Essentia Health receives four-star rating from Medicare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its 2021 ratings for hospitals as part of its Care Compare program.

Essentia Health-Fargo received the only four-star overall rating among Fargo hospitals. In addition, Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes received a four-star rating.

The overall rating is based on how well a hospital performs across different areas of quality, like treating heart attacks and pneumonia, readmission rates and safety of care.

These Essentia facilities also each achieved a four-star patient survey rating. The patient survey rating measures patients’ experiences of their hospital care. Recently discharged patients were asked about important topics like how well nurses and doctors communicated, how responsive hospital staff were to their needs, and the cleanliness and quietness of the hospital environment.

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“High quality patient care and safety is the standard at Essentia Health,” shared Dr. Bill Heegaard, president, in a press release. “This high rating is one more way to let the public know receiving care at Essentia Health is safe and the highest quality.”

When making health care decisions, patients should use all the tools at their disposal, such as talking with friends and family as well as consulting with doctors, nurses and other trusted health care providers. The Care Compare website is another tool that patients can use to research high quality care.

Find the ratings for a variety of facilities on Medicare's Care Compare website. Learn more about Essentia Health at its website.

Apex adds to municipal group

Joey Jurvakainen
Joey Jurvakainen

Joey Jurvakainen has joined Apex as an engineering technician in Detroit Lakes. He is part of the municipal group and brings experience in both engineering and electrical.

Jurvakainen earned an associate's degree in applied science and technology in engineering from Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington.

Detroit Lakes financial advisor appointed to sustainable investing council

Matthew Ask, a financial advisor with Raymond James Financial Services in Detroit Lakes, has been appointed to the Raymond James Sustainable Investing Advisory Council.

Raymond James’ approach to sustainable investing is collaborative in nature across all business segments and heavily influenced by advisor feedback, including the council, which is comprised of a select group of 16 financial advisors across the firm’s affiliation models. The council’s mission is to continue to enhance the firm’s sustainable investing capabilities and resources made available to the firm’s approximately 8,200 advisors and their clients.

Ask said in a statement: “I’m honored to be selected to serve on the firm’s sustainable investing council. Many clients are increasingly interested on how the investments they make impact the world around them, and Raymond James’ thoughtful collection of valuable resources has assisted me in helping address this important aspect in my clients’ financial plans. I’m thrilled to join this group of forward-thinking advisors as we help shape a platform that can make real-world differences to our clients.”

“Positive asset flows continue to reinforce growing interest in sustainable investing, providing our advisors the opportunity to further engage our high-net-worth clients in deeper relationships through impact investing, tying to their philanthropic efforts, and engaging the next generation in the wealth transfer through meaningful conversation around values and legacy building," he added.

Raymond James advisors have access to a variety of sustainable investing vehicles and resources to fit their clients’ needs, including professional managed portfolios, individual equities and bonds, funds, green bonds, and alternative investments. For more information, visit