New Hampshire Hospital hosts Schwartz Center Rounds, which are unique, multi-disciplinary sessions in which hospital staff explores the emotional side of care giving. A national program with sites across the country, Schwartz Center Rounds are funded by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center, a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to advancing compassionate healthcare. New Hampshire Hospital primarily funds the Schwartz Center Rounds held at New Hampshire Hospital.
In a typical Rounds session, a panel of caregivers has an opportunity to share their experiences, thoughts and feelings on thought-provoking topics drawn from actual patient cases. The premise is that caregivers are better able to make personal connections with patients and colleagues when they have greater insight into their own responses and feelings. Topics have included: Cross Cultural Sensitivity. Complications and Compassion After An Assault, Care of the Abusive Patient, A Patient’s Journey After Brain Surgery and the Emotional Impact on Caregivers among many other topics. Unlike grand rounds, these sessions are not about clinical problem solving, but rather about exploring and processing the emotions that come up in the daily work of hospital staff. A comprehensive study of Schwartz Center Rounds has shown them to help caregivers connect better with patients emotionally; enhance their understanding of the effects of illness on patients and their families; improve communication among caregivers and decrease feelings of caregiver isolation and stress. Schwartz Center Rounds are held six times a year. For more information about Schwartz Center Rounds, visit www.theschwartzcenter.org.