Health care reform initiatives are focused more than ever on improving patient outcomes and helping to empower individuals as partners in their plan of care. The interprofessional health care team is responsible for teaching patients and families about specific conditions and skills associated with maintaining good health and wellness. This team effort depends on clear communication and effective teaching strategies to improve self-care management skills for key learners at every point of entry into the health care system. To address this important aspect of care, a leadership team of a 988-bed academic, community Magnet® hospital formulated a workgroup consisting of health care professionals in both the inpatient and outpatient environment to discuss current conditions related to patient and family education. This presentation discusses the background of the project, provides an overview of the impact of teaching on the hospitalized patient, and details associated strategies and outcomes.