Essentia Health Regional Wellness Center Update

For Immediate Release
September 13, 2016
Media Contact: Mike Lundstrom,

The proposed Essentia Health Regional Wellness Center (EHRWC) is still very
much a reality. Despite the fact that a special session has not been called, the
EHRWC committee and its partners remain committed to the project in Southern St.
Louis County.

“Essentia Health’s mission is to make a healthy difference in people’s lives,” said
Dr. Daniel Nikcevich, President of Essentia Health’s East Region. “We became
involved with this effort because we believe the programs offered in the facility will
help improve the health status of St. Louis County residents in the areas of
diabetes, depression, heart disease, obesity, anxiety, stress and tobacco use. We
remain committed to the project because we know it will make a difference for our

Essentia Health, the Duluth Area Family YMCA, the City of Hermantown and the
Hermantown Community Schools are committed to enhancing the region’s
presence for healthy living. To this end, these four partners continue to remain
committed and engaged and in no way does the legislative delay deter their
commitment to the proposed Essentia Health Regional Wellness Center.

“While the Legislature was unable to come to agreement on bonding or a special
session to fix the tax bill, we are excited that both our request for bonding and sales
tax legislation were included in the final drafts. We continue to work toward making
the EHRWC a reality.” John Mulder, City Administrator, City of Hermantown.

The EHRWC committee continues discussions to move this project forward.
Although the bonding we had hoped for during this legislative session has not
happened yet, there are critical steps that are being taken that help ensure this
project to fruition. There is a deliberate focus on remaining optimistic that the
success of this project will have a direct impact on the health and wellness needs of
the region.

To review project details and health statistics, please visit our

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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