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Cuyuna Regional Medical Center and Minneapolis Heart Institute® will improve access to healthcare in Baxter

BAXTER, Minn. 04/17/2013

Plans for the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and Minneapolis Heart Institute® (MHI) building in Baxter continue to progress with both organizations eager to enhance healthcare services in the region. The Baxter City Council approved the development agreement for the building at their Tuesday, April 16 meeting. The new Baxter clinic, to be located at 13205 Isle Drive, will improve access to healthcare services and offer residents a convenient option for receiving the quality care that MHI and CRMC are known for.

"CRMC is excited to partner with MHI to provide a new clinic dedicated to the type of compassionate care both organizations provide to the region," said John Solheim, CRMC's CEO.

CRMC has provided healthcare to the region for nearly 50 years. More than 900 physicians, nurses, health care professionals and support staff work together to provide patients and their families with positive, proactive, patient focused, and family centered care. The organization is home to over 40 primary care and specialty physicians. The clinic in Baxter will be a third addition to CRMC's locations. An outpatient clinic is located in Longville and CRMC's main campus is in Crosby.

Minneapolis Heart Institute® in Baxter is a full-service cardiology clinic staffed by six cardiology providers that offer a full range of outpatient cardiovascular services and testing. The clinic is part of the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health.

"Patients in this region are fortunate to have top-notch medical care. Physicians at the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital have had close relationships with the physicians at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center for many years. Our cardiologists have enjoyed practicing in the area for more than 20 years in Baxter, Crosby and Aitkin. We are excited to move into this new facility and to work even more closely with our Cuyuna colleagues to provide more comprehensive care and strengthen our relationships with patients and physicians in this region," said Ben Bache-Wiig, MD, president of Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

The new clinic building in Baxter will be 22,000 square feet and shared by CRMC and MHI. CRMC-Baxter will provide outpatient clinic care in addition to lab and imaging. Initially, there will be two family medicine physicians and one physician assistant at CRMC-Baxter on a regular basis for standard clinic care. Various medical specialty providers will also see patients in Baxter with some providers providing care exclusively in Baxter or Crosby and some providing care in Baxter and Crosby. Patient records will be accessible from both locations.

Mortenson Construction and Nor-Son Inc. are the primary building contractors. Groundbreaking for the new building is expected in April. MHI plans to occupy the new building in November, and CRMC-Baxter is likely to begin moving into the building in December 2013.

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