Q-Rounding Helps Grady Health System Increase Benchmarking Scores By 20 Points

Grady Health System’s mission is to improve the health of their community through quality, comprehensive healthcare — but limited, outdated patient feedback was interfering with their ability to deliver a best-in-class patient experience. Paper surveys only gave them lagging data, and the number they received was decreasing over time.

To give their team real-time insight into patient experience, Grady began using Q-Rounding. With instantaneous feedback, clinical and administrative staff could work together to enact a service recovery strategy, closing the loop on patient concerns before discharge. The result? Improvements across the board.

This case study details how Grady leveraged Q-Rounding to transform patient rounds and foster a culture of service excellence — and how that led to increased patient satisfaction, HCAHPS scores, and reimbursement from the CMS Value-Based Purchasing program. Learn more in the full case study.

"Quality Reviews is providing a level of transparency, in real time, that we've never had before. Frontline staff and even leaders outside of the patient experience department needed to have trust in one another because all of this data is so transparent, and people need a sense of assurance that we'll use patient feedback as a tool to improve things - to see how we're doing and how we get better. So, all of this required somewhat of a cultural shift for us; once staff recognize that you have integrity, and that you are fair and honest, then it's easier for people to trust you with the vulnerability that can come with such transparent information."
Michele Pirkle MBA, CPXP
Executive Director, Patient and Family Experience @Grady Health

Michele Pirkle MBA, CPXP

Executive Director, Patient and Family Experience @Grady Health


Michele Pirkle is the Executive Director, Patient and Family Experience at Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia. Grady is the premier trauma, stroke, and burn center in the state of Georgia. As a healthcare leader for over 20 years, Michele’s passion is improving the patient experience, and she has had tremendous success in moving hospital experience scores from the bottom quartiles to the very top. She is an energetic change agent committed to successful, sustainable cultural change. Michele has a Bachelors of Science degree in Education and Psychology from Georgia Southwestern State University and an MBA from Norwich University in Vermont. She also has several certifications: Certified Patient Experience Professional, Franklin Covey trainer & a Lean Six Sigma Practitioner.

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ANCC® Magnet Certification and Re-certification

ANCC® Magnet Certification and Re-certification

ANCC® Magnet Certification and Re-certification

Quality Reviews, working collaboratively with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), created a crosswalk of Quality Reviews’ questions to the nine patient satisfaction categories (see below) delineated in 2014 and 2019 Magnet® Application Manuals. This crosswalk was approved by ANCC in November 2017.

    • Patient engagement / patient-centered care
    • Care coordination
    • Safety
    • Service recovery (may be ambulatory)
    • Courtesy and respect
    • Responsiveness
    • Patient education
    • Pain
    • Careful Listening