Improved morale and better communication can be hard to measure, even if they lead to measurable HCAHPS improvements.
But at Reid Hospital, our client in Richmond, Ind., all these good things have happened, thanks to a strong commitment from upper management and buy-in throughout the institution. Not to mention something that looks a little bit like fun in the midst of a serious business.
Those all-important HCAHPS scores? Up from a composite score of 28 before 2011, to 72 today. (And that includes value-based purchasing scores, too.)
Raising those scores required a sea change for Reid. Back in 2007, the hospital opened an outpatient care center and medical center, followed a year later by a new inpatient tower. Patient room sizes doubled, and visitors got wireless access, computer kiosks, pull-out sleeping couches and more.
“We had lots of amenities,” says LuAnne Christofaro, executive director of nursing and former director of Patient Experience/Service Excellence, “and we thought that automatically our HCAHPS would go up, but they didn’t. We decided we needed a wholesale culture change.We realized it was not the things, it was about the people. If they aren’t there to connect those nice things, nobody appreciates [the nice things].”