Dignity Health in Arizona honored by the American Medical Association for promoting well-being of health care workers

by Carmelle Malkovich, Director of External Communications, Dignity Health in Arizona, 602.406.3319 | Oct 06, 2023

(October 6, 2023) - Dignity Health in Arizona has earned recognition from the American Medical Association (AMA) as a Joy in Medicine™ recognized organization. The prestigious AMA distinction is granted only to organizations that attest to the rigorous criteria of the Joy in Medicine™ Health System Recognition Program and demonstrate a commitment to preserving the well-being of clinical care team members through proven efforts to combat work-related stress and burnout.

"We are honored to receive this prestigious award by the American Medical Association," says Heather Rabin, PhD, senior advisor of wellbeing and professional development for Dignity Health’s Southwest Division. "It's critical that health care systems identify all levels of burnout amongst their medical teams and effectively address any distress levels and increase professional fulfillment. The Dignity Health Arizona market is accomplishing this in a number of ways, including the establishment of a peer support program that provides physicians an opportunity to better connect with their peers and navigate challenging circumstances together in a culture of trust, support and collegiality. We look forward to creating additional programs that will further enhance the professional well-being of medical staff."

Burnout rates among the nation’s physicians and other health care professionals spiked dramatically as the COVID-19 pandemic placed acute stress on care teams and exacerbated long-standing system issues. While the worst days of the pandemic have past, the lingering impact of work-related burnout remains an obstacle to achieving national health goals.

“Health organizations that have earned recognition from the AMA’s Joy in Medicine Health System Recognition Program are leading a national movement that has declared the well-being of health professionals to be an essential element for providing high-quality care to patients, families, and communities,” said AMA President Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, M.D., M.P.H. “Each Joy in Medicine recognized organization is distinguished as among the nation’s best at creating a culture of wellness that makes a difference in the lives of clinical care teams.”

"The goal of the Joy in Medicine Health System Recognition Program is to unite the health care community in building a nationwide culture committed to the well-being of clinical care teams by helping health organizations invest in action plans promoting professional fulfillment and meaning that clinicians find in caring for their patients,” said Christine Sinsky, M.D., AMA vice president of professional satisfaction. 

Since its inception in 2019, the Joy in Medicine™ Health System Recognition Program has recognized more than 100 organizations across the country. In 2023, a total of 72 health systems nationwide earned recognition with documented efforts to reduce system-level drivers of work-related burnout and demonstrated competencies in commitment, assessment, leadership, efficiency of practice environment, teamwork, and support.

Learn more about the AMA Joy in Medicine™ Health System Recognition Program at ama-assn.org/joyinmedicine