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December 2018
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President's Message: Year in Review
Welcome Our Newest Members of SOHL!
National News Q4 2018
Hospitals Prioritize Clinical Documentation Improvement
Study Connects Work-Life Balance, Burnout and Safety Culture
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Chapter Officers

Officers


Regent (California - Southern)
Ellen Zaman, FACHE
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

 

President
Darrell Atkin
Darrell Atkin Associates

 

President Elect
Dasha Dahdouh
Rady Children’s Hospital / County of San Diego

 

Immediate Past President
Nia Price
California Baptist University


Secretary
Spshelle Rutledge 
National University


Co-Treasurer
Amy Kasahara 
UC San Diego Health

 

Co-Treasurer
Howard Salmon
nThrive

 

Board of Directors


Membership Co-Chair
Angela Rivera
CTG HealthCare Solutions


Membership Co-Chair
Allison Noel
ECG Management Consultants


Programs Co-Chair
Jared Vogt
Rady Children’s Hospital


Programs Co-Chair
Jennifer Arevalo
Retrophin


Marketing Co-Chair
Shawn Amirhoushmand
Generations Healthcare-Friendship Manor Nursing


Marketing Co-Chair
Michelle Martin
Casa Palmera Treatment Center


Career Development Co-Chair
Andrea Gonzalez
Scripps Health


Career Development Co-Chair
Edwin Kofler
UC San Diego School of Medicine


Volunteer Coordinator
Vicki Shumulinsky
West Health


Sponsorship
Barbara Gerber
Devon Hill Associates, LLC


Imperial County Liaison
Shiloh Williams
El Centro Regional Medical Center


Military Liaison
Jose PonCevega
Naval Medical Center San Diego


VA Liaison
Sara Bass
VA San Diego Healthcare System


Subcommittee Members


Diversity Council
Melody Schiaffino
San Diego State University


Annual Conference
Johan Otter
Scripps Health


Annual Conference
Michael Van Gorder
Rady Children’s Hospital


Newsletter
Michael De Castro
ECG Management Consultants


Social Media
Alice Dang
Scripps Health


Mentoring
Sarah Bass
VA San Diego Healthcare System


Mentoring
Ada Clark
VA San Diego Healthcare System


Early Careerist Network
Melinda Hudson
UC San Diego Health


Early Careerist Network
Amy Shackleford
UC San Diego


Executive Program
Steve Martin
TRICARE Regional Office


Executive Program
Nora Bota
County of San Diego


Advancement Study Group
Jose PonCevega
Naval Medical Center San Diego


Advancement Study Group
Edwin Kofler
UC San Diego School of Medicine


Graduate Program Council, San Diego State University
Brandy Lipton
San Diego State University


Graduate Program Council, UC San Diego
Robert Kaplan
UC San Diego School of Medicine


Graduate Program Council, National University
Peggy Ranke
National University


Student Liaison, San Diego State University
Sarah Norwood


Student Liaison, UC San Diego
Celerina Cornett


Student Liaison, National University
Aubrianna Butler


Graduate Student Initiative, San Diego State University
Caitlin Cole

 

College Bowl
Peggy Ranke
National University


Senior Advisors Council
Mary Parra
Neighborhood Healthcare

Mark Campbell
TRICARE Regional Office – West


Members-At-Large
Alice Dang
Scripps Health

Aaron Byzak
Galvanized Strategies

Chisun Chun
Rady Children's Hospital


Legal Counsel
David Balfour
DiCaro, Coppo & Popcke


Website Manager
Carol Cannizzo
IKOR International

Study Connects Work-Life Balance, Burnout and Safety Culture

Healthcare is approaching a tipping point as burnout and dissatisfaction with work-life integration in healthcare workers continue to increase. Addressing work-life integration issues is crucial, as poor work-life integration has been linked to higher levels of burnout and patient safety risk, according to original research published in BMJ Quality & Safety.

Cross-sectional survey study was completed in 2016 and included more than 10,600 healthcare workers across 440 work settings within seven entities of a large academic healthcare system. Researchers created a work-life climate scale to assess the frequency of behaviors such as skipping meals, taking breaks and changing personal plans for work among healthcare professionals.

The study found that work-life climate was strongly associated with personal burnout and burnout climate, which describes how often professionals see signs of emotional exhaustion in their colleagues.

“Burnout has implications for patients, the individual healthcare worker and their families, and is linked to lower perceptions of safety culture, increased medical errors and lower quality care,” according to the study. “Targeting [work-life integration] behaviors may provide tangible interventions at the work setting level that reduce burnout.”

In addition to lower burnout, quartile analyses of the results revealed higher work-life climate scores were associated with better teamwork and patient safety norms, better leadership and increased readiness for quality improvement.

“Improving this climate should be a strategic priority for leaders interested in building capacity and resilience in their workforce,” wrote the study authors. “Improving [work-life integration] is likely to improve healthcare worker’s quality of life, organizational outcomes and, ultimately, quality of care for patients.”

—Adapted from “Work-life balance behaviours cluster in work settings and relate to burnout and safety culture: a cross-sectional survey analysis,” by Stephanie P. Schwartz, Kathryn C. Adair, Jonathan Bae, et al., BMJ Quality & Safety, Oct. 11, 2018.


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