Published on June 19, 2021

Patient surveys highlight “excellent” Essentia Health providers, facilities

Patient surveys highlight “excellent” Essentia Health providers, facilities

Each year, Essentia Health contracts with Professional Research Consultants (PRC) to randomly survey patients about their experiences in our 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. The 2021 awards are based on patient surveys conducted throughout 2020.

“The past year has been a challenging one, with many shifts in the ways care has been delivered and received,” says Essentia Health CEO David C. Herman, MD. “One constant amid this change is the heartfelt compassion expressed by our colleagues as they deliver their care, and the gratitude for this care expressed by our patients. These awards speak both to culture of care among our colleagues, and the impact of our care upon our patients and communities. I am proud of this recognition of our colleagues, and the teamwork that supports the great care delivered at Essentia each day.”

In Essentia’s East Market, which encompasses Northeast and Central Minnesota, as well as Northwest Wisconsin, three providers received PRC’s Top Performer Award, meaning they scored at or above the 100th percentile for overall quality of care. Top Performers include:

  • Dr. Anne Normand, orthopedics, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Beret Casey, endocrinology, Essentia Health-Ashland Clinic
  • Dr. Kathy Wimmer, family medicine, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Pillager Clinic

Across Essentia Health, six providers were named Top Performers.

Additional honors were awarded to the following in the East Market:

5-Star Award: Scoring in the top 10% (at or above the 90th percentile) of the PRC national client database for percentage of patients who rate the overall quality of care by the clinic/facility or unit/provider as “excellent.”

  • Dr. Nicole Seacotte, OB/GYN, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Susan Ash, dermatology, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Jefferson Davis, orthopedics, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Ana Fernandez, rheumatology, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Laura Trombino, pediatric orthopedics, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Samuel Hoxie, orthopedics, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Jessica Sawyer, radiation oncology, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Kelly Greenleaf, OB/GYN, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Bret Friday, hematology/oncology, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Susan Anderson, hospital services, Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • Dr. Nicole Worden, interventional cardiology, Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • Dr. Carolyn Forsman, pediatric physiatry/rehabilitation, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Angela McAllister, ophthalmology, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Joel Kolmodin, pediatric orthopedics, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Erin Grimsby, physiatry (PM&R)/rehabilitation, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Janus Butcher, orthopedics & sports medicine, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Courtney Senich, APRN, CNP, gynecologic oncology, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Jane Rudd, family medicine, Essentia Health-West Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Kristin Lusian, family medicine, Essentia Health-West Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Thomas Heinitz, family medicine, Essentia Health-Proctor Clinic
  • Dr. Elizabeth Raduege, family medicine, Essentia Health-Hermantown Clinic
  • Dr. Patricia Segler, OB/GYN, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Baxter Clinic
  • Kassandra Nelson, APRN, CNP, family medicine, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Pillager Clinic
  • Dr. Vanessa Menghini, internal medicine, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic
  • Dr. Sara Lokstad, family medicine, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Crosslake Clinic
  • Dr. Ashley Nord, orthopedic surgery/orthopedics & sports medicine, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Baxter Clinic
  • Dr. Christopher Metz, orthopedic surgery/orthopedics & sports medicine, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic
  • Dr. Kirsten Sjostrand, OB/GYN, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Baxter Clinic
  • Dr. Jennifer Mahling-Stadum, family medicine, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic
  • Dr. Colin Zdenek, podiatry, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic
  • Dr. Jessica Tabatt, podiatry, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic
  • Dr. Kristi Gebhardt, internal medicine, Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center
  • Jessica Nybakken, APRN, CNP, breast health/oncology, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic
  • Dr. Thomas Moraghan, diabetes & endocrinology, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic
  • Dr. Emily Day, family medicine, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Baxter Clinic
  • Dr. Sarah Osborne, family medicine, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic
  • Dr. Roger Macy, family medicine, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic
  • Dr. Steven (Gus) Fisker, family medicine, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Pine River Clinic
  • Sara Luoma, APRN, CNP, OB/GYN, Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic
  • Dr. Jan Baldwin, family medicine, Essentia Health-Hibbing Clinic
  • Ann Vreeland, APRN, CNP, family medicine, Essentia Health-Northern Pines Clinic in Aurora
  • Elizabeth Lessard, APRN, CNP, family medicine, Essentia Health-International Falls Clinic 

The following hospital units also received a 5-Star Award in Overall Quality of Care:

  • Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic, radiation oncology
  • Essentia Health-Deer River Clinic, inpatient
  • Essentia Health-Aurora emergency department
  • Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, inpatient OB/GYN

4-Star Award: Scoring in the top 25% (75th through 89th percentiles) for percentage of patients rating the overall quality of care of the unit/clinic/provider as “excellent.”

  • Dr. Mark Rhodes, ear, nose & throat, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Andrew Chiu, cardiology, Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • Dr. Michael Bayer, dermatology, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Daniel Nikcevich, hematology/oncology, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Conrad Ross, PA-C, gastroenterology, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Mary Starkman, APRN, CNP, cardiology, Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • Dr. Chena Beauduy, neurology, Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • Dr. Raymond Hausch, rheumatology, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Kathleen Monaghan, general surgery, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Okechukwu Iwu, internal medicine, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Christine Swensen, family medicine, Essentia Health-Hermantown Clinic
  • Dr. Paul Jones, family medicine, Essentia Health-Lakewalk Clinic
  • Dr. David Hyjek, family medicine, Essentia Health-Hermantown Clinic
  • Dr. Georgia Brunette, internal medicine, Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Superior Clinic
  • Jose Rodriguez, PA-C, orthopedic surgery, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Margaret Perko, family medicine, Essentia Health-Lakewalk Clinic
  • Christie Erickson, APRN, CNP, family medicine, Essentia Health-Hermantown Clinic
  • Dr. Brad Edgerton, orthopedic surgery, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Ryan Groeschl, general surgery, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Monica McDevitt, APRN, CNP, family medicine, Essentia Health-Proctor Clinic
  • Dr. Joseph Morehouse, ophthalmology, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Todd Hnatko, optometry, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Katelyn Walsh, PA-C, dermatology, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Katie Hipsher, APRN, CNP, dermatology, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Anne Schepers, OB/GYN, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Kimberly Boddicker, cardiology, Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • Dr. Kenneth Dornfeld, radiation oncology, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Zach Beresford, pain medicine, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Lynne Kosmach, APRN, CNP, diabetes & endocrinology, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Javariah Asghar, vascular surgery, Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • Dr. Julie Reichhoff, family medicine, Essentia Health-Lakewalk Clinic
  • Dr. George Holliday, internal medicine, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Rolando Rosas, ear, nose & throat, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Livingstone Igwe, family medicine, Essentia Health-Lakeside Clinic
  • Dr. Rajesh Prabhu, infectious disease, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Janelle Frost, AuD, audiology & hearing/dizziness & balance care, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Jason Schultz, interventional cardiology, Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • Jessica Zweifel, APRN, CNP, cardiology, Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • Dr. Daniel Tandberg, radiation oncology, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Gary Beaver, neurology, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Bradley Kuzel, orthopedic surgery, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Deanna Notaro, APRN, CNP, internal medicine, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Christopher DeMaioribus, vascular surgery, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Dr. Amanda Noska, infectious disease, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic
  • Naomi Roepke, APRN, CNP, family medicine, Essentia Heath St. Joseph’s-Crosslake Clinic
  • Jessica Hinkley, APRN, CNP, breast health, oncology, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic
  • Dr. Alicia Prahm, OB/GYN, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Baxter Clinic
  • Dr. Hong Li, internal medicine, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic
  • Dr. Jared Rustad, neurology/sleep medicine, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic
  • Dr. Stephen Hanske, internal medicine, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic
  • Dr. Dustie Samuels, family medicine, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Pierz Clinic
  • Dr. Daniel Johnson, internal medicine, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Baxter Clinic
  • Amanda Carroll, APRN, CNP, cardiology, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic
  • Amy Borash, PA-C, family medicine, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Pierz Clinic
  • Dr. Harvey Anderson, family medicine, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Baxter Clinic
  • Melissa Erickson, APRN, CNP, mobile medicine (long-term care)/podiatry/wound care, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic
  • Dr. Eric Chapman, urology, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic
  • Dr. Nancy Henry-Socha, pain medicine, Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic
  • Jennifer Kober, APRN, CNP, cardiology, Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic
  • Cherokee Rova, PA-C, dermatology, Essentia Health-Virginia Medical Arts Clinic
  • Dr. Stephen Smith, family medicine, Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic
  • Dr. Lisa Seeber, family medicine, Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic
  • Natalie Gustafson, APRN, CNP, family medicine, Essentia Health-Grand Rapids Clinic
  • Dr. Nancy Hassinger, cardiology, Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic
  • Dr. Christopher Whiting, family medicine, Essentia Health-Northern Pines Clinic
  • Dr. John McKevett, family medicine, Essentia Health-Hayward Clinic
  • Dr. Jill Schenk, family medicine, Essentia Health-Ashland Clinic
  • Brianne Sable, PA-C, internal medicine, Essentia Health-Ashland Clinic
  • Dr. Kim Ogle, internal medicine, Essentia Health-Ashland Clinic
  • Amanda Suino, APRN, CNP, family medicine, Essentia Health-Hayward Clinic
  • Dr. Rachael Chambers, family medicine, Essentia Health-Hayward Clinic

The following hospital unit also received a 4-Star Award in Overall Quality of Care:

  • Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Superior, emergency department
  • Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, emergency department

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