Mid Dakota Clinic Announces Merger With Essentia, Says Smooth Transition First Priority

BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) — On Thursday, Mid Dakota Clinic confirmed its merger with Essentia.

Starting October 1, all clinics in Mid Dakota will have a new name. Essentia Health, headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota, announced a definitive merger with MDC. The decision to come to Bismarck was a long one to take.

“So it kind of evolved over time, but we always felt that if there was a good match, we would be committed to expanding our care in North Dakota,” said Dr. Bill Heegaard, President of West Essentia.

Dr. Bill Heegaard said a smooth transition from MDC to Essentia is the first priority, his second being the “ongoing process” of staff expansion to meet the growing needs of the Bismarck-Mandan region. From the doctor’s perspective, they look forward to more support from Essentia.

“It will provide us with a lot more resources to contribute to the community. So I think overall physicians are very excited about the possibilities for the future,” said radiologist Dr. Andrew Wilder and president and chairman of the board of the Mid Dakota Clinic.

Dr. Wilder stressed the importance for their current patients to continue to receive the same level of care they expect from doctors they know, regardless of the logo on their white coats. Mid Dakota Clinic was founded 50 years ago as an independent medical practice.

Its eight clinics will join the Essentia network of 14 hospitals, 73 clinics, numerous long-term, assisted and independent residences.

Valerie J. Wallis