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The Importance of Caring for Our Caregivers

Mercy Health | Mar 12 2020

In an increasingly busy world, it’s easy for anyone, including a doctor, to experience burnout. Many doctors work long hours in high-stress environments, which can be mentally and emotionally draining. According to Medscape’s 2020 survey, 42 percent of doctors report symptoms of burnout. These numbers point to a problem for patients too as burnout can affect a doctor’s professional efficacy.

Patient care is at the center of everything we do at Mercy Health. Thus, we have strategically invested in caring for our caregivers. Ensuring our physicians enjoy emotional, mental, and spiritual health pays dividends for both them and our patients.

The Coalition for Physician Well-Being recently surveyed Mercy Health on how we care for our doctors. The organization recognized our efforts with the Medicus Integra Award for the support we provide our doctors.

Medicus Integra is a term that describes physicians whose lives are whole, complete and characterized by balance, purpose and meaning. The award is given to healthcare institutions or groups that best demonstrate a significant, purposeful, ongoing commitment to physician well-being.

Mercy Health Physicians currently have access to the following services:

  • Professional Counseling
  • Services of chaplains familiar with multiple faith backgrounds
  • Weekly spiritual services at every hospital
  • Access to spaces reserved for private consultations, small group sessions and private prayer

Doctors also work with their staff members to incorporate mindfulness sessions during regularly scheduled meetings. These sessions help maintain positive mental health in the workplace.

Mercy Health provides these resources to help its doctors maintain their mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Our physicians have all the tools they need approach each of their patients as mentally fresh as possible throughout their workday.

Schedule an appointment with a Mercy Health physician near you today.

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