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Duluth's Medical District

Preliminary conceptual drawing provided by Essentia Health

Health care is a leading industry in Duluth, currently responsible for approximately 30% of the total employment. All Duluthians benefit from the health services in our region and from the economic development surrounding the health care industry.

The medical district centers on St Luke’s Hospital and Essentia Health’s St. Mary’s Hospital. The two systems are actively planning for the future of their hospitals and clinics, including new hospitals and clinics, renovated facilities, and areas available for housing and other development.

Public Meetings

Essentia and the City of Duluth shared information about Essentia’s project and upcoming Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) at a meeting on Tuesday, October 30, 5:30-7:00 pm at Central Hillside Community Center, 12 E 4th St.  Press release

New! Click here for a PDF copy of the presentation (20 slides).

New! Click here for a PDF copy of the one-page Vision Northland Fact Sheet.

Applications and Permits

An Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) is required for the proposed Essentia development. The City of Duluth is the Responsible Governmental Unit (RGU) for this EAW, which is currently being prepared. When available, more information will be posted on this web page.


Find information on Essentia Health’s projects here 

Adam Fulton
Manager, Community Planning Division
City Hall, Room 208
411 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 730-5580


Keith Hamre
Director, Planning & Construction Services
(218) 730-5580


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