Healthcare

Greenleaf Integrative is a unique consulting firm that partners with healthcare providers and other clients to protect the wellbeing of their employees and organizations. Our talented team of experts and tailored solutions effectively address the complex drivers and detrimental impacts of workplace stress, burnout, and trauma in highly demanding environments.

For close to 20 years, many respected industry experts and organizations have been shining a spotlight on the intense, cumulative stress and trauma in the field. This stress continues to increase and is leading to burnout and more serious conditions among many physicians, nurses, and other allied health professionals. Just a few of these organizations include National Academy of Medicine (NAM), National Patient Safety Foundation, and Mayo Clinic.

As the stressors in health care environments intensify and expand, so do the detrimental impacts on the wellbeing of employees and the organization. Neuroscience shows that unresolved and overwhelming stress distorts brain function and behavior. Physical health and emotional resilience decline, personal and professional relationships erode, and feelings of fear and anxiety dominate.

Secondary to the human suffering and personal consequences, but still of critical importance to hospital and health system management, are the effects of chronic and traumatic stress on organizational performance and work engagement. NAM’s July 2017 discussion paper cites a range of findings from numerous studies that directly or indirectly tie burnout, depression, and emotional exhaustion to quality and safety risks, patient dissatisfaction, staff turnover and reduction of work effort, and preventable healthcare costs.

We empower clients to cultivate a culture of wellbeing, elevate
resilience and performance, and mitigate risk.

Founded by Siddharth Ashvin Shah, M.D., Greenleaf offers a talented team with deep experience in healthcare, humanitarian aid, and other highly demanding market segments where a dire need exists to “help the helpers.” With services spanning assessments, resilient organizational development, trauma-informed design, and strategic planning to leadership development, workforce training, and more, we tailor solutions to your unique needs, objectives, and environment. We also create and implement strategic frameworks for spreading resilience-building processes and behaviors across teams, departments, and enterprises.

Combining proven scientific principles and a deep understanding of how healthcare providers operate, Greenleaf’s integrative, systems-based approach accommodates the cross-cutting and cumulative nature of stress and burnout to drive meaningful, lasting change. Results include improvements in emotional intelligence, situational awareness, morale, communications, collaboration, productivity, and risk mitigation. Contact us to learn more.

 Greenleaf respects the following organizations. We collaborate with
many of them, including presenting at their learning events.

We’d love your insights! Greenleaf is interviewing hospital and health system representatives about their strategies and interventions, and results for addressing clinician burnout. (Participants and their information will be kept anonymous and summarized in aggregate form.) We invite you to participate! For more information, please email Nancy Spangler.

Health systems and their employees are suffering from the detrimental impacts of cumulative stress, trauma and burnout. We can help.

Our experience with humanitarian aid organizations is highly relevant to healthcare systems. To read a summary of our global resiliency assessment for USAID, click here.

Siddharth Ashvin Shah
CEO Siddharth Ashvin Shah, M.D., was one of the first physicians dedicated to protecting the wellbeing of the healthcare workforce. Over a decade ago he taught a 6-week course entitled “Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Mind-Body Interventions” to the GWU Medical Center faculty.