Surprise! It’s Patient Appreciation Day

On random Fridays, clients are showered with extra affection to celebrate “Patient Appreciation Day.” I surprise the unsuspecting visitors with dark-chocolate hearts and Mylar heart-shaped balloons as they enter the office. This is in addition to the gifts many receive for meeting their health goals.

Sitting on the couch next to her balloon, treats piled high in her lap, a woman bursts out, “This is like going to Grandma’s!” Kids and adults alike enjoy the unexpected attention and gifts.

It’s especially exciting to surprise new patients, the ones who choose me at random from a preferred provider list given to them by their health insurance company. After receiving a door prize and an initial hour-long appointment, one woman exclaims, “I feel like I hit the lottery!”

Actually, I’m the one who hit the lottery. After all, I couldn’t be a doctor without such awesome patients! Here are a few of the people I appreciated and celebrated this week:

Mariah loves her balloons!

Benjamin and his balloons

Kimmy takes a balloon for her son.

Dick and Sheri share a loving moment before the end of their visit.

Pamela Wible, M.D. is a family physician in Eugene, Oregon. She is author of Pet Goats & Pap Smears: 101 Medical Adventures to Open Your Heart & Mind.

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4 comments on “Surprise! It’s Patient Appreciation Day
  1. Fawn says:

    Fun fun fun!

  2. Jeannette Owen says:

    What a nice thing to do. What imagination you have Dr. Wible! We should all be celebrating each other. This inspires me to do something for others.
    Thanks!

  3. Grace P. says:

    Dr. Wible,
    Balloons are very cool. Looks like you you have fun at your office!

    Here’s a patient appreciation day idea that will get your patients laughing it up. Everyone loves movies. Even better everyone loves a good movie quote. “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!” (A Few Good Men)

    Ask patients to perform a quote from their favorite movie and then reward them for their acting chops by treating them to a movie!

    txtMovies allows your office to easily send patients Redbox Movie Rental Codes where patients can rent a movie of their choice for only $1.99.

    txtMovies enables doctors offices to TEXT or Tweet a Redbox movie in less than 20 seconds.

    Redbox rents over 3 million movies a day from over 35,000 kiosks nationwide making it one of the most convenient and cost effective patient appreciation gifts ever!

    Try it today for free! http://www.txtmovies.com/our-products/patient-appreciation

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