NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens today announced its new employee wellness room. The new wellness room is designed to provide a quiet place for hospital employees to recharge, de-stress, heal, and to emphasize the importance of taking a break and taking care of themselves during the workday. The 350-square-foot room will be a space for health coaching, aromatherapy, yoga, and meditation. In 2019, NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens allocated discretionary funds to create and design the space. This new model of employee wellness showcases increased effort for a healthy workforce at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens.
“Healthcare workers perform at their best when they are taking good care of themselves,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens CEO Chris Roker. “The introduction of a wellness room enables our staff to take a much-needed break when necessary, engage in therapeutic activities, and step away from pressing issues so they can reassess, regroup, and gain a sense of perspective. Having this outlet available to them builds morale, reinforces the idea of an employee family, and improves overall patient care.”
“The wellness room is intended to be a place for employees to come to and relax,” said, Katiuscia Gray, Certified Yoga Instructor and Social Work Supervisor, NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens Cancer Center. “Employees will learn about the importance of taking care of themselves through mindfulness, meditation, yoga exercises, aromatherapy, nutrition and self-care.”
The wellness room is painted bright orange and offset by dim lighting and soft, meditative music. The small intimate room is large enough for 10 people. The space will also feature guest speakers on a variety of topics from mental health to nutritious eating, and is well-equipped with meditative chairs, yoga mats, eye masks, and meditative blankets. Fifteen-minute breaks will be made available to staff to utilize the wellness room.
Helping staff care for themselves represents a growing challenge in hospital settings. Burnout, or physical and emotional exhaustion brought on by work-related stress, is common in the healthcare field. NYC Health + Hospitals continues to implement new initiatives to address employees experiencing workplace stress and burnout through access to additional resources for emotional support. This past April, the public healthcare system launched a peer-led employee wellness program, called Helping Healers Heal, which was specifically designed to assist workers who are considered “second victims” of traumatic patient care events. The program is available to all NYC Health + Hospitals employees at all patient care sites, and includes specially trained teams to offer peer-to-peer support, mental health expertise, and team-debriefing sessions after traumatic events, especially in emergency departments, mental health units and pediatric intensive care units.
Contact:Jane Petrik, NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens, 718-883-2129
About NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens
A member of NYC Health and Hospitals, NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens is a major health care provider in the borough of Queens. Its foremost mission is to provide quality, comprehensive care to all members of the public regardless of their ability to pay. The year 2015 marked its 80th anniversary of serving the communities of central and southeastern Queens, having first opened its doors as Queens General Hospital in 1935. Encompassing 360,000 square feet, it comprises 253 licensed beds, spacious ambulatory care suites featuring both primary and specialty services, and cutting-edge equipment. It also houses four Centers of Excellence: Cancer Care, Diabetes Management, Women’s Health, and Behavioral Health. To learn more about NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org/queens.
About NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation. We are a network of 11 hospitals, trauma centers, neighborhood health centers, nursing homes, and post-acute care centers. We are a home care agency and a health plan, MetroPlus. Our health system provides essential services to more than one million New Yorkers every year in more than 70 locations across the city’s five boroughs. Our diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. Visit us at www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or Twitter at @NYCHealthSystem.