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Patient Experience Is Not a Silo

On June 14, it will have been 18 years since I last saw the sweet face of my 4-year-old son, Noah. He died from a series of medical errors following a tonsillectomy, four hours after having been discharged from the emergency department (ED). One of the primary causes of his death was the disconnect between […]


Tanya Lord, PhD When tragedy strikes an individual, it is common for the impact to be life altering. Life changed for Tanya Lord, a special education teacher turned stay-at -home mom, when her son, Noah, had a devastating healthcare experience. That fired her desire to improve quality, patient safety, and the patient experience. Tanya returned to school and earned a master of public health degree from the University of New Hampshire and a doctorate in clinical and population health research from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. As a graduate student, Tanya learned improvement science, research methods and worked with many experts. However, there always seemed to be something missing: the voices and experiences of patients. Combining her expertise in quality improvement and a passion for including all healthcare stakeholders, Tanya is now director of patient and family engagement at the Foundation for Healthy Communities in Concord, New Hampshire. Tanya works with all NH hospitals as they partner with patient and families to improve care. She also consults, teaches, and presents nationally as a patient safety, quality improvement, and patient/family engagement consultant. Tanya’s passion, initiated by tragedy, is sustained by hope for a safer healthcare system.

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The Power of ‘&’ in Patient Experience & Engagement

Editor’s Note: Next week, April 24–28, The Beryl Institute (one of Engaging Patients’ partner organizations) will celebrate Patient Experience Week. Each year, PX Week provides a focused time for organizations to celebrate and reenergize their commitment to improving the patient experience and honoring all healthcare workers for their efforts on behalf of patients. In this […]


Stacy Palmer, Senior Vice President of The Beryl Institute Stacy Palmer is senior vice president of The Beryl Institute, the global community of practice dedicated to improving the patient experience through collaboration and shared knowledge. With a commitment to gather, understand and integrate insights and ideas from The Beryl Institute community, Stacy has helped establish a resource library of proven practices and research sharing how healthcare organizations around the globe are creating positive experiences for patients, family members and caregivers.

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