Nancy O’Brien and Linda Saggau, co-founders of Experience Happiness, LLC., and co-developers of The Happiness Practice™ (THP), share key discoveries derived from the partnership between Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and Experience Happiness (EH) which focused on using THP as an intervention to increase Emergency Department and Urgent Care practitioner well-being and happiness in order to reduce the signs and symptoms of burnout and improve patient experience and satisfaction. This article includes a case study demonstrating the efficacy of the 6-month THP intervention, as well as an overview of THP and seven valuable partnership lessons to encourage and guide successful partnerships in healthcare and other systems.
happiness, well-being, burnout, patient experience
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O'Brien, Nancy and Saggau, Linda
"Seven Lessons in Partnership: How a Hospital and a Happiness Organization Teamed to Decrease Practitioner Burnout, Increase Practitioner Well-Being and Improve Patient Satisfaction,"
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