From the CEO: Bringing Empathy to Healthcare

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Renown Health President and CEO Tony Slonim, M.D., Dr.PH., explains the importance of addressing the emotional and spiritual needs of patients, as well as their physical needs. 

Working in healthcare, it is understandable that our first inclination is to focus on a patient’s clinical needs. However, we often do that at the expense of addressing other factors that are integral to an individual’s health — including their family life, living conditions and frame of mind.

 

At Renown Health, we emphasize the importance of being present in the moment and opening our eyes to what is going on around us. We have recognized that we must care for the whole person — and not only focus on our patients’ physical needs, but for their emotional and spiritual needs as well. Whether it’s listening to someone’s story or being there to simply hold a hand, we must remember that even small actions can make a big difference in people’s lives.

 
Dr. Anthony Slonim is an innovator and proven leader in healthcare on both the regional and national levels. During his notable career at major healthcare organizations and academic institutions, Dr. Slonim has developed a national profile as an expert in patient safety, accountable care, healthcare quality and innovative care delivery models focused on improving health within the community. For more Healthy Perspectives, follow Dr. Slonim on Twitter

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