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  • Schwartz Grand Rounds

    Getting to the Heart of Patient Care

    The University of Mississippi Medical Center is pleased to be a part of the national Schwartz Center Rounds®, the only site in Mississippi. Today there are over 200 Schwartz Center Rounds® sites in 31 states and the United Kingdom.

    UMMC Schwartz Center Rounds is facilitated by

    The Kenneth B. Schwartz Center

    Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

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    Website: www.theschwartzcenter.org

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    Background

    Ken Schwartz, a healthcare attorney, founded the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center at Massachusetts General Hospital shortly before his death of lung cancer in 1995. The Center is dedicated to strengthening the relationship between patients and caregivers. During his illness he understood firsthand the vital importance of compassion in today’s changing healthcare environment and the urgent need to promote meaningful relationships between patients and caregivers. Following his death his friends, family, and caregivers continued to develop and promote Ken Schwartz’s vision nationwide through the organization.

    "I have been touched by the smallest gestures - a squeeze of the hand, a gentle touch, a reassuring word. In some ways these acts of humanity have felt more healing than the high-dose radiation and chemotherapy that hold the hope of a cure." - Kenneth Schwartz

    Mission

    To support and advance health care in which caregivers, patients and their families relate to one another in a way that provides hope to the patient, support to caregivers, and sustenance to the healing process.

    Purpose

    • To provide a forum and “level playing field” where caregivers from diverse disciplines discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients;
    • To explore the human and emotional side of clinical medicine - but with the focus on the patient-caregiver relationship rather than the patient.

    Goals

    • Improving communication
    • Promoting compassion and empathy
    • Improving cultural competency
    • Improving spiritual care
    • Enhancing compassionate end-of-life care
    • Influencing caregiver training and creating best practice models
    • Empowering patients

    Format

    Using a unique format developed by the Schwartz Center; the Rounds create an interactive, facilitated forum where health care professionals from all disciplines come together on a regular basis to openly and honestly talk about difficult, emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients.

    A case is presented by a panel of health care professionals representing multidiscipline’s and points of view. A facilitator then engages the audience in an interactive discussion about the case and participants’ shared experiences.

    Benefits for health care providers

    • Improved teamwork and communication among all types of caregivers
    • Compassionate, higher quality care
    • Increased staff satisfaction and pride in the workplace

    Benefits for patients

    • Compassionate connections lead to better care for patients.
    • Patients of clinicians who practice with a high degree of compassion and empathy are more forthcoming about their symptoms and concerns.
    • Effective communication between caregivers and patients has been linked to increased compliance with recommended treatments, improved health outcomes, enhanced patient satisfaction, and reduced malpractice claims.

    Benefits for participating hospitals

    • New methods and strategies that can be broadly applied within the institution
    • Patient-centered changes in practices or policies within departments or hospital
    • Improving end-of-life care, including greater use of palliative care teams
    • Creating a support group for clinicians involved in medical errors
    • Personalizing nursing care for ICU patients with a poor prognosis

    Health care providers' active participation

    Health care professionals are encouraged to get involved by attending and making suggestions for pertinent cases. E-mail the UMMC Schwartz Rounds Committee Chairman, Joey Gatewood  with your suggestions and case scenarios for consideration at a future Rounds.

    Schedule of dates

    A one-hour UMMC Schwartz Center Rounds will be held regularly approximately every other month.

    **A flyer announcing actual date, site, case(s) and continuing education credit will be posted at this site prior to each date.