Center for Physician Well-Being and Professional Development
Engineering the Exceptional Physician Experience
Community Health Network strives to provide an exceptional experience for all the lives we touch: our patients and their families, our employees and caregivers, and our physicians and providers. In order to provide the best patient experience, our physicians and providers must connect to the joy that brought them to the practice of medicine. We invest in our physicians throughout their career, supporting them as people, while developing and empowering them to improve care processes throughout our health network. Exceptional care, simply delivered occurs for our patients when we invest in those who provide them with that care.
The Center for Physician Well-Being and Professional Development has four primary goals:
- To reduce and alleviate the stress of practicing medicine
- To improve work/life balance
- To bring joy to the practice of medicine
- To develop, coach, and mentor physicians at each stage of their career
Our center will offer a variety of means to achieve these goals. Because one size does not fit all, the Center will offer well-being coaching and counseling resources, leadership development opportunities to enhance leadership skills and confidence, opportunities to connect with other physicians in small groups, career-fit options, and much more.
Kevin Coss, MD
Chief Wellness Officer
Tricia Hern, MD
VP, Improvement & Physician Leadership Development
Ann Ostrom, MSML
Director Physician Leadership & Well-Being
Taylor Wildauer, MSW, LSW
Need Help? Call 877-731-3949
Physician stress and burnout is prevalent and increasing. Let us help you build pathways to well-being. Community Health Network providers can call 877-731-3949 to connect with a burnout prevention specialist at any time.
New! Affinity Groups
Spring is almost here so let's get outside! Dr. Mary Lou Hulseman will lead day hikes to various state parks in Indiana. Hikes will be on Saturdays and Sundays. Most hikes are 2 to 6 miles. Upcoming hike dates are:
- March 2 - Fort Harrison State Park
- March 24 - Eagle Creek Park
- April 27 - Clifty Falls State Park
- May 19 (Sunday) - McCormick's Creek State Park
- June 9 (Sunday) - Turkey Run State Park
For questions about the Hiking Club, please email mhulseman@eCommunity.com.
If you are interested in joining or forming an affinity group, please email us.
Fall Family Hayride
Thanks to the 20+ volunteers who helped make the fall family hayride event possible at Stony Creek Farm! More than 300 guests joined the festivities on a beautiful October evening. In addition to pumpkin painting, hayrides, and pictures with Roscoe the Kangaroo, we collected 54 toys/games and 86 winter clothing items for Community Health Network Foundation.
We can't wait for the next event! If you'd like to get more involved in social events, please email Ann Ostrom to be included on our email list.
Community Health Network recognizes the critical importance of supporting the well-being of our physician partners. Well-being goes beyond absence of burnout but rather includes participation in activities achieving physical vitality, work life balance, professional fulfillment and accomplishment, and resiliency.
Our goal is to provide resources to support and promote physician well-being, manage and prevent burnout, and connect physicians to the joy of practicing medicine. Healthcare organizations which promote and develop effective physician leaders demonstrate significantly reduced levels of burnout as well as increased physician engagement which results in higher quality care, improved patient safety, at lower cost. We believe exceptional physician experiences at Community create exceptional patient experiences.
Physician Professional & Leadership Development
Physicians experience various transitions and development needs throughout their careers. At Community Health Network we strive to support our physicians from orientation and onboarding all the way through their years practicing to retirement.
Career coaching, mentoring and leadership development are the cornerstones of our professional development programs. Our one-year Physician Leadership Academy provides formal training to those who are interested in enhancing their leadership skills in an interactive classroom format.