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Allina, CRMC announce joint land purchase in Baxter


Allina Hospitals and Clinics and Crosby-based Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Tuesday announced a joint land purchase off Isle Drive in Baxter.


The land is off Highway 371 on Isle Drive, south of the Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union building. While a medical office building is expected, CRMC reports there are no immediate plans to build.

Years ago, speculation arose that CRMC would establish a clinic near Brainerd or Baxter. Then the Great Recession hit. While the building plans may not be coming right away, Todd Bymark, CRMC director of public relations, said it was determined it was a good time to make the land purchase. Cuyuna Regional Medical Center reports it has a long-standing relationship with Allina through its affiliation with the Minneapolis Heart Institute and now most recently with Virginia Piper Cancer Institute and Allina’s Telehealth Network stroke program.

“These partnerships benefit patients by sharing clinical best practices, as well as facilitating smooth transitions between Allina and regional care teams,” CRMC reported in a news release.

Allina’s investment in the property shows its commitment to working with area communities for health care, CRMC reported. Allina has several partnerships with regional Minnesota health care providers.

“Minneapolis Heart Institute, part of Allina, has operated clinics in Brainerd/Baxter, Crosby and Aitkin for many years,” said Dr. Peter Stokman, MHI cardiologist, in a news release. “We are looking forward to expanding community partnerships and health and wellness programs throughout the region as we continue to offer a full range of cardiology services in the Baxter area including same-day appointments with a cardiologist.”

“Working with Allina will allow us to expand services, as well as increase access close to home for our patients — for years to come,” said Tom Reek, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center chief executive officer.

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Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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