Patient Family Relations Spec.NH-United States-Dover Apply View Saved Jobs Job ID 3158661 Date posted 06/09/2021
At Wentworth-Douglass, we value people who contribute to patient-centered care that enhances community health; we recognize and reward those who share our values and transform our patients' lives. We invite you to explore opportunities, cultivate community wellness and professional growth.
The Patient/Family Relations Specialist works under the direction of the Director of Patient Experience and is responsible for overseeing all patient/family relations efforts. The role works with patients, families, and Wentworth-Douglass staff and leadership in acknowledging and responding to patient/family concerns and complaints in a compassionate, supportive, and timely manner. The role fosters teamwork and partnerships between hospital staff, physician and department leaders, Quality, Risk, and Compliance to ensure responses are patient/family centric. The patient/family relations specialist role requires strong interpersonal skills, highly effective communication skills, superior organizational skills, and ability to work effectively in a complex environment.
1. Represents patient and family needs through advocacy
- Meets with staff, patients & family to assess needs and anticipate issues
- Investigates issues with departments to determine cause and solution
- Develops action plans in consultation with department leadership and patient experience team
2. Maintains patient complaint documentation and follow-up
- Utilizes RL Solutions software to enter patient complaint data
- Communicates effectively with patients and families through written and verbal methods.
- Creates reports and communicates with departments concerning patient complaint data.
- Utilizes RL Solutions to document, track, and manage patient complaints to ensure regulatory requirements are met
3. Demonstrates highest levels of service excellence through customer service and interpersonal interactions
- Serves as a role model for positive customer service behaviors working with patients, families and staff.
- Employs strategies to effectively communicate in high stress and complex situations
- Provides staff education on customer service principles and philosophies
4. Gathers patient/family feedback, recognizes and identifies trends, and partners with staff on improvement efforts
- Actively engages in Patient/Family Advisory Council efforts
- Proactively monitors trends in patient/family feedback to identify systematic, process, or cultural barriers to the delivery of patient/family centered care
- Serves as an internal resource in understanding patient feedback analysis and facilitates action planning
5. Provides project support and completes special projects
- Supports initiatives to improve the patient care experience within the health system
- Performs patient experience special projects as requested
Experience Minimum Required
• 3-5 Experience working in a healthcare environment, problem solving highly complex situations. Experience 1:1 and in groups; familiarity with hospital and/or non-profit organizations and agencies
• Familiarity with healthcare/hospital and /or nonprofit organizations/agencies.
• Three to five years’ experience with people, both one-on-one and in groups.
• Experience problem solving in highly complex situations
Education Minimum Required
• Bachelor's Degree
• Master's Degree
Training Minimum Required
• Highly effective written and verbal communication skills
Special Skills Minimum Required
•Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work effectively in a complex environment with various stakeholders; superior organizational skills; ability to use effective judgment and critical thinking skills; ability to problem solve; excellent internal and external customer service
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