Essentia Health Regional Wellness Center Update

For Immediate Release
May 24, 2016
Media Contact: Mike Lundstrom,

The volunteer committee members remain hopeful and appreciative of the work that has been done to move the wellness center bonding closer to reality.

“We are very appreciative of the support from Rep. Mary Murphy, Sen. Tom Bakk and the entire local legislative delegation which resulted in the EHRWC being considered in both the House and Senate proposals.” stated Mike Lundstrom, Volunteer Committee Chair. “We are optimistic that Governor Dayton will call a special session where legislators will be able to make this important regional project a reality.”

St. Louis County ranks 76th out of 87 counties in the state’s measurement of overall health in 2015. The volunteer committee is grateful that both the House and the Senate understand the critical need in our communities. The opportunity to reach people before they arrive at the hospital or clinic doors is paramount to not only reversing these trends; but also lessening the state’s financial burden of health care costs.

The timeline and funding of this project remains critical. The 2014 State financial support for the planning and predesign provided the basis for the development of this project. An investment of $8 million from the State in 2016 bonding would impact far beyond healthcare and boost the region’s economy as well. This project will create an estimated 150 construction jobs. In addition, the project will result in more than 27 full time and 200 part time jobs and a payroll in excess of $2,000,000.

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The Essentia Health Regional Wellness Center Committee is a volunteer group representing multiple generations, townships, communities, and industries committed to improving the health and wellness of our region.  Essentia Health is a major financial contributor and future tenant with naming rights, the YMCA will serve as a full-service family YMCA, and Hermantown Community Schools will have a presence with Community Education programming.


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