The American Medical Association (AMA) has recognized Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group as one of 44 health care organizations that have received Health System Recognition Program “Joy in Medicine” 2021 award. This distinction is recognized by the Health Dignity medical group, which is committed to maintaining the well-being of health team members by making proven efforts to combat work-related stress and burnout.
“We are still in one of the most difficult times we have faced in healthcare. These challenges have highlighted the need to enhance well-being resources and systems for our physicians and best practices, ”said Peter Valenzuela, MD, MBA, Chief Physician of the Dignity Medical Group. “We are honored to be recognized as one of the best in the country, for our commitment to prioritizing the well-being of our physicians. We will continue to empower and encourage our caregivers so that they can continue to improve the lives of our patients and the communities we serve. ”
A national study examining the experiences of doctors and other health professionals who worked in health systems during the COVID-19 pandemic found that 38% said they felt anxious or depressed, while 43% suffered from work overload as well. 49% of burnout.
Applicants for the Joy in Medicine Health System Recognition Program were evaluated in accordance with documented efforts to reduce work-related burnout through system-level drivers. The evaluation criteria were based on demonstrated competencies in commitment, evaluation, leadership, effectiveness of the practical environment, teamwork and support.
Launched in 2019, the Joy in Medicine Health System Recognition Program is part of an effort to transform AMA practices, an ambitious initiative to promote evidence-based solutions that fill the knowledge gap in effective solutions to the burnout crisis.