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Employee Resiliency Room opens for staff to regroup, recharge, and refresh

Date: 05/14/2020

The arrival of COVID-19 in our communities has brought with it many challenges, not the least of which is the profound effect is it has taken on each of us personally. To help our employees find a moment of solace and peace during the day, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has set up an Employee Resiliency Room.

On May 11, the Medical Center unveiled a space where employees can drop in and enjoy a moment of respite. In the room, employees can reflect, pick up information about available self-care resources, and take part in quick and easy activities to help relieve stress and connect with their own inner resilience.

In the room, a series of stations are set up, including an inspiration board where employees can take a note they find encouraging and leave a thoughtful note for someone else. They can also visit the snack station, coloring station, and more.

“Everyone has been touched by this experience, and it is important to practice self-care. The idea is to provide our folks with a place they can swing by between patients, appointments, or on a break, and practice mindfulness,” says Rev. Dr. Bernard Richardson, DST, director, Spiritual Care, the team behind the Resiliency Room idea. “Whether it’s an employee involved in the direct care of patients, someone who is trying to balance work with homeschooling their kids, or someone who has faced other struggles due to COVID-19, our hope is that people will find comfort in the Resiliency Room.”

The space will be open from May 11 through June 5 and may be extended for as long as the need continues. Staff are reminded to practice social distancing while visiting the Employee Resiliency Room.