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Fall Fest is Tuesday at Essentia Health in DL

Essentia Health wants to share in some of the best parts of fall with the Detroit Lakes community -- from enjoying a warm bowl of chili to decorating pumpkins.

The public is invited to a Fall Festival Celebration from 4:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Essentia Health St. Mary's-Detroit Lakes, 1027 Washington Ave.

The event will be full of family-friendly activities, including bingo, crafts, wagon rides and a petting zoo.

Community members will have a chance to grab a bite to eat, too - chili for adults and macaroni & cheese for kids.

Along with the fall festivities, the public will be able to tour the newly remodeled Cancer Center.

Patients now have a new space in the clinic to receive chemotherapy, which was previously located in the basement of the hospital.

"Patients can now benefit from a larger space that's more comfortable for them and the staff," says Peter Jacobson, president of Essentia Health St. Mary's.

"The windows allow patients to enjoy some sunshine while receiving their treatment. We appreciate being able to provide patients who receive chemotherapy with an updated, welcoming environment that's close to their homes."

The celebration is also an opportunity to welcome several new physicians to the community who joined Essentia Health St. Mary's this summer and fall:

• Dr. Dinesh Chaudhary, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

• Dr. Tuhin Banerjee, Hospitalist.

• Dr. Soma Ghosh, Pediatrician.

• Dr. Monika Pokharel, Internal Medicine.

• Dr. Rajit Kaushal, Hospitalist.

• Dr. Nana Tackie, Emergency Medicine.

• Dr. Pankaj Timsina, Family Medicine.

"We invite the public to join us for some fall fun and to get to know these new members of our community," Jacobson says.  "We're so fortunate to grow our physician staff."