Ascension Medical Group’s promise is to create the nurturing environment that restores the joy of practice and enables a community of clinicians to deliver outstanding results by empowering physician leadership and connecting all clinicians to their vocation of healing and service.
Ascension clinicians will be most fulfilled when they are fully integrated as unique individuals (mind, body, and spirit), members of their community, and professionals serving their patients. While clinicians began their careers with the aspiration of healing patients, all too often they do not feel supported in this work; which can cause disengagement and burnout.
Therefore, Ascension’s comprehensive strategy and deliberate actions focuses on three domains (culture of wellness, efficiency of clinical practice, and personal resilience). This balanced approach is intended to promote an environment that supports and enriches clinicians and includes:
- Identifying ways to advance and monitor interventions that nurture clinician well-being, engagement and satisfaction.
- Assessing and monitoring clinician well-being.
- Investing in leadership development
A video Introduction to AMG’s Commitment to Well-Being and Engagement
In support of this work, Ascension Medical Group has developed a Clinician Well-Being and Engagement “playbook” for clinical leaders that includes nearly 40 best practices intended to create greater practice efficiency and personal resilience and well-being among practicing clinicians.
In addition to strategies for preventing burnout, there is also a need for making sure clinicians who are already experiencing burnout can access mental and behavioral health services. In the medical community, stigma still causes too many clinicians to avoid seeking professional help when they need it.
Ascension Medical Group offers physicians, Advanced Practice Clinicians and Medical Residents access to the Well-Being Index, a seven-question, confidential and anonymous assessment that integrates organizational and external resources for clinicians who are exhibiting signs of distress.