ARMC Selected to Participate in National Well-Being Initiative

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) has been selected to participate in National Initiative VI:  Stimulating a Culture of Well-Being in the Clinical Learning Environment. The Initiative is sponsored by the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC), a national membership organization of independent teaching hospitals.

The AIAMC National Initiative (NI) is the only national and multi-institutional collaborative of its kind in which resident physicians lead multidisciplinary teams in quality improvement projects aligned to their institution’s strategic goals. Fifty-eight hospitals and health systems and nearly 700 individuals have participated in the AIAMC National Initiatives since 2007, driving change that has resulted in meaningful and sustainable outcomes to improve the quality and safety of patient care. Thirty-four AIAMC-member hospitals and health systems were selected to participate in National Initiative VI.

ARMC was selected based on its demonstrated commitment to better understanding and improving well-being in the clinical learning environment. A leadership team from ARMC will collaborate with select hospitals from across the United States in developing and implementing a well-being plan that will positively impact both individual health and institutional culture. Participants from ARMC will attend four off-site learning sessions as well as monthly networking teleconferences and educational webinars during the 18-month period of the National Initiative.

“Studies clearly demonstrate that the net impact of mounting pressures of clinical care is escalating physician burnout and depression. Layered on these challenges is the stigma many physicians in training and practice encounter related to acknowledging that they need help, and feeling supported and safe in asking for help,” states Kimberly Pierce-Boggs, AIAMC Executive Director. “The time is right for forward-thinking academic medical centers like ARMC to proactively address provider and institutional well-being while engaging trainees directly in those well-being initiatives.”

About the AIAMC: The AIAMC was founded in 1989 and its membership includes 82 academic hospitals and health systems representing more than 750 senior medical academic leaders. Membership in the association is unique in that AIAMC members are affiliated with medical schools but are independent of medical school ownership or governance. AIAMC members regard medical education and research as strategic assets in providing patient-centered care. For more information on the AIAMC and its National Initiatives, visit www.aiamc.org.

About Arrowhead Regional Medical Center: ARMC is a 456-bed university-affiliated teaching hospital licensed by the State of California Department of Public Health, operated by the County of San Bernardino, and governed by the Board of Supervisors. The hospital, located on a 70-acre campus in Colton, California, operates a regional burn center, level II trauma center, primary stroke center, a behavioral health center, four primary care centers including three family health centers, and provides more than 40 outpatient specialty care services. ARMC is helping to achieve the Countywide Vision by addressing the community’s wellness and educational needs. For more information on the Countywide Vision, visit: www.sbcounty.gov/vision. For more information about ARMC visit www.arrowheadmedcenter.org. Follow ARMC on Twitter at @ArrowheadRMC for important announcements and updates, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/arrowheadregional. ARMC is located at 400 N. Pepper Avenue in Colton, and can be reached at (909) 580-1000.

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