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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.

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.