MedStar Health Center for Wellbeing

The MedStar Health Center for Wellbeing was launched to further develop and promote an innovative and supportive culture that prioritizes professional fulfillment and wellbeing for every MedStar Health associate.

MedStar Health formally established the MedStar Health Center for Wellbeing in November 2021 after years of successful foundational wellbeing activities. With a long history of important collaboration in influence, business innovation, and efficiency of practice optimization, the system designated MedStar Institute for Innovation as its organizational home, with medical affairs, nursing, and human resources serving as critical partners.

WELCOA Well Workplace Gold Award LogoThe creation of the MedStar Health Center for Wellbeing demonstrates that wellbeing is and will remain a top organizational priority and that MedStar Health is committed to strengthening its innovation, research, and education leadership in this space. MedStar Health’s wellbeing efforts have already earned Joy in Medicine™ recognition from the American Medical Association (AMA; 2021), nine “Healthiest Maryland Businesses” recognitions from the Maryland Department of Health (2023), and a gold level “Well Workplace” award from the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA; 2023).

Group photo of the Wellbeing team at MedStar Health.

Goals

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

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

  • Embed wellbeing into the organizational culture with programs like Stress First Aid, peer support, and more

  • Maintain a wellbeing research arm that validates and publishes world-class healthcare wellbeing programs

  • Make MedStar Health the best place to work in health care

What we offer

The MedStar Health Center for Wellbeing makes a positive impact by supporting individuals and creating a culture of wellbeing. The team fundamentally transforms how associates cope with the stresses of working in health care, and supports those who help others do so. We work 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
  • Health fairs
  • Power to Heal fundraising for local entities
  • Wellness rounds
  • Workflow optimization
Support Services
  • Digital infrastructure
  • Backup child and elder care
  • Resilience seminars
  • Nurse wellbeing specialists
  • Concierge appointments
  • Career support
Research and Program Development
  • Healthcare professional wellbeing consortium
  • Wellness champions
  • Wellbeing pilot grants
  • Nurse wellbeing leader course
  • Wellbeing survey

Education and training that creates a culture of wellbeing

Integrated Peer Support
  • Peer to peer training and support program
  • Care for the Caregiver
  • You Are Not Alone Care for the Defendant
  • Integrated reporting
Mental Health Support
  • Stress first aid training and certification
  • Resilience coaching
  • Expedited mental health for associates and their children
  • Suicide prevention
Wellbeing Information
  • Scrub In podcast
  • Here for You materials
  • Microsoft Teams app
  • Leadership, parental, and remote hubs
  • Quarterly advocate award
  • Wellbeing newsletter

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.

In the news

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Research highlights

Read on to find a selection of recent research highlights from MedStar Health Center for Wellbeing team members on subjects related to provider and associate wellbeing.