WILMINGTON, DE — ChristianaCare announced it has been named a recipient of the American Medical Association’s Joy in Medicine Health System Recognition Program.
The distinction recognizes health systems that demonstrate a commitment to preserving the wellbeing of health care team members by engaging in proven efforts to combat work-related stress and burnout.
The American Medical Association awarded ChristianaCare a “Gold Recognition” – the highest level within the program. Only 44 health systems nationwide received the Joy in Medicine distinction, with only four other health systems along with ChristianaCare achieving the Gold Recognition.
“When caregivers feel supported and fulfilled in their work, the quality of both their experience and their patient’s experience improves,” said Heather Farley, M.D., MHCDS, chief wellness officer and head of ChristianaCare’s Center for WorkLife Wellbeing. “That’s why, when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, we deepened our investment of resources to support our caregivers. While there’s still a long way to go, we are grateful to receive this recognition as it affirms our commitment to helping our caregivers foster meaning, connection and joy in work and in life.”
ChristianaCare received the “Gold Recognition” for achieving six criteria:
- An organization-wide commitment to improving physician wellbeing.
- An assessment of the costs of physician burnout.
- Evidence-based interventions to reduce and eliminate burnout.
- Leadership commitment to address areas for improvement.
- Interventions to improve teamwork.
- Structured programs that actively engage doctors to cultivate community at work.
ChristianaCare states that these criteria align with its commitment to support its caregivers in alignment with the organization’s core values of love and excellence. ChristianaCare also states it has implemented structured ways of working that encourages leaders to create environments where their workers feel safe asking questions and feel empowered to identify and solve problems. ChristianaCare also uses numerous surveys and assessments to track progress in improving the wellbeing and experience of caregivers.
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