Bayhealth Nationally Recognized for Physician Wellbeing Efforts

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 | Awards & Recognitions
Bayhealth was among only 44 health systems nationwide named to the American Medical Association (AMA) 2021 Joy in Medicine™ Health System Recognition Program. This AMA distinction recognizes health systems with a demonstrated commitment to improving physician satisfaction and wellbeing through efforts to combat work-related stress and burnout. 

“We are deeply proud of the hard work and dedication of our Bayhealth Medical Staff while providing exceptional patient care. We are committed to supporting their wellbeing. It’s gratifying to be recognized for the steps Bayhealth has taken and an honor to be named alongside other national healthcare leaders,” said Bayhealth Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer and GME Designated Institutional Official Gary Siegelman, MD. “We will continue our efforts to help our physicians thrive, experience joy in their work and in turn provide optimal care to their patients.”

Bayhealth was one of a select group of 44 health systems across the U.S. to earn this recognition. Launched in 2019, the Joy in Medicine Health System Recognition Program uses scoring criteria such as commitment, assessment, leadership, efficiency of practice environment, and teamwork to evaluate health systems nationwide. Recipients were chosen based on documented measures that reduce work-related burnout through system level drivers. A national AMA study of physicians and other clinicians during the pandemic found that 38 percent self-reported experiencing anxiety or depression, while 43 percent suffered from work overload and 49 percent had burnout.

“The recognition program offers a roadmap to guide health system leaders who are interested, engaged, and committed in efforts to fight the root causes of burnout in the health care workforce,” said AMA Vice President of Professional Satisfaction Christine Sinsky, MD. “The 44 health systems recognized this year by the AMA are creating momentum in the health care community for a united commitment to wide-spanning change in the culture of medicine that emphasizes professional well-being in health care.”

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