Author: Denise Acker

A Mother’s Story: Even for a Human Services Employee, Getting Help for Her Son was Confusing

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If your child was experiencing a mental health crisis today, you would have a slew of questions requiring immediate, coordinated, and compassionate answers…providing clear direction. Who do I call? What are our treatment options? What’s the process for enrolling? When will treatment begin and what will happen next? We need help now. Here, a mother … Continued

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

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

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

PVI 2016 Impact Awards Bring Patients Front and Center at The Leapfrog Annual Meeting

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  We are grateful to again have had the opportunity to partner with The Leapfrog Group to participate in their annual meeting and present the PVI Impact Awards in Washington, D.C where patient safety, empowerment, and choice was the focus of the day. The Patients’ View Impact Award is the only national award to highlight … Continued

Roberta Carson’s Story: Losing Her Son Drives Developing a Medical Management Tool for Others

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Have you felt overwhelmed by a diagnosis you or a loved one has received? Do you feel confused by the medical jargon and instructions coming at you from your medical professionals? Receiving a diagnosis is emotionally shocking enough, but thankfully Roberta Carson, in the wake of losing her 19 year-old son to inoperable brain cancer, … Continued