Patient Advisory Council
To provide our leadership with perspective and insight from the communities we serve, Day Kimball Healthcare formed the Patient Advisory Council in 2014. The Council is a by-invitation voluntary group of community members who are Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) patients and reside in the 13-town region of Northeast Connecticut we serve. The Council is co-chaired by a member of the community and a member of DKH’s leadership team. Current co-chairs are Karen Osbrey, Owner, WINY 1350 Radio Station and Donald St. Onge, SVP, COO, CNO Day Kimball Healthcare.
What is the purpose of the Council?
DKH formed the council to provide us with community perspective and insight on the decisions being made about our business model and service delivery directly from our patients. As we transform into a medical services network focused on “well care” rather than “sick care,” we do not want to lose sight of what’s truly important, the patient. The Council will provide a forum for patients to influence our leadership’s decision-making process.
What is required of Council members?
After review of all applications submitted, the co-chairs make the final selection of council members based on forming a group that is representative both geographically and demographically of DKH’s patient and family community. There are approximately 25 members on the Council.
The Council meets approximately three to four times per year for a two-hour facilitated discussion. The dates, time and place of the meetings will be announced in advance to provide ample time for planning; depending on membership preferences they may be breakfast, lunch or dinner sessions. A minimum of one year commitment is required to participate in the Council.
What is discussed at meetings?
The purpose of the meetings is for Day Kimball to share information on healthcare service delivery including specific programs and services being offered by DKH. The discussion will not be focused on medical or wellness information and education. The topics selected will include where and how we deliver care, how we communicate with patients and how well we are providing easy access to professional, affordable, high quality care. We will frame the discussion in the context of what types of services are needed or desired in Northeast Connecticut, and how DKH is responding to the national, state and regional healthcare landscape. The overall goal is to share ideas on how to improve care and the patient experience.
Depending on the topic, the meeting format will vary including DKH administrative and clinical panels for town hall discussions; focus groups to provide specific feedback on defined subject; and formal presentations followed by open discussion on a subject.
How is information shared?
The key findings and insights from each of the meetings will be compiled into a report and shared with Council members and Corporators, and as appropriate with the community at large. It will include a recap of the discussion as well as how DKH is able to respond to observations offered by the Council.
How Can I Become a Member of the Patient Advisory Council?
To become a member, complete and submit the Patient Advisory Council Member Application.
December 30, 2013
PUTNAM, CONN. – Lisa French, sleep coordinator, has been named employee of the month for December at Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
“Lisa is a competent, conscientious, flexible and well-organized...
November 29, 2013
PUTNAM, CONN. –Deborah Sargent, pre-certification/registration clerk, physical medicine, has been named employee of the month for November at Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
“Deb is a deserving...
November 27, 2013
PUTNAM, CONN. – Citing dramatic reductions in unbudgeted cuts in state and federal reimbursements, lower reimbursement levels as well as low patient volume, and higher expenses than budgeted, Day...
November 21, 2013
Educational and Motivational Talk
Thursday, November 21, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Day Kimball Hospital, Fields Conference Room 1
320 Pomfret Street, Putnam
Light refreshments l No registration required...
October 30, 2013
PUTNAM, CONN. – Nicole Cornell, M.S.W., has been named employee of the month for October at Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH). She is the lead social worker in the Behavioral Health Unit at Day Kimball...
October 4, 2013
PUTNAM, CONN. – Day Kimball HomeCare, a service division of Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH), received an Award of Distinction for scoring in the top 25 percent of Fazzi’s National Patient Satisfaction...
September 30, 2013
PUTNAM, CONN. – Susan Grant-Nash, L.C.S.W., medical social worker for hospice and palliative care, has been named employee of the month for September at Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
"Sue is a core...
September 11, 2013
PUTNAM, CONN. – Rick Panczyk, desktop support technician II, has been named employee of the month for August at Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
“From the moment Rick joined our team to work on the...
July 30, 2013
PUTNAM, CONN. – Lori Armstrong has been named employee of the month for July at Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH). She is the Secretary, Physical Medicine, at Day Kimball Hospital, which is part of the...
June 30, 2013
PUTNAM, CONN. – Cora Simmons has been named employee of the month for June at Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH). She is the lead housekeeper at Day Kimball Hospital, which is part of the DKH integrated...