Overview

Overview

Communicate with H.E.A.R.T.®

Raise The Level of Service Excellence in Your Organization

Communicate with H.E.A.R.T® is Cleveland Clinic’s service excellence model integrated into our culture. This novel program empowers employees to provide an exceptional patient and employee experience at every point of interaction by helping them to understand that their role in creating positive patient experiences is greater than the tasks associated with their job. Communicate with H.E.A.R.T.® establishes expected service behaviors; provides a service recovery framework; and demonstrates how personal accountability sustains a culture of empathy.

This licensable program program now empowers employees in over 30 organizations to create and build a culture of compassionate communication.

Customized for Your Needs

Communicate with H.E.A.R.T.® was created with the ability to customize content to meet the needs of each organization without losing the impact of the program. There is a standard collaboration process including a suggested timeline utilized for customizing each individual delivery.

Foundational Program

Foundational Program

Foundational Program includes: 

  • S.T.A.R.T. with Heart®: Learn how to establish compassionate communication with patients & caregivers.
  • Respond with H.E.A.R.T.®: Discover effective ways to manage difficult interactions
  • H.E.A.R.T.® Chats: Sustain a service culture with these brief 10-15 minute group activities. 

 

Sustainability Program

Sustainability Program

Sustainability Program includes: 

  • Lead with H.E.A.R.T®: Learn to encourage & sustain a culture of excellent service in your leadership.
  • Coach with H.E.A.R.T.®: Master coaching conversations and mentor your teams
  • Answer with H.E.A.R.T.®: Get the essentials for providing excellent service
  • Recharge with H.E.A.R.T.®: Understand and address the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue

 

Benefits

Benefits

There are multiple components of the program that distinguish and elevate it above other customer service models:

  • Blends training programs, tools and the local culture to raise the level of service excellence and is highly customizable.
  • Considers factors such as corporate culture, leadership readiness, current patient services, data management , complaint and compliment management and employee recruitment, onboarding and retention, the program becomes highly individualized to the specific needs of an organization.
  • Includes an innovative “Service Recovery “ model which empowers employees to address both patients’ and colleagues concerns and questions in a way which produces a feeling of compassion and care
  • Developed in a healthcare environment by healthcare professionals
  • Uses a Train the Trainer model for delivery to ensure local ownership and long term sustainability.
  • Validated in a diverse, heterogeneous environment
  • Recognizes the importance of a employee to employee element

In addition to these distinguishing factors, three key patient experience metrics were positively impacted by utilization of Communicate with H.E.A.R.T.®:

  • Employee Engagement survey data increased
  • Complaints received through our Ombudsman Office decreased
  • HCAHPS survey data concerning “Overall Rating” and “Would Recommend” increased