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 physicians in Duluth have earned distinction as “Top Performers” in the Excellence in Healthcare awards.

Essentia annually 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 physicians from Duluth that ranked as Top Performers — which means they scored in the top 1% of the survey for overall quality of care — include:

  • Dr. Kelly Greenleaf, obstetrics and gynecology, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Arthur Legg, pediatric cardiology, Essentia Health-Duluth 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.

“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. These include:

5-star awards

  • Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic breast center
  • Essentia Health-Lakewalk Clinic infusion center

4-star awards

  • Essentia Health-Deer River emergency department
  • Essentia Health-Deer River inpatient services
  • Essentia Health-Northern Pines emergency department
  • Essentia Health-Sandstone emergency department
  • Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Superior emergency department
  • Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Superior inpatient services and medical/surgical unit

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