The Impact of COVID-19 on Medical Caregivers with Heather Farley of ChristianaCare

Date: May 21, 2020

Speaker: Heather Farley MD, MHCDS, FACEP, Chief Wellness Officer at ChristianaCare

Topic: The impact of COVID-19 on Medical Caregivers

About ChristianaCare

Christiana Care Hospital DelawareHeadquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, ChristianaCare is one of the country’s most dynamic health systems, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible, and lowering health care costs. ChristianaCare includes an extensive network of outpatient services, home health care, medical aid units, two hospitals (1,227 beds), a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care, and women’s health. ChristianaCare is a not-for-profit teaching health system with more than 260 residents and fellows. Christiana Care is continually ranked by US News & World Report as a Best Hospital. With their unique, data-powered care coordination service and a focus on population health and value-based care, ChristianaCare is shaping the future of health care.

About Heather Farley, M.D., MHCDS, FACEP, Chief Wellness Officer

Heather Farley Christiana Care

Heather Farley, M.D., MHCDS, FACEP, was appointed in 2016 to serve as the first chief wellness officer at Christiana Care, responsible for advancing the professional fulfillment and wellbeing of Christiana Care caregivers.

After graduating from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Farley completed residency training in emergency medicine at Christiana Care, as well as a fellowship in administration. Her previous positions at Christiana Care include serving as assistant chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and as medical director of the Middletown Emergency Department.

In 2014, she developed “Care for the Caregiver,” one of the nation’s earliest and largest peer support programs for health care providers. She earned her Master of Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College in 2018 and has held leadership positions in the American College of Emergency Physicians, as well as co-authoring multiple peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. Farley continues to practice emergency medicine at Christiana Care and is an associate professor of emergency medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Relevant Resources and Links

  • ‘I Can’t Turn My Brain Off’: PTSD and Burnout Threaten Medical Workers. Before Covid-19, health care workers were already vulnerable to depression and suicide. Mental health experts now fear even more will be prone to trauma-related disorders. This New York Times article features Dr. Heather Farley and ChristianaCare’s Center for Worklife Wellbeing. Read the NYT article here.
  • Center for WorkLife Wellbeing. Fostering WorkLife Meaning, Connection and Joy. Visit the website for ChristianaCare’s Center for WorkLife Wellbeing.
  • Preventing Physician Suicide: Center for Worklife Wellbeing. The American Hospital Association Physician Alliance wrote about the impact, benefits and goals of the ChristianaCare Center for Worklife Wellbeing. Read the article here.
  • Center for Provider Wellbeing examines ‘burnout’ phenomena among doctors. Feelings include depersonalization, emotional exhaustion and feeling that accomplishments don’t matter. Read the article.

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