The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community provides a number of health and wellness services for Community members, Native Americans living in Scott County who are enrolled in any federally recognized Indian Tribe, employees, and their family members.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community provides services through its Shakopee Dakota Clinic, Shakopee Dakota Dental Clinic, Mystic Clinic, Wellness Center, Vision Clinic, and Pharmacy. A Mental Health Care Program and an Employee Assistance Program provide for the mental and emotional health and wellbeing of patients.
Hearing services, wellness classes and activities, and social services are offered in addition to services provided by the SMSC Education Department. The SMSC also holds three blood drives each year. The SMSC Mobile Unit also provides mammograms on the reservation and other services across the state.
At the Shakopee Dakota Clinic in the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Center staff perform x-rays, set broken bones, stitch wounds, give physical examinations, and more. Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Physician’s Assistants, and nurses offers a variety of services and screenings, immunizations, an urgent care practice, flu shots, Diabetes Education, lab and blood work, and Occupational Health Care. In cooperation with the Mental Health Department, a Mental Health Medication Management Clinic and counseling is also available.
The Shakopee Dakota Dental Clinic in the SMSC Community Center performs cleanings, examinations, extractions, fillings, and other services. Three dentists, two hygienists, and four dental assistants see patients each day.
The Mystic Clinic at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel serves team members of the SMSC Gaming Enterprise and in some instances their family members. It provides urgent care services, immunizations, lab work, flu shots, Occupational Health Care, and other services.
The SMSC Wellness Center contains a physical therapy and chiropractic clinic with four chiropractors and four physical therapists. In addition there is a 14 x 10-foot warm water hydrotherapy pool for rehabilitation of injuries, arthritis, sprains, strains, and other disorders. Acupuncture is also provided by certified practitioners.
In 2008 the SMSC Vision Clinic in the Wellness Center opened. At the Vision Clinic, optometrists screen for diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma in addition to conducting vision screenings for contacts and corrective lenses. Opticians help fit glasses and contacts for patients from a wide array of frames, sunglasses, and other products.
The SMSC Pharmacy, with its two pharmacists and several pharmacy technicians, dispenses prescription and Over the Counter medications, counsels patients, and provides information on medications for patient and medical professionals. Located in the Dakota Mall across from Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, the SMSC Pharmacy is not open to the public.
The Mobile Unit is a combined project of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community's Health Department and Mdewakanton Emergency Services. The Mobile Unit serves as a Mobile Medical Clinic and an Incident Command Unit as it travels Minnesota. The SMSC Mobile Unit provides health screening, mammograms, prevention and education, and treatment services as well as a mobile incident command center which can be used to handle tactical emergency situations like search and rescue. In its first nearly two years of service, more than 1,261 patients received mammograms aboard the Mobile Unit at locations across the state. In addition, health screenings, dental services, and a diabetes management clinic have been held. The Mobile Unit also provides services to SMSC Community members, Native Americans who live in Scott County, and employees during monthly health screening events.
Also opening in 2008 within the Wellness Center is a soundproof hearing booth used by trained staff for early detection of hearing loss. An audiometer with earphones is used to test both ears for the ability to hear sounds of varying tones and intensity. Results are automatically graphed and analyzed. Diseases, trauma, infection, medications, and other hazards can cause hearing loss. Early detection and intervention of problems can help conserve hearing.
The SMSC NETWORKS Employee Assistance and Mental Health programs provide mental health care, employee assistance, smoking cessation classes, support groups, counseling, referral, and chemical dependency services.