Essentia Health-Duluth (Miller-Dwan Building)

502 E 2nd St
Duluth, MN 55805

General: 218-727-8762

Trust Essentia Health-Duluth in the Miller-Dwan Building when you need expert, compassionate hospital care. We're known for our rehabilitation and mental health programs and burn care as well as inpatient and same-day surgery. Our 165-bed hospital is here to support you on your journey to recovery.

Get the help you need in a warm, healing environment. We’re connected by skywalk to the rest of Essentia Health’s downtown medical campus. You'll find us in Duluth, Minnesota, overlooking beautiful Lake Superior.

Hospital Services

Whether you need a little help along the road to recovery or around-the-clock medical care, Essentia Health-Duluth is here for you. Get healing support near you from a knowledgeable team of medical professionals who offer:

*Services may be provided by a visiting medical provider who sees patients here on a limited basis.

Learn how we make care convenient for you.

Inpatient Vs. Outpatient Hospital Services

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.

Nearby Lodging

The Sheraton Duluth Hotel is connected to Essentia Health’s downtown medical campus by skywalk. Only a few blocks from Essentia Health-Duluth in the Miller-Dwan Building, it’s a comfortable, nearby place for friends and family to stay. The Sheraton also offers a medical rate and a free, daily shuttle service.

Book a Room

Call the Sheraton Duluth Hotel at 218-733-5660 to book your room. When making your reservation, ask for the Essentia Health medical rate.Info The medical rate applies to traditional rooms for families and friends of patients at Essentia Health hospitals as well as patients visiting our clinics.

To learn more about guest rooms, hotel amenities, and Restaurant 301, visit sheraton.com/Duluth.

Compliments & Complaints

If you’d like to share a compliment, concern, or suggestion, please contact our administrator James Garvey. You can also fill out our online compliments and complaints form.

Support Our Hospital

Have you been inspired by the care you or a loved one received? Support our medical facility by donating to the Miller-Dwan Foundation. The Foundation provides financial support to Essentia Health-Duluth with help from patients like you.

Parking & Entrance

You’ll find Essentia Health-Duluth in the Miller-Dwan Building in downtown Duluth. Parking is available for $2 a day in the Blue Ramp, which is connected to the Duluth Clinic 2nd Street Building and the Miller-Dwan Building. The entrance to the ramp is off East 2nd Street. You’ll also find limited parking behind the Polinsky Building near the corner of East 2nd Street and 6th Avenue East.

View our parking map [PDF].

Where to Register
When you arrive, you'll register on one of the following floors:

  • Lobby Level: Radiosurgery (CyberKnife)
  • First Floor: Burn Center, Wound Care, Pain Medicine
  • 2nd Floor: Inpatient Rehabilitation (Physical, Occupational, and Speech-Language Therapy)
  • 5th Floor: Same-day Surgery

Patient Information

Explore our patients and visitors section to find information about billing, financial assistance, medical records, patient rights and responsibilities, and more.

Joint Commission Accreditation

Joint Commission Accreditation

This location is accredited by the Joint Commission. This internationally recognized symbol of quality represents our commitment to providing exceptional patient care. View all our awards and recognitions.

Amenities

Essentia Health-Duluth in the Miller-Dwan Building is one of many Essentia Health facilities on the downtown Duluth medical campus. On our campus, you'll find three cafeterias, a restaurant, two coffee shops, two gift shops, and ATMs all reachable by skywalks. In the Miller-Dwan Building alone, you can take advantage of our:

Gift Shop

In our gift shop, you'll find clothing, jewelry, keepsakes, greeting cards, local candy, foil balloons, and fresh flowers. The gift shop is in the lobby on the main level. All gift shop proceeds go to the Essentia Health-Duluth Auxiliary, which supports patient programs and services.

Order items by phone and have us deliver them to a patient in our hospital. Call 218-786-5943 to place your order with a credit card.

Gift Shop Hours
Monday – Friday: 9 am – 4 pm
Saturday – Sunday Closed

LakeWinds Café

Enjoy a great meal or snack in the cafeteria, whether it’s a savory egg dish or sweet pastry for breakfast, or a hot entrée for lunch or dinner. LakeWinds Café also features a salad bar, deli sandwiches, soup, and desserts during lunch and dinner.

Coffee Express

When you walk into the LakeWinds Café, you’ll see the Coffee Express to your left. Order a hot or iced latte, specialty drink, fresh-brewed coffee or tea, or some local baked goods.

Lakewinds Café Hours
Monday – Friday
Breakfast 6 – 9:30 am
Lunch 11 am – 1:15 pm
Dinner 5 – 6:30 pm
Coffee Express 6:30 am – 2:30 pm

Chapel

Visit our chapel near the lobby and gift shop on the main floor. People of all faiths are welcome to enjoy this tranquil, healing space for meditation and prayer. Learn more about spiritual care at Essentia Health.

Guest Wi-Fi

Take advantage of free guest Wi-Fi.

Volunteer

Help make the Essentia Health-Duluth a caring and compassionate place of healing. We have a wide range of volunteer areas for both youth and adults. Whether you wish to work with patients and visitors or behind the scenes, we can help you find something that fits your interests.

Volunteer Opportunities

You don’t need experience to volunteer. You just need to be willing to share your time and talents. Explore volunteer opportunities, such as:

  • Gift shop
  • Information desk
  • Floor assistants
  • Eucharistic ministers
  • Flower delivery
  • Special projects and mailings
  • and more (Just inquire!)

Benefits of Volunteering

Besides the great feeling you’ll get by helping others, you’ll also enjoy:

  • Free parking
  • Free flu shot
  • Meal for every three hours of service
  • One-day Essentia Health fitness pass for every 25 hours of service
  • Special recognition events
  • References for education programs
  • Orientation, training, and workshops
  • Networking opportunities

Become a Volunteer

Join our team of volunteers on Essentia Health’s downtown Duluth medical campus. If you have questions, email volunteerservices@essentiahealth.org or call 218-786-4420. When you’re ready, fill out an online application below.

Essentia Health-Duluth Auxiliary

The Essentia Health-Duluth Auxiliary is one of the fundraising arms of the facility. Besides running the gift shop, the Auxiliary holds a wide range of fundraising events. All proceeds benefit our patients, families, visitors, and staff. They also offer scholarships to area college students pursuing careers in health care.

Leadership

Meet the leaders of Essentia Health-Duluth.

Management

  • James Garvey, Operations Leader
  • Cindy Kent, Market Nursing Leader
  • Anne Stephens, M.D., Market Medical Leader

East Market Board

  • Daniel A. Nikcevich, MD, President
  • Jan L. Baldwin, MD
  • Sister Therese Carson
  • Jeff Corey
  • Howard Klatzky
  • Joseph F. Leoni
  • Joseph J. Mihalek
  • Sister Beverly Renier
  • Alan Rock
  • Sister Mary Josephine Torborg
  • Laura Trombino, MD
  • Renee Wachter
  • Chuck Walt

History

Essentia Health-Duluth is what it is today thanks to gifts from individuals, organizations, and businesses, including two generous donors who helped us open and expand.

History Timeline

1934 | The 50-bed Miller Memorial Hospital opens nearly two decades after Duluth businessman and Mayor Andreas M. Miller left money to the city of Duluth. The money was “for the establishment of a free and public hospital” for “the secular use and benefit of worthy sick and helpless poor, without distinction of sex, color, creed or nationality.” The day the hospital opens, Duluth Clinic doctors start treating patients.

1968 | A gift from Mary C. Dwan funds a major expansion that includes a Burn Unit and 115 new beds. Renamed Miller-Dwan Medical Center, the hospital develops a regional reputation for outstanding services in rehabilitation, mental health, and outpatient surgical services.

1997 | The Duluth Clinic integrates with St. Mary’s Medical Center, forming the SMDC Health System.

2001 | The partnership between Duluth Clinic and Miller-Dwan Medical Center is made stronger when Miller-Dwan also becomes part of the SMDC Health System.

2004 | Essentia Health is formed as the parent corporation of the SMDC and Benedictine health systems.

2010 | Essentia fully integrates its health systems to create efficiencies and reduce health care costs. The SMDC Medical Center is renamed Essentia Health-Duluth.

Essentia Health Downtown Duluth Campus

Essentia’s medical campus in downtown Duluth, Minnesota, allows you to get more of the care you need in one location. All the medical buildings on our campus are connected by skywalks. You’ll find these buildings on our campus:

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