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The new Main entrance on the east side of Essentia Health St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes was a bustling place Monday afternoon during a grand opening ceremony.

St. Mary's clinic grand opening

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St. Mary's clinic grand opening
Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

Essentia Health St. Mary's is opening its new clinic doors in anticipation of serving the next generation, while still serving those who have come through the door of the Detroit Lakes clinic and hospital for years.

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"With the completion of our medical office building, Essentia Health St. Mary's has one of the most, if not the most complete campuses in the area," Board of Directors member Jim Anderson said. "The broad array of services offered here, ensures that you can stay right here in Detroit Lakes, for your health care needs."

The 49,315-square-foot expansion and remodeling project at St. Mary's Clinic includes 90 exam rooms, nine procedure rooms and seven registration desks.

There is now one main entry for the hospital and the clinic, which is located off Frazee Street, along with new patient and visitor parking on the east side and a drop off lane at the main entrance.

There is a new retail pharmacy, with the drive-through to be open in a couple weeks, and Urgent Care open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

St. Mary's has continued to be open and provide care even during construction, and Peter Jacobson thanked patients for their understanding Monday afternoon during an open house for the new facility.

"Hopefully," he said, "you'll agree it's been well worth it."

Dr. Greg Glasner said that in preparing for the next generation in healthcare in Detroit Lakes, "it resulted in this beautiful building.

"Being sick is not pleasant, but we're hoping this beautiful facility will help both patients and staff."

St. Mary's has added some new staff to fill the new clinic and plans to hire more this fall.

Anderson said the board has been working to develop a "concept for improving the quality of care delivery in Detroit Lakes" until it was approved by all involved.

"The senior management team at Essentia Health St. Mary's took an idea and gave it life. This group was the shepherd of the project from start to finish," he said.

Besides thanking the staff and city for their help and understanding, Anderson gave accolades to Benedictine Sisters Benevolent Association, who took over St. Mary's years ago, for turning the healthcare facility into what it is today.

"Back in the late 1980s, St. Mary's was owned by a for-profit group. The quality of care, at that time, was not up to today's standards. When a new direction was being sought for the facility, the BSBA stepped in and took over sponsorship of the facility. Without that action and their continued support of expanding the mission in Detroit Lakes, we would not be standing here today."

Jacobson said there will be even more features at the facility to come, including complete access to medical records so regardless what town patients are seen in, their records can be accessed from other Essentia Health facilities.

During the open house, Chamber of Commerce President Carrie Johnston thanked Essentia Health for its commitment to the community and for its "vision to bring this to Detroit Lakes."

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