Published on August 26, 2022

Essentia holds ribbon cutting for new surgery center and pharmacy

Joined by the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, city officials and others, Essentia Health proudly opened the doors to the new Essentia Health Surgery Center-Miller Hill and pharmacy on Thursday night.

Miller Hill Surgery CenterThe 41,000-square-foot facility will serve a growing demand from patients who want to utilize outpatient services and recover at home.

The space features four operating rooms and will be used to perform surgeries that do not require hospitalization. The operating rooms in Essentia Health-Duluth, St. Mary’s Hospital-Superior and St. Mary’s Medical Center all will continue to be active.

In addition to being a lower-cost option for quality care, the surgery center is designed to offer patients an improved opportunity to recover at home, fewer post-surgical visits, predictable scheduling and reduced wait times for scheduling. 

“The whole experience at this new surgery center is focused on the patient,” said Dr. Jon Pryor, president of Essentia’s East Market. “It provides better and easier access for the patient and allows them to receive top-notch care in a state-of-the-art facility. As a designated surgery center only, we can do more cases per day, help more people and be more flexible with scheduling all while allowing people to recover in the comfort of their own home.” 

Miller Hill Surgery CenterThe four 600-square-foot operating rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art, future-ready technology. That starts with a 4K HexaVue Integration System with touch panel control. This system simplifies the complexities of a modern operating room while providing functionality that supports safety, efficiency and positive clinical outcomes. 

The operating rooms have a zero-footprint design. This means all equipment used for surgery is located outside the room, giving a cooler, quieter and more sterile operative environment.

The facility also features 20 private patient rooms for patients to use before and after their procedures, as well as four 23-hour rooms for patients who need to be monitored a little longer after their surgeries.

The surgery center is equipped to perform orthopedic and eye surgeries, pediatric surgery and some neurological surgeries. A long-term goal is adding joint-replacement surgeries.

Miller Hill Surgery CenterThe attached pharmacy will make it easy and convenient for people needing to pick up medications after their operations.

The location in the former Sears building at the mall is easily accessible for patients and their families and offers plenty of free parking.

The facility will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. More can be learned by visiting our surgery center website.