Duluth: Health Care
Duluth is a regional health care center for the northern sections of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan and for northwestern Ontario, Canada. The St. Mary's/Duluth Clinic (SMDC) Health System was initially comprised of St. Mary's Medical Center and the Duluth Clinic, and in 2001 absorbed Miller-Dwan, further enhancing the services available to patients. These three hospitals, with a bed capacity of more than 600, provide complete medical services.
St. Mary's offers 24-hour emergency treatment and maintains trauma and poison information units in addition to outpatient services, home care, and community education programs. It also operates the Regional Heart Center and Regional Neuroscience Center, which and provides cardiac surgery, cancer care, orthopedic surgery, intensive care, and level three prenatal care.
Miller-Dwan administers the largest mental health program in the region and operates a burn clinic along with hemodialysis, medical rehabilitation, rheumatic disease, and radiation therapy units.
St. Luke's Hospital, which was the first hospital in Duluth, has been federally designated as a Level II Regional Trauma Center; it houses the Regional Vascular Institute, Poison Control Center, and Mental Health Services and has more than 400 physicians on its staff. A full range of general services is supplemented by such specialties as psychiatry, oncology, physical medicine, hospice care, high cholesterol treatment, occupational health services, lithotripsy, and magnetic resonance imaging.
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