Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center Breaks Ground

By KBJR News 1

June 7, 2011 Updated Jun 7, 2011 at 7:03 PM CDT

AURORA, MN (Northland's Newscenter)---Ground was broken today on a four and a half million dollar construction project in Aurora.

Medical care will be a little easier to obtain for Iron Rangers around the Aurora area. A new medical facility will combine the Essentia Health Northern Pines Care and Medical Center with the Essentia Health–Aurora Clinic.

There will be a lot of activity coming up within the next few months," said Hospital Board Chair Member, Ken Corbett. "And once the facility is done, it'll be something the communities can be really proud of. Not only the town of Aurora, but the surrounding areas."

Formerly known as White Community Hospital and Nursing Home, the clinic has been a life line for community members.

"It means a lot, it's so hard for these small community hospitals to stay in business, otherwise so, being affiliated with an organization that is a little larger I think will help them," said retired Aurora resident, Richard Theiling.

The new site was made possible through partnerships and loans from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Iron Range Resource and Rehabilitation Board.

"It's all about jobs, economic development and making communities viable and sustainable," State Director, Colleen Landkamer. "And that's what does gonna happen here."

Once construction on the site is completed, it will become a 13–hundred square foot clinic and will include a new laboratory, radiology suite and registration area.

The addition is expected to be complete by September.

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