St. Mary's/Duluth Clinic Health System

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SMDC Health System(St. Mary's/Duluth Clinic Health System) has hospitals and clinics in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin and also serves parts of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The four hospitals are St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota, SMDC Medical Center in Duluth, St. Mary’s Hospital of Superior, Wisconsin and Pine Medical Center in Sandstone, Minnesota. SMDC includes the Duluth Clinic, a multi-specialty group of more than 400 physicians in 55 medical specialties who provide care at 17 locations. SMDC Health System is a member of Essentia Health.


SMDC Health System was launched January 1, 1997, through an integration of St. Mary's Medical Center and the Duluth Clinic. It combined a large, Catholic medical center and a not-for-profit, secular multi-specialty physician practice.

SMDC’s four hospitals and 17 outpatient locations/clinics serve a rural area larger than the state of Delaware. Its has 6,200 employees, making SMDC the region’s largest provider of medical services.

SMDC's history began on February 2, 1888, when the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica founded St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. In 1915, five physicians established the Duluth Clinic, one of the country’s first multi-specialty practice groups. Several of the founding physicians were already practicing at St. Mary’s Hospital.

In 1933-1934, Duluth Clinic physicians also began practicing at the newly founded Miller Memorial Hospital, a “free and public hospital” built through a donation from Andreas M. Miller, a Duluth mayor and businessperson. In 2001, Miller-Dwan became part of SMDC Health System and in 2009 it was renamed SMDC Medical Center.

In 2004, SMDC merged with Benedictine Health System.[1]

Robotic surgery[edit]

SMDC use a robotic surgery system, the cyberknife.


  1. ^ Evans, Melanie (January 8, 2004). "Duluth, Minn., Health Care Nonprofits Merge". Duluth News-Tribune (Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News). Retrieved 6 January 2010. 

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