Patient Engagement for Free?

Engaging The Patient

Contributor: Hailey Merk – Client Services Intern, Emmi Solutions

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If there is one word in the entire English dictionary that my father tells me doesn’t really exist, it’s the word ‘free’. There always seems to be a catch, right? Yet, hospitals around the country have groups of highly motivated and caring people who want to make a difference in healthcare and the patient experience for zero dollar signs in return. This jumps out at me like a 3D pop up advertisement on my computer flashing, “ROI, you won, pick me!”

A study from the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly Journal looked at the cost benefits of volunteer programs and found an average of $6.84 in value from volunteers for every dollar spent—a return on investment of 684%.If hospitals can invest enough time to interview, train and engage a class of volunteers, while concocting new tasks that will transition…

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