Supporting Healthcare Workers

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As a show of appreciation for their extraordinary efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses and organizations are offering their support to healthcare workers and first responders. Here, we will keep a running list of any promotions or initiatives we learn about, including Discounts, Community Partners, and Organizations/Non-Profits. 

Community Partners

The following business are running special promotions and/or accepting donations that benefit Duke Health team members.

Cocoa Cinnamon
Accepting donations through the Health Care Personnel Contribution Program. Donations will be used to purchase coffee and baked goods for healthcare workers.

Enzo’s Pizzeria
You can donate pizza to Duke Health team members through the #pizza4providers campaign.

Joe Van Gogh
Through the Fuel for the Frontlines program, donate coffee and baked goods to the healthcare personnel, grocery staff and first responders who are working on the front lines.

Makus Empanadas
Buy a dozen empanadas, get a dozen to donate for free.

Thrive Kitchen & Catering
This restaurant is using both donations and money made from deliveries to give free meals to healthcare workers. Contact to make a donation.

Organizations and Non-Profits

The following organizations are also coordinating donations to support healthcare workers.

Duke Health COVID-19 Response Fund
Support Duke Health by donating to the Greatest Need fund, the Care Support fund, or the Research Support fund.

Feed the Fight – Durham
Feed the Fight Durham NC is raising money to pay restaurants to provide 50 $10-$15 meals at a time to be delivered to a Duke healthcare facility.

North Carolina Healthcare Foundation
The Feeding the Soul: COVID-19 Healthcare Hero Response Fund is partnering with local restaurants to prepare food for frontline healthcare workers.


Buy a pair of shoes using the “healthcare bundle” option, and Allbirds will give a second pair of shoes to someone in the healthcare community.

Healthcare workers and first responders can get a 50 cents off per gallon discount on their next fuel purchase.

Crocs is donating a free pair of shoes to health care workers on the frontlines of COVID-19 – 10,000 pairs per day.

gusto farm to street
50% off take-away for healthcare and hospital workers (show badge).

The meditation app is offering free access to healthcare workers through the end of 2020.

Krispy Kreme
Every Monday – from March 30 (Doctors’ Day) to May 11 (Nurses Week) – Krispy Kreme will provide healthcare workers free dozens of their original glazed doughnuts (limit 5 dozen/person) when you show your ID badge.

First responders can get a free beverage each day until May 3.

Social distancing during the COVID-19 Outbreak? Check out this list.

There are so many great articles, posts, and more about resources people can access while at home during the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve aggregated just a few of  here to help you adjust to social distancing.

Facts about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a go-to source for reliable information on the virus, including tips for preparing your home and protecting your family.

Food safety
From the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Online entertainment and education
From virtual museum tours to online dance parties to free university classes, the internet has lots of ways for us to stay connected while social distancing.

Free (virtual) fitness sessions
From Peloton, Orangetheory, CorePower Yoga, and more.

Mindfulness and Well-Being
Text- or email-based research studies from our team that guide you through resilience exercises in minutes a day.

For those in the Durham, NC area
Bookmark this website for the latest community resources.

How Machine Learning Can Improve Clinical Decision-Making

New research from a collaborative team of Duke investigators, including Duke School of Medicine, Duke Institute for Health Innovation, and the Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality, looks at the ability of machine learning to identify mortality risk among hospitalized patients.

Why is this important? From the abstract:

The ability to accurately predict in-hospital mortality for patients at the time of admission could improve clinical and operational decision-making and outcomes. Few of the machine learning models that have been developed to predict in-hospital death are both broadly applicable to all adult patients across a health system and readily implementable.

The results from this paper are promising and suggest that the model developed could be used at a system-wide level.

Read the Paper in JAMA Open Network

Free Bite-Size Team Training

image of Dr. Rehder in Duke Children's Hospital

Dr. Kyle Rehder, Center Medical Director and pediatric intensivist, recently developed a new educational program for those interested in enhancing their teamwork skills.

The Bite-Size Team Training program is a way for learners to engage with critical teamwork skills even when time is limited. The videos, which are approximately 5 minutes long, walk through a key concept, tool, and implementation suggestion.  And the best news? They are free and publicly available.

Inside Duke Health article on Bite-Size Team Training (netID access)

Try the modules (free and publicly available)

Dr. Kyle Rehder Authors Joint Commission Blog Post on Disruptive Behaviors

Dr. Kyle Rehder authored a Jan. 30th blog post for The Joint Commission on the prevalence and impact of disruptive behaviors in the healthcare environment. The post highlights the recent research by Rehder and others from the Center team, which calls attention the routine exposure of healthcare workers to disruptive behaviors and the negative effects this can have on employee well-being and patient care.

Duke Health is committed to upholding professional behavior in the workplace. The Center hosts programs on professionalism, well-being, and teamwork to help team members from any organization, including Duke, become champions of a safe work environment.

Duke Regional Hospital Team Members Share Gratitude

This fall, Duke Regional Hospital team members came together to share letters of gratitude with each other. This well-being exercise is a powerful (and heartwarming!) tool for enhancing the resilience of caregivers. Check out the video to see the gratitude in action.

Patient Volunteer Supports Grief Awareness Week

Heart Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) Volunteer Co-chair and longtime Duke Health devotee Sue Ann Glower supports Grief Awareness Week, sponsored by Chaplain Services & Education.

Sue Ann Glower stands with Chaplin Services table at Grief Awareness Week

This week staff, patients, visitors and families have the opportunity to share their thoughts, messages, poems and other expressions of grief and post them on the Grief Wall located on the first level concourse between Duke North and Duke South.

Thank you Sue Ann for all of your work and dedication to our patients, families and staff!

Learn more about the Duke Health Patient and Family Advisory Councils