FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AURORA, CO – April, 15, 2016 – On April 13, 2016, The Medical Center of Aurora received the Medicus Integra Award during the annual meeting of the Coalition for Physician Well-Being in Ponte Vedra, Florida. A new recognition, the Medicus Integra Award, recognizes health care organizations for employing a physician-focused approach to promote and ensure physician wellbeing and engagement. Established in April of 2015 by the Coalition for Physician Wellbeing, an alliance of faith-based hospitals and health care systems dedicated to physician wholeness, the Medicus Integra Award focuses on four key areas of institutional programming: Physician Resilience, Learning Environment, Business & Quality, and Culture.
“We know that balanced, healthy, fulfilled physicians are more likely to communicate and collaborate effectively with patients and staff, demonstrate care and compassion, and experience better outcomes. I believe that if given a choice, most of us would prefer to go to, or work for, a health care organization that prioritizes physician wellbeing,” said Ted Hamilton, MD, coalition member and vice president of Medical Mission for Adventist Health System.
The Medicus Integra award documents evidence of an established, comprehensive, institutional approach to physician wellbeing, and signifies organizational engagement and improvement in key metrics and outcomes over time. Four sites were awarded this year: Avera Health, Florida Hospital Orlando, Loma Linda University Healthcare, and The Medical Center of Aurora.
“Now health care organizations can better gauge how they are doing in terms of the intentional programming and resources they are providing to help physicians achieve balance in their lives and derive joy in their practice of medicine,” says Dr. Dianne McCallister, Chief Medical Officer at The Medical Center of Aurora.
“It’s no secret that a healthy and engaged physician workforce often means enhanced patient care, greater efficiency, better working relationships, and improved quality and safety.”
Organizations interested in applying for future consideration can find more information at the Coalition for Physician Wellbeing website, forphysicianwellbeing.org.
About the Coalition for Physician Wellbeing
Founded in 2011, The Coalition for Physician Wellbeing was initiated by a small group of individuals who began working together to understand the factors that contribute to physician wellbeing and wholeness during a time when physician burnout was first being recognized as an issue in American medicine. The Coalition is a 501(c)6, tax-exempt organization that includes hospitals and hospital systems with an interest in promoting physician wellbeing. Members of the Coalition include, among others, representatives from Adventist Health System, Catholic Hospital Association, Hospital Corporation of America, Loma Linda University Healthcare, and Lumunos. The Coalition hosts an annual meeting, compiles an online library of articles pertinent to physician wellbeing, and conducts monthly webinars on topics of interest to those involved in activities that support physician wellbeing.
About The Medical Center of Aurora
The Medical Center of Aurora, the first community hospital in the Denver Metro area to receive two-time Magnet designation for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), is an acute care hospital with specialization in cardiovascular services, neurosciences, surgery, orthopedics and women’s services. The Medical Center of Aurora is comprised of four campuses in Aurora and Centennial, Colo., including the Main Campus, located at Interstate 225 and Mississippi, the North Campus Behavioral Health facility, Centennial Medical Plaza and Saddle Rock ER. The Main Campus facility is a Level II Trauma Center with Primary Stroke Certification and Chest Pain Center accreditation, serving the eastern metro area and I-70 corridor. Licensed for 346 beds, The Medical Center of Aurora was recognized as the #4 hospital in the Denver metro area and the #4 hospital in Colorado by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015), and was one of only nine hospitals in the country to receive the Lantern Award for Excellence in Emergency Room Care by the Emergency Nurses Association (2013). The Medical Center of Aurora and its affiliated campuses are part of the HealthONE System of Excellence.