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New Forums Give Caregivers an Emotional Outlet

Cedars-Sinai held its first-ever Schwartz Rounds last month. The multidisciplinary forum provides caregivers with an outlet to talk about social and emotional issues that arise at work.

More than 200 employees attended the February hourlong discussion in Thalians Auditorium on the theme "Caring for the Caregiver." Participants shared their stories, perspectives and emotions. Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, health system chief nursing executive, vice president for Nursing and chief nursing officer, and Chris Ng, MD, are executive sponsors of the event.

One of the panelists was David Hoffman, MD, a partner at Tower Hematology Oncology Medical Group, a Cedars-Sinai affiliate. He found the conversation a humbling and unifying experience.

"I was honored to be included among the panelists for the inaugural Schwartz Rounds," Hoffman said. "It was cathartic to express some of my feelings that are usually kept closely guarded from others. More profound, however, was the chance to hear from colleagues. The trust and empathy were astonishing and revelatory, and helped remind me why we do such impossibly difficult things every single day."

Survey results from the event showed that more than 90 percent of employees felt more open expressing their feelings about patient care with colleagues, and plan to attend future Schwartz Rounds.

Jennifer Poole, DO, MS, palliative care consultant, who facilitated the forum, saw it as an opportunity to voice the concerns, frustrations and joys experienced while caring for patients.

"I had an aha moment — I am not alone in having these feelings," said Jennifer White-Gellar, assistant nurse manager. "Other people have these feelings, just from different perspectives. It was very brave and very inspiring to hear colleagues be so vulnerable."

Schwartz Rounds will be held bimonthly, with the next event scheduled for Friday, April 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Lunch will be provided for the first 100 attendees. Continuing medical education and continuing education unit credits are available for clinical staff. All employees and medical staff members are welcome to attend.

"Schwartz Rounds provide another way to support physicians, clinicians, nurses and staff with the challenges faced in providing care," said Chris Gomberg, director of Work and Life Matters. "For all of us who provide such support, it is wonderful to see the openness and the compassion participants are willing to show."

For more information, please contact Peachy Hain at patricia.hain@cshs.org, Anna Lotakov at anna.lotakov@cshs.org or Jennifer Poole at jennifer.poole@cshs.org.