It’s no longer unusual to start a meeting at Platte Valley with a few deep breaths and a stretch, to sit and chart with a sandbag on your lap, or stand back to back with a co-worker when you’re feeling stressed. These simple techniques are part of our Mind Body Connection program, which focuses on increasing self-awareness and taking a moment to care for you, which will ultimately improve the quality of your interactions with patients and co-workers – truly a win-win situation.
Many of these concepts stem from the teachings of Matthew Sanford, a yoga teacher, writer and owner of Mind Body Solutions, a non-profit in Minneapolis. Matthew is paralyzed as a result of a car accident when he was 13, so his experiences as a patient serve to enlighten us as providers. He has visited Platte Valley twice, and the approach he introduced has been carried on with our Mind Body team.
In the past year, we have brought these techniques to several departments, incorporated them into meetings, presented at the SCL SHINE conference and held sessions for Hospital Week and community gatherings. We’ve been energized by the positive responses we’ve received and the success stories we’ve heard. Now we’d like your help to continue spreading the word!
We’re looking for associates to assist in teaching their co-workers some of these techniques. If you went to Matthew’s workshop, you have a head start, but our team can help train you as well. If you have an interest in this work, please contact Karen Vizyak, Physical Medicine Director at X1844 or Christine Salvi, Patient Experience Director at X3635 for more information.