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ABOUT PATIENTS & FAMILIES

Welcome to the Truman Medical Centers patient and family engagement site. At Truman Medical Centers (TMC), we want to hear your voice. To learn from patients and visitors, we created a Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC) and have Patient Champions who offer advice on specific TMC projects.

The goal of this site is to keep you, our patients, and your family members engaged so you feel empowered to be an active part of your care. 

Interested in Serving on the Patient and Family Advisory Council?

Our Advisory Council meets every other month. During these meetings, we'll welcome hospital leaders who'll talk about how and why they make the decisions that impact your care. 

As a council member, you'll provide advice, input, feedback and ideas to the organization. In this way we can be sure we include the voices of our patients and family members when we make decisions.

The Advisory Council is made up of patients, family members and hospital staff. Patients and family members serve an initial term of one year with an option to serve a second year if agreed upon by majority rule of the council.

If you are interested in serving on the Council, be sure to let us know when you fill out the Patient Champion Interest Card.

Mission for PFAC  (Patient and Family Advisory Council)
and Patient Champions

The mission of the TMC Patient and Family Advisory Council and TMC Patient Champions is to integrate the patient perspective into all hospital operations, working to improve the overall experience of everyone we serve.

How to Become a Patient Champion

Becoming a Patient Champion is easy! Just fill out a Patient Champion Interest Card (Front and back of card shown below.  They are also available throughout the hospital or in the Guest Services office).

Drop your card off at our Guest Services office or at any of our concierge desks. A member of Guest Services will call you to make sure we know your areas of interest. When we are working on special projects or needing to hear the patient point of view, we’ll be sure to call you. We may just want to ask your opinion, or we may ask if you are willing to serve on a committee.

Advise Truman

We want to hear from you!  Occasionally we’ll post surveys for your feedback.  Click the link below to help advise Truman.

Contact Information

PFAC and Patient Champion Accomplishments

  • Members of the PFAC recently assisted hospital staff in their plan to help patients understand why a number of Truman’s clinics are screening patients for their Social Determinants of Health. This includes asking patients about their ability to have enough food to eat, to buy their medicine and to have a way to get back and forth to the doctor. At the suggestion of the PFAC and with PFAC assistance, Truman is developing posters to help patients understand the importance of these social factors to their health and how Truman might be able to help.

 

  • PFAC members at the Fairmount Clinic location assisted staff in developing a wallet sized patient information card. Patients can easily carry this card with them to have quick access to the dates of their last immunizations, the name of their primary care physicians, clinic contact information and who they can contact after clinic hours for a non-emergency situation.
  • A Truman Patient Champion was a member of a committee that designed a new team-based clinic approach being tested in the Diabetes Clinic. This model has physicians, nurses, diabetes educators, a social worker, a pharmacist and patient navigators all working in partnership with patients to accomplish agreed upon goals for the patient’s health.

 

  • PFAC members at the Raytown Clinic location were very helpful in getting improvements completed on the parking area. With their input and suggestions, yellow lines were painted on the lot to clearly designate parking areas and greenery was cut back from the front of the building in order to allow clear vision to someone walking out of the clinic.

 

  • The Raytown Clinic PFAC provided staff with suggestions that led to a decrease in the time it took to respond to patient phone calls.

Caring for the Caregiver

According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, about a third of caregivers in the United States are at least 65-years old.  TMC psychologist, Abbey Gripka, Ph.D. says it’s essential for those caregivers to also care for themselves.

Here’s how:

 

1. Set Boundaries

Time away from the person you’re caring for is important. “Often times you can set up those boundaries, letting the person know you’re not ‘being away’ because you don’t love them, but that sometimes you need to step away and that’s actually a really healthy thing,” explains Dr. Gripka.

2. Schedule a time out

Have a weekly appointment for yourself. Go shopping, exercise, enjoy nature. Scheduling our time out allows you to have another caretaker in place.

3. The Basics

Make sure you’re taking time to eat well, to sleep and to exercise. Making your own wellness a priority is key in having the strength to care for someone else. 

How to Become an Engaged Patient

Research tells us that when patients are engaged in their care, their healthcare experience is safer, they are more satisfied and they have better health outcomes. We care about you and want you to have the best possible experience each and every time you come to Truman!

Engaged patient tip of the month

Keep a list of your current medications and their dosage in your wallet or your purse. Doing this will allow you give this information to any doctor you may need to see.

Knowing what medications you are taking helps doctors to make sure any new medicines they prescribe for you will work safely with what you are already taking.

READING RESOURCES ABOUT PATIENT ENGAGEMENT:

Institute for Healthcare Improvement: http://www.ihi.org

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: http://www.ahrq.gov

National Family Caregivers Association: 
http://www.caregiveraction.org

Consumers Advancing Patient Safety: http://www.patientsafety.org