Who is FirstLight

For 70 years, FirstLight has been serving the health care needs of central Minnesota. FirstLight, formally Kanabec Hospital, is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and serves patients primary from Pine and Kanabec Counties.  It is a county-owned, self-sustaining, critical access  hospital with 2 other campuses in Hinckley and Pine City.   It is governed by a board of directors who meet monthly.

Hospital History

Opening day was scheduled in January of 1946, but the doors opened early for an expected arrival. On Christmas Eve in 1945, Mrs. Walton Regan gave birth to her son, James Michael. They became Kanabec Hospital’s first two patients.

Throughout the decades, Kanabec Hospital has expanded its facility and services.

In 2003, Kanabec Hospital grew significantly. Through two major building projects that included moving the clinic to the hospital campus, doubling the capacity of the lab, emergency services and physical rehabilitation departments. and creating an 18,000 square foot surgery center.

In 2011, when Kanabec Hospital purchased the Allina Medical Clinics in Mora, Pine City and Hinckley, the newly integrated system was renamed to FirstLight Health System. The continued strong relationship with Allina allows FirstLight to deliver the personalized care you’d expect in a small town, but with all of the technology and specialty care commonly associated with large urban centers.

FirstLight Today

FirstLight Health System will expand one again and over the course of the next two years to two and half years, a four-phase initiative will include a new Emergency Department, in-patient rooms, new birthing suites,  public dining and a centralized entrance. The FirstLight Eye Center, currently located in downtown Mora, will be relocated to the hospital campus.   For the most up to date information about the expansion, click here.

Today FirstLight performs approximately 2001 surgeries, delivers 240 babies, manages 11, 310 ED visits, and accommodates approximately 66,308 clinic visits, and 3,172 in-patient days each year.

Over the past 5 years, the FirstLight team has grown to over 500 employees, that includes an exceptional staff of family practice providers, specialists, physical therapists, pharmacists, nurses and administrative personnel.

Our network of family practice providers, hospitals, clinics and specialists deliver the quality health care you expect and need throughout your life, virtually eliminating the need to travel out of the area.

FirstLight is a full-service healthcare network:
Our Vision

Our vision at FirstLight Health System remains clear –

to foster a patient-centered culture and maintain a complement of services designed to meet the changing needs of the communities we serve.

FirstLight’s Mission

To support and improve the health of the communities we serve.

FirstLight understands that choosing health care provider can be overwhelming and that is why we are known for a compassionate medical staff that operates in a collaborative environment so that we can continue to be the wellness leader in our communities. We want to earn your sacred trust by always going beyond the call of duty and truly showing concern for you, the patient, and your family. FirstLight focuses on providing a full circle of care for your entire family from conception to birth, as you age,  to when you pass.

Thank you for choosing FirstLight for your care.