Hangry: The Things I Do When I’m Hungry, Tired and Don’t Take Care of Myself

On a Monday afternoon about 120 staff from a large academic medical center in Michigan gathered in the auditorium for the hospital’s monthly Schwartz Center Rounds® session. The facilitator set the tone for the meeting, stating that the goal of the program is to support caregivers and enhance their ability to provide compassionate care. Self-care …

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Helping Patients Understand Their ICU Experiences

At lunch time in a prominent Massachusetts hospital, about 100 staff members from different departments gathered in a large conference room for Schwartz Center Rounds, a forum that helps caregivers process the difficult emotional and social issues they face in caring for patients and families. The mood was relaxed and the facilitator light-hearted as she …

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Giving Thanks to the Caregivers

At a community hospital in southern New Jersey, Schwartz Center Rounds® have become a welcome and much-needed addition. When the hospital first started the program more than three years ago, it received an immediate positive response from staff. While the topics have varied – from the loss of patients to violence against staff – each …

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When Death Hits Home

Around mid-day at a busy urban academic medical center, the auditorium filled to capacity with 150 staff members representing a wide variety of disciplines from throughout the hospital. The Schwartz Center Rounds physician leader opened the session with a warm welcome followed by the facilitator who reviewed the usual ground rules of confidentiality, listening without …

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