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Medicare Performace Measures


Same as the national average


Below the national average


Below the national average

Patient Experience

Above the national average


Above the national average


Same as the national average

Efficient Use of Medial Imaging

Same as the national average



Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center, one of Essentia Health's many Catholic facilities, is a 162-bed nonprofit community hospital located in Brainerd, Minn.

Essentia Health St Joseph's Medical Center is one of the acute care hospitals/facilities located in Crow Wing County, MN.

Essentia Health St Joseph's Medical Center does have an emergency room. They use electronic medical records.

Essentia Health St Joseph's Medical Center is a voluntary non-profit - private hospital.

Hospital Hours

Monday Open 24 hours
Tuesday Open 24 hours
Wednesday Open 24 hours
Thursday Open 24 hours
Friday Open 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours

Location and Directions


Worst hospital ever. My son needed stitches and they waited 3 hours between when they numbed his nose and when they stitched it. My husband needed an emergency appendectomy and he had to wait 6 hours for his surgery, 2 of these hours alone in his room because i was told they were going to be taking him asap. Had horrible care during the rest of his stay. Just left there myself, completely ignored and told there's nothing they could/ would do. In the worst pain of my life (I've had 4 babies, i know pain) and having begged for help. Wasn't listened to at all. DO NOT GO HERE FOR ANYTHING. (4 months ago)

Rude rude rude! All these brainerd doctors, nurses, and receptionists are so judgemental, mean, insensitive, inappropriate, inconsiderate, i cannot believe how i have been being treated by everyone during this pregnancy. Now i have to travel 40 minutes to get answers that i was hoping to get over the phone with triage. This county does not know how to help. She laughed at me. Depressing, and just sucks. Why are theynot open on weekends. This is whythe cities arebetter. Better trained staff. (2 months ago)

My fiance could have died due to an error made by this hospital. Sunday evening we went into the ER as my fiance had what we believed to be an infection in his knee -- it was swollen, hot and the pain seemed to be moving up as the day went on. Everyone was nice, but no one seemed to have answers. We were told white blood cell counts were slightly elevated but they were unable to drain any fluid out of the leg so they sent us home with a prescription for antibiotics. If it wasn't better by Thursday, he was to schedule a follow up with Ortho. Monday evening he was back for emergency surgery as he was unable to walk or bear the pain. We had two staff members tell us the ER team should not have tried to draw fluid the night before as this could have introduced a different infection or caused other damage. At least three of the nurses he had in his three day stay told us "this isn't my floor, I'm normally somewhere else and don't work with surgery patients" -- doesn't put a lot of faith in the staff when you ask simple questions such as 'Shouldn't he be wearing compression socks?' and that's their response. There were at least eight different nurses in his three day stay -- I understand the rotation but unfortunately there was little to no communication between any of them and we found ourselves constantly repeating ourselves and asking for things -- such as the next dose of pain medication (2x) and throat lozenges (which were ordered on day 2 but never delivered). The doctor only visited the room at 6AM and seemed in a rush to get the answers they needed but not answer the questions he had. It's hard enough to get sleep in a hospital and he was barely coherent enough to remember the conversations -- yet the nurses would ask him for the information rather than the doctor. Our discharge nurse had poor bedside manner, making a joke about how our deductible was certainly met as surgery was insanely expensive, yet not seeming to have answers to any of our questions. She made this comment three times in our five minutes with her that second day. A picc line was installed so that we could administer a daily antibiotic at home. Unfortunately, the team discharged him without a cap on his picc line. While trying to shower during his first night at home, blood came into the tube and he went back to the ER to ensure everything was okay. He was told by a nurse and doctor that it was incredibly dangerous to not have the cap on the line as it could introduce air into his bloodstream or another infection. If either of those things happened, it could lead to death if not treated immediately. They filed a report and the next day we were called to have the picc line replaced. The positive thing is that everyone was very kind, but unfortunately kindness doesn't heal... and lack of knowledge and attention to detail could potentially have killed my fiance. We will not be back. (4 months ago)

I'm scared to have to go here if when I go into labor..... where is a better place to have my son around Here? I've not heard one good thing about this hospital and I've asked everyone I know..... help someone??! (4 months ago)

So comforting an genuinely kind when my wrist was broken, worth the ride (a month ago)

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