Third Annual National Solidarity Day for Humanism in Medicine event at AHSC

Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
EVENT:      Third Annual National Solidarity Day for Humanism in Medicine Celebrated by AHSC and The University of Arizona Health Network Employee Event, “You are the Heart of AHSC”
Network-wide celebration of the human connection is part of the national movement inspired by the compassionate care of UA trauma surgeon Randall Friese following the Tucson shootings on Jan. 8, 2011
 
Formation of a “human chain” by employees of the University of Arizona health colleges and The University of Arizona Health Network; performance by DOC-Appella; short readings exemplifying acts of humanism in medicine at AHSC
 
12:15 P.M.
Brief remarks by Andrew Comrie, PhD, University of Arizona senior vice president of academic affairs and provost, and Michael Waldrum, MD, president and CEO, The University of Arizona Health Network
 
12:45 – 1:30 P.M.
Guest speaker Judith Hannan, author of Motherhood Exaggerated, will share experiences described in her book as she supported her child through a serious illness
 
The third annual Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) Solidarity Day for Humanism in Medicine will be celebrated Thursday, Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Arizona Health Sciences Center plaza, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.
 
This year, the Arizona Health Sciences Center and The University of Arizona Health Network are joining together to recognize employees with “You are the Heart of AHSC,” an event honoring the health-care professionals who are pursuing excellence in patient care, education, research and service for the benefit of Arizona and the nation.
 
At 11:45 a.m., a “human chain” will be formed by employees of the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine, Nursing Pharmacy and UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and The University of Arizona Health Network, who will join hands to symbolize the importance of human connection and support for humanism in medicine. DOC-Appella, the UA College of Medicine student-run a capella group, will perform and there will be short readings exemplifying acts of humanism in medicine at AHSC.
 
At 12:15 p.m., Andrew Comrie, PhD, UA senior vice president of academic affairs and provost, and Michael Waldrum, MD, president and CEO, The University of Arizona Health Network, will make brief remarks.
 
From 12:45 to 1:30 p.m., guest speaker Judith Hannan, author of Motherhood Exaggerated, will share experiences described in her book as she supported her child through a serious illness.
 
Flags hung around the AHSC plaza will celebrate the values GHHS promotes: altruism, empathy, excellence, respect, service, integrity and compassion.
 
“These values are demonstrated every day by UAHN and AHSC employees, in everything they do. It seems fitting that we share the place to honor those who promote humanism in medicine and the employees who practice it,” said Cathy Nicholson, director of AHSC Human Resources.
 
“It’s a great opportunity to connect in a truly interprofessional way, across departments, programs and roles,” explains Andy Theodorou, MD, GHHS member and adviser to the GHHS chapter at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, “and the shared goal for all of us at The University of Arizona Health Network is a powerful one:  the best and most compassionate care possible for the patients in our community!”
 
In 2011, the national GHHS chose the UA College of Medicine – Tucson as the location for filming its 10th anniversary video; the video can be seen at www.humanism-in-medicine.org/index.php/ghhs
 
The GHHS Solidarity Day for Humanism in Medicine at AHSC is sponsored by the GHHS chapter and the Program in Medical Humanities at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, and made possible by a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. You Are the Heart of AHSC is presented by the Office of the UA Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and HR@AHSC, a satellite office of the UA Division of Human Resources and sponsored by The University of Arizona Health Network.
 
About Solidarity Day
 
The first GHHS Solidarity Day for Humanism in Medicine was held Feb. 14, 2011, just weeks after the tragic shootings in Tucson. It was inspired by the humanistic actions of Randall Friese, MD, the UA trauma surgeon who was the first to treat Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Dr. Friese struck a chord when he said that the most important thing he did for her in the emergency room was to take her hand and tell her that she was in the hospital and would be cared for.
 
GHHS rallied more than 40 medical schools and centers in the United States and Canada to demonstrate their support for Dr. Friese and their commitment to compassionate, patient-centered care through a variety of activities.
 
Now an annual event, each year schools, medical facilities and other organizations show their support through many diverse events and activities.
 
About the Gold Humanism Honor Society
 
The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), established in 2002 by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, recognizes individuals who are exemplars of humanistic patient care. The power of the organization brings them together to sustain their own humanism and to inspire and nurture humanism in others. Top medical students, residents and faculty members are chosen for GHHS membership for demonstrating empathy, compassion, altruism, integrity and service. For more information about GHHS please visit www.humanism-in-medicine/ghhs.org
 
About the Arnold P. Gold Foundation
 
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of health and patient care by enhancing the doctor-patient relationship. Its work encourages the development of physicians who combine high tech, cutting edge medical science with the high touch skills of communication, empathy and compassion. Find out more at www.humanism-in-medicine.org