Entira Family Clinics Expands to Hugo
While many larger health care systems are closing clinics, Maplewood-based Entira Family Clinics is expanding. The independent, physician-owned group will open a new primary care clinic in Hugo next fall.
Entira is the largest independent organization of family medicine providers in the state of Minnesota. Hugo will be the group’s 11th clinic.
But people in Minneapolis or the western side of metro may never have heard of Entira: All of its locations are in the East metro in communities like Woodbury, White Bear Lake, Shoreview, and Inver Grove Heights.
“We are kind of a little bit unknown,” acknowledged Len Kaiser, Entira’s chief administrative officer. “We’re not one of the large systems and we’re not affiliated with any of the large systems.”
Kaiser said that Entira’s approach to family medicine is based in communities and relationships.
“We’ve been in the communities, in some cases, for 50 years,” said Kaiser.
Kaiser said that Entira was created by a merger of two smaller groups about 15 years ago. The Entira name has been in use for about 10 years.
“A lot of the health systems are contracting and closing clinics,” said Kaiser. “We’re offering patients the option of tele-visits or in-person visits. We’re seeing the majority of our patients are really preferring to maintain that in-person experience.”
In October, Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services announced that it was closing 16 clinics in Minnesota and Wisconsin in response to operating losses due to Covid-19. In mid-2020, Bloomington-based HealthPartners announced that it would permanently close 7 clinics and a drug and alcohol treatment program.
Two of Entira’s clinics are within the city limits of St. Paul: its East Side and Highland Park locations. Entira recently relocated its East Side clinic to the new Phalen Village development; it opened at the new location in February 2020, just before the pandemic hit.
In Hugo, Entira is moving into the space of a former HealthEast clinic. Fairview and HealthEast merged in 2017. Fairview already had a clinic in Hugo and opted to close the HealthEast location.
“The space we’re moving into is the former Health East space,” said Kaiser. “We have totally built-out clinic space.”
Kaiser said that Hugo made sense as a new location for Entira because it was the next town north of White Bear Lake.
Entira was represented in the lease transaction by brokers Louis Suarez and Brian Bruggeman of the local office of Toronto-based Colliers International.
“It’s a very rapidly growing suburban market,” said Suarez, vice president of health care services for Colliers, said of Hugo.