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MeritCare Detroit Lakes Announces Major Expansion and Remodel

MeritCare Detroit Lakes is announcing a 33,000 square foot expansion and 28,800 square foot remodel of the existing clinic. The project will more than double the size of the clinic and is expected to be completed by 2011.

In response to patients looking for more highly specialized medical services closer to home, MeritCare Detroit Lakes, located at 1245 Washington Ave, is announcing a 33,000 square foot expansion and 28,800 sq ft remodel of the existing clinic. The expansion will be to the east of the existing clinic and is expected to be complete by spring 2011. MeritCare conducted a three-year evaluation of different scenarios to develop a regional care delivery hub in central Minnesota to better serve the growing population of patients living in this region. Our top priority was to listen to patients' medical needs and then to build our services to better meet those needs. The resulting hub would allow MeritCare to provide more highly-specialized medical services in the region rather than patients having to travel to Fargo for care. The expansion includes: -Surgery Center with two operating suites. -Expanded imaging services and space. -Expanded lab services and space. -Expanded and relocated physical therapy space. -Outdoor space for mobile medical units with over-head canopies on the south and north entrances. -Expanded clinic space for future growth of up to 36 providers, both primary and specialty care. "The expansion of these services in the Detroit Lakes area is key to enhancing the patient experience at MeritCare and in our community. It's all about offering convenient patient-focused care by providing a service that is closer to home. And to have it all under one roof is a really nice addition to our over-all package of services", says Dr. Jon Larson, managing physician partner. The remodel will improve patient flow and efficiency aligning the facility with LEAN principles to better serve patients. Detroit Lakes Clinic joined MeritCare in 1985. The current location on Washington Avenue is 30,000 square feet and was built in 1987. The clinic has steadily grown to currently include 87 employees, 11 doctors, four PA/NPs, with five doctors providing outreach medical services. For more information about the services currently offered in Detroit Lakes click here.