BOSTON, September 15, 2022 – In recognition of National Physician Suicide Awareness Day (September 17, 2022), The Physicians Foundation, Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation and #FirstRespondersFirst have come together to accelerate systems change so physicians’ burnout does not become a mental health emergency.
We have created a Licensure & Credentialing Strategy Tool Kit, which is being embraced by health systems and state medical board across the country. This resource is already changing lives for healthcare workers, but licensure remains unchanged in nearly 2/3 of U.S. states. Change in your local area can start here!
JULY 28 – The ALL IN campaign is pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of its ALL IN Fund, with a total of $500,000 in grants awarded to four healthcare organizations across the country to support mental health and well-being programs for their workforces.
JUNE 15 – The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare and the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation have developed a deep understanding of these issues and the solutions needed to address them. We are working toward an affiliation to create a comprehensive organization that drives our healthcare system forward in supporting its most valuable resource: its workforce.
March 18, 2022: This Law is not just for Lorna, but for every single health care worker in the United States. To our health care workers and their families: we see you, we hear you, this is for you. The #LornaBreenLaw is a recognition of your tireless work and a response to the overwhelming need to heal our healers.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers faced elevated rates of burnout, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicide. Now more than ever we must support the well-being of our healthcare workforce.
It’s critical that we support the mental health of those on the front line of healthcare.
We ask that health care organizations develop real strategies to address the root cause of burnout.
Dr. Lorna Breen was a sister, a daughter, a friend and a physician. She spent her career in practice at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan and became the director of the emergency room at the Allen Hospital in 2008.
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We are working across the health care industry, with national associations, health systems, and both the state and federal governments to bring resources to clinicians who are desperately in need of help.