South County Hospital is taking steps to improve the relationship between healthcare providers and their patients by hosting Schwartz Center Rounds. First piloted at Massachusetts General Hospital, Schwartz Center Rounds sessions allow medical professionals to step back from the science of practicing medicine and engage in open and honest discussions with their peers, focusing on the social and emotional issues they face in caring for patients and families.
Beginning in June, healthcare providers, including doctors, nurses and others who provide patient care at South County Hospital will participate in scheduled meetings to share their experiences, thoughts and feelings on thought-provoking topics drawn from actual patient cases.
Healthcare professionals who regularly participate in Schwartz Center Rounds sessions report increased feelings of compassion toward patients and increased readiness to respond to patients’ and families’ needs, as well as improved teamwork, interdisciplinary communication and appreciation for the roles and contributions of colleagues from different disciplines. In addition, medical professionals report decreased feelings of stress and isolation, and are more open to giving and receiving support.
Currently, Schwartz Center Rounds have enriched healthcare practices across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. South County Hospital is one of eight centers in Rhode Island to offer the sessions, including Rhode Island Hospital, Miriam Hospital, Women & Infants, Home & Hospice Care RI, Kent Regency Center in Warwick, Coventry Center Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation, and Grand Islander in Middletown.