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St. Joseph's Area Health Services provides medical services to the Park Rapids area.


    St. Josephs Area Health Services is a community-based hospital, which provides inpatient, outpatient, emergency services, home care and hospice care to residents of Hubbard County and portions of Becker, Cass and Wadena counties. St. Josephs Community Dental Clinic and Care Essentials, a home medical equipment supply store, reaches clients from the service region and beyond.

    St. Josephs and Essentia Health are now housed under one roof, creating a medical center for the region. St. Josephs and Essentia Health share a main entrance for patients and guests. The renovation project was designed to improve the way healthcare is delivered to patients by allowing a streamlined service through shared space and close proximity.

    St. Josephs has many on-site physicians and a large number of consulting and allied health professionals on staff. These medical staff professionals offer family practice, internal medicine, surgery, orthopedics and imaging services. In addition, a full array of visiting specialists provides care in cardiology, ENT, OB/GYN, gastroenterology, urology, podiatry and oncology.

    St. Josephs Community Dental Clinic, located at 205 Pleasant Ave., provides dental care for patients currently on a state-provided insurance. Certain Hubbard County income-eligible resident may qualify for reduced-rate dental care. (Call 732-4436 or 800-566-3311).

    St. Josephs Care Essentials, located at 1004 First St. West (Highway 34 west), offers home medical equipment such as hospital beds, wheelchair, lifts and breastfeeding supplies to name a few.

    St. Josephs is located at 600 Pleasant Ave. and is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations. Catholic Health Initiatives of Denver serves as St. Josephs sponsor. For more information, contact Judith Miller, communication/development manager, at 237-5711 or visit the Website at


Essentia Health - Park Rapids

    The main clinic is located in Park Rapids on Pleasant Ave. with offices also in Walker and Menahga.

    To make an appointment during the day call 732-2800. After hours, holidays and weekends, emergency medical service is available through the emergency room at St. Josephs Area Health Services.

Erickson Medical Clinic

    Dr. Vern Erickson, MD, offers internal medicine, urgent care, family care and womens health care. Referrals can be made to any specialist or hospital as needed.

    New patients and walk-ins are welcome, although appointments are recommended. Call 732-7760. Twenty-four hour service is available.

Veterans Administration Clinic

    A Veterans Administration (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinic opened in Bemidji inJuly 2007. Call 218-755-6360 to set up an appointment.

    Veterans currently enrolled in the VA system who would like to transfer their care to the Bemidji clinic may contact their local county veteran service office. For Hubbard County residents, the number is 732-3561.

Other medical facilities and services

Care-Age Country Home

    Care-Age assisted living facility has a Northwoods feel and family setting.

    The facility is located about 3 miles east of Park Rapids off of Highway 34 at 18846 Eagle Bend Road, Park Rapids. Call 732-3721 for more information.

Hyatt House

    The assisted living facility provides a combination of housing and personalized supportive services in a small, family-like atmosphere.

    Hyatt House is located at 309 Eastern Avenue South in Park Rapids. For more information call 237-0020.

Diamond Willow

    The assisted living facility offers a unique way to live for seniors with complex care needs. Diamond Willow is located at 909 Crocus Hill Street in Park Rapids. For more information, call 732-3606.

Heritage Living Center

    Heritage Living Center, located at West 6th St. in Park Rapids, is a nursing facility owned by Hubbard County and managed by Ecumen, a not-for-profit, Lutheran Church affiliated organization based in St. Paul.

    Services provided include intermediate and skilled nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, pastoral care, social services, hospice services and room, and a variety of activities, days, evenings and weekends. For more information, call 732-3329.

Caring Hands Home Care

    Caring Hands Home Care, Inc. is a licensed, Medicare-certified home care agency, serving all or parts of Hubbard, Wadena, Ottertail, Todd, Becker and Cass counties since May 1994.

    Staff is comprised of registered nurses, LPNs, registered physical, speech and occupational therapists, a dietician, health aides, homemakers and respite workers. Caring Hands always works closely with the patients doctor who approves each care plan.

    Besides home care services to the adult population, Caring Hands is also offering specialized services to  pediatric clients, from newborn to adolescent, to include private duty LPN/RN and therapy services.

    For more information, call 732-0088 for the Park Rapids office, 218-837-5572 for the Sebeka office or toll-free at 888-290-5572.

Headwaters Chiropractic Clinic

    Mike Erickson, DC offers commonsense chiropractic care at his office located across from St. Peters Catholic Church at 4th and Pleasant Avenue, one block west of Main street in Park Rapids. Massage therapy also is available. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 732-4554.

Park Rapids Chiropractic Clinic

    Dr. James Ahrens has been a chiropractor in Park Rapids for many years. The chiropractic office has fully accredited X-ray equipment, EKG equipment, nutritional counseling, ultrasound therapy, diathermy and other modalities. The clinic is located four blocks north of the hospital in Park Rapids at 207 Pleasant Ave. Call 732-5191.

Smart Chiropractic Center

    Smart Chiropractic Center, located two blocks north of the Holiday Station, offers varying techniques and modalities, nutritional counsel, accident, family and preventative care. Call 732-7261 for more information.

Peabody Chiropractic, LLC

    Park Rapids native, Mindy Peabody, DC, provides chiropractic services for a variety of conditions, including headaches, neck and back pain, muscle and ligamentous injuries as well as many others.

    It is located on Highway 34 East, across from Thielen Motors. To schedule an appointment, call 237-1770.

Heartland Wellness Center

    Heartland Wellness Clinic, located on Highway 34 East, Park Rapids, provides complementary and integrated natural health care choices. Services include chiropractic care, naturopathic care, physical therapy and a wellness spa.

    For more information, go to

Itasca Naturopathic Clinic

    Itasca Naturopathic Clinic provides integrative medicine, a comprehensive utilization of traditional and conventional.

    Drs. Rachel Oppitz, INC owner, and Lee Aberle serve clients at their location on Highway 34 across from Pizza Hut. The clinic Web site is


Northwoods Dental

    Tina Robin offers family dental services at 405 Henrietta S. in Park Rapids. Call 732-1414 to make an appointment.

Guy V. Reich, DDS Family Dentistry

    Family dentistry services are available from Guy V. Reich located at 314 Pleasant Ave. in Park Rapids. For more information call 732-4466.

Pleasant Avenue Dentistry, DDS

    Jay Jorgenson and Steve Schell offer dental care for the entire family. The dental office is located at 406 Pleasant Ave. Call 237-7200 to make an appointment.

David Andersen, DDS

    David Andersen offers dental service for the Park Rapids area. The office is located at 19033 U.S. Highway 71. Call 732-3291 for more information.

St. Josephs Community Dental Clinic

    St. Josephs Community Dental Clinic, located at 205 Pleasant Ave., provides dental care for patients currently on a state-provided insurance. Certain Hubbard County income-eligible resident may qualify for reduced-rate dental care. Call 732-4436 or 800-566-3311.