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Letter From Chief of Staff: Empathia Wellness Program

By Clement C. Yang, MD, Chief of Staff

As we continue to emphasize the importance of physician wellness programs, I want to remind you that you now have access to a new service, which is designed to help manage stress and achieve a better balance between work and life.

A few months ago, Work and Life Matters broadened its services through a partnership with Empathia Life Matters. The expansion means physicians can call anytime—24 hours a day, seven days a week—to request assistance or referrals.

The partnership allows physicians and their household members to receive services on the Cedars-Sinai campus, or off-site through affiliate providers. All Cedars-Sinai physicians are eligible for the services.

Assistance will be provided by mental health professionals including licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional clinical counselors, and marriage and family therapists. Referrals will be made for financial, legal, childcare and elder care assistance.

Physicians are allowed eight sessions with professional counselors at no cost. Sessions may be in person, online or by telephone, and services are strictly confidential.

The phone number is 866-713-1979.

Although many of the offerings are free, there may be charges for referrals outside of the partnership. Services offered in the partnership cover topics such as:

  • Workplace concerns
  • Relationship, marital and family issues
  • Emotional and psychological support issues
  • Critical incident stress management
  • Workplace violence and/or harassment
  • Bereavement support
  • Problems with addiction
  • Coaching to reduce stress

Wellness remains one of the highest priorities of the medical staff leadership. We encourage you to take advantage of these new services supporting your health and wellbeing.