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    Essentia Health Cancer Center in Fargo is hosting an open house tomorrow from 5 to 7 pm. Hear from Dr. Joni Buechler-Price on the latest in cancer screenings, beauty experts on tricks to manage appearance related side effects and tour the new linear accelerator.


    Essentia Health Cancer Center invites the public to an open house on Thursday, August 27, from 5 pm to 7 pm. "Who, What, When, Why Get Screened," will be presented by Joni Buechler-Price, Essentia Health oncologist. Dr. Buechler-Price will address why screenings help find cancer when it is most likely to be curable, and the current cancer screening recommendations at every age.


Essentia Health – Why Work For Us?


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Essentia Health, headquartered in Duluth, Minn., is an integrated health system serving patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Idaho. Essentia began fully integrating operations in the summer of 2010, bringing together the resources of its member organizations – SMDC Health System, Innovis Health, Brainerd Lakes Health and the Essentia Institute of Rural Health. In 2013, Essentia was accredited as an Accountable Care Organization by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. 

Essentia Health combines the strengths and talents of 13,868 employees, including 1,500 physicians and credentialed practitioners, whose mission is to provide high quality care while making patients feel known and understood. 

Essentia Health, which includes many catholic facilities, is guided by the values of quality, hospitality, respect, justice, stewardship and teamwork. The organization delivers on its promise to be “Here With You” in 17 hospitals, 66 clinics, 5 ambulance services, eight long-term care facilities, two assisted living facilities, four independent living facilities and one research institute.

Find your calling. Essentia Health seeks employees who embrace our commitment to patient- and family-centered care in communities both large and small. We’re looking for people who are committed to making patients and their families feel known and understood. People who understand what it means to be Here with you. People who are willing to use their strengths to help others.

Essentia Health currently employs more than 11,500 people, including more than 1,500 physicians and advanced practitioners. Each employee plays a vital role in fulfilling our mission of making a healthy difference in people’s lives. And, many of our employees believe they have been “called” to do this important work. Perhaps you are one of those people. 

Essentia Health is an equal opportunity employer.

History of Essentia HealthEssentia Health is an integrated health system serving patients in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Idaho. In the summer of 2010, Essentia Health brought together the operations of SMDC Health System, Brainerd Lakes Health, Innovis Health, Essentia Community Hospitals and Clinics, and the Essentia Institute of Rural Health. Essentia Health was originally formed in January 2004 through a partnership of the Benedictine Health System and SMDC Health System. In January 2008, Innovis Health joined Essentia Health and all of the hospitals and clinics owned by the Benedictine Health System were transferred to Essentia Community Hospitals and Clinics.

Today, Essentia Health continues to seek opportunities to grow its network of physicians, healthcare providers, hospitals and clinics. By combining resources, we bring economies of scale and depth of experience to healthcare delivery in the rural communities we serve.



  • Quality
  • Hospitality
  • Respect
  • Justice
  • Stewardship
  • Teamwork

Belief Statements

  • Our highest priority is the people we serve.
  • We believe that the highest quality health care requires a regard for both the soul and science of healing and a focus on continuous improvement.
  • We believe in the synergy of sponsorship among faith-based and secular organizations.
  • We believe in the value of integrated health care services.
  • We believe in having a meaningful presence in the communities we serve.

undefinedDavid C. Herman, MD, serves as chief executive officer for Essentia Health, an integrated health system headquartered in Duluth, Minn. Dr. Herman oversees 66 clinics, 17 hospitals and nearly 14,000 employees who care for patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Idaho. He is committed to upholding the organization’s values of quality, hospitality, respect, justice, stewardship and teamwork.

Dr. Herman is a native of International Falls, Minn. He received his medical degree from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., and completed his residency in ophthalmology at Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education.

He was a senior staff fellow in ocular immunology and uveitis at the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. He received a master’s degree in medical management from The University of Texas at Dallas.

Dr. Herman served on the Mayo Clinic staff from 1988 to 2011, where he was a professor of ophthalmology and held many leadership roles. Following his time at Mayo, Dr. Herman became CEO of Vidant Health, a system with 10 hospitals and more than 50 clinics in eastern North Carolina. He joined Essentia Health in January 2015.

He currently serves on the board of trustees of Ronald McDonald House Charities, the international charity that sponsors and supports Ronald McDonald Houses across the globe, and as a member of the board of directors of the American Board of Ophthalmology.

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    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Duluth, MN
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    I have been working at Essentia Health full-time (More than 3 years)


    Good benefits, friendly people, good hours, competitive pay, understanding management, good possibility of upward movement, new ideas are encouraged and cultivated


    Some issues never get addressed or are stalled because of the Union and human resources trying to do the right thing. The stalling prevent some issues of being solved ultimately.

    Advice to Management

    Work on issues, don't avoid them for fear of retribution. When multiple people have left position due to issues and challenges of working with an unfriendly, rude, stubborn, argumentative, person who knows less than the bare minimum about her job, causing the others to carry extra work load, it's time to look closer, not just throw someone else in the position to wallow until they leave because of the issues with said person. Give people a decent way to contact human resources, when working the same full time hours with human resources, there isn't time to sit down and call them.

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    Phlebotomist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Wahpeton, ND
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    I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Essentia Health (Wahpeton, ND).


    Sat in a conference room with 3 others and was asked a bunch of questions of my schooling and they gave me a brief description of the job role. Was explained the values of the company. Asked me questions about myself and asked my questions on how I would deal with different types of patients.

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    • How long in medical assisting schooling? What made you move to the area?   1 Answer

Essentia Health Awards & Accolades

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Medicaid Overall Performance/Quality of Care Award presented by UCare in 2015 , UCare, 2015
Excellence in Healthcare , Professional Research Consultants, 2015

Additional Info

Headquarters Duluth, MN
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 2010
Type Hospital
Industry Health Care

Essentia Health is an integrated health system serving patients in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Idaho. Essentia Health continues to seek opportunities to grow its network of physicians, healthcare providers, hospitals and clinics. By combining resources, we bring economies of scale and depth of experience to healthcare delivery in the rural communities we serve ... More

Mission: We are called to make a healthy difference in people’s lives. Vision: Essentia Health will be a national leader in providing high quality, cost effective, integrated health care services. Values: •Quality •Hospitality •Respect •Justice •Stewardship •Teamwork

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