In 1963 our founding physicians, Dr. Herbert Strait and Dr. Bernard Lenz, purchased the existing Fridley practice of Dr. Jay, located near the intersection of University Avenue and Mississippi Street. Dr. Ted Lester, Dr. Nick Koropchak and Dr. Gerald O'Brien joined the practice and they quickly outgrew their original space. A new hospital was being built in Fridley on Osborne Road and so the group, by then known as Fridley Medical Center, purchased land across from the hospital, built a new building of their own, and opened there in 1966.
Growth in the greater Twin Cities area began quickly moving north of Fridley. Thus, in 1973 the group decided to open a new office in Blaine, named it Blaine Medical Center, and opened for business shortly thereafter in a three bedroom rambler near Highway 65 and 121st Street north. The first full-time family physician at Blaine Medical Center was Dr. David Vesall. The Blaine Medical Center rapidly outgrew the house and built a new building nearby in 1978.
In the fall of 1973 Fridley Medical Center suffered a devastating fire, but the clinic persevered and recovered from the fire.
In 1984 we expanded our focus to Occupation Health and to help support that work, opened a clinic in Roseville due to its central location for many industries and the Twin Cities' trucking industry. Roseville Medical Center was in the Fairdale Shoppes until we outgrew that space and moved to our present location at County Road C-West and Fairview Avenue. This location was chosen when the City of Roseville decided to develop the "Mack" hotel property and desired a new building on the property to serve as the "gateway" to their redevelopment of the area. The Twin Lakes Medical Building evolved and today is a multi-tenant medical and dental building serving Roseville and the surrounding area. In 2011 the building was renamed Roseville Medical And Dental Center.
Also in 1984 we changed our corporate name to Multicare Associates of the Twin Cities, but determined that each clinic would continue to be known by its geographical location. We were one of the first independent medical providers to offer evening clinic hours, which was one of many causes for our patient base to grow rapidly.
Such growth led to our opening a new state-of-the-art Blaine Medical Center in May 2007 at 117th Avenue and Highway 65. The new clinic provides the same great service that was provided at the former location, but because of its multi-tenant capacity, also offers many other specialties including a pharmacy, eye clinic, MRI/CT/Ultrasound and physical therapy.
In September 2009 we opened another new state-of-the-art facility, a new Fridley Medical Center, just west of the old clinic and on the campus of Unity Hospital. The old clinic property now serves as employee parking.
Our mission since inception has been to serve the health care needs of our communities with superior quality, affordable and conveniently accessible comprehensive care. We continue to do this at three locations, in three completely modern clinics, with both general medicine and a broad range of specialties.