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Overview | Patient Experience Committee Champions

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The Patient Experience Committee is an interdisciplinary committee charged with improving the delivery of integrated, comprehensive patient and family centered care. The Committee champions will focus their work on identifying opportunities to nurture an environment conducive to healing and comfort.

 Current Work
  1. The committee met with Cindy Sprogis from the Office of Patient Experience to discuss ideas for quiet at night. Looking at what other hospitals are doing, they found MGH is doing many of those things already (designated quiet times with a checklist and lowering of lights, tuning up the meal carts weekly to decrease noise, providing ear plugs and headphones). Other ideas they are working on include bundled care, asking patients directly what it would take for them to say ‘always’ to the quiet at night question, exploring use of white noise, soundproof curtains, and moving change of shift report from the nursing station.
  2. There continues to be an IV opioid shortage. Remember to take safety into account during this time, including to not use heat pads with any pain patches particularly fentanyl. Use a variety of methods for pain control, including relaxation, backrubs, ketamine. Apollo will continue to provide up to date information.

Accomplishments 2017

  • Continued our 2016 activity of providing input into standardizing menus and having translated menus available. Standardized menus are now available on many units with translated menus now available on request in Spanish, Arabic, and Haitian; with Chinese and Portuguese coming soon. We could provide input by inviting Sue Doyle Assistant Director of Patient Food Services to the committee, who ultimately joined our group as a champion.

  • Several members attended the Patient Experience Summit and learned of different ways other Partners facilities have helped improve the patient experience. Two members of the collaborative governance (CG) Patient Experience Committee were appointed to the Patient Care Services (PCS) Patient Experience Steering committee, serving as liaisons between our committee and PCS leadership.

  • Our committee hosted several guest speakers, including: Police/Parking regarding parking fee waivers, Sarah Wakeman regarding the Substance Use Disorder Program, Patti Shanteler reviewed the Avasys system, and Sharon Badgett-Lichten discussed the upcoming roll out of the I-CARE model in response to identified opportunities to improve the patient/family experience.

2018 Goals:

  • Continue to develop and implement strategies to improve the patient experience, aligned with the Office of Patient Experience goals (MD communication, quiet times, staff responsiveness).

  • Continue to partner with other offices/disciplines to educate champions on hospital wide programs to take back to their own areas.

  • Pilot test strategies to align patient/family expectations with their experience, working with patients and staff to improve processes.

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1st Tuesday of the month
1:00-3:00 pm
Trustees Room, Bulfinch 225A

Committee Contacts:


Kristen McGoey, RN,

Paul Arnstein, RB, The Institute for Patient Care

Sharon Badgett-Lichten, LICSW, Practice Improvement

Samantha LaPierre, Surgery

Patient Experience Champions



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