ The great thing is – you can!”

It’s as simple as asking your physician to fax the order to CHI LakeWood Health. The Outpatient Infusion team takes it from there. “Just have the provider fax us an order. We will get the approval and order the medication in,” Noble said.

Outpatient infusions are given in the hospital inpatient rooms, so patients have privacy with their own bed, chair and television. “They can get a meal if requested,” Noble said. “We have snacks, beverages, and warm blankets. They can get the whole nine yards.”

The list of infusions given and conditions addressed at CHI LakeWood Health is long. “If you don’t see what you need on the list, check with us,” said Noble.

Save your road trips for vacations, to see relatives or go to a special event. Outpatient Infusion Services are right here for you, whenever you need them. For more information, contact our pharmacy at 218.634.3447. Fax referrals to 218-634-1094.

Partial List of Infusions

• Antibiotics/Antifungals

• B12 Injections

• Blood Products

• Daptomycin

• Humira

• Iron Infusions

• IV Fluids


• Orencia

• Outpatient Injections

• Port Flushes

• Prolia

• Remicade

• Specialty Medications

• Testosterone

Partial List of Disorders

• Crohn’s Disease

• Infectious Disease

• Immune Deficiency

• Multiple Sclerosis

• Rheumatoid Arthritis

• Vitamin Deficiency

Helmsley Charitable Trust grants $226,144 to help CHI LakeWood Health purchase state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment


Helmsley Charitable Trust grants $226,144 to help CHI LakeWood Health purchase state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment

Baudette, MN — The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has granted

$226,144 to CHI LakeWood Health to purchase general ultrasound equipment and two point of care ultrasound devices as part of a $26.4 million ultrasound initiative in Minnesota. The initiative includes nearly $18.3 million to help Minnesota hospitals and health centers purchase ultrasound imaging devices and an additional $8.1 million to boost sonography and point of care ultrasound (POCUS) training opportunities across the state.

Jeffry Stampohar, President at CHI LakeWood Health, said “We strive to provide high quality health care to our community with state of the art technology and we are grateful for this opportunity through the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures inside the body. This safe, cost-effective tool supports other clinical information to help providers make timely diagnoses and provide appropriate treatment.

Walter Panzirer, a Trustee for the Helmsley Charitable Trust, said the grants will help improve access to exceptional medical treatment for all Minnesotans, whether they live in the heart of Minneapolis or a smaller rural or underserved community.

“Our hospitals and health centers need to stay current with rapidly advancing technology so they can continue to provide top-notch healthcare close to home,” Panzirer said. “These grants help ensure that facilities across Minnesota have the latest and greatest ultrasound equipment and training.”

The grants were announced Tuesday during a news conference at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis.

More than half of the 196 devices purchased through the grants (109) are POCUS machines, which are used by providers at the bed or tableside for immediate assessment of a patient to quickly determine a course of action. The grants will also provide 69 general ultrasound systems and 18 cardiovascular ultrasound systems, which aid in imaging of the heart.

The initiative also includes more than $8.1 million to train new sonographers, offer continuing education to sonographers and ultrasound technologists, and provide comprehensive POCUS training to doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. The training grants include more than $917,000 to the Minnesota Rural Health Association to support sonographer training in rural and underserved areas of the state, more than $1 million to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to expand St. Cloud Technical & Community College’s sonography program, and nearly $6.2 million to the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Foundation which will partner with High Quality Medical Education (HQMEDED) to provide POCUS training across the state.

“These grants are a game changer for rural hospitals across the state,” said Thomas Pahl, PA-C, an emergency department clinician, instructor with HQMEDED, and member of the Minnesota State Trauma Advisory Council. “Clinicians and sonographers will not only have access to the newest ultrasound equipment on the market, but they will also be able to pursue educational opportunities to become more proficient at use of the equipment, expand the studies they can perform, and incorporate these skills into their clinical practices.” 


About the Helmsley Charitable Trust

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting exceptional efforts in the U.S. and around the world in health and select place-based initiatives. Since beginning active grantmaking in 2008, Helmsley has committed more than $3.5 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes. Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program funds innovative projects that use information technologies to connect rural patients to emergency medical care, bring the latest medical therapies to patients in remote areas, and provide state-of-the-art training for rural hospitals and EMS personnel. To date, this program has awarded more than $600 million to organizations and initiatives in the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa, Montana, and Nevada. For more information, visit

About CHI LakeWood Health

CHI LakeWood Health has been an integral part of the Baudette community since 1950. The campus includes a 15-bed acute-care Critical Access Hospital, a Skilled Nursing Facility, and a family-practice Rural Health Clinic. LakeWood offers a variety of medical services including: Cardiac Rehab, Public Health, Physical and Occupational Therapies, Behavioral Health, Telemedicine, Visiting Nurse and Ambulance Services. LakeWood is a member of CommonSpirit Health, a faith-based national health care system that was formed in February 2019 through the merger of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health.