Essentia Health

Supporting you with more healthcare resources.

Essentia Health is committed to helping our patients and their families lead active and fulfilling lives. Our 11,500 employees work with you to provide the high quality, personalized care that makes you feel known and understood.

Coming together as Essentia Health allows us to offer our patients greater healthcare resources, including the expertise of 750 physicians, a wide range of medical specialties and cutting-edge technologies. We also offer network-wide electronic medical records and medical research.


Essentia Health, headquartered in Duluth, Minn., is an integrated health system serving patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Idaho. In the summer of 2010, Essentia Health began bringing together the operations of SMDC Health System, Brainerd Lakes Health, Innovis Health, Essentia Community Hospitals and Clinics, and the Essentia Institute of Rural Health.

Essentia Health was originally formed in January 2004 through a partnership of the Benedictine Health System and SMDC Health System, both based in Duluth, Minnesota. In January 2008, Innovis Health joined Essentia Health and all of the hospitals and clinics owned by the Benedictine Health System were transferred to Essentia Community Hospitals and Clinics.