Whether you’re a patient or a visitor, we want you to feel welcome. Enjoy our onsite amenities, including:
Grab breakfast, lunch, and dinner in our cafeteria. Breakfast options include pastries, muffins, oatmeal, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, and a chef’s choice entrée. Lunch and dinner options include a fresh salad bar, deli sandwiches, soup, and hot entrées. You’ll find Lakes Café on the lower level of our hospital.
Monday – Friday: 6:30 am – 6:15 pm
Breakfast: 7 – 9:30 am
Lunch: 11 am – 1:15 pm
Dinner: 4 – 6 pm
Find fresh flowers, greeting cards, foil balloons, candy, and more for your friend or loved one. Volunteers operate the gift shop and all proceeds are used to buy equipment to benefit patients, residents, and their families. You’ll find us and our flower cooler on the main floor.
We’ll deliver flowers and gifts to a room for you. To order a gift with a credit card by phone, call 218-314-7716.
Gift Shop Hours
Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Visit our chapel on the main floor of the St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes hospital. People of all faiths are welcome to enjoy this tranquil, healing space for meditation and prayer. Our chapel also features an outdoor patio. Learn more about spiritual care at Essentia Health.
When our onsite pharmacy is closed, you can still often 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.
Take advantage of free guest Wi-Fi.
Need cash? Look for an ATM on the main floor of our hospital.
The St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes medical campus is fortunate to have more than 180 volunteers. Join us and help make a difference in the lives of our patients and families. We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities for all skill levels.
Explore volunteer opportunities at our hospital, including:
- Help desk (greet guests and answer questions)
- Gift shop
- Escorting patients
- Pastoral care group
- Mailings and special office projects
- And more (Just inquire!)
Benefits of Volunteering
Besides the great feeling you’ll get by helping others, you can also take advantage of:
- Free meal in cafeteria with four-hour shift
- Annual volunteer banquet
- Gift shop discount
- Free flu shot
- Flexible hours
- Orientation and training
Become a Volunteer
Learn more or apply to volunteer by calling 218-844-0709. You must be age 14 or older to volunteer.
Detroit Lakes Volunteer Advisory Committee
The Detroit Lakes Volunteer Advisory Committee helps raise money to fund special projects for Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes facilities. Many of these projects improve patient and resident care and comfort and may not be possible otherwise. To learn more about how you can get involved in our fundraising efforts, call 218-844-0709.
Meet the leaders of the St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes hospital.
- Christy Brinkman, Operations Administrator
- Kay Larson, Nursing Director
- Richard Vetter, MD, Chief Medical Officer
- Ryan Hill, Senior Finance Advisor
- LaVerne Moltzan, Chair
- Jim Anderson
- Jared Aelony, DPM
- Pat Butler
- James Christensen, MD
- Nathan Fetting
- Anita Jonason, MD
- Sister Pauline Micke
- Dennis Miley
- Sister Donna Schroeder
- Jim Sinclair
Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes has a rich history of caring for its neighbors. Learn more about where we’ve been.
1886 | Dr. L. C. Weeks arrives in Detroit Lakes.
1905 | Dr. Weeks builds the first Detroit Lakes Hospital.
1929 | Articles of Incorporation are signed for a community hospital.
1939 | The Sisters of St. Benedict, Crookston accept responsibility for the community hospital, renaming it St. Mary’s.
1978 | St. Mary’s acquires the Nursing Center.
1995 | St. Mary’s acquires Emergency Medical Service.
1996 | Winchester on Washington Senior Apartments open.
2001 | Lincoln Park Assisted Living and Senior Apartments open.
2005 | Medical and surgical floors are remodeled.
2007 | St. Mary’s Nursing Center is renovated and renamed Oak Crossing.
2010 | St. Mary’s 1929 and 1939 hospital buildings are demolished to make way for the new 50,000-square-foot Patient Care Clinic. Essentia Health fully integrates its health systems to create efficiencies and reduce health care costs. St. Mary’s Innovis Health Hospital becomes Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes.