Best Practices Conference
Day two of the HeartMath Best Practices Conference
Written by Todd Linden, president and CEO of Grinnell Regional Medical Center Friday, 20 May 2011 10:37
After being up at 4:00 AM on Wednesday morning, sleep ended up being more important to me than the 6:15 Morning Renewal "Running with Qi"! Those who did manage to get up that early certainly seemed to enjoy their experience and so perhaps I will join them tomorrow morning.
The presentations today took off right where the speakers yesterday ended with more very inspirational and insightful stories of how HeartMath continues to transform lives in healthcare organizations around the country.
We started with Robert Browning (HM Director of Project Development for Healthcare) leading us through a centering experiential around caring with one other person. It was amazing to hear from four or five people when we pulled back together as a group share their stories of heartfelt caring experiences.
Comments from Chad Nath - HeartMath Trainer and Safety Officer, Security Director, and Daycamp Director at GRMC
Written by Chad Nath Friday, 20 May 2011 10:27
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center presented tips on how healthcare facilities can take several training programs and consolidate them to become more unified throughout their organization. CRMC has taken HeartMath and merged its teaching with Jean Watson's Caritos program to create a program that better serves their facility. CRMC through this marriage has created an environment that puts clinical staff in a position to better serve their patients.
The University of Oklahoma College of Nursing presented methods of creating high level performance and cultural empathy from student to expert. This presentation outlined way to create an environment that looks at traditional native healing, holistic healing, and energy work. The challenges a healthcare facility could run into when a basic understanding of different cultures may be overlooked. This was centered around high risk populations and how to improve outcome not only as patients but also students that are enrolled in the nursing program.
Indiana University Health of Bloomington gave the group and understanding of how to interface the HeartMath program into relationship - based care as core of self-care, patient care applications and pain management. IUH outlined ways to create an environment to keep HeartMath tools and techniques in front of each and every employee. IUH presented ways to use HeartMath with occupational health and wellness program to help with an organizations bottom-line through the reduction insurance claims by high risk employees.
2011 Best Practices Conference
Written by Todd Linden, president and CEO of Grinnell Regional Medical Center Thursday, 19 May 2011 09:53
The conference continued yesterday with Susan Launder, Barbra Hudak, and Lynne Hulvey all from the Mayo Clinic Arizona. All I can say is wow! Susan leads a nursing unit (4 East) where she has transformed the culture by infusing HeartMath into the daily activities of her team. “When the staff is happy…everyone’s happy and HeartMath brings happiness”, according to Susan.
Lynne is a SWAT nurse and Barbra is house supervisor, both responsible for helping to bring HeartMath hospital-wide at Mayo. What was particularly profound from these two presentations was the passion from these three nurses for their teams and in turn their care for their patients. They provided several tips for others in the room for expanding HeartMath and then Susan mentioned she provided information and data to the Mayo Board of Governors which helped lead to the expansion of HeartMath throughout the Arizona Mayo system. What really struck me was the data that indicated the error rates were improved on her unit due to HeartMath: better communication, clearer critical thinking and improved working relationships. Like I said earlier “Wow”! I know HeartMath changes lives (I’ve seen this many times in my own experiences), but it clearly also saves lives through improved patient safety. That’s pretty powerful.
I am so excited to be blogging from the HeartMath Best Practices Conference
Written by Todd Linden, president and CEO of Grinnell Regional Medical Center Wednesday, 18 May 2011 13:43
This is Todd Linden, president and CEO of Grinnell Regional Medical Center blogging from the first ever, HeartMath Best Practices Conference: Creating Coherent Caring Environments. Due to a scheduling challenge, I actually flew in from JFK on a 6:00 AM flight this morning, arriving at the beautiful Seascape Beach Resort in Santa Cruz, California. I have to admit I am a little travel weary at his point, but was able to get in on the last two presentations for the morning.
It is clear the conference is off to a great start with the folks from Fairfield Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare following welcoming comments from HeartMath CEO Bruce Cryer.
Interestingly enough me and my team went through training at the HeartMath Institute with the Chief Nursing Officer Cynthia Pearsall from Fairfield Medical Center several years ago. It was really fun to see her again and hear about their journey at Fairfield with HeartMath. Their presentation was all about integrating HeartMath into a hospital culture and it was very inspirational to hear all the lives that are being touched by the gift of HeartMath.
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