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The Opioid Response Symposium will feature sessions on opioid data trends in the District, compassionate and equitable care for pregnant and postpartum patients, MOUD in the hospital setting and more.

Washington VA Medical Center Supports Health & Well-Being With Whole Health Program

 

VA Whole Health is a cutting-edge approach to care that supports your health and well-being. Whole Health centers around what matters to you, not what is the matter with you. This means your health team will get to know you as a person, before working with you to develop a personalized health plan based on your values, needs, and goals. All veterans are welcome and encouraged to participate in the program.

Taking Charge of My Life and Health

Participants in the Introduction to Whole Health Orientation session are invited to join an 8-week Taking Charge of My Life and Health group course. This multi-week session provides an opportunity for more self-exploration, self-care, and goal creation around what really matters to the Veteran. Through these Whole Health offerings, veterans explore their new missions, delve into each aspect of the Whole Health circle, and begin to create an overarching personal health plan.

Whole Health Coaching

Whole Health Coaches work with veterans one-on-one and in group settings to empower the Veteran to develop and achieve self-determined goals related to health and wellness. Coaches support veterans in mobilizing internal strengths and external resources, and in developing self-management strategies for making sustainable, healthy lifestyle, behavior changes. As partners and facilitators, coaches support Veterans in achieving health goals and behavioral goals, while collaborating with the Veteran’s healthcare team. Coaches assist veterans to use their insight, personal strengths and resources, goal setting, action steps and accountability toward whole health changes.

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Components of Proactive Health and Well-Being

The Components of Proactive Health and Well-Being picture  (below) will help you think about your whole health. All of the areas in the circle are important. They are all connected. Improving one area can benefit other areas in your life and influence your overall physical, emotional, and mental health and well-being. The human body and mind have tremendous healing abilities and we can strengthen these healing abilities.

The inner circle represents you, your values and what really matters to you. Being in a state of mindful awareness helps you see what matters to you. The next circle is your self-care. These are the circumstances and choices you make in your everyday life. The next ring represents professional care you receive. Professional care may include tests, medications, supplements, surgeries, examinations, treatments, and counseling. This also includes complementary approaches such as acupuncture and mind-body therapies. The outer ring represents the people and groups to whom you are connected.

The Circle of Health

The Circle of Health illustrates the big picture connections between your health and other aspects of your life. Whole health opens the door to discuss not only your health conditions, but the things that impact your well-being.

This is a Whole Health circle of health logo.

Me

The innermost circle represents each of us as unique individuals. We start at the middle saying, “I am the expert on my life, values, goals, and priorities. Only I can know WHY I want my health. Only I can know what really matters to ME. And this knowledge needs to be what drives my health and my health care. I am the most important person when it comes to making choices that influence my health and well-being. I am the leader of my team, and my medical team professionals are some of the invited players.”

Mindful Awareness

Mindfulness is being fully aware, or paying attention. Sometimes, we go through our daily lives on autopilot. We are not fully aware of the present. We often dwell on the past and plan events in the future. We do not spend much time really paying attention and noticing what is happening right now; without judging or trying to fix it. Your body and mind send you signals constantly. If your attention is elsewhere, you don’t notice. Then, the signals that began as whispers become loud warnings. For example, when you miss the whispers of an early discomfort or a sad feeling, you miss the opportunity to make a change before it grows into real pain or depression. Being mindful, or aware, allows you to make conscious proactive choices about every aspect of your health. Mindfulness connects you to each component of your well-being, and to your whole self.

The Eight Areas of Self-Care

Self-care is often the most important factor in living a healthy life, which in turn allows you to live your life fully, in the ways that matter to you. Self-care includes all the choices you make on a daily basis that affect your physical, mental, and spiritual health. In fact, how you take care of yourself will have a greater impact on your health and well-being than the medical care you receive. Evidence shows that each of these eight areas of self-care contributes a great deal to your overall health and well-being. They can also affect your chances for developing diseases as well as the seriousness of that disease. Consider your values, lifestyle, habits, and motivations in each area. Taking stock of where you are now and where you want to be in each of these areas is the first step in living a healthier life.

  1. Moving the Body
  2. Surroundings
  3. Personal Development
  4. Food and Drink
  5. Recharge
  6. Family, Friends, and Coworkers
  7. Spirit and Soul
  8. Power of the Mind

Professional Care

Prevention and treatment of illness or disease and traditional and complementary medicine are part of professional care. Preventive care includes things like immunizations and cancer screening. Common treatments include checkups, medicines, supplements, physical therapy, surgery, and counseling. Complementary medicine includes approaches like acupuncture and mind-body therapies. It is important to stay current with your personal care plan for health and well-being.

Community

The outer ring represents your community. For some, their community is close by and for others it is far way. Your community is more than the places where you live, work, and worship. It includes all the people and groups you connect with; who rely on you and upon whom you rely.

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Celebrate Health Care Appreciation Night at D.C. United

Come cheer on D.C. United as they take on Cincinnati on July 3 at 7:30 pm at Audi Field. Health care workers from D.C. hospitals receive discounted tickets to the match.

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Get Ready to Walk to Wellness

The Healthy Hospital Initiative has launched its second Walk to Wellness Step Challenge for all hospital and health care workers in the District. Dust off your shoes and walk for your wellness and win! Join your colleagues from across the District for a friendly competition to improve your health and well-being — and to start a healthily habit. It’s easy, just sign up, download the app and start walking. You can walk as an individual or gather your co-workers to create a team of up to eight. Please register by May 31, 2024.

Details:

  • Four-week challenge: June 3 – June 28, 2024
  • Target steps for individuals is 500K or more
  • Target steps for a team of four is 2M or more
  • Target steps for a team of eight is 4M or more
  • Participants must stay active for all four weeks to be eligible to receive a prize.
  • The individual and team with the most steps will be awarded the winner.

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February 2024 Utilization Report

Hoogtepunten: Looking at average daily volumes, all five of the highlighted metrics (Fig. 1) saw an increase in volumes from January to February 2024: acute care admissions went from -13% in January to -10% in February below pre-COVID baselines, and emergency department visits went from -25% to -23% and psychiatric admissions went from -21% to -18% below baselines in February. Observation admissions and ambulatory surgeries both continue to show recovery to pre-COVID baselines going from -3% to 6% and 0% to 9% above baseline respectively.

 

 

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January 2024 Utilization Report

Hoogtepunten:
Fluctuations primarily below pre-COVID volumes were observed across utilization metrics this month. Acute care admissions saw a slight increase going from -14% below pre-COVID baseline last month to -13% this month as emergency visits and psychiatric admissions decrease, going from -19% to -25% and -17% to -21% below baseline, respectively.

Aggregate specialty hospital admissions remained above the 15-month median this month after the dip in November 2023. The highest volume of monthly admissions occurred in August 2023. BridgePoint National Harborside experienced their highest monthly volume for the 15-month period included in this report during the most recent seven months, while Psychiatric Institute of Washington posted their second highest volume this month.

 

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Congratulations Chefs! Healthy Hospital Initiative’s Live Cooking Competition Winners

On April 6, DCHA’s Healthy Hospital Initiative hosted its annual, live Chef Cooking Competition. Hospital chefs competed in six categories to showoff their creativity and skills. Hospital chefs showcased low-sodium and low-sugar recipes using the special ingredient of basil. A panel of judges rated the dishes on taste, appearance, nutritional value, and creativity of the use of a special ingredient. Chefs and their teams presented an entrée, side dish and beverage or dessert. The entrée was required to have less than 600mg of sodium and no added caloric sweetener. The side dish and dessert or beverage was required to have less than 230mg of sodium and no added caloric sweetener. Congratulations to all of the winners and a special shoutout to the event venue, DC Central Kitchen.

Overall Winners

  • First Place: Tiffany Jhingory & Danisha Chase, Howard University Hospital
  • Second Place: Breyon Williams & Bonita Bolden, Psychiatric Institute of Washington and Emmanuel Ferguson, Shevonia Dawkins & Joseph Redfearn, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Third Place: Heather Garcia, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Nutrition & Creativity

  • First Place: Tiffany Jhingory & Danisha Chase, Howard University Hospital
  • Second Place: Breyon Williams & Bonita Bolden, Psychiatric Institute of Washington and Emmanuel Ferguson, Shevonia Dawkins & Joseph Redfearn, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Third Place: Heather Garcia, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Taste & Appearance

  • First Place: Tiffany Jhingory & Danisha Chase, Howard University Hospital
  • Second Place: Heather Garcia, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Third Place: Breyon Williams & Bonita Bolden, Psychiatric Institute of Washington and Matthew Galo & Carmelito Diaz, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Best  Entrée

  • First Place: Tiffany Jhingory & Danisha Chase, Howard University Hospital and Emmanuel Ferguson, Shevonia Dawkins & Joseph Redfearn, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Second Place: Heather Garcia, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Third Place: Erika Smith, Tony Shelton & Ashley Lyles, BridgePoint Hospital National Harborside

Best Side Dish

  • First Place: Tiffany Jhingory & Danisha Chase, Howard University Hospital
  • Second Place: Breyon Williams & Bonita Bolden, Psychiatric Institute of Washington
  • Third Place: Emmanuel Ferguson, Shevonia Dawkins & Joseph Redfearn, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital; Matthew Galo & Carmelito Diaz, MedStar Washington Hospital Center; and, Heather Garcia, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Best Dessert/Beverage

  • First Place: Emmanuel Ferguson, Shevonia Dawkins & Joseph Redfearn, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Second Place: Breyon Williams & Bonita Bolden, Psychiatric Institute of Washington and Heather Garcia, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Third Place: Tiffany Jhingory & Danisha Chase, Howard University Hospital

Children’s National is Dedicated to Improving the Health and Wellbeing of the Community

Children’s National physicians, nurses, researchers and staff often spearhead and lead new outreach efforts. The hospital has many programs and initiatives focused on community health and wellbeing, and school-based and educational partnerships. From responding to the emergency needs of the community to delivering care in schools and supporting kids with asthma to efforts to prevent injuries, Children’s National is dedicated and committed to more than just medicine.

 

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Health Care & Innovation Summit Award Nominations are Open

Individuals working in District of Columbia hospitals strive every day to deliver compassionate, quality and safe patient care. DCHA is honored to highlight the incredible work of our member hospitals and their champions. DCHA will present awards to two individuals; one clinical and one nonclinical, who are working to transform health care through leadership, collaboration, and improvement strategies within their hospitals and who exemplify a dedication to continued delivery of essential services, a commitment to patient safety, and unwavering efforts to delivering quality patient care.

Award nominations must showcase how individuals go above and beyond normal daily work to manage and support hospital staff, patients, caregivers and the community. Awards will be presented during the Health Care & Innovation Summit on October 30, 2024. Complete nominations by June 21, 2024.

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