The Patient Experience is shaped by the culture of UI Hospitals & Clinics and is the outcome of all who interact with one another across the continuum of care. We are ALL the Patient Experience. It is crucial that we all connect with compassion and purpose each and every time that we interact with our patients, visitors, and each other.
Our Patient Relations program is staffed with Patient Relations Specialists dedicated to assisting patients and families when their experience is not what they expected from UI Hospitals &Clinics. These staff members work closely with patients and families to understand concerns and work closely with UI Hospitals & Clinics staff involved to find a resolution. They also pass on compliments and kudos to care team members when patients provide positive feedback about their experience.
Our Patient Education program is responsible for developing and coordinating resources related to patient education, health literacy, and plain language communication at UI Hospitals & Clinics. Our specialists work across all disciplines to help ensure we provide our patients and families with optimal education regarding health conditions, promotion, and prevention.
Our Strategic Improvement Team consists of specialists and coaches that support Patient Experience improvement work across the organization. These individuals work with leaders across UI Hospital & Clinics to share patient experience data, strategize, and recommend action steps designed to elevate the patient and family experience. They develop and deliver service excellence training designed to hardwire consistent behaviors that enhance the care experience for our patients. Notable programs include Compassionate Connected Care (C3) and providing individualized coaching to faculty and staff as part of our Provider Communication Program.
Our Guest Services department provides auxiliary services and programs to enhance the patient and family experience. A dedicated team of nearly 150 permanent staff, students and volunteers support Patient Escort and Valet services, Information Desks, Concierge Services, the Rossi Guest House Lodging Program and Centralized Equipment Distribution.
Our Spiritual Services department is comprised of professionally trained chaplains who help patients and families cope with distress from illness, injury and unanticipated life events. Chaplains respectfully meet patients and families within the context of their own beliefs, values, and situations. You do not need to be religious or spiritual to benefit from the support and services our chaplains deliver. As part of our team, both Catholic and Interfaith chaplains are available to meet patient and family needs.
Our COPE program provides emotional support to staff after challenging events and helps them cope with cumulative stress. The COPE team includes three fulltime chaplains dedicated to staff support and a multidisciplinary team of volunteers who can respond to the needs of individuals or groups. The COPE team helps create a supportive work environment by providing peer support training, team-building activities, and educational programs.
Our Interpreter Services department provides real-time interpreter and translation services for patients who do not speak English fluently or require American sign-language support. Patients and families can use these services during clinic visits, hospital stays, or other encounters with hospital staff. Our services include in person, telephone and video interpreting.
Current Goals and Focus
Our patients’ voices are heard in many ways including through patient feedback collected by the paper and electronic surveys they receive after an encounter with UI Hospitals & Clinics. Staff in the Office of the Patient Experience work throughout UI Hospitals & Clinics, sharing what our patients tell us is important to them and working with leaders on experience improvement efforts aimed at helping us achieve patient experience rankings at the 90th percentile or above for “likelihood to recommend.”
Office of The Patient Experience Biographies
Strategic Improvement Team
- Josh Paxton- Patient Experience Coach
- Tera Kringle- Patient Experience Coach
- Jess Hanson -Patient Experience Coach
- Abigail LaBarge – Patient Experience Coach
- Niko Iben – Strategic Improvement Specialist
- Nicole Graf – Strategic Improvement Specialist
- Steven Anderson – Manager
- Sheri Austin – Supervisor, Concierge Services
- Twila Barnes – Office Coordinator
- Jennifer Von Behren-Carey – Supervisor
- Lois Cole – Interfaith Staff Chaplain
- Mark Comer – Interfaith Staff Chaplain
- Joel Gilbertson-White – Interfaith Staff Chaplain
- Louis Korankye Hammond – Catholic Chaplain
- Jeremy Hudson – Lead Clinical Chaplain
- Yolanda Kirk – Interfaith Staff Chaplain
- David Kozishek – Interfaith Staff Chaplain
- Timothy J. Regan – Catholic Chaplain
- George Ryder – Behavioral Health Specialist/Chaplain
- Dirk Stadtlander – Interfaith Staff Chaplain
- Christine Wagner-Hecht – Interfaith Staff Chaplain
- Laurel Crusinberry – COPE Team Chaplain
- Karyn Robertson – COPE Team Chaplain
- Matt Hall – COPE Team Chaplain