Turn to the Essentia Health-St. Mary's Children's Hospital for a wide range of pediatric medical care. You'll find us in Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota. Our pediatric emergency room is on the 1st floor of the hospital next to the adult emergency room. We also offer a pediatric inpatient unit and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) on the hospital’s 8th floor. On the 5th floor, we also have a newborn intensive care unit (NICU).
Helping your child overcome complex medical conditions is what we do best. From birth to young adulthood, we’re here to support your child and family when it matters most. We’re a proud member of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. As one of Essentia Health's Catholic facilities, we strive to provide holistic healing for all human life.
Why Choose St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital?
Our Children’s Hospital is supported by a wide range of pediatric specialists. Our nurses also are certified in the care of pediatric patients. Essentia offers the most extensive pediatric hospital care north of the Twin Cities, so you can get more of the care you need close to home.
The medical teams in our pediatric hospital have a deep passion for helping children. Our smaller setting allows us to get to know your child and treat them like—well—a kid. Our care also extends to your family as we get to know you and guide you through your journey with us.
Pediatric Hospital Services
Pediatric patients at St. Mary's Children's Hospital have access to the full range of hospital services offered at St. Mary's Medical Center. In addition, they have access to following pediatric specialties:
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*Services may be provided by a visiting medical provider who sees patients here on a limited basis.
Inpatient Vs. Outpatient Hospital Services
If your child has a test or procedure done at our hospital but is not admitted, he or she is an outpatient. Common outpatient services may include X-rays, labs, and emergency room care only. If the doctor admits your child to the hospital for an overnight stay, he or she is typically an inpatient.
Pediatric Emergency Care
If your child has a severe or life-threatening medical concern, rely on us for 24-hour pediatric emergency medicine. Our emergency room is a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center as designated by the American College of Surgeons and recognized by the Minnesota Department of Health.
Child Life Specialists
Our child life specialists are experts at calming young patients so they can get the care they need with ease. Ask your care team about our child life specialists.
Surgery at St. Mary's Children's Hospital
Learn what to expect before, during, and after your child’s surgery at St. Mary's Children's Hospital.
Depending on the type of surgery your child needs, they may have surgery at Essentia Health-Duluth in the Miller-Dwan Building.
The Sheraton Duluth Hotel is connected to Essentia Health’s downtown medical campus by skywalk. Only a few blocks from St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital, 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. The medical rate applies to traditional rooms for families and friends of patients at Essentia Health.
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 hospital leader Amy Renier. 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 St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation. The Foundation provides financial support to St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital and more with help from patients and family members like you.
Visit Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center for a list of onsite amenities, including onsite dining and shopping. Learn more about features at our Children’s Hospital below.
Solarium & Teen Gaming Room
For our teens staying in our Children’s Hospital, we have a modern solarium, or sunroom. Play video games, watch TV, or start a new activity. This space is for older kids who need a little fun, healing time away from their hospital room.
Children’s Play Room
We encourage kids staying in our Children’s Hospital to, well, be a kid when they’re feeling up to it. Our children’s play room has a TV and wide range of games, books, and toys for toddlers and young children.
Ronald McDonald Family Room
For families of babies in our newborn intensive care unit (NICU), our Ronald McDonald Room offers a nearby space to take care of life’s daily needs. This room is on the 5th floor next to the NICU. We invite you and your family to gather with other parents in this space.
- Washer and dryer
- Kitchen with microwave, oven, and refrigerator
- Locker for personal items
- Computer with Internet access
- Bathroom with walk-in shower
- Books, puzzles, and toys
Help make a difference in the lives of the children and families who visit the St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital. Our volunteers have a wide range of talents and ways they contribute.
You don’t need experience to volunteer. You just need to be willing to share your time and talents. Explore unique volunteer opportunities within the Children’s Hospital:
- Help with newborn projects in NICU.
- Bake cookies for families.
- Clean and organize play areas.
- Provide pet therapy.
- Read books or play with kids in our play rooms.
- Work with child life specialists.
- Share a unique talent with the kids.
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 at St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital. If you have questions, email email@example.com or call 218-786-4420. When you’re ready, fill out an online application below.
Meet the leaders of St. Mary’s Medical Center.
- James Garvey, Administrator and Executive Vice President of Hospital Operations
- Anne Stephens, M.D., Chief Medical Officer
- Cindy Kent, Chief Nursing Officer
Board of Directors
- 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
Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center has provided pediatric hospital services for years. Later, we created spaces dedicated to children within our hospital.
2004 | A dedicated pediatric hospital—the Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital—opens within St. Mary’s Medical Center. This includes a pediatric inpatient unit, pediatric intensive care unit, newborn intensive care unit, and pediatric emergency room.
2013 | The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for newborns is remodeled. This unit includes 18 private rooms (unless demand is high) that have a locker, closet, refrigerator for breast milk, and couch that converts to a bed.
2014 | The Ronald McDonald room is added to the NICU.
2016 | The new solarium provides a dedicated lounge and gaming space for teens at the hospital.