Published on July 27, 2020

Essentia physicians, advanced practitioners honored for excellence

Results of a year-long effort by Professional Research Consultants to collect patient-experience surveys are in, and two Essentia medical professionals in the Brainerd Lakes area have earned distinction as “Top Performers” in the Excellence in Healthcare awards.

Essentia contracts with PRC to randomly survey patients in our hospitals and clinics. PRC then uses the responses to rank our physicians, advanced practitioners and facilities among our approximately 400 health care organizations. The 2020 awards are based on patient surveys conducted throughout 2019.

The two Essentia medical professionals from the Brainerd Lakes area who ranked as Top Performers (scoring in the top 1% of the survey) for overall quality of care include:

  • Lynn Pender, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, Essentia Health – St. Joseph’s Medical Center
  • Kirsten Sjostrand, DO, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s – Baxter Clinic

Overall, six Essentia physicians and advanced practitioners across all locations were named Top Performers. Additionally, 72 received 5-Star awards for scoring in the top 10 percent, and 101 were 4-Star award winners for landing in the top 25 percent.

In the Brainerd Lakes Area, the following medical professionals earned 5-Star and 4-Star awards:

5 Star Awards

  • Kathy Wimmer, MD, Family Medicine
  • Vanessa Menghini, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Julie Olson, MD Internal Medicine
  • Patricia O. Segler, MD, OB/GYN
  • Thomas J. Moraghan, MD, Endocrinology
  • Eric J. Chapman, DO, Urology
  • Megan E. Gladen, MD, Family Medicine
  • Jared Rustad, MD, Neurology
  • Emily M. Day, MD, Family Medicine
  • Kassandra Nelson, CNP, Family Medicine
  • Roger Macy, MD, Family Medicine
  • Sara M. Lokstad, MD, Family Medicine
  • Kelly Spray, CNP, Family Medicine
  • Christopher Metz, MD, Orthopedics

4 Star Awards

  • Jessica A. Tabatt, MD, Podiatry
  • James P. Freeman, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Ashley A. Nord, MD, Orthopedics
  • Emily N. Stunek, RN, Diabetes Education
  • Christina Thell, CNP, Surgery
  • Stephen Hanske, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Aaron J. Chan, MD, Gastroenterology
  • Amy Borash, PA-C, Family Medicine
  • Shiela M. Klemmetsen, MD, Family Medicine
  • Stephen (Gus) Fisker, MD, Family Medicine
  • Daniel V. Johnson, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Barb Risnes, APRN, Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • Anna E. Wistrom-Thesing, CNP, Internal Medicine
  • Pamela Rice, MD, OB/GYN
  • Alicia M. Prahm, MD, OB/GYN
  • Michael Rich, MD, Cardiology
  • Jessica Nybakken, CNP, Oncology
  • Tyler Dunphy, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Gail E. Seeker, CNP, Family Medicine
  • Jessica Hinkley, CNP, Oncology
  • Jennifer K. Mahling-Stadum, MD, Family Medicine
  • Deb L. Steen, CNP, Weight Management
  • Kristi R. Gebhardt, DO, Internal Medicine

“The kindness and compassion with which our physicians and providers deliver their care to our patients is the basis for the healing they provide each and every day,” said Essentia Health CEO David C. Herman, MD. “This recognition, although not the reason for their caring manner, is an important demonstration of the gratitude and appreciation their patients feel for their care. I am inspired by their work, and proud and humbled to have them as colleagues.”

Essentia’s facilities also were rated. Six of them received 5-Star awards, and 10 earned 4-Star awards.   Essentia Health – St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd were awarded for overall quality of care in inpatient and on the medical surgical unit.

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