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History of Trinity Health


During the early 1920s, Lutheran pastors from across the Northwest Territory gathered in Minot, ND, to sketch out plans for a hospital “Consecrated to Christian Service in the Name of The Father, Son and Holy Ghost,” hence, the name “Trinity.” In 1922, the Trinity Hospital Association was formed and within weeks ground was broken for a 30-bed hospital unit, the first of four such units to be constructed over the course of a decade. The 1950s saw a major addition and extensive modernization of all facilities. Another major expansion occurred during the 1980s.


Responding to community needs, Trinity improved the quality and scope of care, adding a variety of healthcare services to extend and improve people's lives. During the 1970s, Trinity Hospital merged with the Lutheran Home to form Trinity Medical Center. In the early 1990s, Trinity formed its own physician services department – Trinity Medical Group. On January 1, 1999, Trinity Medical Center changed its name to Trinity Health.


Trinity Health History - Black and white photos of nurses, surgeons, and three different buildings

The 1990s were characterized by a steady expansion of services and facilities. Trinity Homes added a large, multi-level commons area to its nursing home. The old Northwest Bible College and a portion of Town and Country Center were purchased to make way for physician offices and a mental health campus. In 1999, the Trinity CancerCare Center was built adjacent to Health Center-Town & Country.


Then on May 3, 2001, Trinity Health completed a historic transaction uniting the staff, services and facilities of UniMed Medical Center, Medical Arts Clinic and Kenmare Community Hospital under the banner of Trinity Health. With three hospitals, a nursing home, an extensive network of community clinics and a regional eyecare network, today’s Trinity Health provides comprehensive, leading-edge care to the communities we serve. Throughout its family of services, Trinity Health seeks to identify and fulfill community needs by meeting and exceeding national standards, and helping people live longer, healthier lives. Today, the name Trinity symbolizes our mission: to help each of our customers grow as whole persons in mind, body and spirit.



Trinity Health History & Facts


When did Trinity go to the electronic medical record? We went live with the EHR (Cerner) on October 22, 2006, and live with CPOE in 2008. CPOE is the electronic ordering by providers.
  • In 2014, we went live with the Patient Portal that allows the patients to see designated information on line. Access to results, physician documentation, etc. and with the ND Health Information Exchange – NDHIE – that enables sharing of information, such as lab and radiology results, demographics, allergies, medications, physician documentation, with other ND health care facilities.
  • The biggest was our conversion to the EMR. Trinity Health was the first of the large hospitals in ND to migrate to an EMR, which has brought benefits, as our EMR is more advanced and we continue to tweak and make changes to the programs, to assure it is easy to use and captures as much data as we need for all of the government requirements, etc.
When did the Community Ambulance start working with Trinity? Community Ambulance, formerly a private ambulance service (Land’s Ambulance) became a JV between St. Joseph’s Hospital and Trinity Medical Center; when Trinity acquired St. J’s in 2001, Trinity became sole sponsor of the service.
  • 1991 – Became Advanced Life Support (ALS)
When did Trinity get the helicopter? NorthStar was established in 1992.
Did Trinity have the 1st helipad in the state? Yes.
When did the fixed wing service begin? 2015.
When did the CancerCare Center open? May 1999
  • Expansion in 2012
When did Trinity go in with the YMCA on the joint venture for PT / OT?
  • The joint venture was formed in April of 1999 as a collaborative effort to enhance the overall wellness of the citizens of our community. The original contract did mention that any “related services” could be provided through the partnership. The primary drive behind it was the need for Trinity Health to offer wellness/fitness programming and for the YMCA to build a new facility. The building opened in 2001.
  • We don’t have a JV for PT/OT… We are strategic partners of the Y, and formalized that agreement first in 2000. In 2016, we updated that agreement and remain a strategic partner of the Y. Trinity’s Exercise Physiology department is housed in that facility, and manages a service line which includes personal trainers, exercise physiologists, human performance specialists; Trinity also provides a host of community education activities at this facility aimed at wellness and building healthy habits for Y members and the general community.
  • PT started doing aquatic therapy at the YMCA around 2003.
When was KDU started? The KDU in Minot opened in December 1977
  • KDU Belcourt? Since 1990, Trinity Health has partnered with the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians to bring dialysis services to the Turtle Mountain Reservation. The new Dialysis center opened in Belcourt in August 2012.
When did Trinity expand to the community clinics?
  • Kenmare- 2001
When did South Ridge open / close / open again? South ridge was called Centennial Medical center and it closed in 2008. Opened as South Ridge in the summer of 2010.
When was Plaza 16 opened? October 2011
When was Riverside opened for mental health? Behavioral Health, (late 1990s).
When did digital mammography start at Trinity? 2006
  • We started 3D tomosynthesis mammography in 2015
  • Advanced Imaging Center opened at Town and Country in 2011.
When did the cath lab open? More than 30 years
When did Trinity get the 1st Divinci robot for surgery? 2010
When did the SIM truck start? August 2012
When did Trinity join the Mayo Clinic Care Network (MCCN)? Trinity Health has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network (MCCN), effective July 24, 2013.