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Northen Light Eastern Maine Medical Center hosts CCS Rounds, which are unique, multidisciplinary sessions in which hospital staff explore the emotional side of caregiving.
In a typical rounds session, a panel of caregivers presents a patient case that brought up interesting and important psychosocial issues. Topics have included: delivering bad news; when religious or spiritual beliefs conflict with medical advice; taking care of a colleague; a losing a patient. Hospital staff then share their own thoughts and feelings related to the day's topic.
Unlike grand rounds, these sessions are not about clinical problem-solving, but rather about exploring and processing the emotions that come up in the daily work of hospital staff. CCS Rounds were created to help caregivers connect better with patients emotionally; enhance their understanding of the effects of illness on patients and their families; improve communication among caregivers; and decrease feelings of caregiver isolation and stress.