Essentia Health St. Joseph's 
Baxter Clinic

Baxter, MN

WSN’s reputation for completing several high-profile public projects in the community led to the firm’s selection for this project. Our multi-disciplined team provided architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, civil, and landscape architectural services. We teamed with Minneapolis, MN based HGA, which drove the programming, schematic design, and interior design for the project. The material palette of the building includes stone, precast concrete, glass, stucco, and metal panel, which blends well with the natural surroundings.

The 43,000 square foot clinic in Brainerd/Baxter has two levels with multiple specialty areas. Family practice, women’s health, pediatrics, lab, X-rays, and UrgentCare are the many services provided in this facility. Patient- centered care is the concept that directed the building design and is addressed in several ways.

A greeter meets patients immediately upon entering the clinic and redirects them to a decentralized check-in area. Natural light and exterior views combined with material selections, artwork, and furnishings create a sense of comfort. The decentralized concept allows patients to feel like their visit is one-on-one with the provider. Insulated walls in the exam rooms, as well as insulated ductwork, decrease the transfer of sound, which reinforces the patient-centered care concept. The clinic will provide a welcoming environment for patients in the Brainerd/Baxter area for many years.


Essentia Health St. Joseph's — Baxter Clinic

Kevin Donnay explains the process of creating this state-of-the-art medical facility. (6:13)