Published on July 09, 2018

Patients rank 42 Essentia Health physicians and advance practice clinicians among the top in the nation for patient care

Each year, Essentia Health contracts with Professional Research Consultants (PRC) to randomly survey patients about their experiences in its hospitals and clinics. PRC uses results from these surveys to rank Essentia physicians, staff and facilities within its national database of approximately 400 health care organizations. This is similar to what other service industries do, however the commitment Essentia Health has to service through the Spirit of Caring celebrates when we have delivered great service but also responds with specific training based on our Benedictine history and seven core values when we see an opportunity for the entire team to do a better job.

“Letting people know we care is our foundation for the healing journey to begin,” explains Adam Rees, President of Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd and surrounding clinics. “Our service excellence Spirit of Caring movement provides tools and coaching to make everyday interactions with patients and their families exceptional. It is a great pleasure to congratulate our physicians, advanced clinicians, and the teams that support them in this national recognition that is based on the patient experience.”

Recently PRC announced, that based on benchmark feedback from hundreds of organizations across the county, 18 physicians and advanced practice clinicians at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Clinics are among the top 10% in the nation, and 24 physicians and advanced practice clinicians are among the top 25% in the nation for delivering an excellent patient experience.

Those recognized as Five-Star Award recipients for providing service that is in the Top 10% nationally are:

Dr. Eric Chapman
Dr. Eric Chapman – Urology at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s–Brainerd Clinic

Dr. Greg Davis
Dr. Greg Davis – Pulmonology at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s–Brainerd Clinic

Dr. James Freeman
Dr. James Freeman – Internal Medicine at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s–Brainerd Clinic

Dr. Kristi Gebhardt
Dr. Kristi Gebhardt – Internal Medicine at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s–Baxter Clinic

Dr. Stephen Hanske
Dr. Stephen Hanske – Internal Medicine at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s–Brainerd Clinic

Dr. Sara Lokstad
Dr. Sara Lokstad – Family Practice at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s–Crosslake and Emily Clinics

Dr. Roger Macy
Dr. Roger Macy – Family Practice at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s–Brainerd Clinic

Dr. Vanessa Menghini
Dr. Vanessa Menghini – Internal Medicine at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s–Brainerd Clinic

Dr. Thomas Moraghan
Dr. Thomas Moraghan – Endocrinology at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s–Brainerd Clinic

Nurse Practitioner Kassandra Nelson
Nurse Practitioner Kassandra Nelson – Family Practice at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s–Pillager Clinic

Lynn Pender, RN
Lynn Pender, RN – Diabetes Education at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s–Brainerd Clinic

Dr. Pamela Rice
Dr. Pamela Rice – OB/GYN at Essentia Health–Baxter Specialty Clinic

Dr. Michael Rich
Dr. Michael Rich – Marilyn Covey Heart & Vascular Center at Essentia Health–St. Joseph's Medical Center

Nurse Specialist Barb Risnes
Nurse Specialist Barb Risnes – Diabetes Education at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s–Brainerd Clinic

Nurse Practitioner Gail Seeker
Nurse Practitioner Gail Seeker – Family Practice at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Emily Clinic

Dr. Jessica Tabatt
Dr. Jessica Tabatt – Podiatry at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s–Brainerd Clinic

Dr. Patricia Westerberg
Dr. Patricia Westerberg – OB/GYN at Essentia Health–Baxter Specialty Clinic

Dr. Kathy Wimmer

Dr. Kathy Wimmer – Family Medicine at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s–Pillager Clinic

Those recognizes as Four-Star Award recipients for providing service that is in the Top 25% nationally are: