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Essentia Health has a team of media relations professionals who work with local, state, and national media.
To coordinate interviews, photos, and/or video, contact the media relations team member in you
Shannon DahnkeDirector of communications
Phone: 218-576-0052Cell Phone: 218-428-1781Email Shannon Dahnke
Maureen Talarico Media relations specialist
Phone: 218-786-2315Cell Phone: 218-428-1781 Email Maureen Talarico
Kathy SellMarketing manager
Phone: 218-828-7565Cell Phone: 218-839-9913 Email Kathy Sell
Tara EkrenMedia relations specialist
Phone: 701-364-3030Cell Phone: 701-630-1270Email Tara Ekren
Please contact a member of the media relations team before going to an Essentia Health facility to report a story. All members of the news media must be accompanied by a member of Essentia's media relations team when visiting an Essentia facility in a professional capacity.
To request information about the condition of a patient at Essentia, call a member of the media relations team in your area. Media are required to identify themselves by name and news affiliation, and provide the correct spelling of the first and last name of the patient.
In accordance with Essentia’s policies and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA):
Essentia uses the following definitions to describe a patient’s condition: