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Trust the care team at the Essentia Health-Ada to help get you or your loved one back to better health. We’re a Level IV Trauma Center and 14-bed Critical Access Hospital. We offer rehabilitation services, surgical care, and 24-hour emergency care.
You’ll find the Ada hospital in the same building as the Essentia Health-Ada Clinic. Rely on our combined facility to deliver a wide range of medical care in one convenient location. We’re on the west side of Ada, Minnesota, near the high school.
Whether you need around-the-clock medical care or help along the road to recovery, Ada hospital is here for you. Get healing support near you from a knowledgeable team of medical professionals who offer:
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*Services may be provided by a visiting medical provider who sees patients here on a limited basis.**Services may be provided here via a secure video chat with an off-site medical provider.
If you have a test or procedure performed at a hospital but are not admitted, you’re an outpatient. Common outpatient procedures may include X-rays, labs, and emergency room visits. If your doctor admits you to the hospital for an overnight stay, you’re typically an inpatient.
One exception to this is if your doctor places you on observation status. In this case, you may stay overnight in the hospital but are still considered an outpatient. If you’re a Medicare patient, your status can affect your coverage. Visit Medicare.gov to learn more.
We are committed to price transparency and provide a full list of services offered at this hospital and the related standard charges. A charge is defined as the dollar amount Essentia sets for a hospital service and does not include any discounts negotiated with insurance companies.
If you or a loved one have a severe or life-threatening medical concern, rely on our 24-hour emergency room. Ada hospital has a Level IV Trauma Center designation and an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital designation. Rest easy knowing life-saving support is as close as your local hospital.
If you’d like to share a compliment, concern, or suggestion, please contact our administrator, Erin Stoltman. You can also fill out our online compliments and complaints form.
Have you been inspired by the care you or a loved one received? Support your local hospital and clinic by donating to the Ada Foundation. The Foundation provides financial support to Essentia Health-Ada with help from patients and family members like you.
Go through the main covered entrance with the sign Essentia Health-Ada. We’re also in the same building as Essentia Health-Ada Clinic. Enjoy free parking in our shared surface lot.
Explore our patients and visitors section to find information about billing, financial assistance, medical records, patient rights and responsibilities, and more.
We want you to feel comfortable during your visit. Along with our building’s award-winning design, you’ll also enjoy our:
Essentia Health-Ada’s roots go over 90 years deep. Learn about our commitment to offering quality health care to rural areas in northwestern Minnesota. View our history timeline.
1926 | The Norman County Memorial Hospital Association is organized by local businessmen. Donations are sought to finance a hospital project, and 2,000 shares are sold for $25 each. A large house at 601 West Main Street is rented for the new Norman County Hospital. The facility has 10 beds.
1942 | More than 3,000 people attend the grand opening of the new Ada Municipal Hospital. Constructed with funding from two city bond issues, it features 30 beds, two operating rooms, an X-ray, lab and a standby generator.
1964 | A new 31-bed hospital building is constructed, financed by a $70,000 donation from John Wimmer, along with money from the Hills-Burton Fund and a city bond issue. The new hospital is connected to the old building, which is converted to a 26-bed convalescent and nursing care unit.
1966 | Wimmer donates an additional $70,000 to increase the capacity of the nursing home by 28 beds.
1968 | Wimmer gives another gift of $80,000 to the city to be used for the construction of a medical clinic.
1991 | Norman County Commissioners, Ada City Council, and Ada Municipal Hospital Board reach an agreement for the hospital to take over the operation of the Norman County Ambulance Service with a county subsidy to help fund it. At the same time, a name change is approved and Ada Municipal Hospital becomes Bridges Medical Services.
1997 | Record flooding in the region destroys the hospital, clinic, and nursing home, causing the evacuation of all patients and residents. The Bridges Clinic reopens in a matter of days, first in a mobile home, then at the American Legion Post. By the end of the year, a temporary facility is opened with an eight-bed hospital, clinic, emergency room, outpatient procedure room, lab, X-ray, and physical therapy departments.
2000 | The new $15-million city-owned Bridges Medical Services opens, receiving a prestigious design award for its large commons areas, outdoor courtyard, unique room design, and skylights.
2004 | The Benedictine Health System takes over management of the hospital. The name is changed from Bridges Medical Services to Bridges Medical Center.
2004 | Essentia Health is formed as the governance body for the St. Mary’s/Duluth Clinic and Benedictine health systems. Essentia Community Hospitals and Clinics is created to better organize Essentia’s community hospitals and assure rural communities access to the resources of the larger Essentia Health System.
2008 | Bridges Medical Center and Bridges Care Community become separate entities managed by ECHC and BHS, respectively.
2010 | Essentia fully integrates its health systems to create efficiencies and reduce health care costs. Bridges Medical Center is renamed Essentia Health-Ada.