The University of Mississippi Medical Center is pleased to be 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.
Ken Schwartz, a health care 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, Schwartz understood first-hand the vital importance of compassion in today's changing health care environment and the urgent need to promote meaningful relationships between patients and caregivers. Following his death, friends, family and caregivers continued to develop and promote Kenneth 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
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.
Using a unique format developed by the Schwartz Center; the Rounds create an interactive, facilitated forum where healthcare 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 multidisciplines and points of view. A facilitator then engages the audience in an interactive discussion about the case and participants' shared experiences.
Health care professionals are encouraged to get involved by attending and making suggestions for pertinent cases. Contact Cheryl Stingily with any questions regarding Schwartz Center Rounds.
A one-hour UMMC Schwartz Center Rounds will be held regularly approximately every other month.