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Logan Health Medical Center has begun offering a regular forum for its healthcare workers to discuss the complex challenges and strenuous demands they face every day. The Schwartz Rounds is an evidence-based program that has been found to enhance compassion towards patients and families, improve teamwork and reduce caregiver stress and isolation.

The Schwartz Rounds program was created by the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, a national nonprofit dedicated to putting compassion at the heart of healthcare through programs, education and advocacy. In contrast to traditional medical rounds, Schwartz Rounds offer an opportunity to discuss the social and emotional issues they face in caring for patients and families. Schwartz Rounds make a unique and important contribution to the culture within healthcare organizations. They allow for interdisciplinary conversation about some of the most complex and compelling dilemmas that health professionals face as they balance compassionate care with the strenuous demands of their daily work.

Studies have shown that 90% of caregivers who attended multiple Schwartz Rounds reported better communication with their co-workers, and 86% reported feeling more compassionate toward patients and families.

The first Schwartz Rounds, “Inspired to Help: Why I Choose Healthcare” featured a multidisciplinary panel including a physician, social worker, janitorial staff and nutritional services staff. The Rounds was held last week on Monday, March 6, and attracted more than 120 staff members. The Schwartz Rounds are made possible due to the volunteer Schwartz Rounds Committee and funding from the Logan Health Foundation.

The next Schwartz Rounds, “How COVID Changed My Life”, will take place on Wednesday, May 3 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Buffalo Hills Conference Center. It is open to all Logan Health employees, affiliated clinicians and trainees.