Published on September 09, 2022

Essentia Health to remain open for patient care in event of MNA strike

While Essentia Health continues to negotiate a new contract with the Minnesota Nurses Association, it’s important to note that our hospitals will remain open and accessible for patient care even if a strike occurs beginning Monday, Sept. 12.

Like any responsible health system, we have prepared for a wide range of contingencies to ensure we can maintain our high standards of patient care, including uninterrupted urgent and emergency care. These plans include bringing in temporary and licensed nurses as well as redirecting qualified staff from other Essentia Health facilities to fill any needs that might arise. Our plans will allow us to continue serving our communities with the kind of expert and compassionate care they expect and deserve.

A small number of elective surgeries and previously scheduled appointments may need to be rescheduled. Those patients will be contacted directly.

Health systems are accustomed to navigating difficult situations, especially since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. There are steps we can take and resources we can use in support of our top priority, which is the safety and well-being of the patients and communities we’re privileged to serve.

Patients can find additional information by visiting and clicking on “our facilities are open for patient care” from the home page.