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PrairieCare Medical Group to build new mental health clinic in Rochester

PrairieCare Medical Group to build new mental health clinic in Rochester

Construction of a new 40,000-square-foot clinic will help PrairieCare Medical Group expand its mental health services in the Rochester area.

The facility, to be located on Members Parkway Northwest, will offer Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) services along with an expansion of PrairieCare Medical Group’s traditional outpatient services.

The group, which has been in Rochester since 2014, currently provides a number of services for people in need of mental health treatment.

More ‘specialty track care’

Dr. Christopher Wall, a psychiatrist who heads the group’s southern Minnesota practice, said the larger facility will allow them to offer additional “specialty track care.” This approach involves putting together a team of health professionals — therapists, nurses, psychiatric technicians — for up to a couple months so they can better understand and treat patients with complex cases.

With the current space, Wall said they do not have the capacity to keep up with the demand — and as a result, it can take weeks or months to get into the program. The new building, he said, will help alleviate that issue.

“There are many patients and families in crisis and struggling,” said Dr. Wall. He added, “Our new building will give us more space and, in turn, more bandwidth to offer an even broader range of service with less waiting to access these services.”

The new facility is expected to be open next fall. You can learn more about the services offered by PrairieCare Medical Group on their website.

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