U.S. Sen. Smith comes to Cloquet


April 28, 2023

Jana Peterson

U.S. Senator Tina Smith gets help from Zora Radosevich, MDH Office of Rural Health and Primary Care Director, staffer Orion DiFranco and nurse/trainer Alanna Groth in a simulated birth delivery at Community Memorial Hospital on April 13. Smith has been working to secure more funding for rural obstetrics practices and training so women don't have to travel to bigger hospitals – sometimes hours away – to give birth.

Unique unit highlighted at hospital

U.S. Senator Tina Smith visited Community Memorial Hospital earlier this month and delivered a baby.

Neither the mother nor the baby were real - both are part of the hospital's birth simulation training program, a high-tech lifelike experience that allows doctors, nurses, students and even senators to practice a wide range of live birth scenarios, from a cesarean section to breech birth to postpartum hemorrhaging.

"At 3 a.m. it's them and the nurses," explained CMH CEO Rick Breuer. "That's why this training is so important: you can practice the routine and t...

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