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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 don’t forget to include your brief video introduction.) Check out last year’s winners and full details below.

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For the third consecutive year, the Patients’ View Institute (PVI) is partnering with our friends at The Leapfrog Group to present live on stage the 2017 Patients’ View Impact Awards, the only national awards to highlight the power that a patient’s or loved one’s story can have in changing healthcare for the better. In past years, these remarkable stories of perseverance and partnership, judged for their capacity to impact the national conversation about what matters most to patients, have moved hundreds of top hospital executives, journalists and business leaders to a standing ovation. Award winners receive a $1,000 cash prize plus travel and lodging to attend the awards ceremony. “These stories remind us why our work to improve health care matters”, says Leapfrog President and CEO Leah Binder.

This year there will be three 2017 PV Impact Awards:

  1. The Patients’ View Impact Award: honors a patient’s story told and submitted by the patient or their loved one, judged by the story’s
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    2016 Impact Award Winner: 12-year-old Wendy Wooden (right), her mom, Darcy Daniels, Stuart Baur (left) from “Patient Champion Award” winner Payette, and e-Patient Dave deBronkart, speaker and PVI advisor

    potential to have a positive impact on improving the delivery of any aspect of healthcare. Last year’s winner: 12-year-old Wendy Wooden of Sharon, MA. Calling on her own frequent visits to the hospital, Wendy worked with her mother, Darcy Daniels, with services donated by Boston architectural firm Payette to create “You Are Here: Wendy’s Welcome to the ED”, a video welcoming children to the pediatricemergency department (ED) of Mass General Hospital for Children (MGHfC).


  1. The Patients’ View Partners in Healing Award honors a patient’s story told and submitted by a patient or patients’ loved one, showcasing how partnership between a patient or their loved ones and one or more clinicians, hospital, or system achieved a healing healthcare event or experience. Last year’s winner: Rebecca (Becky) White of Baytown, Texas. When Becky’s son Wade was born with multiple special needs, she became frustrated trying to communicate effectively with his medical team. Becky went to school to become an
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    2016 Partners in Healing Award Winner: Becky White, RN and Angelo Giardino, VP and CMO, Texas Children’s Hospital

    RN, and then obtained an MBA, hoping to learn the different “languages” of health care.  She invoked the CEO of her hospital to shadow her at the patients’ bedsides. Not only did he do so, but some forty other hospital executives followed suit, helping co-create a deeper culture of patient-centeredness at Texas Children’s. (Update: Becky has moved on to a management role in health care, and is now at work on her Doctorate!)

  2. Click here for the video of last year’s awards.

3.) This year, PVI will also present the 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 or substance abuse crisis. Building on research PVI undertook in 2016 with the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, the award encourages the sharing of stories to better surface the full extent of the challenges and stigmas families face getting help for their kids, along with opportunities for effective treatment.

The awards will be among the highlights of Leapfrog’s first National Ratings Health Care Summit December 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA, where Leapfrog will also present its annual Top Hospital Awards. Among other events on tap will be a consumer advocate panel with representatives from U.S. News & World Report, HealthGrades, Consumer Reports and others, moderated by PVI Executive Director and journalist Pat Mastors.

Submit your story through October 13th via this website.

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