Essentia Health-Fargo

3000 32nd Ave S Fargo, North Dakota 58103

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Emergency Room

Estimated wait time as of 04:57 AM on 07/17/2024

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Essentia Health-Fargo
3000 32nd Ave S Fargo, North Dakota 58103

Parking & Entrance Information

For emergency care, follow the emergency room signs to the back of our building. For general hospital visits, park or drop off patients by our main door right off 32nd Avenue. You’ll find free parking throughout our hospital’s surface lot.We’re in the same building as the Essentia Health-32nd Avenue Clinic. The hospital is located on the right side of our building’s shared main entrance.View our parking map [PDF].

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 Accredited

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.

Facility Overview

Expect a high level of care from friendly, knowledgeable providers at Essentia Health-Fargo. We’re a 133-bed hospital with 10 newborn intensive care beds, a birthing center, and 24-hour emergency room. We’re also a Level II Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center with life-saving teams here for you.We’re a full-service regional medical center that has a community feel. Our hospital is in the same building as the Essentia Health-32nd Avenue Clinic. Rely on our providers to work as a team to provide care you and your family can count on.

Hospital Services

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

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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 to learn more.

Charges for Hospital Services

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.

24/7 Emergency Room

If you or a loved one have a severe or life-threatening medical concern, rely on our 24-hour emergency room. Essentia Health-Fargo has a Level II Trauma Center designation and is a Comprehensive Stroke Center. Rest easy knowing life-saving support is as close as your local hospital.

Baby-friendly® Designated Birthplace

Essentia Health-Fargo's Birthing Center is here to support you throughout your birthing experience. We do our best to follow your birth plan while keeping you and your baby as safe and comfortable as possible. As a Baby-friendly® Designated Birthplace, we use best practices to encourage mother-baby bonding and breastfeeding.

Nearby Lodging

Some Fargo area hotels offer medical discounts to patients and families. Ask your hotel if they offer a medical discount.

Compliments & Complaints

If you’d like to share a compliment, concern, or suggestion, please contact Jan Schlaht or Sherry Jensen, Patient Relations Associates. 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 your local hospital and clinic by donating to the Fargo Foundation. The Foundation provides financial support to Essentia Health-Fargo and more with help from patients and family members like you.

Whether you’re a patient or a visitor, we want you to feel welcome. Enjoy our onsite amenities, including:

Harvest Grill

Enjoy hot and to-go items from our onsite cafeteria—the Harvest Grill. Our breakfast includes breakfast sandwiches, eggs and potatoes.  For lunch, choose from our grill station, salad bar, fresh deli sandwiches, soup, and more.The Harvest Grill also offers Starbucks® coffee, including fresh brewed coffee, lattes and mochas, Refreshers, and more!

Cafeteria Hours
Monday – Friday
Breakfast 7:30 – 10:00 am
Lunch 11 am – 2 pm

Saturday & Sunday
Lunch 11 am – 2 pm

Onsite Pharmacy

If you would like to pick up any new prescriptions before leaving the campus, stop by the Dakota Clinic Pharmacy.

Onsite Chapel

Visit our chapel on the ground floor of Essentia Health-Fargo. 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.


Need cash? Look for an ATM on the ground floor.

Make a difference in the lives of patients, families, and staff by volunteering at Essentia Health-Fargo. Our volunteers are a vital part of everyday life here. We’ll work with you to find something that fits your talents and interests.

Volunteer Opportunities

Explore volunteer opportunities at our hospital and select clinics, including:

  • Help desk (Greet guests and answer questions.)
  • Department specific help (Cancer Center, medical/surgical, ER, NICU)
  • Escorting patients or concierge
  • Wig room
  • Peer mentorship
  • Mailings and special office projects
  • Piano playing
  • And more (Just inquire!)

Benefits of Volunteering

Besides the great feeling you’ll get by helping others, you can also take advantage of:

  • Coupons for Harvest Grill or Starbucks®
    • A $3.50 coupon for shifts under four hours
    • Two $3.50 coupons for shifts over four hours
  • Free flu shot
  • Orientation and training
  • Special recognition events
  • Partner perks (Get discounts at select local businesses by showing your badge.)

Become a Volunteer

To join our team of volunteers, fill out one of our online applications below. While you typically need to be 18 or older to volunteer, we do have some unique opportunities for youth. If you'd like to learn more, call 701-364-8898.

Meet the leaders of Essentia Health-Fargo.


  • Dr. Mark Thompson, MD, President
  • Al Hurley, Chief Operating Officer
  • Richard Vetter, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Board of Directors

  • Laurie Lewandowski
  • Joel Haugen, MD
  • Robert Wroblewski, MD
  • Sister Beverly Horn
  • Robert Overmoe
  • Jerry Rogers, MD
  • Jim Christensen, MD
  • Mark Cooper, MD
  • Tim Heilman
  • Arrick Jackson, PhD
  • Dr. Mark Thompson, MD

Previously known as Dakota Clinic and Innovis Health, Essentia Health-Fargo has a long history in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Over the years, our team has continued to focus on teamwork and promoting good health and healing.

History Timeline

1926 | Dakota Clinic is founded through a physician partnership consisting of 10 employees. The main forerunners are Dr. Kent Darrow, Dr. Frank Darrow, Dr. Paul Burton, Dr. William Long, and Dr. Ralph Weible. The original clinic building is housed at 702 1st Avenue South, just northwest of Island Park in downtown Fargo.
1957 | The South University clinic opens its doors. The building continues to expand throughout the 1960s.
1963 | The new 80-bed Dakota Hospital on South University Drive opens.
1980 | The need for outreach clinics develops. Over the next 20 years, 21 clinics come to life. 
1998 | The concept of Innovis Health is formed through the efforts of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and the physicians of Dakota Clinic.
2000 | The Innovis Health campus at 3000 32nd Avenue South opens its doors.
2008 | Innovis Health and Dakota Clinic begin their integration into the Essentia Health System, an affiliation of the Benedictine and SMDC health systems. The clinic and hospital join under one name to become Innovis Health, LLC.
2010 | Essentia fully integrates its health systems to create efficiencies and reduce health care costs. The Innovis Health hospital is renamed Essentia Health-Fargo.


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