In the early 1950s, the lack of available healthcare in the region had become an acute concern for the people of the Mille Lacs area. As a result, residents began a grassroots, groundswell movement that was impressive for a local “village” of 650 people. Community leaders and others went door-to-door asking for donations. In Onamia, Hillman, and Isle, there were ball games, Pow-Wows, church benefits, movie theatre fundraisers, pancake breakfasts, Legion dinners, bake sales, the Crosier’s “Chili Bowl,” and so many more small events. Land was donated by the Gravel family. When a loan was needed to be taken out to complete the project, the Crosiers got permission from their Order to underwrite the loan. The first hospital (called Community Mercy Hospital at the time) opened its doors in 1956. It is now Mille Lacs Health System, with a Hospital, Urgent Care, Emergency Department, Ambulance service, Surgery, Long Term Care, Memory Care, Geriatric Psychiatry Unit, 4 Neighborhood Clinics, Chiropractic, Rehabilitation, and more. Your good health is still our business.