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Face Of Hospitals & Clinics: Front Line Workers, Essentia Health

Essentia Health is an integrated health system serving patients in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Guided by the values of Quality, Hospitality, Respect, Joy, Justice, Stewardship, and Teamwork, Essentia Health is deeply committed to providing the highest quality clinical and integrated medical care in the communities they serve.

“We operate under the mission that we are called to make a healthy difference in people’s lives,” shares Dr. Bill Heegaard, president of Essentia’s west market and practicing emergency medicine physician. “Our mission guides the work we do and the decisions we make day in and day out. We work every day to attain the highest quality for our patients and hold ourselves accountable to that.”

The COVID-19 pandemic put Essentia staff on the frontlines–where they scaled and adapted to the myriad of changes that came their way. From leading the way in virtual visits to ensuring adequate personal protection equipment (PPE), Essentia worked hard to be innovative in keeping both staff and patients safe. “Our colleagues and neighbors inspired us to keep going every day,” Dr. Heegaard says.

“We’ve always felt it is a privilege to serve our community and to be here when needed,” he adds. “And the commitment of our colleagues shined during the pandemic. Nurses, doctors, therapists, nutrition staff, and environmental services staff were regarded as healthcare heroes as the pandemic drew on.”

Essentia is one of only a few health systems in the United States to be certified as a level 3 accountable care organization (ACO) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Level 3 is the highest accreditation an ACO can earn. The tertiary medical center is the only four-star hospital in Fargo on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s Care Compare website.

Learn more about Essentia Health’s personalized approach to care and comprehensive services including primary care, walk-in clinics, and medical specialties by visiting

Essentia Health

3000 32nd Ave S

Fargo, ND 58103


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