Trust Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota, for compassionate, specialized care. We’re northern Minnesota’s largest hospital, with 380 beds to care for you and your loved ones. Whether the unexpected happens or you need a planned medical procedure, we're here for you.
St. Mary’s Medical Center is not only a hospital, but also a Level II Trauma Center with 24-hour emergency care and critical care. You'll find us in downtown Duluth overlooking beautiful Lake Superior. As one of Essentia’s Catholic facilities, we strive to provide holistic healing for all human life.
Whether you need a little help along the road to recovery or around-the-clock medical care, St. Mary’s Medical Center is here for you. Get healing support near you from a knowledgeable team of medical professionals who offer:
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Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital
Get specialized pediatric hospital care right in Duluth, Minnesota. You’ll find Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in St. Mary’s Medical Center. 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).
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.
Heart & Vascular Center
Our hospital is home to the Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Heart & Vascular Center in Duluth, Minnesota. Our cardiologists, surgeons, and medical teams work together to offer advanced heart and vascular care. To make an appointment, call 218-786-3443.
Learn more about the specialties and services at our center, including:
You’ll also find more services that are a part of our Heart & Vascular Center in other buildings on our downtown campus including:
*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.
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. St. Mary’s Medical Center has a Level II Trauma Center designation and is a Primary Stroke Center. Rest easy knowing life-saving support is as close as your local hospital.
Emergency Care Fast Track
Get quick and efficient treatment for minor medical concerns when you can't see your regular doctor or go to an urgent care. The Fast Track is a section of the ER that handles less-severe medical cases to reduce wait times. Each private room has a reclining chair, rather than a bed or exam table, for added comfort.
Comprehensive Critical Care
Rest easier knowing critical care is nearby. St. Mary’s Medical Center has six distinct intensive care units (ICUs), from a cardiac ICU to a neuro trauma ICU. Each ICU has medical teams trained to provide 24-hour critical care for specific types of injuries and illnesses.
Baby-friendly® Designated Birthplace
St. Mary’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.
The Sheraton Duluth Hotel is connected to Essentia Health’s downtown medical campus by skywalk. Only a few blocks from St. Mary’s Medical Center, 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 from 6 am to 10 pm.
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 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 your local hospital by donating to the St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation. The Foundation provides financial support to St. Mary’s Medical Center with help from patients and family members like you.
St. Mary’s Medical Center is one facility on Essentia Health’s medical campus in downtown Duluth. In and around our hospital, you'll find three cafeterias, a restaurant, two coffee shops, two gift shops, and ATMs all reachable by skywalks. In the St. Mary’s Medical Center building alone, you can take advantage of our:
In our gift shop, you'll find plush toys, clothing, jewelry, decorations, greeting cards, candy, foil balloons, and fresh flowers. The gift shop is in St. Mary’s Medical Center on the 3rd floor next to the East 4th Street entrance. All gift shop proceeds go to the St. Mary's Medical Center Auxiliary, which supports patient programs and services.
Order items by phone and have us deliver them to a patient in our hospital. Call 218-786-4475 to place your order with a credit card.
Gift Shop Hours
Monday – Friday: 9 am – 7:30 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm
The Garden Café is a restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, specials, and to-go items. Choose from savory and sweet breakfast offerings, salads, and sandwiches. The Garden Café is in St. Mary’s Medical Center on the 3rd floor next to the East 4th Street entrance. All proceeds from the Garden Café go to the St. Mary's Medical Center Auxiliary, which supports patient programs and services.
Garden Café Hours
Monday – Friday: 7 am – 4 pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Northern Lights Café
The Northern Lights Café is our cafeteria on the main floor of St. Mary’s Medical Center. During breakfast hours, you can enjoy the chef’s special, fresh fruit and yogurt bar, cereals, muffins, sweet rolls, bagels, and more. For lunch and dinner, you can choose from items hot off the grille, savory entrees, fresh-baked pizza, soup and salad bar, sandwich bar, desserts, and grab-and-go items.
Northern Lights Café Hours
Breakfast 6:30 – 10 am daily
Lunch 11 am – 1:15 pm daily
Dinner 5 – 7:15 pm daily
Late Night 7:30 pm – 1:30 am daily
Visit our chapel on the 2nd floor of the St. Mary’s Medical Center. People of all faiths are welcome to enjoy this tranquil, healing space for meditation and prayer. Learn more about spiritual care at Essentia Health.
Take advantage of free guest Wi-Fi.
Help make St. Mary's Medical Center 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.
You don’t need experience to volunteer. You just need to be willing to share your time and talents. Explore volunteer opportunities, such as:
- Garden Café
- Gift shop
- Information desk
- Floor assistants
- Eucharistic ministers
- Flower delivery
- Special projects and mailings
- Surgery family waiting rooms
- Piano playing
- Cancer Resource Library
- Grief support
- 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 at St. Mary’s Medical Center. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 218-786-4420. When you’re ready, fill out an online application below.
Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center Auxiliary
The St. Mary's Medical Center Auxiliary is one of the fundraising arms of the hospital. Besides running the gift shop and Garden Café, 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.
Meet the leaders of St. Mary’s Medical Center.
- James Garvey, Operations Leader
- Cindy Kent, Market Nursing Leader
- Anne Stephens, M.D., Market Medical Leader
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 owes much to its pioneers. After more than 125 years, we’re seeing patients from across northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
1881 | Benedicitine Sisters, who later founded the Monastery of St. Scholastica, arrive in Duluth.
1888 | St. Mary’s Hospital is established at 20th Avenue West and 3rd Street in Duluth’s West End neighborhood by a small group of Benedictine Sisters.
1892 | The Duluth Community of Benedictine Sisters is founded—committed to establishing a health care ministry in Duluth.
1911 | A larger St. Mary’s Hospital building opens at 404 East 3rd Street.
1997 | St. Mary’s merges with Duluth Clinic to form 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. St. Mary’s Medical Center becomes Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center.
Today, Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center is one of northern Minnesota’s largest and most specialized medical centers. Through the leadership and sponsorship of the St. Scholastica Monastery, St. Mary’s Medical Center continues to carry on the spirit of the Duluth Benedictines.