TGH Appoints Three New Members to its Patient and Family Advisory Council Executive Leadership TeamPublished: Feb 20, 2023
TGH has appointed Sarah Jones-Chambers, Leslie Reicin Stein, and Fred W. Freeman to the executive leadership team of the volunteer group that advises Tampa General on patient experience.
Tampa, FL (Feb. 20, 2023) – The Patient and Family Advisory Council at Tampa General Hospital (TGH) is announcing the election of its new Executive Leadership Team for the 2023-2026 term. The new officers on the council are Fred W. Freeman, Sarah Jones-Chambers and Leslie Reicin Stein.
Tampa General Hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council is a diverse group of patients, family members and/or caregivers who meet regularly to advise the hospital about ways to enhance the patient experience by providing more patient-centered care. The Patient and Family Advisory Council is an essential element in creating the best possible patient experience and a significant part of the hospital’s vision to be the safest and most innovative academic health system in America.
Fred W. Freeman will serve as executive chair and brings a finance and management background to the Patient and Family Advisory Council leadership team. Freeman has served on the Oncology Council and Technology Committee of the council, and he is focused on improving patient services and accessibility of medical records through Information Technology.
Sarah Jones-Chambers will serve alongside Freeman as executive co-chair. Jones-Chambers was recruited for the Council by Lara Klick, vice president of TGH Patient Experience, after she expressed her passion for inclusive patient communication. Jones-Chambers is a spokesperson and champion for seniors’ rights, respect and dignity in medical care, and she has served on the StoryCorps, Bylaws and Technology Committees of the council.
Leslie Reicin Stein will serve as executive secretary during the term. Stein applied to the Patient and Family Advisory Council six years after she was treated for inflammatory breast cancer at Tampa General. In her application, she described how her medical team collaborated with colleagues across hospitals to administer her treatment, prioritized her physical and mental well-being and gave her hope when the odds were not in her favor. Through her work with the Oncology and General Councils, Stein has influenced the very protocols that give patients like herself comfort and reassurance.
“Hearing from patients with different perspectives is how we can exchange constructive ideas and ensure the best possible as well as a dynamic patient experience,” Klick said. Klick was recognized for her work in patient advocacy and experience by Becker’s Hospital Review in their list of Outstanding Chief Experience Officers in 2022.
Involvement in the Patient and Family Advisory Council at Tampa General Hospital is a prime opportunity for patients to get involved in their health care system and provide an invaluable perspective that fosters patient-centered care. “Patient advocacy can continue after a patient leaves the hospital,” Klick noted. By joining advocacy groups, patients across the United States can influence policymaking, education, accountability, public health and more based on their own experiences with health care systems.
PFAC isn’t the only patient experience tool at Tampa General. The Patient Experience team also uses several patient surveys and data analysis to understand patients’ perspective and voice. “Power Hours” bring together nurse leaders to share feedback and evidence-based health care best practices for patient rounding. Patient rounding refers to the time clinicians dedicate to visit with patients to review their current health and care plans. Ensuring free, qualified language interpretation services and aides for patients under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is also crucial to the patient experience, as is working in partnership with Tampa General’s Spiritual Health and Education team to help sustain the spiritual health of patients, families and team members.
Applicants to the Executive Committee submit a formal application and interview with the Patient and Family Advisory Council Chair. They must commit to serve and attend meetings on a regular basis, share Tampa General’s commitment to excellence in patient-centered care, have a positive approach and be able to communicate and consider different points of view.
For more information about Tampa General Hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council, please visit https://www.tgh.org/patients-visitors/patient-and-family-advisory-council-pfac.
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