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Physician and APC Wellness

Beacon Health System recognizes the importance of physician and APC wellbeing. The recent pandemic has limited our ability to help physicians and APCs with wellness, and likely had significant negative impact on the wellness of many medical staff members. The Physician and APC Wellness page contains an inventory of resources currently available for physicians and APCs. This inventory will be updated as additional resources become available.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Aetna Resources for Livingis available at no cost to you and all members of your household, including dependents up to age 26. Helping with a wide range of issues, counseling sessions are available face to face or online via video. Services are confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 855-283-1917 or go to www.resourcesforliving.com.

Username: BeaconHealth

Password: eap.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 1-800-273-8255.

Crisis Text Line

Text HELLO to 741741. Go to https://www.crisistextline.org/ for more information.

The Beacon Physician Wellness Council has launched several new  wellbeing initiatives focused on providing support to physicians and APCs to help reduce stress and burnout.

Electronic Health Record

The Electronic Health Record is a frequently cited source of stress and inefficiency for physicians and APCs. In many instances, unawareness of existing functionality can make a big difference in the level of satisfaction with the EHR. Filling those gaps is an excellent strategy to improve efficiency and confidence with this technology.

Whether  a formal engagement for additional training or need for  efficiency tips and tricks, our educators are just a phone call away. We’re using Cerner’s Lights-On provider behavior analytics platform to proactively identify high-opportunity providers for a more in-depth, one-on-one series of interactions. The team is also developing quick videos and tips-and-tricks documents to help with self-guided, user-enhancement training. To learn more or request assistance, contact Suzanne Hemler at shemler@beaconhealthsystem.org.

Mentorship Program

This program is available to all new providers hired in the previous six months as well as existing providers who would like to voluntarily engage in mentoring to support specific needs. Mentees will be paired with experienced Beacon providers or leaders to help assimilate into their practice, organization and community, professionally and personally. Mentors will ensure a transfer of experience, learnings, perspectives and understanding needed to enhance provider development.

Beacon will provide mentors and mentees with resources to initiate mentoring relationships and, structure and flexibility to support individual needs. The desired outcome is to enhance the long-term happiness, engagement and success in the new provider’s career. To learn more about the program or how to participate contact Lars Kneller, MD at lkneller@beaconhealthsystem.org or Chad Hartzell at chartzell@beaconhealthsystem.org.

Peer Support Dinners

Sharing conversation and a meal fosters growth and understanding. For this reason, the Wellness Council sponsors groups of physicians, and groups of APCs, to meet for dinner and engage in constructive conversation about personal provider wellness. There is no agenda or formal presentation; only the time and space to converse and fellowship with colleagues as we strive to help each other be well. Takeaways from these dinners will be used to guide the future of our wellness program.

Interested in participating? Contact Mariellan Weaver at miweaver@beaconhealthsystem.org.

Physician-to-Physician Coaching (Physicians only)

The Physician-to-Physician (P2P) Coaching initiative will get you connected with your own, personal certified physician coach to work on any practice or life issue you find stressful. Each coach is a board-certified physician and a certified executive coach with extensive clinical and physician coaching experience. They know what physician life is all about, and the toll that it can take on you, personally and professionally. Coaches are independent of Beacon Health System.

Dike Drummond, MD, CEO of WellMDWorks.com, and his team of coaches will provide this support service. Beacon Health System will cover the cost. All coaching conversations are completely confidential. Not sure if physician coaching is right for you? Watch Physician Wellbeing Professional Coaching.

Go to https://www.thehappymd.com/beaconp2p to inquire about, or start, your coaching engagement.

Event: Physician Leadership Academy 2022 Graduation Celebration, August 24, 2022