On this episode I talked to Adam Gonzalez, Ph.D., Director of Behavioral Health at Stony Brook Medicine (@StonyBrookMed) and the work they have done to mitigate ether enormous strains placed on healthcare workers dealing with the COVID19 pandemic. Building on the creation of the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center that was created back in 2015 and some work with NASA to research the impact of the long duration of stress they gathered a Mental Health Disaster Group to brainstorm ideas for taking care of patients and employees.
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What emerged was a range of resources and concepts including the “Resilience Room” – an area of respite for employees, equipped with snacks, drinks, de-stressing activities that to date has received over 20,000 visits! They used technology to create some incremental improvements in well-being including the sharing of positive messages through digital channels with all employees and also in physical form with pictures placed on walls. With utilization for their daily support meetings low, they made a small incremental change in the name, moving to a “Mindfulness and meditation Session” increasing uptake and attendance.
Listen in to hear about their Inspiration Exchange wall and wellness champions and learn how you can create your own resilience room in your place of work.
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For years Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick, has served as a voice on the impact of new technologies on healthcare, earning a reputation as a leading authority on where the future of medicine is going. Combining powers of observation and real world experience, Dr. Nick has seen many predictions come true and makes the case that innovations in healthcare can be accomplished incrementally, not just by moonshot events. Tune in to hear Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist and his guests discuss what the future of healthcare looks like, how we will get there, and what it will take to improve healthcare for all.
This article was originally published on the Dr. Nick – The Incrementalist blog and is republished here with permission.