Schwartz Center Rounds

St.Joseph Hospital hosts Schwartz Center Rounds—unique, multidisciplinary sessions in which hospital associates explore the emotional side of caregiving. A national program with sites across the country, Schwartz Center Rounds are funded by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center, a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to advancing compassionate healthcare.

Typical Rounds Sessions

In a typical rounds session, a panel of caregivers presents a patient case that brought up interesting and important psychosocial issues. Rounds cover topics such as: delivering bad news; taking care of a colleague; caring for the uninsured; the caregiver’s response to suspected abuse; and losing a patient. Hospital staff then share their own thoughts and feelings related to the day’s topic. Unlike grand rounds, these sessions are not about clinical problem-solving, but rather about exploring and processing the emotions that come up in the daily work of hospital staff.

Results

A comprehensive study of Schwartz Center Rounds has shown them to help caregivers connect better with patients emotionally; enhance their understanding of the effects of illness on patients and their families; improve communication among caregivers and decrease feelings of caregiver isolation and stress. Schwartz Center Rounds are held bimonthly in St.Joseph Hospital conference center.

For more information about Schwartz Center Rounds, visit www.theschwartzcenter.org.