NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens opens new employee wellness room

NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens has opened an employee wellness room where workers can recharge in a quiet environment.

The 350-square-foot, bright orange room features dim lighting and soft music. It will provide space for health coaching, aromatherapy, yoga and meditation.

"Healthcare workers perform at their best when they are taking good care of themselves," NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens CEO Chris Roker said. "The introduction of a wellness room enables our staff to take a much-needed break when necessary, engage in therapeutic activities, and step away from pressing issues so they can reassess, regroup and gain a sense of perspective. Having this outlet available to them builds morale, reinforces the idea of an employee family, and improves overall patient care."

The room was designed and created with hospital discretionary funds and is part of NYC Health + Hospitals health system's efforts to address workplace stress and burnout, according to hospital officials. The health system also has a peer-led employee wellness program, called Helping Healers Heal, which launched nearly a year ago.


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