Culture Catalyst Blog & Articles

How to Drive a Patient Away Without Even Trying

Posted by Kristin Baird I just found out that I have skin cancer, but honestly, that news isn’t as painful as trying to get a call back with my results.  Here’s how the ordeal played out. Golf has a lot of wonderful ...

Stop Being a Wimp and Start Leading

Posted by Kristin Baird There is a four-letter word that stifles even the best leaders. FEAR. I’ve heard people use an acronym – Forget Everything And Run. That certainly won’t get a leader very far. The mantra I like to use ...

Who Decides if You’re Worth the Wait? Patients.

Posted by Kristin Baird Wait time in healthcare settings matter on two important fronts. One is the wait time to get an appointment, and the other is the wait time in the waiting room. Last year, we did tens of thousands of ...

What are Your Big Rocks?

Posted by Kristin Baird Years ago, I attended a time-management seminar. One of their key concepts really stuck with me. The presenter had a glass cylinder filled to the top with big rocks, small pebbles, and sand.  On the table beside ...

Your Nurses Aren’t Whining – They’re Warning

Posted by Kristin Baird Patient experience happens during multiple moments of truth, but none are as vital as those happening at the bedside between the patient and nurse. Not long ago, I interviewed members of the senior executive team and the CFO ...

You won’t get far without direction

Posted by Kristin Baird When it comes to setting the course for transforming culture, you won’t get far until you know where you’re going. What’s your vision for the culture of the future? Can you describe it? How do people behave ...

Patient Experience During Unplanned Admissions

Posted by Kristin Baird On any given day, a significant percentage of hospitalized patients are there as a result of unplanned admissions, creating psychological stress and uncertainty for both the patient and their family. Although this fact may seem obvious, it ...

Satisfaction isn’t Loyalty

Posted by Kristin Baird Healthcare organizations have been measuring patient satisfaction and employee satisfaction for years.  Patients articulate evidence of satisfaction when, during rounds, they tell you everything is fine. Hearing the 4-letter F word (fine) tells leaders that things are ...

Don’t Assume. Validate Your Patient Experience.

Posted by Kristin Baird I recently got a call from a Chief Experience Officer (CXO) who said her CEO was in a frenzy because a board member had had a bad experience with one of their medical practices. The CXO stated their ...

Lessons from the Field: Labels Can be Sticky

Written By: Angela Fieler, MPA, CMQ/OE, Senior Consultant At the approach of a new year, many people reflect on the year that is ending to capture what went well and where there might be opportunities for improvement.  I was doing just ...

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