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Wellness matters at Penn State Health

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center offers a number of resources designed to support resident and fellow wellness.

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Crisis resources

For life-threatening emergencies

  • On campus: Call 717-531-8888 (or ext. 8888).
  • Off campus: Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Penn State Crisis Line

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Dauphin County Crisis Intervention

Too tired to drive?

The Office of Graduate Medical Education will reimburse residents who are unable to safely drive home due to sleep deprivation for Uber, Lyft, etc., with a valid receipt.

Both rides will be reimbursed – home and back to the hospital or practice site. See reimbursement instructions here.

For strategic napping, non-assigned call rooms are located in the BMR building, Room 1827, and the sixth floor of the main hospital, Room H6311. Please contact the Office of Graduate Medical Education at 717-531-5168 for the access code.

Mental health resources

Mental health support for residents and fellows

For additional mental health resources, call the Office of Graduate Medical Education Office at 717-531-0003, ext. 285868.

Current residents and fellows can also access resources on the home page of New Innovations when logged in.

Office for Professional Mental Health

The director of the Office for Professional Mental Health offers direct clinical care to all students, trainees and faculty, referring cases to local providers as necessary. The office promotes personal health, connectivity and peer support, emphasizes work-life integration and more. The director also provides retreats and wellness sessions to the Office of Graduate Medical Education as a whole, as well as to individual programs and departments. Throughout the first few months of training, the Office of Professional Mental Health will provide an introduction during each residency or fellowship program’s orientation and/or didactics.

Kelly D. Holder, PhD
Director, Office for Professional Mental Health
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Office location: Room C1746 (Humanities hallway)
Email: kholder@pennstatehealth.psu.edu
Phone: 717-531-8658
Pager: 6529
Online: Office for Professional Mental Health

ComPsych Employee Assistance Program

866-465-8935 or guidanceresources.com

The ComPsych Employee Assistance Program provides:

  • Confidential counseling for stress, grief, loss and relationships
  • Financial information and resources, including CPAs and financial planners to discuss tax questions, debt reduction and credit issues
  • Work-life solutions, such as college planning, moving, pet care and home care
  • Online resources, including articles, videos, searches and personal responses

First-time visitors will need to click “I am a first time user” and enter the Company/Organization Web ID PSHMC, then create a username and password.

Penn State Health wellness resources

LionPulse

LionPulse works through a network of health champions and wellness committees across 11 Penn State campuses to enhance employee and student wellness to help keep Penn Staters happy, motivated, healthy and productive.

Learn more about LionPulse

Employee Health Care Concierge

Penn State Health’s Employee Health Care Concierge Service offers free, confidential scheduling and coordination of employees’ doctor appointments, referrals and authorizations.

Call 833-774-8326 to schedule

MySolutions

mySolutions provides Penn State Health employees with benefits information; upcoming wellness events; employee wellness programs such as Weight Watchers at Work and the Fit, Trim and Slim program; Bright Horizons family backup care; past wellness event recordings; and more.

Log in to mySolutions

Campus wellness events

Learn more about other on-campus wellness opportunities and see a full calendar of events on the campus wellness page.

See upcoming wellness events

GME wellness committees

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At Penn State Health, several wellness committees for graduate medical education were formed in the spring of 2019. These were created based on common themes at program director, program coordinator and GME program retreats, as well as from the ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Well-being Pathway to Excellence goals of:

  • Promoting the well-being of the clinical care team
  • Workload and work/life balance
  • Fatigue
  • Burnout
  • Support of those at risk of or demonstrating self-harm

Each subcommittee strives to create programs under their domain and advocate for residents and fellows. As goals are met and programs are established, more information will be added here. Residents and fellows interested in joining one of the subcommittees should contact the listed person or email Lauren Talhelm in the GME office at ltalhelm@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

Resident support

Goal: To explore the needs that help residents sustain performance (computers, ancillary support, clinical support staff, opportunities for scholarly activity and basic needs such as water and food)

Contact: Beth Shultz, GME Coordinator II, at eshultz@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Electronic health record enhancement

Goal: To expand inquiry and implementation to improve electronic health record efficiency

Contact: Nora McGovern, GME Coordinator I, at nmcgovern1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or Jamie Agnew-Gruber, GME Coordinator I, at jagnewgruber@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Appreciation and recognition

Goal: To investigate ways to recognize residents for the work they do and the care they provide

Contact: Michelle Osterlund, GME Coordinator II, at mosterlund@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Community development

Goal: To reduce the silo effect and create opportunities for resident interaction

Contact: Kristin Hollis, GME Coordinator I, at khollis1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or Celymar Lopez-Sotomayor, GME Coordinator I, at clopezsotomayor@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Physical health resources

  • Part of overall health includes regular physical activity, a healthy diet and sufficient sleep.

    With the time pressures of work and home life, it is easy for these areas to be neglected, often with the thought that the time spent sleeping, cooking something healthy or going for a walk could be better spent elsewhere.

    However, without these physical elements of wellness, it becomes harder to perform at a high level in the long run.

    It is important to recognize that physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet do improve general well-being, which affects overall mental health.

  • Band Together is a free strength-training program led by trained volunteers.

    When: 12:15 to 12:55 p.m. Tuesdays

    Where: Room HG023 (ground floor of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center)

    For details: Email Brenda Thomas at bthomas2@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or Marianne Klinger at mklinger@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

  • The Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA) partnered with Penn State to develop 10 miles of new trails around Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center with options for bike-riders of all skill levels.

    Trails can be accessed traffic-free from the surrounding communities using the Eshenour Memorial bike path.

    The trail system is divided into two distinct areas, the east side and the west side. The terrain is generally rocky and rugged, and while the east side offers more open, flowing trails, the west side is more technical and challenging.

    Details: See the trail map on the SAMBA website

  • The Zagster bike share program allows individuals to travel to destinations both on campus and off while adding physical activity.

    Bike racks can be found at various locations around Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine; in downtown Hershey; and in the Hummelstown square.

    Cost: Free for tips under two hours (or under four hours on the weekends); then $1.50 for each 30 minutes

    Details: See the Zagster website

  • Fitness Your Way is an offering of Blue Cross’ Blue365 Deals available to Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center employees, including residents and fellows.

    Fitness Your Way helps clients meet physical and emotional goals within their budget and on their own time by offering access to nearly 10,000 different fitness locations for $29 a month.

    Local gyms include: (as of July 1, 2019) Power Train Hershey; Anytime Fitness Palmyra and Cleona; Gold’s Gym Hershey; CPRS Physical Therapy Palmyra, Elizabethtown and Harrisburg; Paramount Sports Complex; NY Fitness Palmyra; Lebanon Valley College Sports Center; Annville Fitness Center; Platinum Health & Fitness; Planet Fitness; Friendship Center; Crunch Fitness

    Details: Visit Blue365 Deals

  • The University Fitness Center is located on the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center campus.

    Residents and fellows are offered a discount but must show their badges at the front desk and notify staff of their status.

    Several specialty classes at the Fitness Center are available to non-members.

    Details: See the University Fitness Center website

Part of overall health includes regular physical activity, a healthy diet and sufficient sleep.

With the time pressures of work and home life, it is easy for these areas to be neglected, often with the thought that the time spent sleeping, cooking something healthy or going for a walk could be better spent elsewhere.

However, without these physical elements of wellness, it becomes harder to perform at a high level in the long run.

It is important to recognize that physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet do improve general well-being, which affects overall mental health.

Band Together is a free strength-training program led by trained volunteers.

When: 12:15 to 12:55 p.m. Tuesdays

Where: Room HG023 (ground floor of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center)

For details: Email Brenda Thomas at bthomas2@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or Marianne Klinger at mklinger@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

The Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA) partnered with Penn State to develop 10 miles of new trails around Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center with options for bike-riders of all skill levels.

Trails can be accessed traffic-free from the surrounding communities using the Eshenour Memorial bike path.

The trail system is divided into two distinct areas, the east side and the west side. The terrain is generally rocky and rugged, and while the east side offers more open, flowing trails, the west side is more technical and challenging.

Details: See the trail map on the SAMBA website

The Zagster bike share program allows individuals to travel to destinations both on campus and off while adding physical activity.

Bike racks can be found at various locations around Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine; in downtown Hershey; and in the Hummelstown square.

Cost: Free for tips under two hours (or under four hours on the weekends); then $1.50 for each 30 minutes

Details: See the Zagster website

Fitness Your Way is an offering of Blue Cross’ Blue365 Deals available to Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center employees, including residents and fellows.

Fitness Your Way helps clients meet physical and emotional goals within their budget and on their own time by offering access to nearly 10,000 different fitness locations for $29 a month.

Local gyms include: (as of July 1, 2019) Power Train Hershey; Anytime Fitness Palmyra and Cleona; Gold’s Gym Hershey; CPRS Physical Therapy Palmyra, Elizabethtown and Harrisburg; Paramount Sports Complex; NY Fitness Palmyra; Lebanon Valley College Sports Center; Annville Fitness Center; Platinum Health & Fitness; Planet Fitness; Friendship Center; Crunch Fitness

Details: Visit Blue365 Deals

The University Fitness Center is located on the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center campus.

Residents and fellows are offered a discount but must show their badges at the front desk and notify staff of their status.

Several specialty classes at the Fitness Center are available to non-members.

Details: See the University Fitness Center website

Social resources

To have social happiness, it is vital to develop a sense of connection and belonging and to have a well-developed support system. There are various events and fundraisers held on campus that bring together employees from all departments.

Volunteering

Many volunteer opportunities are available in Hershey and the surrounding communities. One very close opportunity is the Ronald McDonald House, where many patients’ families stay.

Affinity groups

Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine have multiple affinity groups faculty and staff can join, including:

  • Disability Affinity Resource Network Group
  • Group on Women in Medicine and Science
  • Interfaith Affinity Resource Network Group
  • LGBTQ and Allies Affinity Resource Network Group
  • Military/Veterans Affinity Resource Network Group
  • Multicultural Affinity Resource Network Group
  • NextGen

Learn more about these affinity groups.

Commission for Women

Penn State Commission for Women seeks to promote women’s initiatives in the areas of equity, maternity and child/elder care concerns, mentoring, professional development and recognition, strengthening networking and social connections and workplace safety.

All employees and students at Hershey Medical Center and the College of Medicine, regardless of gender, are welcome to join and/or attend events.

Area resources

Residents and fellows who want to plan their own social events can check out the Visit Hershey & Harrisburg website for info on area restaurants, shopping, outdoor and indoor activities and an extensive calendar of events.

Occupational and intellectual wellness resources

Finding personal satisfaction and enrichment from work is a key to wellness. Similarly, a cornerstone of being a fulfilled person is intellectual growth, recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills.

PAWS UP

PAWS UP! is an employee recognition program that celebrates the strength of the people of Penn State Health. The program includes service awards, employee of the month/year, birthday and other eGreetings and special “Paws Up” nominations and on-the-spot recognition cards from managers.

Points earned can be redeemed for gift cards, merchandise, travel packages, charity donations and event tickets from Hershey Entertainment.

Professional development

The Learning and Leadership Development team offers on-site courses for individuals and departments. Some courses, like the Grow Academy, can be found in Compass through the Infonet (Penn State Access ID login required). For details, call Human Resources at 717-531-8440.

Additional professional development programs offered to both Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine employees can be found on the Faculty and Staff website.

Physician Writers Group

The Physician Writers Group is a workshop for clinicians who are interested in creative writing for publication in professional medical journals. The group meets during the fall and/or spring semesters.

Humanities professor Dr. Kimberly Myers, who holds a doctorate in literature, hosts the group. Email her at kmyers2@pennstatehealth.psu.edu for details.

Harrell Health Sciences Library

Harrell Health Sciences Library offers many services to residents and fellows, including but not limited to literature searching, systematic review, EndNote citation management, 3D printing services, e-learning and digital media development, virtual reality, a Technology Sandbox, the One-Button Studio and group study rooms. Contact information for each departmental liaison can be found on the library’s website.

Emotional and spiritual wellness resources

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It is important to be able to cope effectively with life and to create satisfying relationships, in order to achieve the balance necessary to be mentally healthy and well. Emotional wellness involves being aware of and accepting feelings; adjusting to change, both good and bad; coping with stress; and enjoying life despite occasional disappointments and frustrations.

Meanwhile, spiritual wellness involves developing a sense of purpose and meaning in life. It is a personal journey and could involve prayer, meditation, affirmations or specific spiritual practices that are meaningful. Using values, beliefs and principles to help ground decisions and actions can lead to balance and overall wellness.

In addition to the mental health resources listed above, Penn State Health offers:

Al-Anon at Work

The Al-Anon at Work support group helps to bring hope and strength to families and friends of problem drinkers. Participants share the experiences, strength and hope through fellowship to solve their common problems. Those whose lives have been touched by addiction also find Al-Anon helpful. New members are always welcome.

Meetings: Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays in Room H7521

Details: Call Robin at 717-531-7560 or Paula at 717-531-2908

Pastoral Services

Resources through Pastoral Services are also available to employees. The Interfaith Chapel, near the south entrance of Hershey Medical Center, is open at any time for prayer or meditation. There is a Catholic mass at noon every Tuesday and Jumu’ah prayer at 1:30 p.m. every Friday.

Details: Call Pastoral Services at 717-531-8177

Resiliency Through Art

The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine hosts Resiliency Through Art workshops throughout the year. All are welcome; no artistic talent is needed. There is no need to register, and all supplies are provided.

Details: Email Kerry Royer at kroyer@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Meditation break

Heart Rhythm Meditation is a simple way to help reduce stress and enhance resilience. Everyone can meditate – no prior experience required.

Meetings: 12:10 to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays in Room P1200A (Meditation Room) off the Children’s Hospital lobby

Details: Email Lisa Hanlon Wilhelm at lwilhelm@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Mindfulness practice community

A monthly one-hour instructor-led mindfulness meditation practice is available in person and via Zoom.

Meetings: 5:15 to 6 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month in Room HG305 or via Zoom

Details: Email Timothy Riley, MD, at triley1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu”>triley1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or Holly Gardner Socolow, MHS, at hsocolow@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

University Fitness Center specialty classes

University Fitness Center offers specialty classes throughout the year open to both members and non-members. Many focus on mindfulness disciplines. Sessions include topics such as Kundalini Yoga, Kendo, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Tactical Hapkido and Systema, Tai Chi and QiGong, and Yoga for Complete Health.

Details: See the fitness center website

Other wellness resources

Good health is promoted by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being.

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to environmental wellness. Each person has to find what works best for themselves.

A number of features of the institution can help promote environmental wellness, including:

  • Private rooms are available on campus for nursing mothers. Lactation services, human resources or the GME office can provide the most up-to-date information on their locations.
  • Healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner options are available in the cafeteria. Each resident receives a set amount of money, based on program, to be used at all dining facilities on campus.
  • The organization has walking meeting capabilities.
  • There are several hydration stations around campus, with additional ones to come.
Satisfaction with current and future financial situations is a part of overall wellness and balance.

Financial stresses can be significant, and having a plan for and managing them is the best way to promote wellness in this area.

A number of financial resources are available, including:

  • One-on-one counseling with on-site Empower Retirement representatives to discuss future financial planning can be arranged by calling 717-531-1878.
  • ComPsych offers online financial resources to help with budgeting, planning and saving.
  • Resident and fellow financial wellness seminars are held throughout the year.
  • A discount program through Abenity is applicable to services such as cell phones, travel, movie tickets, theme parks, automobile services and more.

ACGME

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) offers several tools and resources on topics such as identifying and addressing burnout; promoting well-being; assessing and addressing emotional and psychological distress, depression and suicide; improving the learning and working environment; and coping with tragedy.

Details: See the ACGME website

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers online resources around health care professional burnout, depression and suicide prevention.

Details: See the AFSP website

Mental Health America

Mental Health America offers online screening tools for various concerns.

Details: Take online screenings for depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, addiction, psychosis or eating disorders

TED talks

Many inspiring TED talks can be found on the following playlists

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