Cedar Lake honored at ‘A Commitment to Compassion’ luncheon

Compassionate LouisvillePassport Health Plan, Compassionate Louisville, and Insider Louisville celebrate inspiring individuals and organizations in healthcare annually through “A Commitment to Compassion,” a luncheon that shines a light on those who embody compassion and make a difference in the lives of others every day.

As we prepare for the 2018 luncheon, we wanted to take a look back at the six people and one organization honored at the 2017 event.

Cedar Lake, a private not-for-profit organization, activates its commitment to compassion through its support of more than 200 of our neighbors with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The faith-based organization was founded in 1970 by Louisville-area parents of people with intellectual disabilities. For more information, please click here or go online to cedarlake.org.

 

New compassion initiative helps healthcare teams build strong “Foundations for Flourishing”

Compassionate LouisvilleCircumstances can sometimes make it difficult to develop and sustain optimal dynamics where people are at their best, fully engaged, and feeling truly valued and fulfilled in their work.

To support healthcare teams in developing dynamics that enable them to be their best and experience more of what is important to them, Compassionate Louisville’s Healthcare Constellation and Point C Business Consultancy are partnering on an initiative called “Foundations for Flourishing.”

Led by Katie Gaughan, president of Point C, this team and culture initiative combines experiential learning and transformative dialogue in phased sessions over several months.

“After four years volunteering in a variety of capacities for Compassionate Louisville, I am excited to have found a unique way to leverage my passion and expertise to cultivate compassion in support of the wellbeing of healthcare professionals, teams, and organizations,” Gaughan says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “It is amazing to witness people realizing their potential to truly flourish.”

 

Youth leaders inspire a compassionate future at Healthcare Leadership School

Insider Louisville LogoHorrified by needless deaths of patients in the Emergency Room, medical student Eddy Uwoghiren began to question his motives in becoming a doctor.

“In Nigeria,” he said, “talented young students took up medicine because of parental expectation and wanting to be rich.”

But for Eddy, asking why Nigeria doesn’t have an ambulance system became a more important question.

Following his experience at North America’s first Healthcare Leadership School (HLS), which was held June 10-18 in a rural setting an hour from Louisville, he’s committed his life to building trauma services in Nigeria, by becoming a trauma surgeon and also by advocating for improved services.

“I will be a great journalist as well as a surgeon,” he proclaimed, according to a Passport-sponsored article in Insider Louisville.

To read more about the 2017 HLS, which was hosted by the Healthcare Constellation of Compassionate Louisville, please click here.

 

Compassionate Louisville member works to increase conversation around death

Most people struggle to adequately reflect on their mortality and prepare when the inevitability of death comes for them or their loved ones.

That’s why Justin Magnuson, Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation co-host, has been working to introduce the conversation our community should be having about death and dying by presenting events that show this is not just a concern for healthcare professionals or the elderly, but everyone. His passion for this topic is rooted in the transformative experience of being his grandmother’s health care surrogate when he was 25, and being a longtime hospice volunteer.

For more information about this subject or to get involved, please click here.

 

Healthcare Leadership School Co-Founder Explains How Compassionate Program Was Formed

Insider Louisville LogoHanaâ Benjeddi is one of the founders of Healthcare Leadership School (HLS), an international organization that ignites the passions of the next generation of compassionate healthcare leaders.

Ahead of North America’s first HLS, which is cosponsored by Compassionate Louisville’s Healthcare Constellation and the University of Louisville School of Medicine and will be held June 10-18 in Leitchfield, Kentucky, Dr. Benjeddi looks back on how the organization came to be:

In 2011, a group of like-minded and ambitious medical students gathered and agreed that the current healthcare system was far from where they envisioned it. They realized that in order to change things, they, as a next generation of healthcare workers, must embody the change so that they can be living examples of our values. And so, HLS was born.

The first edition took place in The Netherlands and gathered 64 participants and 20 trainers, as well as speakers and volunteers. Through a public invitation in which hundreds of students were mobilized, they featured Dr. Patch Adams to the first edition as a doctor who truly walked his talk and served as an example of a different kind of working as a physician.

Two more editions followed in 2013 (The Netherlands again) and 2015 (South Africa), and now the organization is coming to the United States to meet in Kentucky in June. All in all, nearly five hundred students and young professionals from over 44 different countries have been a part of the Healthcare Leadership School community and now form a network of compassionate leaders poised to be the change they envision for the health of their own communities.

To read more, please click here. For more information on HLS-Louisville, please visit the Humans of Health website.

 

Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation is Hosting the First U.S. Healthcare Leadership School

Louisville’s commitment to compassion in healthcare extends beyond the region.

One example of the reach of this commitment is Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation’s announcement that it will be hosting North America’s very first Healthcare Leadership School (HLS) for emerging health care leaders from around the globe in June 2017.

HLS is a weeklong immersion that mobilizes the next generation of healthcare leaders to catalyze compassionate change for the health of the communities they’re called to serve. Started four years ago by a group of international medical students, HLS has already reached hundreds of young professionals through programs sponsored in the Netherlands, South Africa and Portugal.

The HLS experience is filled with interactive lectures, group collaborations and exercises that boost personal and professional growth, leadership skills and connections that allow participants to emerge as the inspired, courageous and resilient leaders that are needed to transform health in our communities and the world. The rich curriculum is delivered by peers, seasoned teachers and wisdom practitioners.

The HLS-Louisville Organizing Team has reserved 20 participant slots for students and emerging health care leaders from Louisville to join international participants from more than a dozen countries. The team’s vision is for the HLS experience to inspire ongoing collaboration, so our future leaders are even better prepared to work together to make compassion the driving force of every Louisvillian’s experience with our health care system.

For more information, please click here.

 

Local healthcare professionals honored for compassionate care at Passport-sponsored ‘Compassionate Care’ event

Compassionate LouisvilleThe Louisville community is fortunate to have many healthcare professionals who are beacons of compassion. A luncheon in downtown Louisville on Tuesday, Feb. 7, aims to shine a light on these inspiring individuals who make a difference every day in the lives of others.

“A Commitment to Compassion” will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. 6th St., in Downtown Louisville. The event is co-sponsored by Passport Health Plan, Compassionate Louisville, and Insider Louisville.

“We are pleased to sponsor this event to honor healthcare professionals who go the extra mile by offering compassion and loving kindness to their patients,” said Jill Joseph Bell, Vice President, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Passport Health Plan. “Studies have proven that when healthcare providers practice compassion, their patients have a shorter recovery time and better overall health outcomes.”

For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, please click here.

 

Meet two “compassion champions” of Louisville healthcare

Compassionate Care Lunch GraphicAs part of the Compassionate Louisville campaign that was started in 2011, organizations across the city have assumed a leadership role in cultivating positive change. This is a mission that has been taken to heart by local healthcare professionals.

Insider Louisville, Passport Health Plan and the Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation are partnering to recognize compassion champions in the Louisville healthcare community through a monthly article series.

This first installment puts a spotlight on two professionals who were among the eight honored in early 2016 at the first annual Commitment to Compassion Luncheon, held at the Muhammad Ali Center. Mary Lee Eady is a founder and a volunteer registered nurse with the Family Community Clinic, and Dr. Scott Hedges is a senior vice president and chief medical officer for Seven Counties Services, Inc. Both professionals have dedicated themselves to bringing high-quality care to the city’s most vulnerable populations.

Mary Lee Eady, a compassionate nursing volunteermary Lee Eady

Mary Lee Eady has worked tirelessly to deliver compassionate care to Louisville as a nurse and founding member of the Family Community Clinic, and more than 6,000 individuals in the city and surrounding areas are healthier as a result. The clinic, located inside St. Joseph Catholic Church in Butchertown, provides medical assistance to uninsured individuals and families through the contributions of volunteer health professionals. Mary Lee is among the clinic’s passionate volunteers. Every day, in every one of her interactions with patients and clinic staff, Mary Lee puts kindness and thoughtfulness into practice. In doing so, she exemplifies the clinic’s mission of caring for the underserved.

Dr. ScottDr. Scott Hedges, a catalyst for better mental healthcare

Dr. Scott Hedges has devoted his medical career to serving people who are coping with a serious illness, disability, poverty or marginalization. During his tenure at Seven Counties Services, Scott’s focus has been on improving the health and quality of life for the homeless and those with severe psychological disability. He has actively sought out community partnerships to help support people with mental illness. These efforts, combined with a deep care and respect for individuals in his care, have allowed Scott to become a catalyst for work that has had a profound impact in Louisville and the surrounding region.

 

Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation activates, convenes and hosts initiatives that enable Compassion to be more of a driving force of the healthcare experiences in our community.

 

Seven leaders will be honored for their work to instill compassion in the healthcare field

Insider Louisville LogoSeven individuals who have emerged as leaders in the local compassionate healthcare movement will be honored at a luncheon cosponsored by Passport Health Plan, Insider Louisville, and the Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation on February 4 at the Muhammad Ali Center.

“We have a created a brush fire of compassion for the community, and this is an opportunity to recognize some of the folks who are igniting the fire,” said Stephanie Barnett, a co-host of the Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation, which comprises a group of people who are concerned about patients and who foster compassion within healthcare systems of education, healthcare delivery and personal/professional practice.

Compassionate Louisville, which was formed last year by local healthcare executives, strives to make Louisville a model city for compassion in healthcare.

To read more about this event, please click here. To register for the event (tickets cost $30 per person or $350 for a table of 8), please click here.