Essentia Health to open The Lights Clinic in West Fargo in mid-December

It will be “a great opportunity to serve patients where they live and play,” an Essentia Health official says.

Essentia Health plans to open The Lights Clinic on Dec. 19, 2022, in The Lights complex at 32nd Avenue South and Sheyenne Street. The West Fargo housing, retail, commercial and entertainment complex is seen Monday, Sept. 26, 2022.
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WEST FARGO — The south side of West Fargo is getting an early - and healthy - Christmas present this year.

Essentia Health confirms that it is on track to open its new clinic Dec. 19 in The Lights complex on Sheyenne Street and 32nd Avenue South.

The clinic is being fitted out on the second floor of The Lights’ EPIC 32 building, 3150 Sheyenne St., Al Hurley, chief operating officer for Essentia’s west market, said Monday, Sept. 26.

Hurley said the opportunity to open The Lights Clinic was too good to pass up.

It will be “a great opportunity to serve patients where they live and play,” he said. “It just seemed like a wonderful opportunity to help grow with West Fargo.”


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Services at the 14,500-square-foot Lights Clinic will include obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, family medicine, and laboratory and radiology, Essentia spokeswoman Kelsey Mix said. The new clinic will have about 25 providers, adding to the health system’s pediatric and obstetrics/gynecology capabilities locally.

“It’s a full service (clinic). You can have your X-ray, ultrasound. chronic disease or preventive care, all at one site, so that makes it very convenient,” Hurley said.

There is also parking out of the elements in the ramp.

“It’s just a really nice set-up,” he said.

A window wrap announcing an Essentia Health clinic is applied Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, to second-floor windows of The Lights at 3150 Sheyenne St., West Fargo. The Lights Clinic is planned to open in December.
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The clinic at 1401 13th Ave. E., West Fargo, will remain open, providing services for patients living on the north side of Interstate 94. More medical providers are being hired for that clinic, too.

The Lights complex is “a really nice environment …. The residents are there. You can shop there. You can get your meals there … and now you can get your health care there," Hurley said.

He expects Essentia will continue growing in the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area, and he noted that Essentia and West Fargo School District have built up strong ties.

“We’ll continue to grow with the West Fargo School District,” he said.


Essentia operates 14 hospitals - one of them being the 133-bed hospital at 3000 32nd Ave. S., Fargo, which also has a Level II Trauma Center and comprehensive stroke center.

The Duluth, Minn.-based health system has 14,700 employees, including more than 2,100 physicians. It also operates 73 clinics, six long-term care facilities, three assisted living facilities, three independent living facilities, six ambulance services, 25 retail pharmacies, and one research institute, according to its website.

For the year ending June 20, 2021, Essentia had total revenues of $2.45 billion, and total expenses of $2.28 billion, according to its website.

Essentia is leasing The Lights space from EPIC Companies

The healthcare system is a sponsor of the public outdoor plaza at the Lights, named Essentia Health Plaza. The plaza hosts concerts, family-fun nights and other recreational opportunities, including hockey games and open-skates in the winter.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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