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Essentia Health launches major strategic planning effort to enhance patient care

Essentia Health is pleased to announce its Board of Directors has authorized a major strategic planning effort to positively impact the way care is delivered at its downtown Duluth campus and enhance the patient and staff experience.

"I am grateful to the Board and excited to launch this broad-based planning effort," says Essentia Health CEO David C. Herman, MD. "Over the past year, we've been looking at defining the practice of the future that will provide access to the safest, most advanced health care right here in our community. To do this requires significant investment in our Duluth campus."

The three key areas of focus of this planning effort will be attracting and retaining outstanding employees; improving availability, affordability and quality of care for Essentia's patients and their families; and transforming the Duluth campus to a state-of-the-art medical center. For now, leaders at Essentia are focused on gaining valuable insights from stakeholders to benefit the integrated planning process.

"We want input from the neighbors we share our beautiful hillside with here in Duluth. We want to hear what our friends in local, county and state government would like for us to address when it comes to improving the health of the constituents they serve," says Essentia's East Market President Daniel A. Nikcevich, MD, PhD. "And we want to be the employer of choice for the Northland's talented workforce."

Preliminary stakeholder meetings have been underway for several weeks and will continue through the new year. Detailed planning efforts are expected to be completed by spring 2018.

"We hope Essentia's efforts will serve as a catalyst for broader community economic development to strengthen Duluth and the entire northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin region. This project will truly shape the future of health care for the next century and deliver our promise to make a healthy difference in the lives of the people we are privileged to serve," Dr. Herman adds.

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