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Health notes: Essentia names local development officer

Essentia Health Foundation has a new development officer in Northeastern Minnesota.

Katy Sunnarborg has joined the foundation’s East Region team, it was announced Monday, and will be responsible for assisting with special-event fundraising, employee giving and major and planned giving.

Sunnarborg, an Esko native, spent three years working in special-event fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, splitting time among centers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

“I am excited to be back in my hometown working for Essentia Health Foundation,” Sunnarborg said. “I look forward to working with a fantastic team and growing the foundation in Duluth and the region.”

The foundation said in a release that a portion of Sunnarborg’s time will be spent helping Essentia Health-Virginia’s foundation.

Founded in 2011, Essentia Health Foundation is a nonprofit organization encompassing smaller local foundations across Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Idaho. The foundation contributes to research, education and patient care at Essentia facilities.