MedStar Health Center for Wellbeing

The MedStar Health Center for Wellbeing (MCW) was launched to further develop and promote an innovative and supportive wellbeing culture that prioritizes optimal health, professional fulfillment, and quality of life for MedStar Health associates and providers.

MedStar Health formally established the Center in November 2021 after years of successful foundational wellbeing activities that earned Joy in Medicine™ recognition from the American Medical Association (AMA). With a long history of important collaboration in influence, business innovation, and efficiency of practice optimization, the system designated MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2) as the Center’s organizational home, with medical affairs, nursing, and human resources serving as critical partners.

The Center’s creation demonstrates that wellbeing is and will remain a top organizational priority, and that MedStar Health is committed to incubating the Center’s potential to further serve as a national leader in innovation, research, and education in this space.

Goals

Overall, the team will work toward four main goals as the Center continues establishing itself within MedStar Health and the national wellbeing landscape:

  • Ensure widespread engagement in and recognition of wellbeing programs and priorities internally

  • Explore ways to “hardwire” wellbeing into our internal workplace culture (e.g., starting meetings by highlighting the stress continuum model and stress first aid strategies)

  • Continue MedStar Health’s research program that develops, tests, and disseminates world-class healthcare wellbeing programs

  • Help make MedStar Health the best place to work in health care

What the Center Offers

The MedStar Health Center for Wellbeing strives to make a positive impact by supporting individuals and creating a culture of wellbeing. The team wants to fundamentally transform how associates cope with the stresses of working in health care, and support those who help others do so. The Center works to overcome healthcare associates’ hesitancy to seek care for themselves by driving meaningful engagement in and expansion of wellbeing initiatives and resources.

Programs that support individuals

Local Initiatives
  • Local Wellness Committees
  • Physical Health Initiatives
  • Wellbeing Newsletter
Support Services
  • Digital Infrastructure
  • Care.com
  • Concierge Offerings
  • Recharge Stations
Research and Program Development
  • Physician Wellness Academic Consortium (PWAC)
  • Graduate Medical Education (GME), Including SELECT (Scholarly Excellence in Leadership Education Curriculum and Training) Grants
  • Research/Statistical Support
  • Wellness Champions and Supporting Pilot Grants

Education and training that creates a culture of wellbeing

Integrated Peer Support
  • Peer to Peer Groups and Training
  • Care for the Caregiver Program
  • You Are Not Alone Program
  • Wellness Rounds
Mental Health Support
  • Stress First Aid Training
  • Resilience Training and Regional Resilience Coaches
  • Expedited Mental Health Offerings
Wellbeing Information
  • Scrub In Podcast
  • Here for You Materials (pocket cards, website)
  • Compilation of Leading External Resources
  • Quarterly Advocate Award

Leadership

Following are the MedStar Health Center for Wellbeing leaders and the areas they oversee. They work in close collaboration with resilience coaches and therapy experts, a steering committee, wellness champions and committees, and an executive advisory committee.

 

  • Daniel Marchalik, MD
    Daniel Marchalik, MD

    Center Executive Director; Physician Wellbeing

  • Crystal Morales, RN
    Crystal Morales, RN

    Nursing Wellbeing

  • Shane Murr
    Shane Murr

    Human Resources

  • Ed Tori, DO
    Ed Tori, DO

    Integrated Peer Support

  • Heather Hartman-Hall, PhD
    Heather Hartman-Hall, PhD

    Mental Health Programs; GME Wellbeing

  • Mihriye Mete, PhD
    Mihriye Mete, PhD

    Wellbeing Research

  • Maria Leber, PA-C
    Maria Leber, PA-C

    Advanced Practice Provider Wellbeing

Associate Resources

Wellbeing Initiatives for MedStar Health:
Podcast:
Video:

Press Examples

Written by MedStar Health professionals:

Academic Publication Examples

Note: More of Dr. Marchalik and team’s writing and research can be found in his physician profile here.

Photos

View photos featuring our wellbeing team’s outreach above. Examples include conducting wellness rounds that offer exercises, refreshments, and other support; recording podcast episodes sharing wellbeing insights for healthcare professionals; recognizing associates with wellbeing advocate awards; offering Care for the Caregiver conversations; and providing recharge stations/spaces.
Page last updated: 2/15/22