Provider and Associate Well-being

MedStar Health has compiled a list of resources to support the well-being of our providers and associates during COVID-19. Below you will find categorized helpful links and resources.

MedStar Health COVID-19 Information Pages

 

Please use remote access or log in from a MedStar Health workstation to access Starport for other wellbeing-related resources currently available.

 
 
 
 
For out-of-network access to MedStar Health COVID-19 information and resources, visit myHR.

Wellness with Peers

The Care for the Caregiver team of nurses, physicians, quality, safety, risk associates, chaplains, social workers, and peers is here to support you in your time of need. The team provides free confidential 24/7 care to all associates and physicians system-wide.
 
  • Real time attention using a nonjudgmental presence, focusing on listening and  understanding
  • Informal debriefings, exploring the meaning of events and offering resiliency-building techniques
  • Information about additional services through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or crisis intervention services for larger scale stress reduction

Points of Contact

Call: 866-674-9355 (866-MSH-WELL)
These agenda-free peer support groups are hosted by MedStar Health Psychiatry and provide an opportunity for providers and associates to debrief and connect. If you would like to participate in a group, please contact Tina Le ([email protected]) to schedule.

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Wellness for You

We recognize how important it is for you to take care of yourself, even as you are busy taking care of others. Through this initiative, MedStar providers and associates can establish contact with a mental health clinician within 1 business day of the initial call. The mental health clinician will identify the issues and either provide individual support immediately, or, if deemed helpful, will refer the associate to a mental health provider within Georgetown Psychiatry. Providers with expertise in adult, child, adolescent and family mental health are available.

To set up an appointment, call 202-944-5400 and choose option 2. We will ensure that we get in touch within 1 business day.
The BHS team is here to help support those who are worried, anxious or uncertain during this time. We also know that it is a stressful time for your family. Both you and your family members can utilize this important support system in a variety of way found here:
 
  • Call and Access Services
  • Access the MyBHS Portal (Username: MedStar)
  • Fill out an Online Request Form for Services found at the top of the Resource Library
  • Ask a Question

Click here to view the MedStar Employee Assistance Program (EAP) flyer.

  • Headspace Plus for provider with NPI
  • Meditation, podcasts, blog posts, and talks from Ten Percent (email [email protected] to sign up for free)
  • Soothing meditations and sleep meditations from Calm
  • 30-minute peer-to-peer counseling through Medical Society of DC
  • Peer Support Line
  • COVID Coach: a government-developed, free mobile app, designed to provide resources and enhance emotional support during this pandemic. The app is private and secure, no email account or password is required, and user data are not collected. This app is intended for EVERYONE in the community and is available for iOS and Android.
  • MedStar Mind Body Medicine Meditation Series (Please note: You must be logged into the MedStar Health Network to access this resource on Starport)

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Wellness at Work

Sometimes, there is so much information out there that it is easy to miss some of the resources you need the most. On Wellness Rounds we bring the resources to you. Wellness teams conduct in-person rounding to check-in on associates, to provide information about resources, to help with wellbeing and self-care, and to provide immediate support, if needed. The teams round periodically and can also be requested to visit specific units.

If you’d like to request a Wellness Rounds for your group or on your unit, let us know! Email: [email protected]
We know that your job is incredibly stressful and sometimes you need a break or a healthy snack on the go. We are setting up Recharge Stations around your hospital to serve as a place for you to recharge and find out more about the wellbeing resource available to you and your families.
When and where possible, associates will be redeployed across the system to assist with other roles appropriate to their level of expertise, training, licensing and credentials, and certifications. These unique circumstances will be managed by entity operational and Human Resources (HR) leaders, in partnership with associates and their supervisors.
All benefits-eligible associates may use advanced PTO.
 
  • Full-time associates may use up to 120 hours of Advanced PTO
  • Part-time benefits-eligible associates may use up to 60 hours of Advanced PTO
  • Advanced PTO hours become available if an associate fully depletes existing paid time balances
  • Contact your Human Resources leader with questions about additional PTO.

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Wellness at Home

Child Care Resources for Hospital-based Healthcare Workers

Bright Horizons

Bright Horizons, located at 2101 L Street NW, Suite 104, Washington, DC, is open to support first responders with child care services for free. The center has space for 40 children, available on a first come, first serve basis. MedStar Health associates can sign up for future dates now with no cap on the number of days. Interested associates must email [email protected] to sign up.

Additional Information:
Center General Overview
First Responders Flier

Heritage Learning

Heritage Learning, located at 4922 LaSalle Road, Hyattsville, Maryland, is providing free childcare for essential personnel. The center has slots for 50 children ages 3 months to 5 years and accommodates children with disabilities based on their needs. Heritage Learning is a nonprofit community organization that provides healthcare, rehabilitation, and education services.

Information and registration forms are available at HeritageCareLearning.org. To reach Heritage Learning by phone, call 301-237-6677.

YMCA

The Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) is partnering with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), and non-governmental organizations to develop free child care programs for essential healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through this partnership, the YMCA is offering free child care services for children of essential healthcare workers who live or work in Maryland. This service will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

For locations, eligibility and registration information, access:
YMCA of Central Maryland
Six Y Preschool Centers and 11 Family Centers are located in Baltimore City and the surrounding Baltimore area.

YMCA of Metropolitan Washington
Locations include Bowie, Bethesda, Silver Spring, and a new location in Northeast D.C., at YMCA Calomiris Program Center, 1906 Allison Street, NE, Washington, D.C., 20018. These childcare sites have computer labs that enable video classes with teachers, access to online resources for specific schoolwork and offer in-person staff to help kids complete their online lessons if support is needed.

To take advantage of these daycare services:
  • You must provide the MedStar Health essential personnel letter
  • You must present your MedStar ID badge
  • Your child must meet YMCA registration health and safety requirements

Additional Resources

Child and Adult Care Services—[email protected] Program

MedStar Health is providing heavily subsidized child and adult care services for associates and physicians, allowing you to remain active in your role. We have contracted with the [email protected] program to make available unlimited referrals for child and adult care providers through Care.com

For urgent care needs, the program provides subsidized, vetted in-home care for children and adults, and child care services at participating centers across the region. This benefit is now covered by MedStar Health and available for 25 days of subsidized coverage with a copay of $6/hour for in-home care or $15/day per child at participating child care centers. Enroll at MedStar.Care.com using your MedStar Health email address to validate your employment.
Legal Resources is offering all MedStar Health associates free guidance and assistance from its team of certified paralegals during June and July. Legal Resources is an optional benefit service through MedStar Health Total Rewards. Associates are not required to be enrolled in the full Legal Resources plan to use this temporary offering. To speak with a certified paralegal, call 800-728-5768.
Managing finances can be stressful. It is especially stressful in a time like this. We have partnered with Financial Beginnings to bring you a 5-week Financial Wellness Seminar Series.

For a list of recorded sessions, please visit https://www.financialbeginnings.org/medstar/.
MedStar Health has established an Associate Emergency Support Fund with an initial contribution of $2 million. This fund will be used to support emergency and crisis situations in which associates may find themselves during this time. All MedStar Health non-management associates are eligible to apply for the fund. Through the Associate Emergency Support Fund application process on myHR, associates must indicate a specific financial hardship and the amount of requested funding. A team of leaders, representing clinical and non-clinical staff, will confidentially manage the review of applications and designate funds based on each request. The funds are considered permanent associate assistance with no obligation for repayment.

Associates (and the public) may contribute to the Associate Emergency Support Fund to support their fellow associates during this unprecedented time. Visit medstarhealth.org/mhs/Philanthropy to donate directly to the fund.
Associates can receive food and grocery delivery discounts by using:
 
  • Safeway Home Delivery Services, which offers associates $3 discount. Visit Shop.Safeway.com and enter promo code: MSHSAVE.
  • BenefitHub to earn cash back and free food delivery on GrubHub, Postmates and SHIPT. Visit MedStarHealth.BenefitHub.com and enter referral code: 1AWM2L.
MedStar Health is partnering with participating hotels in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region to provide rooms for our associates and physicians who prefer to isolate themselves and/or stay in a private room following shifts to mitigate potential exposure to family, household members and/or roommates. The cost for these accommodations will be covered by MedStar Health.

This benefit covers one, single-occupancy room per associate—no guests are permitted. Associates must provide their MedStar ID badge upon check-in (and for some, a credit card) to the participating hotel. Click here to view participating hotels, booking information and cleaning/linen services (which vary by location).

Associates are encouraged to talk with their leader if they have questions about appropriate use of these resources.
Our telehealth platform, MedStar eVisit, provides quick, convenient access to trusted medical providers, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week from any mobile device or computer. MedStar eVisit may be used for the diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses like common cold, flu, sinus infections, pink eye, and more. In addition, eVisit providers are now prepared to screen for cases of COVID-19. To manage the threat of COVID-19, we are temporarily waiving the fee for MedStar eVisit. To sign up or log in, download the free iOS or Android mobile app OR visit medstarhealth.org/MedStar-Health-eVisit.