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The new Essentia Health Clinic in Emily, located at 20918 County Road 1, will begin caring for patients on Monday, September 29. All are welcome to an Open House on Monday, September 22 from 4-6:30p.m.- photo submitted
Dr. Sara Lokstad
Physician Assistant Lance Fisher

Essentia Health Opens a New Clinic in Emily: Open Date September 29, Community Open House September 22

Web posted September 2, 2014
To bring health care closer to home, Essentia Health is opening a new clinic in Emily, MN located at 20918 County Road 1.

The clinic, which opens Monday, September 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. We are also proud to share that we have 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 8a.m.- 6p.m. four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday) and 8a.m.-4:30p.m.on Thursdays.” “A lot of our citizens are retired and older so having a clinic in town means they’ll have better access to health care,” says George Pepek, Emily’s mayor. “That’s important.”

“A lot of older residents don’t drive and they don’t like to ask for a ride,” explains his wife, Priscilla Pepek. “With the clinic being in town, they won’t be so hesitant to call for a ride.”

The Pepeks bought their home on Ruth Lake in 1993. They retired and began living there year-round nine years ago.

“One of my greatest fears in moving here was finding a decent doctor and starting all over again,” Priscilla says. She’s pleased that her physician, Dr. Lokstad, will now have appointments in Emily as well as Crosslake.

“Dr. Lokstad is genuine and she genuinely cares about you,” Priscilla says. “It’s not 'get you in one door and out the other.’ I just love her.”

George, a Vietnam veteran, gets his care from the Veterans Administration. He says the community is excited about the new clinic and new business.

“This is an excellent opportunity for a new business that the community will greatly benefit from,” he says.

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 beautiful clinic that is nearly complete with the help of a local contractor and many local subcontractors.

The community is invited to an Open House on Monday, September 22 from 4-6:30p.m. Attendees are welcome to tour the clinic, meet the staff, enjoy appetizers and enter into prize drawings.

To schedule an appointment for your annual physical or any followup care or immediate health needs you can call 218 763-4800.

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