Essentia Health-SJMC front entrance to be temporarily closed

Sidewalks and parking areas under maintenance


Starting Wednesday, Sept. 2, parking lot and sidewalk maintenance will be performed at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd that will impact patient parking and access through the front entrance of the hospital.

The east parking lot will be resurfaced first. During that time the south parking lot will remain open. When the east lot reopens, work will then transfer to the south lot.

The front entrance of the hospital will be closed starting Tuesday, Sept. 8, for approximately one week, weather permitting. During this time all patients and visitors will enter the hospital through the Emergency Department entrance to be screened for access to the hospital. Parking will not be available in front of the hospital.

Guest Services will run an open-air shuttle from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday to help bring patients from their parking spot to the ED entrance.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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