Healthcare leaders in North Carolina have made a new commitment to improve the mental health of clinicians.


Following last month’s launch of the ALL IN: Caring for NC Caregivers initiative between The North Carolina Clinician and Physician Retention and Well-being Consortium (NCCPRW) and The Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation, NCMS CEO Chip Baggett, JD & The Foundations CMO Stefanie Simmons, MD, FACEP joined Ron Southwick, senior editor of Chief Healthcare Executive for a conversation around the ALL IN initiative, the impact of the Consortium, the Foundation’s efforts on a national level, and removing administrative burdens.

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Baggett and Simmons spoke with Chief Healthcare Executive in a joint conversation, and Simmons had a realization as Baggett recited some of the administrative burdens on clinicians.

“The thing that stands out to me the most is none of those were actual patient care issues,” Simmons says. “These are all of the things that get in between healthcare workers and their relationship and their ability to care for patients.”

“Some of those administrative burdens are inescapable, but some of them are changeable,” she says. “And some of them can be addressed by organizations and others can be addressed at the state level. And so where we can get those barriers out of the way of a healthcare worker and their patient, having that connection and that healing relationship, it has a huge impact on burnout and also ability to have effective, efficient patient care.”