Skip to main content

Talent Network

Talent Network Sign Up

Duke Health requires team members to receive the COVID-19 and influenza vaccines. After you have officially accepted a position at Duke Health, you may request a religious or medical accommodation.

Patient Advocate DUH - Monday- Friday - Full-time

Regular Full Time Durham, North Carolina
Requisition Number: 232243

Duke University Hospital

Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research.

Duke University Hospital has 1,048 licensed inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 65 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; a separate hospital outpatient surgical department with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area.

For 2021-2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke University Hospital nationally in 11 adult specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, and urology.

Duke University Hospital is also ranked first in North Carolina and first in the Raleigh-Durham area.

In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.

Monday – Friday with some weekends (on-call for potential coverage once every 2 months) and holidays (usually work one holiday a year)

General Description of the Job Class

Investigate, resolve, document and report organization-specific patient and visitor compliments and concerns to leadership and staff. Develop, implement and participate in customer service and patient relations initiatives related to the Duke University Hospital. Provide monthly accountability and variance analysis of Balanced Scorecard Customer Service Outcomes to assigned Clinical Service Unit(s).

Duties and Responsibilities of this Level

  • Facilitate resolution of complaints/grievances/requests for Patients & Visitors for assigned Clinical Service Unit.

  • Respond to suggestions and compliments submitted by patients and provide positive reinforcement to involved staff.

  • Document patient/visitor concerns to include patient demographic data, synopsis of incident, actions taken to resolve, and outcome; input into Feedback Monitor database. Compose letters or e-mails to patients, visitors, or PDC/Health System physicians, leadership, ensuring grammatical accuracy and according to the terms of the Duke grievance policy.

  • Coordinate interventions/services with PDC Customer Service and Patient Relations, Patient and Visitor Relations and Risk Management.

  • Collaborate with unit leadership to meet customer service and clinical quality outcomes for the customer service segment of the balanced scorecard on assigned CSU.

  • Identify systems related problems, via patient/visitor data, and work collaboratively with physicians, administrators and staff to resolve. Conduct monthly accountability and variance analysis of balanced scorecard customer service outcomes.

  • Analyze complaint/grievance data and collaborate with CSU Leadership and staff on a monthly basis.

  • Assist in the preparation of annual and quarterly executive reports for senior leadership; present data to leadership teams.

  • Develop a consultant relationship with assigned clinics/units to build and sustain a patient/customer-focused culture.

  • Lead Customer Service Training for staff on assigned CSU.

  • Participate on committees, work groups, and/or process improvement teams that improve patient/customer satisfaction. Notarize Advance Directives for DUHS/PDC patients by request; serve as a resource to answer questions regarding Advance Directives.

  • Influence change across the Clinical Service Unit

  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Possess strong customer service skills/ability to handle difficult and angry people constructively; savvy enough to interact with physicians/senior background  

  • Backgrond in social work in a healthcare setting is highly preferred for this role 

  • Excellent analytical skills, including analysis, planning, organizing, and troubleshooting

  • Proficient in Windows-based operating software/systems Good oral and written communication skills; presentations skills

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision

  • Adaptability with high tolerance for ambiguous work situations

  • Knowledge of health care, HMO/health insurance and/or Duke Medical Center experience

  • Must work in conjunction with staff in a supportive way to troubleshoot and resolve issues Must be visible to staff, offering support and modeling service behaviors and concern resolution processes

  • Must be able to address difficult, awkward situations with tact and diplomacy

  • Must be a team player and have proven success applying a ta eam approach to obtain resolution to an issue or successfully accomplish a goal.

  • Must be informed regulatory healthcare representatives for the patient and organization; must be able to communicate patient and visitor rights and responsibilities to patients, family members, and staff

Required Qualifications at this Level

Minimum Qualification 


Work requires a bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science or a related field.


Three years of customer service experience, preferably in a healthcare setting.

Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification

Notary Public Preferred

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

Jobs For You

As you search for opportunities that fit your skills, any jobs you view will appear here.

You haven’t saved any jobs yet, but when you find an opportunity that seems right for you, bookmark it so you can return to it easily.

As you explore and apply to career opportunities with Duke Health, we want to alert you of possible fraudulent scams and phishing schemes targeted at job seekers. Duke Health will never ask for any financial contribution or to provide sensitive personal information outside of our application and background check process.