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Community Celebrates New Pierz Clinic

Sep 25, 2017

Community celebrates new Pierz Clinic

​More than 350 community members joined Essentia staff and leaders to celebrate Thursday's open house for Essentia Health's new St. Joseph's-Pierz Clinic. The new building is the realization of a long-held dream – to expand our services to better care for rural Morrison County residents. It's a testament to Essentia's commitment to the community and its future health care needs and reinforces our Aspirational Aim to Achieve Health and Vitality with our Communities.


Former Pierz Mayor LeRoy Hoheisel and his wife, Peggy, were eager to tour the clinic, which is on the site of the old Farmers and Merchants Bank. The bank later became the Old Bank Restaurant. "The old building was an eyesore. This new clinic is a great addition to the community," says Hoheisel, who served as mayor for 12 years. "As we age, driving 30 miles to Brainerd for health care is a long way," his wife says. "It's so much more convenient to get care here in your own community."

A tent full of residents enjoyed a picnic lunch while current Pierz Mayor Toby Egan praised the partnership between Essentia, the city's economic development team and local businesses. "This is not just a new building. It means new opportunities and new services for our community. We thank Essentia for reinvesting in our community. It's a huge commitment and we couldn't be happier," says Egan, who is married to the Hoheisels' daughter, Lynn.

With the new space comes room to grow our services, which will include podiatry, orthopedics and internal medicine. The clinic, which opened a little over a week ago, is double the size of the old facility at more than 4,200 square feet. It has seven exam rooms, a procedure room, new X-ray equipment and space for physical therapy services, which will be added soon. Family Medicine Physician Dr. Ted Trueblood, who has served Pierz patients for the last three years, says he is already hearing good things. "The patients are very excited. There's been a lot of positive feedback about the building and the availability of additional services," he says.

The person who probably traveled the farthest to Thursday's gathering was Family Medicine Physician Dr. Dustie Samuels, who will join the Pierz Clinic staff next summer. Accompanied by her husband, Brett, and 8-year-old son, Mason, Dr. Samuels drove from near Wichita, Kansas, to meet locals and tour the clinic. "We're thrilled to be here," Dr. Samuels shared as she was warmly greeted by her new colleagues.