The Hospital Of The University Of Pennsylvania (HUP)

b549062b8c6c377c2e3e743b123aca9b-huge-huThe Renewal Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (a Champion partner of the ANA Enterprise’s Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation) was developed in 2011 as an area of the hospital, away from patient care, for nurses to recharge and receive respite. It also is a way for nursing teams to stay ahead of national trends, including nurse burnout, compassion fatigue, and moral distress.  Over time, the Renewal Center has welcomed nurses at all levels as well as all interprofessional and interdisciplinary colleagues, since the services are beneficial to all employees who care directly or indirectly for our patients. The overarching goal of the Renewal Center is to provide a space for all employees to relieve stress to improve patient care, the practice environment, and employee health and wellbeing.

The Renewal Center is open 24/7 and staffed by receptionists Monday-Friday, 7am-7:30pm to assist and facilitate use of the amenities. All services are provided to employees at no cost. 

Over the past year, The Renewal Center utilization data was assessed, and clinicians were asked for feedback on ways to enhance the center. There were 22,000 visits by nearly 3,000 individuals; a 40 percent increase in utilization throughout the year. The majority of visits were for respite, meditation, computer and lactation.  Subsequently, extra computer work stations, exercise classes, and an additional Mothers’ room was added to the center. 

January 1, 2019 kicked off an official partnership between The Renewal Center and the Penn Medicine WellFocused program, run by the Employee Wellness team.  This collaboration allows for free 1:1 consultations including, but not limited to, nutrition counseling, librarian consultations, financial wellness, health coaching, employee well-being program enrollment, and blood pressure screenings and weight checks offered to all employees. These consultations are designed to benefit individuals’ overall wellbeing, support personal advancement and a healthy work environment.

Additional amenities of the center include:
  • Mothers Rooms: There are five pumping stations in The Renewal Center to provide employees a private place to express breastmilk. The rooms are equipped with chairs, hospital grade pumps, access to a refrigerator, and tables for personal belongings.
  • Break Room: The Break Room provides a touchdown space, other than the home unit and cafeteria, for employees to enjoy meals and take short breaks. The break room offers complimentary coffee, hot tea, and hot cocoa, as well as a refrigerator and microwave. Additionally, beginning in early 2019, as part of the Wellfocused collaboration, healthy snacks and carbonated water will be provided at no cost.
  • Relaxation room: The relaxation room is equipped with four massage chairs and provides employees the opportunity to relax and enjoy a chair massage. The room provides soothing music, lighting, and calming images to help employees relax and rejuvenate throughout the day.
  • Work Stations: There are ten personal workstations designed to provide all employees access to computers.  All work stations are connected to the industrial printer located in the printer room.  Additionally, there is scanning, faxing and copying capabilities in The Renewal Center available
    to all employees at no cost. 
  • Group Fitness: The Group Fitness studio is a benefit for all HUP employees to improve their overall fitness and well-being, by taking advantage of yoga, Zumba, weight training, Reiki, and guided mindfulness classes, led by certified instructors. The group fitness studio is also equipped with a DVD player to allow employees the opportunity to exercise independently of scheduled classes.
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania prides itself on promoting employee well-being and the partnership with Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation is one way that we provide our employees with tangible  ways to stay well. 

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Posted by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN on Jan 14, 2019 2:07 PM America/Chicago

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