Skip to Content
 
 
 
 

Guide to Patient Satisfaction Surveys and Ratings

North Central Heart Institute values the partnerships we have with our patients and their loved ones. We are committed to providing you the information you need at your fingertips to make informed decisions about your health care, and about the physicians and other providers who walk the care journey with you. As part of that commitment, we now post our physicians’ patient satisfaction ratings online.

This guide can help patients and family members understand how we capture and report our patient experience ratings.

About Our Survey

North Central Heart is focused on providing an exceptional experience in every care interaction. All ratings are submitted by actual patients. To ensure we hold ourselves to the highest standards, we partner with an independent patient satisfaction company, National Research Corporation, which provides the technology to display ratings and comments on our physician profile pages.

Who Receives the Survey?

The survey is made available to all North Central Heart patients within a few days following their appointments either by phone or email. Patients are asked to complete the survey and provide comments regarding specific aspects of care. We use this feedback to improve and enhance the care we offer.

Do You Post All Comments?

North Central Heart is committed to transparency. That means posting all relevant feedback – whether it’s positive or negative. However, we do not post comments that are libelous, profane, or those that risk the privacy of our patients. Every provider rating is published regardless of comment status.

What Questions Do We Ask?

Patients take a nine-question survey, and results are used to evaluate patients’ overall perception of care and to identify areas for improvement.

Star ratings are based on these questions:

Physician Communication Questions

  • Did this provider explain things in a way that was easy to understand?
  • Did this provider listen carefully to you?
  • Did this provider give you easy to understand instructions about taking care of these health problems or concerns?
  • Did this provider seem to know the important information about your medical history?
  • Did this provider show respect for what you had to say?
  • Did this provider spend enough time with you?

Overall Rating Question

  • Using any number from 0 to 10, where 0 is the worst provider possible and 10 is the best provider possible, what number would you use to rate this provider?

Why Aren’t There Ratings and Comments for Every Doctor?

Industry best practice is clear that more data provides a more accurate picture. For this reason, a physician’s rating will only be posted on the site when he/she has a minimum of 30 completed surveys. Over time, with more surveys received on an ongoing basis, the number of rated physicians will increase.

Can anyone complete a survey or post a comment about a physician?

No. Only patients having an outpatient visit by a North Central Heart physician will receive a survey. The results are based entirely from patients who have actually been treated by the physician.

How is patient information protected?

Patient names are not displayed through the online ratings and commentary reviews. All personally identifiable information is removed prior to display.


This directory contains information about the provider members of Independent Health Care Associates, Avera Health and all Avera entities, members of the Avera Medical Group, and employed select providers with Avera McKennan, Sioux Falls, SD and Avera Marshall, Marshall, MN and physicians with hospital privileges at Avera St. Luke's, Aberdeen, SD; Avera Sacred Heart, Yankton, SD; Avera Queen of Peace, Mitchell, SD; Avera St. Mary's, Pierre, SD.

Non-Avera web sites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc.) linked to from this Web page, including any blogs or other personal, networking or social media Web sites, are not affiliated with, nor endorsed by any Avera facility. Opinions, views, and comments posted on these Web sites are not Avera's.  Avera assumes no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, product, or process disclosed on these sites. The opinions of those posting comments, views or opinions on these sites do not necessarily state or reflect those of Avera and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

Live Better. Live Balanced. Avera.

Avera is a health ministry rooted in the Gospel. Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values.

© 2019 Avera, Sioux Falls, SD. All Rights Reserved.