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St. Mary's Hospital, Dakota Clinic could end up under same ownership

St. Mary's Regional Health Center and Dakota Clinic in Detroit Lakes might soon be under the same ownership.

The governance boards of Essentia Health -- which operates St. Mary's -- and Dakota Clinic/Innovis Health have approved a letter of intent "to explore options for enhancing the delivery of health care for the residents of northern Minnesota and eastern North Dakota," according to a joint news release.

The main focus of this document details elements for a possible integration with Dakota Clinic/Innovis Health with Essentia Health.

"Essentia Health and Dakota Clinic/Innovis Health have common goals to develop and deliver the highest quality health care in their communities. In addition, they share similar missions, visions and core values," according to the news release from both parties.

"We are enthusiastic about the opportunity this partnership offers to further enhance health care delivery in this important region of Minnesota and North Dakota," said Dr. Peter E. Person, CEO of Essentia Health.

He said Essentia Health is a $1 billion operation and Dakota/Innovis is a $250 million business.

"This is a big move, we're excited about it," Person said in an interview. "It really makes sense to provide a continuum of care" from Duluth to eastern North Dakota.

"Essentia Health is a national leader in integrated health care services. We look forward to being a collaborative partner in this organization as well as to accessing and contributing to the combined knowledge and expertise of the system," said Dr. Greg Glasner, chairperson of the Dakota Clinic Board of Directors.

Essentia Health, an affiliation of the Benedictine Health System and St. Mary's Duluth Clinic Health System, is a multi-state, not-for-profit health care system headquartered in Minnesota. The vision of Essentia Health is to be a national leader in providing quality, integrated health services across the care continuum.

Dakota Clinic/Innovis Health, located in Fargo, combines an 86-bed hospital, physician partnership and clinic system serving eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Dakota Clinic/Innovis Health is a regional leader in the delivery of health care.

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