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Patient Relations Specialist

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Job ID: 70547
Location: Smithfield, NC
Facility/Division: Johnston Health
Status: Per Diem
Shift: Rotating

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Job Description


Become part of an inclusive organization with over 40,000 diverse employees, whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of the unique communities we serve.

Job Summary: 
This position serves as a liaison between patients and families and all hospital departments, facilitating conflict management and complaint resolutions for the most complex and sensitive situations. The position serves as a patient resource for matters related to complaint resolution, compliance, policies and procedures. 

Description of Job Responsibilities: 

  1. Complaint Resolution- Documents complaints by listening to patient and patient family complaints documenting details determining what resolution is sought. Resolves complaints by listening to patients and their families directing them to a physician or supervisor helping them present facts to the hospital representative developing acceptable resolutions following-up on outcomes. Prevents complaints by counseling with supervisors and managers who see a problem developing offering suggestions to resolve potential complaints modifying practices that cause repeated complaints. Alerts legal department and administrator by documenting unresolved complaints and potential legal actions. 
  2. Patient Experience- Improves quality results by studying, evaluating, and re-designing patient complaint processes implementing changes. Enhances patient advocacy and hospital reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments. Act as consultants in relation to patient satisfaction to help sustain a patient-family centered environment. Lead Patient Experience training. 
  3. Professional Development- Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities reading professional publications maintaining personal networks participating in professional organizations. Perform other related duties incidental to work described herein. 
  4. Regulatory Requirements- Serves and protects the hospital community by adhering to professional standards, hospital policies and procedures, federal, state, and local requirements, and Joint Commission standards. Maintains patient rights by educating patients responding to patient and patient family complaints resolving patient issues reporting unresolved issues. Assist with the completion and explanation of Advance Directives.

Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Health Administration, Behavioral Science or an appropriate discipline. 

Licensure/Certification Requirements: No licensure or certification required. 

Professional Experience Requirements:

  • If Bachelor's degree, no prior experience required. 
  • If Associate's degree, four (4) years of experience in patient relations or customer service is required. 
  • If high school diploma, eight (8) years of experience in patient relations or customer service is required. 
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements: Excellent customer service, persuasion, excellent verbal communication, building relationships, resolving conflict, coordination, listening, excellent organization, integrity, attention to detail, excellent written communication, patience, critical thinking and compassion.

Other Information

Job Details

Legal Employer: NCHEALTH

Entity: Johnston Health

Organization Unit: Patient Experience

Work Type: Per Diem

Standard Hours Per Week: 19.00

Work Schedule: Rotating

Location of Job: US:NC:Smithfield

Exempt From Overtime: Exempt: No

This position is employed by NC Health (Rex Healthcare, Inc., d/b/a NC Health), a private, fully-owned subsidiary of UNC Heath Care System. This is not a State employed position.

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