Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is poised to open its clinic Monday, April 1, in Breezy Point. Amy Hart, chief operating officer, said a majority of the equipment was moved in last week and the clinic's opening is on schedule.

"We see a lot of our patients come from the north Crow Wing County area," she said. "We have the opportunity to serve the community closer to home. We're having people from the public tell us there's a lot of excitement."

Primary care physician Dr. Mark Berntson will work out of the new clinic along with two nurse practitioners. The medical staff also includes laboratory technologists, phlebotomists and diagnostic imaging technicians.

The $3 million, 10,000 square-foot facility includes nine exam rooms, a procedure room, laboratory, X-ray room, nurse's station, and registration and welcome area with room to grow. Services immediately available include laboratory and diagnostic imaging. Specialty surgery and orthopedic services will be available on certain days of the month.

Hart said that this summer, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is hopeful it will add general surgery, orthopedics, OB-GYN and pain management services to the clinic operations.

The clinic makes up half of the North Star Center, a complex on County Road 11 that also includes the new GuidePoint Pharmacy. Pharmacist Lisa Iverson, with two other auxiliary personnel, will staff the pharmacy.

"We're real excited to be officially in the community," Hart said. "The demographic that finds it tough to drive all the way to Crosby or Baxter will benefit the most, but everyone from babies to the elderly can be seen there."

An official grand opening event is scheduled for June, though the clinic will operate well before then.

The clinic will host a Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, which is free for both chamber and non-chamber members to attend. Those who attend can meet staff and tour the clinic and pharmacy. Breezy Point Resort will provide refreshments and beverages, and those attending will receive a complimentary outdoors safety and first aid kit. There will be live entertainment and door prizes awarded.

Advanced registration is recommended. Register online or call 218-829-2838.

"We've been nothing but welcomed by Breezy Point," said Hart. "We've had cooperation with the city, county, everyone."

Future development plans for the 20 acres housing the North Star Center - named after the Breezy Point North Stars USA Hockey-sanctioned junior ice hockey team - include other medical related facilities, a gas station and convenience store, according to developer Bob Spizzo, CEO of Whitebirch, Inc.