VIDEO: Rush University Medical Center’s Dr. Dowd on building a clinical wellness center

How the medical center purpose-built its Center for Clinical Wellness to advance patient care.

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Rush University Medical Center developed its Center for Clinical Wellness based on the simple belief that advances in research leading to quality patient care are directly tied to the wellbeing and vitality of researchers, providers, students and staff. This session from the first Ragan Workplace Wellness Conference explores the innovative mitigation strategies developed to reinforce staff wellness at the teaching hospital.

Dr. Sheila Dowd, medical director of the Center for Clinical Wellness at Rush University Medical Center discusses the reasons behind the need for the center and the journey to bring the center to life. Learn about the key communication strategies used to encourage the use of the center, what they learned from opening the center in the middle of the pandemic, addressing stigma internally and through the center and the art of pivoting to address ever-changing employee needs.

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This year’s Workplace Wellness Conference is already well into the planning stages and will be held in Denver, August 14-16, 2023. As you prepare yourself for next year’s conference, look at this clip from Collin’s full session.

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