Trust Essentia Health-Northern Pines in Aurora, Minnesota, for high-quality, compassionate hospital care. We’re a Level IV Trauma Center and 16-bed Critical Access Hospital. Whether you need a nearby emergency room or a skilled surgeon, we're here for you and your family.
We make it easy to get a wide range of medical care on the Iron Range. We're in the same building as Essentia Health-Northern Pines Clinic and Essentia Health-Northern Pines Care Center. You'll find us surrounded by 20 acres of beautiful forest off Highway 110.
Whether you need a little help along the road to recovery or around-the-clock medical care, Northern Pines 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.
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.
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. Northern Pines 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.
Compliments & Complaints
If you’d like to share a compliment, concern, or suggestion, please contact our administrator Laura Ackman. 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 by donating to the White Community Hospital Foundation. The Foundation provides financial support Essentia Health-Northern Pines 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:
Northern Pines Cafeteria
Enjoy homemade meals and grab-and-go salads, sandwiches, and snacks without leaving our medical campus. Our cafeteria serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. We also offer in-room meal delivery to our hospital guests.
7 am – 5 pm daily
Visit our onsite chapel. People of all faiths are welcome to enjoy this tranquil, healing space for meditation and prayer.
Take advantage of free guest Wi-Fi.
In most cases, you can leave the emergency room with what your provider prescribes. Our InstyMeds machine is stocked with common prescriptions and works like a secure vending machine. First, input your prescription information and credit card. Then, watch it dispense your exact medication—saving you a trip to the pharmacy.
Enjoy some sun and Mother Nature during your visit. Relax in our healing gardens outside our building.
Meet the leaders of Essentia Health-Northern Pines.
- Laura Ackman, Administrator
- Cynthia Loe, Nursing Director
- Dr. Michelle Oman, DO, Physician Leader
- Steve Feltman, Senior Finance Advisor
Board of Directors
Meet the board of directors of Essentia Health-Northern Pines.
- Ken Corbett, Chair
- Keith Shatava, Secretary
- Richard Hess, Treasurer
- Ty Erickson, Essentia Health
- Dr. Michelle Oman, Essentia Health-Northern Pines
- Laura Ackman, Essentia Health-Northern Pines
- Dr. Daniel Nikcevich, Essentia Health
Our hospital has provided high-quality health care to northeastern Minnesota for more than 50 years. Learn more about where we’ve been.
1960 | Aurora citizens secure government grants and donations from residents and businesses to build White Community Hospital—a 50-bed hospital.
1961 | The hospital converts some of its beds to long-term care. The facility becomes White Community Hospital and Nursing Home.
2006 | A new wing is built for hospital services.
2010 | Recognizing the need to strengthen and stabilize health care in Aurora, the hospital’s board of directors and shareholders vote to join Essentia Health. The newly integrated organization has its own board of directors with local representation. Shareholders become part of the hospital’s new fundraising foundation.
2011 | A $4.5-million project brings the Aurora Clinic into the hospital. The 13,000-square-foot expansion features a new lab, radiology suite, lobby, and registration area.