Essentia Health St. Mary's-Detroit Lakes

1027 Washington Ave Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56501

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Estimated wait time as of 02:03 AM on 07/14/2024

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Essentia Health St. Mary's-Detroit Lakes
1027 Washington Ave Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56501

Parking & Entrance Information

For emergency care, follow the emergency room signs on our medical campus for quick access off Washington Avenue. For all other hospital and clinic services, use the east door under the large awning. We share a main entrance with the St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes Clinic. You’ll find free parking in our surface lot.

Patient Information

Explore our patients and visitors section to find information about billing, financial assistance, medical records, patient rights and responsibilities, and more.


The Essentia Health-Detroit Lakes Pharmacy is right on site. Pick up your prescriptions from pharmacists who get to know you, your doctors, and your medication history.

Joint Commission Accredited

This location is accredited by the Joint Commission. This internationally recognized symbol of quality represents our commitment to providing exceptional patient care. View all our awards and recognitions.

Facility Overview

Rely on Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes for hospital care close to home. We’re a 36-bed hospital and Level III Trauma Center. Our emergency room, birthing center, and surgical services are all here for you.With a wide range of providers on our medical campus, you can get a full spectrum of care near you. We're in the same building as Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes Clinic. As one of Essentia Health’s Catholic facilities, we strive to provide holistic healing for all human life.

Hospital Services

Whether you need a little help along the road to recovery or around-the-clock medical care, St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes hospital is here for you. Get healing support near you from a knowledgeable team of medical professionals who offer:

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Services may be provided by a visiting medical provider who sees patients here on a limited basis.
Services may be provided here via a secure video chat with an off-site medical provider.

Inpatient Vs. Outpatient Hospital Services

If you have a test or procedure performed at a hospital but are not admitted, you’re an outpatient. Common outpatient procedures may include X-rays, labs, and emergency room visits. If your doctor admits you to the hospital for an overnight stay, you’re typically an inpatient.One exception to this is if your doctor places you on observation status. In this case, you may stay overnight in the hospital but are still considered an outpatient. If you’re a Medicare patient, your status can affect your coverage. Visit to learn more.

Charges for Hospital Services

We are committed to price transparency and provide a full list of services offered at this hospital and the related standard charges. A charge is defined as the dollar amount Essentia sets for a hospital service and does not include any discounts negotiated with insurance companies.

24/7 Emergency Room

If you or a loved one have a severe or life-threatening medical concern, rely on our 24-hour emergency room. St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes hospital has a Level III Trauma Center designation and an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital designation. Rest easy knowing life-saving support is as close as your local hospital.

Compliments & Complaints

If you’d like to share a compliment, concern, or suggestion, please contact Laura Jacobs, Patient Relations Manager. You can also fill out our online compliments and complaints form.

Support Our Hospital

Have you been inspired by the care you or a loved one received? Support your local hospital and clinic by donating to the St. Mary’s Foundation. The Foundation provides financial support to Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes and more with help from patients and family members like you.

Whether you’re a patient or a visitor, we want you to feel welcome. Enjoy our onsite amenities, including:

Lakes Café

Hot food is available from 7:00 am - 9:30 am and from 10:30 am - 1:15 pm on weekdays. Self-service and grab & go food and beverage options are also available. You will find Lakes Café on the lower level of our hospital. Credit card payments only, American Express is not accepted. Cafeteria Hours
Monday – Friday: 6:30 am – 6:15 pm
Breakfast: 7 – 9:30 am
Lunch: 11 am – 1:15 pm
Dinner: 4 – 6 pm

Onsite Chapel

Visit our chapel on the main floor of the St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes hospital. People of all faiths are welcome to enjoy this tranquil, healing space for meditation and prayer. Our chapel also features an outdoor patio. Learn more about spiritual care at Essentia Health.

Prescription-dispensing Machine

When our onsite pharmacy is closed, you can still often leave the emergency room with what your provider prescribes. Our InstyMeds machine is stocked with common prescriptions and works like a secure vending machine. First, input your prescription information and credit card. Then, watch it dispense your exact medication.

Guest Wi-Fi

Take advantage of free guest Wi-Fi.


Need cash? Look for an ATM on the main floor of our hospital.

The St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes medical campus is fortunate to have more than 180 volunteers. Join us and help make a difference in the lives of our patients and families. We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities for all skill levels.

Volunteer Opportunities

Explore volunteer opportunities at our hospital, including:

  • Help desk (greet guests and answer questions)
  • Gift shop
  • Escorting patients
  • Pastoral care group
  • Mailings and special office projects
  • And more (Just inquire!)

Benefits of Volunteering

Besides the great feeling you’ll get by helping others, you can also take advantage of:

  • Free meal in cafeteria with four-hour shift
  • Annual volunteer banquet
  • Gift shop discount
  • Free flu shot
  • Flexible hours
  • Orientation and training

Become a Volunteer

Learn more or apply to volunteer by calling 218-847-5611. You must be age 14 or older to volunteer.

Detroit Lakes Volunteer Advisory Committee

The Detroit Lakes Volunteer Advisory Committee helps raise money to fund special projects for Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes facilities. Many of these projects improve patient and resident care and comfort and may not be possible otherwise. To learn more about how you can get involved in our fundraising efforts, call 218-847-5611.

Meet the leaders of the St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes hospital.


  • Tanner Goodrich, Senior Vice President, Operations

Director’s Council

  • Dennis Miley, Chair
  • Sister Donna Schroeder
  • Sister Pauline Micke
  • Nathan Fetting
  • Melissa Lage
  • Dr. Anita Jonason
  • Dr. James Christensen

Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes has a rich history of caring for its neighbors. Learn more about where we’ve been.

History Timeline

1886 | Dr. L. C. Weeks arrives in Detroit Lakes.1905 | Dr. Weeks builds the first Detroit Lakes Hospital.1929 | Articles of Incorporation are signed for a community hospital.1939 | The Sisters of St. Benedict, Crookston accept responsibility for the community hospital, renaming it St. Mary’s.1978 | St. Mary’s acquires the Nursing Center.1995 | St. Mary’s acquires Emergency Medical Service.1996 | Winchester on Washington Senior Apartments open.2001 | Lincoln Park Assisted Living and Senior Apartments open.2005 | Medical and surgical floors are remodeled.2007 | St. Mary’s Nursing Center is renovated and renamed Oak Crossing.2010 | St. Mary’s 1929 and 1939 hospital buildings are demolished to make way for the new 50,000-square-foot Patient Care Clinic. Essentia Health fully integrates its health systems to create efficiencies and reduce health care costs. St. Mary’s Innovis Health Hospital becomes Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes.


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