Women’s Health at the Cloquet Hospital

Comprehensive healthcare for all generations

Women’s Health

Care for yourself the way you care for others

Women’s Health Services is a comprehensive program focusing on a full spectrum of women’s health issues. Dr. Verna Thornton, OB/GYN, is passionate about patient education and skilled in gynecological surgery. “The more you understand your body and how it functions, the better-equipped you’ll be to take care of yourself and achieve optimal health,” says Dr. Thornton.

We know today’s women lead busy lives, so we make your wait as short as possible. Once your appointment begins, your time with Dr. Thornton is never rushed.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Verna Thornton, please call 218-878-7626. No referral is necessary.

General office services include:

  • Annual well-woman exams
  • STD/STI screening
  • Family planning
  • Abnormal bleeding/abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Pelvic pain
  • Fibroid management
  • Ovarian cysts/polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Infertility
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Menopausal management
  • Prolapse problems
  • Hormone replacement therapy

Contraception methods include:

  • IUD placement and removal
  • Birth control pills
  • NuvaRing
  • Surgical sterilization
  • Depo-provera
  • Removal of Nexplanon

Surgical procedures include:

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Diagnostic hysteroscopy/D&C
  • Uterine/endometrial ablation (NovaSure and Genesys HTA)
  • Laparoscopy (diagnostic and surgical)
  • Hysterectomy (laparoscopic/single site/abdominal/vaginal)
  • Exploratory laparotomy for ovarian masses, endometriosis, etc.
  • Repair of anatomical issues related to pelvic relaxation
  • Tubal ligation
  • Myomectomy
  • Vaginaplasty
  • Surgical scar revision
  • Ablation of condyloma acuminata (genital warts caused by HPV)
  • Retrieval of “lost” IUDs

Minimally invasive hysterectomy

We offer a minimally invasive laparoscopic hysterectomy, which involves only four tiny incisions, including one through the belly button where a tube with a camera on the tip is inserted. The camera magnifies the organs, making it easier for doctors to operate. Because the procedure is less invasive than a vaginal hysterectomy, women experience less pain, recover more quickly, and have less scarring.

The latest in breast cancer screening

CMH is pleased to offer Genius 3D tomosynthesis mammography. In addition to better patient comfort, our new state-of-the-art machine provides a 20-65% increase in invasive breast cancer detection compared to conventional mammography.

Astounding precision and a better, more in-depth image. Digital tomosynthesis (3D) captures multiple X-ray images of each breast from different angles. By making finer details more visible, 3D mammography offers up to a 40% decrease in false-positive recalls. The system has revolutionized the mammography screening process.

“Better sensitivity with digital tomosynthesis will decrease patient recalls and lead to more lives saved from screening mammography.” – CMH Radiologist Peggy Rouleau, MD

To book your 3D mammogram, please call our scheduling department at 218-878-7015.

CMH Family Clinic

At CMH Family Clinic, our physicians promote access to women’s health services. Drs. Kathryn Dobbs, Melissa Robey, and Adrianne Westmoreland oversee patients’ regular gynecological care as well as preventative care at annual wellness visits.

Our commitment to women’s health means mothers can welcome their babies in small-town comfort with all the amenities of a big-city hospital—including our state-of-the-art Birthing Suites. The family medicine physicians at the Family Clinic look forward to seeing moms and moms-to-be, and are equipped to care for mothers throughout their entire pregnancy.

For appointments and more information about CMH Family Clinic, please call 218-878-7626.


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512 Skyline Boulevard
Cloquet, Minnesota 55720

CMH Urgent Care hours: Monday-Friday, 5-9pm; Saturday 9am-3pm; closed on holidays
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