Project Overview

Essentia Health is making the largest private investment in Duluth’s history as it transforms its downtown medical campus.

The $900 million project, called Vision Northland, will match Essentia’s facilities with how medicine is practiced in the 21st century and bring the highest quality health care to patients.

Essentia Health will invest $900 million to construct a replacement for St. Mary’s Medical Center and clinic space as well as renovate existing buildings on its downtown Duluth campus.

Vision Northland represents a major investment in Essentia Health’s mission as well as the future of Duluth and surrounding areas. The project demonstrates Essentia Health’s commitment to the health of its patients, the economic vitality of the community, and the work environment for its staff.

The project will build 942,000 square feet of new space. By consolidating our campus, Essentia Health’s overall footprint will be reduced, opening space for other development in Duluth’s Central Hillside neighborhood.

Vision Northland is much more than a building project. It’s about how Essentia Health cares for its patients and matching its facilities to how medicine is practiced now and in the future. Health care has changed since St. Mary’s Medical Center was founded in 1888.

The construction project is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2023 with the hospital opening for patient care in the third quarter of 2023.

Print a 1-page Vision Northland fact sheet.



Design and construction master plan

September 2019

Construction begins

Fall 2020

Foundations complete

Fall 2021

Structure complete

Early 2022

Building enclosed

Third Quarter 2023

Construction complete

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