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Flatlined Connectedness: Reviving Healthcare Teams in a Disconnected Culture

Insights from Nancy Spangler, PhD  In our first blog in the Connectedness Series, we discussed the benefits and drawbacks that the advancement of technology has on connectedness in the workplace especially as it impacts the healthcare arena. However, technology is impacting connectedness in many workplaces, which makes us ask, “What is unique about physicians?” The presenters I heard suggested that the medical training process itself sets super-human expectations, exposes clinicians to secondary trauma, and models ...
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Conferences Point Out Need for Connectedness

Insights from Nancy Spangler, PhD This spring was a season filled with conferences. I’ve written about the NAHCPC’s conference previously, where our panel discussed the importance of caring for caregivers. Other conferences I participated in included two with a focus on the workplace, where I presented or led a panel for the American Psychiatric Association Foundation’s Center for Workplace Mental Health. These were: Integrated Benefits Institute’s (IBI) Annual Forum, and HR Executive’s Health & Benefits ...
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The Gift of Mindful Listening: Creating Connection and Wellbeing For Healthcare Providers And Their Patients

Posted by Erin Petersen Deaf physicians are often credited by their patients as having more apt listening skills than their hearing counterparts. Dr. Philip Zazove, Chairman of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan and a champion for deaf and hard of hearing physicians nationally says that patients frequently tell him, “I love the way you look at me and listen to me.” This is due to the fact that Dr. Zazove utilizes lip reading ...
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National Alliance Hosts Leadership Summits: Care for Caregivers Among Their Forward-Thinking Topics

Thoughts from Nancy Spangler, PhD, Senior Advisor, on her experience at the NAHPC Leadership Summit (Dallas, March 14-15, 2018) I represented Greenleaf Integrative as a panelist at the National Alliance for Healthcare Purchaser Coalition’s annual leadership summit on March 14 – 15, 2018. The National Alliance, led by Mike Thompson, brings together expertise, resources, and leadership to business coalitions and their employer members, encouraging collaboration and innovation in the rapidly changing world of workplace health and well-being ...
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What Is Stopping Us From Action?

Earlier this year, The Washington Post Health and Sciences section posted an article entitled “What I’ve learned from my tally of 757 doctor suicides” by Dr. Pamela Wible (Washington Post, January 13, 2018). Dr. Wible started tracking doctor suicides about five years ago, determined to find the underlying cause after attending 3 doctors’ funerals (death by suicide) in 18 short months. She’s spoken with thousands of suicidal doctors and even published a book of doctor ...
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Addressing Burnout and Building Resiliency—Is Anyone Doing It Well in Healthcare?

Thoughts from Lori Murphy, Senior Director, on her experience at the CENTILE conference (Washington D.C., October 23-25, 2017) The above question was posed at CENTILE, and the answer will either depress you or validate your beliefs—or perhaps both. The number of organizations lauded as solutions-oriented was strikingly small, and all of those organizations happen to be present at this conference. From Stanford University to Berkshire Health, from Ohio State University to Mayo Clinic, there are ...
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