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  • Writer's pictureShelly Peterson

Essentia Health - Bringing Quality Healthcare to the Cloquet Community

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In today's fast-paced world, having accessible, high-quality healthcare close to home is more important than ever. The Essentia Health-Cloquet Clinic has stepped up to meet this need, offering a wide array of services to the local community. Located conveniently in Cloquet, this clinic is a shining example of how healthcare can be both comprehensive and community-oriented.

A Comprehensive Health Hub

Essentia Health-Cloquet Clinic is not just a place for quick check-ups; it is a full-fledged healthcare hub. The clinic provides primary care services, including family medicine, obstetrics, and pediatrics. These services ensure that from the youngest to the oldest, every member of the community receives the care they need. But the offerings don't stop at primary care.

The clinic is equipped with a state-of-the-art lab and imaging services, which include radiology. This means that patients can get essential diagnostic services without the need to travel long distances. Cardiology services are available five days a week, and for urgent health needs, the clinic offers urgent care services seven days a week. This level of accessibility and convenience is vital for a community like Cloquet, where residents value having quality healthcare options close to home.

Specialty Care Right Here in Cloquet

While some specialty care services are referred to the larger Essentia Duluth, the Cloquet Clinic offers several specialty services right on site. These include cardiology, general surgery, gynecology, lab services, midwifery, imaging and radiology, obstetrics, and orthopedics sports medicine. The availability of these services locally means that patients can receive specialized care without the need for time-consuming travel, allowing them to stay close to their families and support networks.

Meeting the Community's Needs

Recently, we had the pleasure of meeting with Trina Lower, Operations Director of Essentia Health-Cloquet Clinic, and Tony Matt, Media Relations Specialist for Essentia Health. They shared some insights into the clinic's role in the broader healthcare landscape of the region. The expansion into Cloquet is part of a vision to establish a strong presence of provider staff along the Interstate 35 corridor, covering areas such as Hinkley, Sandstone, Moose Lake, Cloquet, and Duluth.

“The Cloquet Clinic has exceeded expectations since the construction of our 7,640 square foot facility, which opened in 2022,” Trina Lower explained. “There was a strong interest and demand to bring care closer, versus driving into Duluth.”

The clinic now hosts roughly 30 staff members and serves about 100 people daily, including those who utilize telehealth and virtual care appointments.

Cutting-Edge Technology for Seamless Care

One of the standout features of the Essentia Health-Cloquet Clinic is its use of Essentia Health’s MyChart, powered by EPIC software. This system allows patients to access their medical records seamlessly from anywhere. Whether you need to check your lab results or communicate with your doctor, MyChart ensures that all your health information is at your fingertips, making managing your health more straightforward than ever.

A Strong Network of Care

Tony Matt, based out of the Duluth area, oversees a service area that includes 78 clinics and 15,000 employees. “

Essentia Duluth is the only Level 1 trauma facility located north of the Twin Cities,” Tony Matt shared, highlighting the clinic’s connection to a larger network of care that ensures comprehensive and specialized support for more complex health needs.

Community Impact

The presence of Essentia Health-Cloquet Clinic has had a significant impact on the local community. By bringing essential healthcare services closer to home, the clinic not only improves the health of Cloquet residents but also enhances their quality of life by reducing travel times and making healthcare more accessible and convenient.

The Essentia Health-Cloquet Clinic is more than just a medical facility; it's a testament to the power of community-focused healthcare. With its comprehensive services, advanced technology, and dedicated staff, the clinic is well-positioned to continue serving the Cloquet area for years to come, ensuring that high-quality healthcare is always within reach.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit the Essentia Health-Cloquet Clinic today and experience the difference that local, comprehensive healthcare can make in your life.

Essentia Health-Cloquet Clinic

1413 Hwy 33 South

Cloquet, MN 55720

Phone: 218-337-4000

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