The Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality has been certified as a Duke Green Workplace! The certification, which is coordinated by the Duke Office of Sustainability, evaluates workplaces on a variety of environmentally-conscious practices including recycling, energy usage, and communication of green practices.
The Center is committed to ensuring quality and safety for our patients, their caregivers, and each other, which means ensuring the environment we all live and work in is also safe and healthy. We take our responsibility to maintain the health of our environment seriously and are proud to be recognized for these efforts.
In 2015, Kimberly Dixon underwent knee replacement surgeries at Duke Raleigh Hospital. However, bi-lateral artificial knees did not stop Kimberly from dedicating herself to her own personal health and the well-being of others.
Whether I am serving on PFAC or providing care packages to the homeless, my mission is to let others know that they are not invisible and that someone truly cares for them and their well-being. – Kimberly Dixon
This year, Kimberly’s extraordinary work in her community has been recognized with major awards. She is the recipient of the 2019 ACHI Magazine Volunteer of the Year Award and the Health and Wellness Award. Congratulations to Kimberly for these well-deserved awards!
Last month, the members of Duke Health’s Patient and Family Advisory Councils (PFACs) came together for an evening of food and fun. After a day-long retreat, the council volunteers and staff co-chairs joined Duke Health’s senior leadership and members of the Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality team for a special gala celebrating their many impactful accomplishments. The PFAC members are critical to Duke Health’s ability to deliver effective, high-quality and compassionate care to its patients.
On September 18, The Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality invited our Duke colleagues who attended the Center’s resilience courses back for an evening of sharing successes and networking. The evening was packed with inspiring presentations and stories from those who took what they learned in class and used it to enhance the well-being of their teams. From celebrating National Talk Like a Pirate Day to organizing team volunteer opportunities, the Ambassadors showcased the many creative ways that someone can become a champion of well-being.
A new article from Magnify, the Duke School of Medicine’s latest publication, focuses on burnout among healthcare workers. Burnout is major healthcare issue, affecting the emotional, physical and mental health of the very people who we need at their best to care for others. Duke as a whole has been actively researching and implementing evidence-based tools to tackle burnout and promote a healthy work culture. To be the best for our patients, we must take care of ourselves.
The Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality is proud to lend its expertise to the issue of burnout. Through data collection, education, coaching and toolkit implementation, the Center works hard to help Duke’s healthcare team realize a greater sense of well-being.
To see the full article, which includes a shout-out to the Center and a quote from Duke’s Patient Safety lead, Dr. Jonathan Bae, click here.
Duke’s Patient and Family Advisors played a key role recently in naming Duke University Hospital’s new bed tower, currently under construction. The advisors provided one of the final approvals of the new name alongside the health system’s senior leadership. Thank you to all of our advisors for their dedication to improving the patient experience!
While visiting, Dr. Sexton taught a 2-day Train-the-Trainer Workshop on Resilience in Academic Medicine to a packed audience. The course was based on our popular Enhancing Caregiver Resilience course offered quarterly in Durham, NC.
Special thank you to our SingHealth colleagues for hosting Dr. Sexton!
Dr. Kyle Rehder, Medical Director of the Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality and Physician Quality Officer for Duke University Health System, has been named to The Beryl Institute’s Physician Council.
The council’s aim is “to strategically build a network of Physicians who will work collaboratively with the Institute’s Executive Team to develop a strategy for physician leader engagement in the broader patient experience movement as well as inform the efforts of The Beryl Institute”.
A recent Duke Today article, Tips from Scheduling Building Pros, details some fantastic ways to manage a busy schedule as told by some of Duke’s expert calendar managers.
One common thread throughout the article, though, was the importance of ensuring your own well-being. Tips like leaving enough time to get from one meeting to the next or knowing when to say “no more meetings!” are valuable skills for all to heed. Caring for ourselves is a critical first step towards being an effective team member.