Essentia to open clinic in Emily
EMILY - To bring health care closer to home, Essentia Health is opening a new clinic in Emily, located at 20918 County Road 1, according to Essentia Health officials...
EMILY - To bring health care closer to home, Essentia Health is opening a new clinic in Emily, located at 20918 County Road 1, according to Essentia Health officials
The clinic, which opens Sept. 29, will provide primary care to adults and children as well as low-risk obstetrics. Lab services and X-rays will also be offered. Common urgent prescriptions will be available through a special automated dispenser.
Dr. Sara Lokstad, a family medicine physician who recently returned from her second deployment as an Army major, will see patients at the clinic. She currently works at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's-Crosslake Clinic. She will be joined by experienced Physician Assistant Lance Fisher who lives in the area and has been caring for patients at UrgentCare and ConvenientCare in Baxter over the past year. Essentia has also hired nursing and receptionist staff from the community who include: Arianne Sizenbach, LPN, of Emily; LaSandra Biermaier, LPN; Lindsey Paulsen of Outing; and Jennifer Jacobson of Emily.
"Our mission is to make a healthy difference in people's lives," says Bill Palmer, the regional clinic administrator. "We already serve a number of patients from Emily and Outing at our Crosslake Clinic. A new clinic in Emily is more convenient and makes it easier for people to access care."
"We heard from community members that extended hours are important," continued Palmer, "So we are pleased to share that the clinic will be open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. four days a week (Monday, Tuesday,Wednesday, and Friday) and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.on Thursdays."
The clinic has been built in a vacant office that served a log home builder. Essentia Health invested in the conversion of the vacant office space into a clinic that is nearly complete with the help of a local contractor and many local subcontractors.
The community is invited to an open house from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Sept. 22. Attendees are welcome to tour the clinic, meet the staff, enjoy appetizers and enter into prize drawings.
To schedule an appointment for an annual physical or any follow-up care or immediate health those who are interested may call 218-763-4800.