Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center

74%

Patients that would definitely recommend
4% higher than the national average

Awards

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Hospital Quality Awards

Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2018, 2017)

Top in the nation for overall patient experience based on nine measures related to doctor and nurse communication, hospital cleanliness and noise levels, and medication and post-discharge care instructions

Safety Ratings

How well a hospital safeguards patients from potential complications

No events relating to foreign objects left in body during a surgery or procedure

12 ratings were as expected

  • Death in procedures where mortality is usually very low
  • Pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital
  • Collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest
  • Catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital
  • Hip fracture following surgery
  • Excessive bruising or bleeding as a consequence of a procedure or surgery
  • Acute kidney dysfunction following surgery
  • Respiratory failure following surgery
  • Deep blood clots in the lungs or legs following surgery
  • Bloodstream infection following surgery
  • Breakdown of abdominal incision site
  • Accidental cut, puncture, perforation or hemorrhage during medical care
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Hospital Quality

Clinical Ratings

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Data Source

Patient Experience

Patient experience measures tell you how patients felt about the care they received at the hospital. These measures are based on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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74%

Patients who gave a rating of 9 or 10
5% higher than the national average

74%

Would definitely recommend
4% higher than the national average

Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center

National Average

Communication with doctors

Percent of patients who said that doctors always listened to them and explained things well

100%50%0%81%81%

Communication with nurses

Percent of patients who said that nurses always listened to them and explained things well

100%50%0%81%78%

Communication about medicines

Percent of patients who said that staff always explained medicines before giving them to patients

100%50%0%67%63%

Discharge Information

Percent of patients who said they were given information about recovering at home

100%50%0%90%84%

Responsiveness of hospital staff

Percent of patients who said they always received help quickly from hospital staff

100%50%0%74%66%

Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center

National Average

Quietness

Percent of patients who said the area around their rooms was always kept quiet at night

100%50%0%59%60%

Cleanliness

Percent of patients who said their room and bathroom were always kept clean

100%50%0%77%73%

Providers

Provider Reviews

Very personable and kind. Listens to patient concerns and is thorough.

Katie Vanek May 22 2020

Review for Dr. Bader

Dr. Nienaber is actually quite warm and does listen. I think the review that someone else had left was a bit harsh.

Mar 04 2020

Review for Dr. Nienaber

I've seen Dr. Rud many times over the years. He did two of my surgeries, and quite well. Always explains everything well and is reassuring ??

Jackie V. Mar 04 2020

Review for Dr. Rud

Kelly is warm and approachable during our visits. She listens closely to what I have to say and makes sure I don't have any unanswered questions. ??

Jackie V. Mar 04 2020

Review for Kelly Spray

Terrible so called Rheumotologist

KS - Feb 11 2020

Review for Dr. Nardella

Unexpected trip to the ER. Dr. Verworn was very kind, friendly and knowledgeable. He explained everything they were going to do during the visit and a plan to get me through the weekend until I can return to Minneapolis.

Jan 31 2020

Review for Dr. Verworn

Kirsten A Jan 28 2020

Review for Dr. Zdenek

Scott Barker Jan 23 2020

Review for Dr. Sachs

Patricia Jan 08 2020

Review for Dr. Philip

I saw Dr. Rud for a car accident injury to my leg. I had a very satisfactory visit and shots to relieve my pain. He was very professional and polite. I recommend!

Larry Jan 01 2020

Review for Dr. Rud

Rita K. English Dec 28 2019

Review for Dr. Osborne

Went to see Dr. Bartel for a foot problem. The LPN was wonderful. Very kind, friendly and so helpful. Was very pleased with the doctor. She was excellent. Also friendly and kind. The service was very good. Wouldup definitely see her again.

Dec 11 2019

Review for Dr. Bartel

Excellent surgeon, professional and great bed side manner.

Dec 07 2019

Review for Dr. Bartel

Gail is the finest health care provider I have ever known. She is extremely knowledgeable, kind and caring yet very professional.

Karen T Nov 26 2019

Review for Gail Seeker

Fairly new to me, 2 years and all good. Personable and attentive to me, a senior. So far, so good!

Nov 25 2019

Review for Dr. Klemmetsen

Dr. Genhardt is one of the most amazing doctors. She takes time to listen and explain. She responds to messages and will try to get you in if you need to be seen. She actually listens.

Nov 21 2019

Review for Dr. Gebhardt

I am very satisfied with Dr. Metz and his entire staff. The are very professional and I was treated with great care. He gave me my shoulder back and I couldn't be happier. I recommend him highly.

Jo Georges Nov 18 2019

Review for Dr. Metz

I have been so happy with Dr. Whiteman. Never rushed and always helpful and listening to my concerns. Not really understanding bad reviews. Been great for me.

Nathan D Lalum Oct 03 2019

Review for Dr. Whiteman

Very rude. She did not even listen to me and continued to tell me should not help me. I left crying. I do not recommend her. She thinks she is “all that” and of course when she saw me crying she didn’t apologize and slammed the door leaving the room.

Oct 01 2019

Review for Dr. Mahling-Stadum

Dr. Trueblood listens and cares and refers when necessary and takes his time to understand our concerns.

Sep 27 2019

Review for Dr. Trueblood

Aug 01 2019

Review for Dr. Bartel

Dr. Nienaber was very helpful in diagnosing my problems, he recommended treatment that was very beneficial. Very friendly and made sure I understood everything before I left.

Ted Sommerfeld Jul 31 2019

Review for Dr. Nienaber

Jul 29 2019

Review for Dr. Holcomb

Fantastic!! Wonderful doctor- kind, professional, knowledgeable, caring

Jennifer B. Jul 27 2019

Review for Dr. Osborne

Taylor E Jul 18 2019

Review for Kaley Gadbois

She is very knowledagable on Diabets, makesme feel comfortable

Jul 07 2019

Review for Leah Lempola

Dr Gaertner, Dr Polcari, and Dr Mark Sneider, all three were involved in saving my life during robotic assisted surgery to remove a cancerous very large prostate. They are great men of skill and integrity! Thank you all!

Stephen Starr, RT Jul 05 2019

Review for Dr. Gaertner

Worst Dr. I've ever come across. Rude best describes this individual. Just behind preforming different surgeries than explained prior.

May 23 2019

Review for Dr. Rud

Very attentive, he listens... has cared for me since a recent heart episode... has answered any questions and shuffled meds when I had issues. An excellent MD.

Charles Gordonin Pequot lakes, MN - May 22 2019

Review for Dr. Dunphy

My husband and i both see Dr Gebhardt and absolutely LOVE her. I feel like she truly listens to my concerns and follows up with me. And being a DO, she brings the best of conventional medicine, but does not shame me for trying alternative medicine when appropriate.

May 22 2019

Review for Dr. Gebhardt

Aboslutely Excellent throughout my knee replacement surgery. Highly Highly recommend him

May 13 2019

Review for Dr. Robertson

I’ve had two knee replacements with dr Metz. The left knee 4 years ago and it changed my life. The right knee was replaced 4 weeks ago. Extremely satisfied with communication and outcome

Wandain Browerville - May 11 2019

Review for Dr. Metz

Went in to see Leah as I am a diabetec. She saw me once and passed me off to the diabetes educator - never to see me again. Not much of an endocrinology department here in Brainerd.

May 09 2019

Review for Leah Lempola

May 06 2019

Review for Dr. Waters

May 01 2019

Review for Dr. Waters

May 01 2019

Review for Dr. Waters

Dr. Eisenschenk was incredibly helpful when it came to my diet and helping me improve my health. He has also helped me and my family in a number of other ways and we cannot say enough about how good he is as a physician.

Jasonin Crosslake, MN - Apr 27 2019

Review for Dr. Eisenschenk

He was very calming and definitely did his research he knows what he is doing and does it with efficiency... all of his staff were very empathetic and helpful, I'll definitely be asking for him if anything else needs fixing!

Timothy in Virginia, MN - Apr 27 2019

Review for Dr. Hightower

Excellent Doctor. Listens, does not judge, but works with me to achieve my health goals.

Fred Lundquist Apr 12 2019

Review for Dr. Day

Dr. Dunphy took the time to patiently answer questions that were not 100% related to my visit. I appreciated his approach and would highly recommend him.

Mar 29 2019

Review for Dr. Dunphy

Mar 28 2019

Review for Dr. Wimmer

Boymomin Kimball, MN - Mar 28 2019

Review for Dr. McIver

My last endoscopy with Dr. Chan went very well. I need to have another one and am hoping it goes as well as my last one.

Carole HOLLOWAY in MN - Mar 21 2019

Review for Dr. Chan

Getting in to see her takes many weeks. I do not seem to receive meaningful advice when I go in. Check-ups cover very minimal areas. Only very basic testing is ordered. You are usually passed off to specialists without even an attempt to treat your complaint.

Mar 20 2019

Review for Dr. Olson

Dr. Gaertner does an amazing job of being thorough, yet never making you feel rushed. He is detailed in explaining your situation and the various treatment options available. He follows through on getting back to you after test results come back and explains them in an easy to understand manner.

Mar 16 2019

Review for Dr. Gaertner

An amazing doctor

Mar 14 2019

Review for Dr. Johnson

Dr. Polcari is an excellent physician. He removed a good sized kidney stone from my horseshoe kidney with no complications and called me back after I talked to the physician taking calls. Highly recommend!

Mar 09 2019

Review for Dr. Polcari

Brainerd, MN - Jan 23 2019

Review for Dr. Shandal

Best of care. Moved from Wi and was very lucky that I was recommended to Dr.Dahle.

Barbara Miller in Cold Springs, MN - Jan 10 2019

Review for Dr. Dahle

Dr. Malloy saved my life. That's a good start. Not only did he talk with us after the procedure but when we requested to speak again later he came quickly and answered all our questions. I have confidence in him and recommend him.

Boydin Duluth - Jan 08 2019

Review for Dr. Malloy

Dec 19 2018

Review for Dr. Whiteman

Best ENT doctor in the world! He truly cares about his patients and giving them the best help. Couldn't recommend Dr. Waters enough!

Brainerd, MN - Dec 19 2018

Review for Dr. Waters

MN - Dec 13 2018

Review for Dr. Nienaber

Most of my extended family see Dr. Jennifer. My husband, who has had two bad experiences with chiropractors, was pleased with his treatment. She is fabulous!

Janin Pierz, MN - Dec 13 2018

Review for Dr. Person

Baxter, MN - Nov 17 2018

Review for Dr. Gebhardt

Very down to earth! Really listens and makes you feel comfortable. Amazing wirg my twins 7 months and my 4 year old! The hole staff is amazing!!

The Kippley'sin Pierz , MN - Nov 02 2018

Review for Amy Borash

I have complete trust in Dr. Prahm and her staff. She was courteous, caring and excellent at explaining exactly what she was doing. I not only had experience with her in her office, but she also performed a necessary surgery. I highly recommend her!

minnisin Breezy Point, MN - Nov 01 2018

Review for Dr. Prahm

Loriese Stollin Lake Shore, MN - Oct 26 2018

Review for Dr. Zdenek

Between Dr McIver and Adam, they listened and came up with the possible outcome for me. Six months after my exterior cervical fusion they preformed, I am totally pain and symptom free!

Karen B. Oct 12 2018

Review for Dr. McIver

the surgery did everything we hoped it would. i can walk around my house unaided, i can stand to cook, and i can drive again

Pat L. Oct 11 2018

Review for Dr. McIver

I live in Washington state. My parents live in the Brainerd area. Dr Hanske has given them excellent care for many years. I am so thankful that they have him as their physician!

Marcia Saulin Mukilteo, WA - Oct 03 2018

Review for Dr. Hanske

She truly cares and takes time to listen. She is ok with short notice appointments.

Sep 29 2018

Review for Amanda Niemann

Thank you Dr. Henry-Socha for taking the time to explain and find options to ease my pain. You are a Godsend in surgery and in the office and I truly appreciate you! Thank you for always taking the time to explain things and help me understand my pain and my options.

CCin Nisswa, MN - Sep 19 2018

Review for Dr. Henry-Socha

I've received injections from Dr. Waters and he did an amazing job.

Sep 18 2018

Review for Dr. Waters

Dr Waters is wonde

Sep 18 2018

Review for Dr. Waters

I felt my son was in the best hands for his tonsillectomy. I felt Dr. Waters explained things well, was caring, kept me informed, and his entire staff is wonderful as well.

Sep 18 2018

Review for Dr. Waters

Look no further for an experienced and professional doctor. Dr. Waters is a perfectionist when it comes to injections and I couldn’t be happier with my results

Sep 18 2018

Review for Dr. Waters

MN - Sep 18 2018

Review for Dr. Waters

Very clean clinic. Dr. Waters is especially caring and helpful. Even with a busy schedule he will insist on squeezing you in if it is urgent. Staff are very helpful with setting up any follow up needs.

MN - Sep 17 2018

Review for Dr. Waters

Dr Waters and staff were very friendly, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. I would highly recommend this clinic.

Sep 17 2018

Review for Dr. Waters

I originally started seeing Dr. Waters for my indoor & outdoor allergies. He also had removed my birthmark on my nose, in 2003. Now I currently have been seeing him for botox & filler injections! Hes a wonderful doctor, very knowledgeable & caring towards his patients.

Maggie Tin MN - Sep 17 2018

Review for Dr. Waters

Dr. Waters was very thorough in his examination and explained to me my condition and my options for treatment in a understandable language. His staff was also friendly and helpful.

Sep 17 2018

Review for Dr. Waters

Dr. Waters and his staff are thorough, kind and compassionate! His office takes time to make patient & family feel comfortable and informed. I would definitely recommend Dr. Waters to family & friends.

Brainerd , MN - Sep 17 2018

Review for Dr. Waters

Staceyin Baxter, MN - Sep 15 2018

Review for Dr. Waters

Dr Waters placed tubs in our sons ears after several severe ear infections. He was thorough with his explanation of the procedure and his follow up was spot on.

M.DeRosier Sep 14 2018

Review for Dr. Waters

Absolutely

Sep 11 2018

Review for Dr. Waters

Medical record documentation did not correctly portray details of ER visit. Scary.

Sep 04 2018

Review for Dr. Holcomb

Warm friendly, professional environment!

none - Aug 28 2018

Review for Dr. Waters

I had a baby at 45 which was a task in itself Dr. Sjostrand us an excellent , knowledgeable, skilled Physician. She listens and you know she does by her actions. I can never thank her enough.

Erica in Little Falls, MN - Aug 28 2018

Review for Dr. Sjostrand

Dr. Whiteman was condescending and treated my health concern with complete disregard. I left feeling like my health problem was not important enough for him to bother with. I continue to have this concern and now feel completely unsure of what avenue I will take to get treated.

patient Aug 21 2018

Review for Dr. Whiteman

He is always attentive to listen and takes time to do so. Makes sure all my questions are answered and that I understand the plan.

Brainerd, MN - Aug 15 2018

Review for Dr. Waters

Randyin MN - Aug 11 2018

Review for Dr. Metz

Brainerd, MN - Jul 27 2018

Review for Kelly Spray

Amazing! Had a follow up today and I mentioned I had searched to see what he could have done better. NOTHING! My results from a partial prostrate removal is amazing. He changed the quality of my life. 100 stars for this guy!

Paulin St. Paul, MN - Jul 20 2018

Review for Dr. Gaertner

Arrogant and rude.

Jasonin Brainerd, MN - Jul 14 2018

Review for Dr. Brecht

Katie Bin St. Paul, MN - Jul 07 2018

Review for Dr. Zdenek

Dr. Z was thorough and listened to my issues

Diane Reschin Brained, MN - Jul 07 2018

Review for Dr. Zdenek

Dr Waters is compassionate, patient and gives exceptional care.

R Haugin Baxter , MN - Jun 26 2018

Review for Dr. Waters

Disappointed Jun 20 2018

Review for Leah Lempola

Meganin Brainerd, MN - Jun 20 2018

Review for Dr. Wimmer

Dr. Westerberg is an excellent doctor--very caring, compassionate and professional. I was so impressed and highly recommend her.

Cindy Brodin Safety Harbor, FL - Jun 08 2018

Review for Dr. Segler

I only saw this doctor as an inpatient at the hospital. He was very caring and very professional. I was very pleased with the care that I received at St Joseph Essentia Hospital.

Ronin Baxter - May 12 2018

Review for Dr. Eisenschenk

Apr 28 2018

Review for Dr. Sabir

She is amazing and very informative. She has helped me through recent medical conditions. Also directing me on natural ways to help my diagnoses. She respects that I would rather try natural remedies before jumping to medications. She answered all my questions. 10/10

Katiein Brainerd, Minnesota - Apr 17 2018

Review for Dr. Sjostrand

Katiein Brainerd, Minnesota - Apr 17 2018

Review for Dr. Kuhn

Katiein Brainerd, Minnesota - Apr 17 2018

Review for Dr. Henry-Socha

Location

Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center

523 N 3rd St, Brainerd, MN 56401