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A Message from the AWN President:

Friends and colleagues,

Over the next few weeks, we are anticipated to see an increased number of patients.  It is possible we may be called in to provide care in a manner or location unfamiliar to us.  

We may be working in ways that we would never imagine in normal circumstances and that can feel intimidating.  

Working on the front line in both the Emergency Department and the Intensive Care Units, I can tell you what is more intimidating is what could happen without your help should you be called to serve.

If this occurs, we will not be surgeons or emergency medicine physicians or hospitalists or anesthesiologist or researchers - we will be clinicians or scientists who will stand together to meet the needs of our community. Each of us contributing to something bigger than ourselves.  We will do what is required of us - and we will do it exceptionally.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

1) We are not alone at the bedside.  If we are called to an an unfamiliar area, there will be others with whom we will be working who are very familiar with what needs to be done.  Sometimes we lead by giving orders, often we lead by how well we follow them.  

2) We are not alone in the hospital.  The Incident Command Center is working hard to prepare for the surge through clinical guidance, expanding our capacity, optimizing our resources and creating innovative ways to secure more PPE.  Send Dr. Katie Henderson, Anne Marie Green, and Emma Hooks a note of thanks for the entire command center's hard work, commitment to staff, commitment to our patients and the leadership the command center is showing during this challenging time.  I can tell you, they have our backs.  

3) We will be flexible.  We are accustomed to processes being fixed - we have our ways of doing things.  That is not the way of this world right now.  Our strength is in adapting.  Be prepared to be flexible - with what we do, where we do it, and most especially the attitude with which we do what was is required of us.

4) We will be responsibly courageous.  I know there is fear about treating COVID-19 patients.  I see it and feel it every day I am at work in the ED or the ICU.  The good thing is that we are each in control of our own protection.  We currently have the PPE we need - everyone. Wear proper PPE responsibly, follow the guidelines, take care of yourself, your colleagues and your patients. 

An example of courage: The early Shelter in Place order placed by Mayor @LydaKrewson and County Executive @Dr.SamPage likely decreased the number of patients who will need our care AND the duration our community will be at risk. It was courageous to act even when Missouri State leadership would not.  Send them a tweet of appreciation as part of @AWN. 

4) Lead by example.  Your colleagues and, even more so your support staff will take their cues on how to respond, from you.  If you are calm, strong, cautious and stead-fast, they will follow your lead.  This is our time to show who we are and what we are made of - think of who you want to be before you come into work and keep your thoughts and actions consistent with that mental image.   

5) Leading is collaborating.  We do more together than we can ever do alone.   We will leave our pride and position at the door, we will don our PPE and we will stand, side by side to care for our community.  We are not just doctors, nurses, RTs, lab medicine, pharmacists, secretaries, administrators, techs or janitors.  We are partners, we are a team and we depend on each other.  I am so very proud of all the colleagues with whom I have been working.  I have seen strength, courage and compassion.

I am proud of how our hospital and our system has stood up to face this challenge.  The three largest health systems in our region, BJC, SSM, and Mercy and regional leadership are all working together in an unprecedented manner to align our efforts. 

Together, we have a united front; we are mission focused to care for and protect our community.  We will rise to the occasion.  We will get through this together and we will be a stronger community on the other side.

Warm regards,

Tiffany Osborn
AWN President

Resources:

1) Clinical brush up - education tools: Click here for Custom Courses, resources and tools included with your department's Aquifer subscription.

2) Child Care - WU Employee Announcement regarding Child Care Support is  below.

3) Current BJH / BJC COVID update with numbers and capacity has been emailed to all members - this information will change as things progres

Tiffany M. Osborn, MD, MPH
Professor of Surgery and Emergency Medicine
Section of Acute Care Surgical Services
Surgical/Trauma Critical Care
Barnes Jewish Hospital 

Director: Barnes-Jewish Hospital Sepsis Quality Improvement Program
Physician Champion: BJC Healthcare Sepsis Quality Improvement Program
Co-Director: Department of Surgery Leadership Development Program
President: Academic Women's Network

For previous letters from the President: Click HERE 


COVID-19 Information and Updates:

Upcoming Events and Information Sessions:

Please check back for upcoming events

Wellness Resources During COVID-19: 

Coping with Covid Hotline – Helping Our Own

Washington University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry is focused on helping employees on the front lines dealing with the stress caused by COVID-19. The “Coping with Covid Hotline” is available to  hospital workers on the front lines to provide care and in-the-moment support. Please call the main department number at 314-286-1700 for brief emotional support in the setting of this crisis. Callers also have the option to be referred for telehealth appointments with a member of the Psychiatry faculty or referred to Zoom support groups.

Call Hotline: 314-286-1700

More Mental Health Resources

There are many app’s, online support groups, mindfulness resources and other helpful links to help you cope through challenges. Find what works for you to help you find the peace, joy, hope and support you need.

Zoom Support Groups

Zoom support groups will be hosted by WashU Psychiatry faculty. Join support groups and view expert-based videos on key topics for helping people cope with these challenging times.
Learn more

App's for Self-Care

  • Calm is a great app for sleep, meditation, and relaxation. It has simple meditation tools that can make you feel relaxed, calm and peaceful. Download it at Google Play or Apple’s App Store. Calm is also available in a web version at calm.com.
  • Headspace is great app that makes meditation simple. It teaches people the life changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes to help people stress less and focus more and even sleep better. Headspace now offers free premium access through 2020 for healthcare providers, sign up with your individual NPI at https://www.headspace.com/health-covid-19. If you don’t have an NPI, you can request free access using the Form
  • Simple Habit is offering a new, free medication collections designed specifically for stress and anxiety related to COVID-19. Topics include self-care, easing fear, mindful communication with family, and guided yoga. Listen for free here. It is also offering free premium memberships to all individuals until the end of April 2020. Download it at Google Play or Apple’s App Store.
  • Muse is offering a ‘Stress Less” collection of 20 guided meditations by world-renowned practitioners for free within the app. Download it at Google Play or Apple’s App Store

Helping Our Own – #WashUTogether

Faculty and staff from Psychiatry, the Department of Medicine, Human Resources, the Brown School of Social Work and School of Medicine students have worked together to stand up important mental well-being resources and support aimed at helping the community cope with COVID-19.

Click HERE for more information


AWN In the News:

Doctor on front line of St. Louis’ fight against coronavirus: ‘Don’t waste all the effort and pain’ | Coronavirus | stltoday.com

A supermoon rises over the Barnes Jewish Hospital medical center, including the Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital, as seen from Art Hill in Forest Park on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

www.stltoday.com


St. Louis Public Radio: Social Distancing Is Working, But St. Louis Health Officials Warn Against Letting Up


COVID-19 Impact - Child care support for medical providers and other essential personnel

Family Learning Center converting services and extending hours to support medical care providers, including residents, and other essential personnel

In order to support our Washington University medical care providers. Including residents, and other essential personnel through the COVID-19 pandemic, the following changes will be made to the operation of the Family Learning Center, operated by Bright Horizons, effective immediately.

  • The Family Learning Center is open and ready for placement of the children of Washington University medical care providers, including residents, and other essential personnel.
  • Effective Wednesday, April 8, the hours of the Family Learning Center will be expanded from 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Priority for enrollment will be as follows:
  • Children of dual WU healthcare providers, including residents (spouses or domestic partners)
  • Children of WU medical providers or other essential personnel that are already on the wait list are included in this group
  • Children of WU medical providers, including residents, and other essential personnel on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Normal tuition rates will apply.
  • You can register your child starting today. Please contact Kellie Jackson, Center Director at 314-935-3262 or Andrea Sayre, Assistant Director at 314-935-3261 or email wustl@brighthorizons.com.

Current families who do not meet this requirement have been informed that the FLC is being utilized only by health care providers and other essential personnel at this time and are not being charged fees. Their slots will be held and returned at whatever point in the future the FLC may be deemed to return to normal operations.

Child care support for Washington University-employed faculty and staff:

In addition, we have increased the number of uses of Back Up Care through Bright Horizons for Washington University-employed faculty and staff from 15 to 20 uses per calendar year. This does not includes residents who are eligible for other benefits through their employment at BJC. Please refer to this link for more information about this benefit which provides in-home care for children or adults/elders. Please note that center-based care is not currently available due to current requirements by the State of Missouri, St. Louis City, and St. Louis County.

  • In-home care for children and adult/elders is $7 per hour with a four hour minimum.
  • To register or to make reservations for care, please contact Bright Horizons by phone at 877-242-2737 or by accessing backup.brighthorizons.com. First time users will need to register by clicking on “Create Your Profile” and entering username “WUBACKUP” and password “BACKUP.”
  • Additionally, Washington University employees have access to a free membership to Sittercity. This benefit can be found through the Additional Family Supports program on the portal at clients.brighthorizons.com/washu.
  • University City-based babysitting service STLSitter will offer free one year memberships to first responders. Once registered, 24/7 access to pre-screened childcare providers will be available. Information on this service can be found at  www.stlsitter.com/

We appreciate your patience as we have worked to make these changes. We continue to look for additional childcare resources to support health care providers. To that end, we are sharing information on these additional resources in the St. Louis area:

  • Child Care Aware of Missouri can provide childcare referrals to medical providers and other essential emergency personnel. To request a referral, please email referralcenter@mo.childcareaware.org, call 1-866-892-3228, or search online here.
  • The Gateway Region YMCA is offering emergency child care, as well as early childhood education at several area YMCA locations for first responders and medical professionals and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Information about this program can be found at gwrymca.org/emergency-child-care.

 

We thank each of you for your contributions to the health and safety of the community.

Thank you,

Legail Poole Chandler
Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

 


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