Author: Pat Mastors, PVI Executive Director

Winner of 2016 PV Impact Award – Racking up More Awards!

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Some of you may remember Wendy and her mother Darcy as the winners of last year’s PV Impact Award. If you’ve been wondering what they’ve been up to for the past 12months, Darcy has happily shared the latest news on her daughter. It’s wonderful to follow up with past winners, and after reading Wendy’s story, … Continued

Submit Your Story – $1,000 cash prize and national platform

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Can your health care story inspire, enlighten or teach others? Submissions are now open for the 2017 Patients’ View Impact Awards. Winners receive $1,000 cash, travel and lodging to attend award ceremony, and national recognition for the critical value of patient perspective.  This year there are there categories. Submission deadline now extended to October 20th! (And … Continued

For My Daughter, the Patient: Compassion Made All the Difference

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The more patients’ stories we review here at PVI (1,200-plus to date), the more we’re struck by how compassion can be a lifeline in the middle of a terrifying experience. Here’s my own story below, from four years ago. What’s yours? Hospital transport arrives to take my daughter just after 9 AM. We’d been told … Continued

“Losing My Husband Changed My View of Medical Care”: A Conversation with Sue Hassmiller of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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To the nation’s nurses, their work and their profession, Susan Hassmiller is something of a rock star. She joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 1997, where she’s senior adviser for nursing. In this role, she shapes, leads, and presents to groups around the world about the Foundation’s nursing strategies and the vital role … Continued

Shouldn’t Schools Be Helping Kids Cope With Mental Health Issues?

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There’s a connection between the Congressional health care budget battles in the headlines and the stories we at PVI have been reviewing in the last few months…many of which are terribly sad: a young girl abused by her father and now struggling with substance abuse and cutting. A parent whose child erupts in violence, seemingly for … Continued

Submissions Open: $1,000 for Story of Teen/Adolescent’s Struggle to Find Treatment

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Submissions are now open nationwide for the 2017 PVI Hope Award, honoring a first-person patient or family story about an adolescent or teen’s struggle to get appropriate help with a mental health and/or substance abuse crisis. The award, co-sponsored by The Patients’ View Institute (PVI) and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF), comes with a $1,000 … Continued

An Audience Moved to Tears—Watch the Awards Video

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There are times that are fleeting and special, that must be captured on video so they can be shared for years to come. That’s how I feel about the day we finally met our PV Impact Award winners—people whose stories moved us and brought the audience at the Leapfrog Group annual meeting to their feet. … Continued

Submissions Now Open! 2016 Patients’ View Impact Awards

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  Do you have a health care experience others should hear about? Is there a nurse, doctor, hospital or health insurer that deserves credit for providing care that went above and beyond? Tell us about it! Submissions are now being accepted for the Patients’ View Impact Awards, the only national award program to highlight the power … Continued

Designer Hospital Gowns for Teens: Why it Matters

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When you check your precious self into the hospital to be made healthy again, you must first surrender your clothes, your shoes and your jewelry — everything that you’ve selected to reflect a unique human being to the world. Then you’re wrapped in a gown that could have been cut from 20-year-old bedsheets. That’s especially … Continued

Racing to find a Cancer Cure: “No Brakes” for Jack

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I felt pretty terrible last December when I had to tell a nice woman like Jan Whelan that PVI could not consider her nomination of her husband, Jack Whelan, for the Patient Voice Impact Award (he was already a PVI advisor; that ruled him out). But her description of him was sure spot-on: “…an extraordinary … Continued