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Essentia Health Foundation

Mission of Essentia Health:  We are called to make a healthy difference in people’s lives.

Essentia Health Foundation exists to enhance the quality of health care in our local communities by supporting our patients and providers with compassionate care, programming, research and technology. Essentia Health Foundation works with its local foundations, i.e. St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation, Duluth Clinic Foundation, St. Mary’s Hospital of Superior Foundation, and Essentia Health-Virginia Regional Foundation.

Donors can designate their gifts for a variety of local needs. All gifts to Essentia Health Foundation are tax deductible and have helped support these projects along with many more:

  • Alternative therapies for oncology patients including aromatherapy and massage therapy
  • Gas cards and hotel stays for patients in need traveling for treatment
  • Technology such as CancerHelp Online
  • New infusion center chairs for Essentia Health-Virginia Infusion Center
  • Educational resources such as the inflatable colon and inflatable lung
  • Care packages that include educational and support materials for oncology patients at Essentia Health-Hibbing Clinic

Ways to get involved:

1. Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival – Gather your friends and join us for the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival! As Rotary’s official charity partner, Essentia Health Foundation works with individuals and teams to raise funds for oncology patient programs at Essentia Health. Since 2001, more than 1,000 individual paddlers have raised more than $814,000.

2. HOPE Springs 5K Run/Walk – Started in 2012, the HOPE Springs 5K Run/Walk raises funds for the Hibbing Oncology Patient Emergency (HOPE) Fund which provides resources and support for patients undergoing cancer treatment. In 2014, the race sold out with more than 600 participants and raised more than $46,000.

3. To make a general donation or talk with someone on the Essentia Health Foundation staff...

Please contact:  Deb Ellingsen

(218) 786-1619



CancerHelp Online® is a patient education program of The CancerHelp Institute, an official Content Distribution Partner of the National Cancer Institute. Funding is provided by the Essentia Health Foundation through generous contributions from the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival.

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