Mercy’s Survey Methods Change

July 11, 2012

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Effective July 1, Mercy’s methods for evaluating patient satisfaction changed from a paper survey, mailed to the patient’s address, to a personal phone call or email survey. 

The new survey method will be used across Mercy’s four-state service area.  

“Patient feedback is vital to providing our community with the health care it wants and deserves,” says Kristy Estrem, president of Mercy Hospital Berryville. “The few minutes you take to answer survey questions can really help us improve.” 

The decision was made to change the survey process because research proves technology and personal conversations are more effective than paper surveys when it comes to gathering useful feedback. “It also saves paper and helps our environment, which is important to Mercy,” says Tammy Hipps, director of guest services and mission. 

In the new process, a personal attendant who is not employed by Mercy will call patients who have been cared for on the inpatient unit, in Surgery, the Emergency Department, Home Health or Urgent Care.  Emails will be sent to Mercy Clinic patients and those receiving outpatient services at the hospital. One thing has not changed. You can either provide your name or remain completely anonymous. 

Mercy co-workers will help advise patients of the following changes in survey methods:

  • Patients will no longer receive paper surveys via mail.
  • If a patient subscribes to a caller ID service, “Mercy” will appear on the phone display. A personal attendant (who is not employed by Mercy) will interview the patient and record survey responses. In the event that survey calls are not answered, the attendant will not leave a voice message.
  • Patients will be encouraged to complete any email survey they might receive.
  • Mercy registration co-workers are asked to confirm current telephone numbers and email addresses when a patient comes in for treatment. This will ensure proper delivery of the survey. 

Patient satisfaction scores are continually monitored across Mercy. Estrem notes, “This new survey method means immediate input from our patients, so we can respond to their needs more quickly.”

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