Essentia Health

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Essentia Health is an integrated healthcare system with facilities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Idaho.[1][2] As of 2014 it has over 12,000 employees, including 1,500 physicians and credentialed practitioners.[3][4][5] The network includes 17 hospitals, 66 clinics, eight long-term care facilities, two assisted living facilities, four independent living facilities, and one research institute.[1][6][5] Essentia was accredited as an Accountable Care Organization by the National Committee for Quality Assurance in 2013.[1][6][7][8]


Essentia Health was formed in 2004, as the parent company of the partnership between the Benedictine Health System and St. Mary's/Duluth Clinic Health System (SMDC).[9] Essentia Health acquired Dakota Clinic/Innovis Health in January 2008.[10] In 2010, Essentia Health integrated the resources of all of its member organizations – SMDC Health System, Innovis Health, Brainerd Lakes Health, Essentia Community Hospitals and Clinics, and Essentia Institute of Rural Health – and united them under the one name, Essentia Health.[11][12][13]

Essentia Health has more than two dozen Catholic-sponsored clinics, hospitals, and other facilities.[14][15] The roots of Essentia's Catholic facilities trace back to a group of Benedictine nuns who established St. Mary's Hospital, Essentia Health's oldest hospital, in Duluth in 1888.[14]


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