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Essentia Health

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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]


  1. ^ a b c NCQA Accountable Care Organization Accreditation Early Adopters. National Committee for Quality Assurance.
  2. ^ Find a Clinic/Hospital.
  3. ^ "Essentia Health St. Mary's Celebrates 125 Years" Archived 2014-09-12 at the Wayback Machine. Northland's NewsCenter. February 28, 2013.
  4. ^ "A Step On A Scale Helps Keep Heart Patients At Home". Health IT Outcomes. May 11, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Essentia – About us
  6. ^ a b Clark, Cheryl. "NCQA Issues First ACO Accreditations". HealthLeaders Media. February 19, 2013.
  7. ^ Gamble, Molly and Heather Punke. "100 Accountable Care Organizations to Know". Becker's Hospital Review. August 14, 2013.
  8. ^ "Two ACOs First to Earn NCQA's Highest Grade". States News Service. September 25, 2013.
  9. ^ "SMDC parent to buy hospital in Montana". Duluth News-Tribune. January 27, 2006.
  10. ^ Robeznieks, Andis. "Essentia Acquires Dakota Clinic/Innovis". Modern Healthcare. January 7, 2008.
  11. ^ Lynn, John. "Essentia Health Selects Health Care DataWorks' Business Intelligence Solution To Support Integration of Member Organizations". EMR, EHR and Healthcare IT News. March 14, 2011.
  12. ^ Lee, Michelle. "Introducing Essentia Health". Healthy Living. November 24, 2010.
  13. ^ "Innovis Health to change its name". Grand Forks Herald. September 2, 2010.
  14. ^ a b "Benedictine Roots".
  15. ^ "Catholic Health Care in Minnesota". Catholic Health Association of the United States. March 2013.

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