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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 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,” said 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 Northeastern 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. Headshots of all providers are available on request. 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

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

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

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

. Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Superior, emergency department

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