Essentia in affiliation talks with Mid Dakota Clinic

Essentia Health and Bismarck, North Dakota-based Mid Dakota Clinic have signed a letter of intent to discuss affiliation.

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Essentia Health under construction in Duluth.
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DULUTH — Essentia Health announced the health care system has signed a letter of intent with Mid Dakota Clinic of Bismarck, North Dakota, to discuss a potential affiliation.

The Duluth-based health care system and the independent physician practice stated in a news release that the organizations share a common vision of strengthening and supporting rural health care. Mid Dakota Clinic CEO Marvin Lein said the affiliation would bring new specialties including women's services, and would make them a part of an integrated system of doctors, hospitals and outpatient care.

While the discussions between the organizations are occurring, no changes will be made at Mid Dakota Clinic. According to the news release, if the two health care systems reach an agreement, an affiliation would be anticipated this fall.

Mid Dakota Clinic has a presence at 10 locations in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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