At UPMC, we are committed to keeping our communities safe and healthy as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds.

Our recruiters will continue to fill positions throughout this time, but interviews and other processes may be modified to protect the safety of our candidates and employees. Thank you for your patience.

For more information about UPMC's response to COVID-19, please visit

Search Our Jobs

   Current UPMC employees must apply in HR Direct

Patient Relations Specialist

  • Job ID: 890487455
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: 8:00-4:30 or 9:00 -5:30
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Department: Patient Representative
  • Location: 4401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15224
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $20.97 to $34.97 / hour


A Patient Relations Specialist will function as a liaison between patients/families and the hospital to provide exemplary experiences to both the patients we serve, their families and fellow employees. The Specialist must understand the root causes of patient/family complaints and have the ability to effectively communicate these findings to the multi-disciplinary care team and hospital administration. The Specialist is responsible for efficient and courteous resolution to verbal/written inquires, while maintaining all service and quality standards. The Specialist must understand and consistently identify and participate in opportunities to improve HCAHPS and Star Ratings.


  • The specialist will work closely with clinical and non-clinical staff to initiate review and respond to patient and family/caregiver concerns, comments, requests for service, complaints, and grievances with any aspect of their health care experience in a timely and comprehensive manner.
  • Accurately participate in, as well as oversee, the documentation of problems and activities on behalf of patients and families.
  • Provide exemplary customer service by rounding and greeting patients and guests in all designated departments.
  • Recognize and respond to patient / family concerns while demonstrating leadership and communication skills to de-escalate situations and utilize conflict-management techniques to improve patient experiences.
  • Cultivate patient centered awareness and foster a service mentality among fellow employees to enhance patient and employee experiences
  • Act as an internal consultant for optimal patient experiences.
  • Collaborate with leadership in developing and implementing strategies to achieve and sustain a five-star patient experience and hospital HCAHP goals.
  • Investigate missing/damaged belonging cases for the hospital and propose sustainable QI efforts to minimize the likelihood of future lost belongings.
  • Carry out requirements of complaint management policy and procedure in accordance with hospital policy and CMS regulations.
  • Coordinate and participate in family meetings and care conferences as a support person for family members by providing assistance in understanding, interpreting and organizing information for inquiry resolution.
  • Document all family meetings and resolutions efforts.
  • Participate in unit activities, and partner with unit leadership to identify opportunities to improve the patient experience
  • Participate on, as well as lead, committees related to patient family-centered care or service excellence.
  • Act as the hospital lead for the UPMC Intermediation Program.
  • Respond to all condition HELP calls during working hours, and lead the debriefing session following the Condition HELP response.
  • Document details of the condition HELP and debriefing.
  • Respond to all inquiries regarding interpretation services and accommodations for patients.
  • Serve as the department lead for regulatory requests such as DOH, when the Manager is absence.
  • Collaborate with the Quality and Patient Safety teams to assure that clinical concerns are reviewed and escalated appropriately.



  • Bachelor's degree is required; preferably in, Counseling, Health Administration or related field.
  • 3 years of customer service experience in a health care setting is required
  • Certification in Patient Advocacy or Patient Experience preferred
  • Ability to command resources, influence peers and problem solve complex situations
  • Understand quality improvement principle, and lead small work teams to improve processes
  • Able to demonstrate conflict resolution and critical thinking and communication skills during difficult situations for patients and families
  • Strong computer skills and ability to work independently.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Total Rewards

More than just competitive pay and benefits, UPMC’s Total Rewards package cares for you in all areas of life — because we believe that you’re at your best when receiving the support you need: professional, personal, financial, and more.

Our Values

At UPMC, we’re driven by shared values that guide our work and keep us accountable to one another. Our Values of Quality & Safety, Dignity & Respect, Caring & Listening, Responsibility & Integrity, Excellence & Innovation play a vital role in creating a cohesive, positive experience for our employees, patients, health plan members, and community. Ready to join us? Apply today.

   Current UPMC employees must apply in HR Direct