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PVI Awarded Grant to Assess Teen Behavioral Health Care from Families’ Perspective

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PVI is proud to announce this timely and necessary story gathering effort supporting The Jewish Healthcare Foundations’ Adolescent Behavioral Health Initiative. We are encouraging families to share experiences seeking mental health and/or substance use treatment for teens so that identified themes can inform how the behavioral health system works, and how our children’s care is delivered. We have launched goPVI.org/ABHI where stories … Continued

Tom Seaman’s Story: From Severe Chronic Pain & Morbid Obesity to Joyful Bike Rider!

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In the Summer of 2001, while pursuing a master’s degree in counseling, Tom Seaman noticed a problem with the muscles of his neck. His head would involuntarily flop from left to right when moving from seated to walking. After seeking treatment for painful muscle spasms and contractions from chiropractors, MD’s, an internist, a massage therapist, and physical … Continued

Charisse Montgomery’s Story: How Hospital Silence Helped This Family Find Their Voice As Patient Advocates

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Few things in a hospital setting are more terrifying than silence…it almost always means that something has gone wrong. Charisse first experienced this when she was pregnant with her son, Richie. During a routine ultrasound, the technician was happily chatting with both her and her husband, Richard, when suddenly she stopped talking. This silence later … Continued

Nancy Michaels’ Story: What Docs Can Learn from Hair Stylists

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In 2005, at the age of 41, Nancy Michaels became fatally ill, and underwent emergency surgery for a liver transplant. While she previously was a physically healthy adult, she experienced serious medical complications both during and after surgery. Not only was she pronounced clinically dead twice while in surgery, the surgery left her in a … Continued

Donna Helen Crisp’s Story: Medical Errors & the Call to Accountability as Experienced by A Nurse Ethicist and An Author

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“A problem not acknowledged is a problem that cannot be studied or resolved. Many patients get worse, or die, without knowing what went wrong,” says Donna Helen Crisp, Nurse Ethicist and author of Anatomy of Medical Errors: The Patient in Room 2. Never before has it become so critically important and possible to become active participants … Continued

Darcy Daniels has advice for “Impatient, Empowered” Brave Fragile Warriors

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  Darcy Daniels, mother of 2016 Patients’ View Impact Award Winner Wendy Wooden, took moments of reflection to digest and blog about her experience attending the PVI Impact Awards, a day she described as powerful, overwhelming, and thought-provoking. So what was it like having the attention of over 300 healthcare heavyweights and innovators including The Leapfrog Group, National … 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

Crystal Horner’s Story: Empathy for Her Son’s Care Team Results in Collaboration

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Have you and your family endured many hospital stays? The Horner family has dealt with hospital after hospital visit as the result of hydrocephalus that came about from a brain bleed during their son’s delivery eight years ago. “Hudson has a lot of challenges. He was born 5 weeks early however he didn’t get enough oxygen … Continued

Barby Ingles’ Story: Persisting and Triumphing Over Chronic Pain

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Do you suffer from chronic pain? Do you feel your doctors don’t hear your voice? You are not alone. Starting from a young age, Barby was an avid dancer and gymnast, but a progressive neuro-autoimmune condition led to a life of chronic pain. While it took time for doctors to diagnosis her condition, and there … Continued

Catherine Duff’s Story: Surviving C diff. Through At-Home Treatment Leads to Policy Change

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In the span of 7 years, Catherine Duff had C. diff. 8 times with each recurrence becoming more severe to the point where she no longer responded to treatment. Her kidneys began shutting down, her heart was stressed. In 2012, doctors gave her the worst news possible: there was nothing more they could do, surgery … Continued