RUSH Recognized for Commitment to Well-Being of Health Care Workers

RUSH is one of only 25 organizations to receive the recognition nationwide
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RUSH University Medical Center has been recognized by the American Medical Association for its dedication to ensuring the well-being of its physicians and care teams.

The AMA’s Joy in Medicine Recognition Program is for organizations that demonstrate a commitment to preserving the health and well-being of care teams by working to prevent or reduce work-related stress and burnout. RUSH University Medical Center achieved Silver-level recognition and is one of only 25 organizations recognized nationwide.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized for the work that has been done to improve the well-being of our clinical team members at RUSH,” said Eve Poczatek, director of strategic initiatives, RUSH Wellness.

“It shows the commitment to not only the health and well-being of our providers and medical staff, but also our patients. Quality care ultimately originates from a positive and purposeful culture where medical staff can flourish both mentally and physically.”

RUSH was recognized for its commitment to wellness based on its many programs and resources, including the following:

  • RUSH Wellness created the Center for Clinical Wellness, a behavioral health clinic designed for and tailored to RUSH employees, students and house staff as well as supportive programs and events for clinical teams, including RUSH Coaching Programs, mental health forums, wellness workshops and talks, online learning modules and apps, and yoga classes.
  • The RUSH Provider Optimization and Experience Team, alongside the associate Chief Medical Informatics Team, demonstrated a commitment to improving workflows and reducing the burden of clinical documentation for providers.
  • The RUSH Center for Innovative and Lifelong Learning provides unique leadership development opportunities for physicians and care teams, including how to successfully cultivate interprofessional teams.

“Earning silver-level recognition speaks to the innovative solutions and aspiring work of our wellness teams,” said Angelique Richard, PhD, CENP, RN, senior vice president of hospital operations and chief nursing officer of RUSH University Medical Center. “It’s an encouraging achievement in our ongoing journey to continue to provide resources and training to support the mental health of our health care professionals.”

The AMA’s Joy in Medicine Recognition Program Silver level is a designation that lasts for two years.

“Each Joy in Medicine recognized organization is distinguished as among the nation’s best at creating a culture of wellness that makes a difference in the lives of clinical care teams,” said AMA President Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH.

Learn more about the Joy in Medicine Health System Recognition Program.

Learn more about RUSH Wellness.