CRMC shares updates related to COVID-19

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center. Brainerd Dispatch file photo

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby announced the following information related to COVID-19:

Restricted entrances

To further protect CRMC’s patients and staff from COVID-19, access to CRMC Crosby will be further restricted and everyone entering the facility will be required to be screened. Only the main entrance will be available between 4:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Clinic patients with respiratory symptoms are asked to use the emergency department entrance. Entrance B is available only for oncology and wound care patients from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The emergency department entrance continues to be available 24/7.

Clinic hours


CRMC is limiting access to its physician clinics to protect its patients, residents and staff. The Breezy Point Clinic’s new hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. The Longville Clinic’s new hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Consultations suspended

CRMC Advance Care Planning one-on-one consultations to answer questions and assist in completing a healthcare directive are suspended during April.

Information is available at . To have a directive mailed, call Mary Novotny at 218-546-700, ext. 4222. For any questions, facilitators Debra Bergsnev and Novotny are available to assist. Reach them through email at: or .

The facilitators assist in determining wishes for end-of-life care and who will make medical care decisions for you if you cannot speak for yourself. The sessions are being provided to encourage everyone to make their healthcare wishes known to their family members and physician.

The advanced care planning process involves conversations about values, beliefs and goals for future health care. The document helps prepare for the unexpected by outlining values and priorities for future medical treatment and identifies a health care agent.

Donations needed

All CRMC employees are now wearing masks while in the facility and donations of personal protective masks are needed to help conserve existing medical equipment for providers engaged in treating patients.


Details on items needed and instructions are available at . Supplies may be safely donated from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at CRMC’s employee parking lot along Highway 210 in Crosby.

For those who come to donate items, remain in the vehicle. A staff member will come to safely accept donations. Look for a tent and “donation” signage upon arrivals.

For answers to any donation questions or an alternative time to make a donation, contact Jennifer Podsiadly at or 218-545-4455.

Virtual visits

To help protect patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, CRMC is offering patients the opportunity to use virtual or telephone visits to meet with their health care provider without coming into a building.

Patients with a good internet connection can do this from home. Devices that may be used include a laptop with a camera and microphone or a smartphone.

For patients who have no internet access, or feel their internet might not support a visit, CRMC has designated parking spots outside of the Care Center to the left of the main entrance canopy to use while attending these virtual visits.

To schedule a virtual visit, call 218-546-7000. The nurses and scheduling staff will guide people through the process of getting set up for the virtual visit.


Nurse hotline

To help keep area residents healthy, CRMC is providing free, 24/7 telephone visits with a nurse from the comfort of home.

People experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or those who feel they have been exposed, call 218-545-7000. Nurses will screen and evaluate respiratory symptoms and concerns related to COVID-19. No appointment is necessary, and all are welcome to call.

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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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