Schwartz Center Rounds (2/22)

When the Health Care Worker Becomes the Patient

Wednesday, February 22, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
CC121 or Webex

All Team Members are Invited


Ernika Quimby, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Attending

Moira Bryers, MSN, RNC-MNN, CBC
Quality Improvement Outcomes Manager
Women’s and Children’s Institute

Emily Scattergood, MD
Medical Director, Peer Support Program
Division Head, Pediatric Radiology

Annmarie Cristiano, PharmD, DPLA
Medication Safety Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

This Schwartz Center Round will feature a panel discussion highlighting the stories, experiences, and emotions involved when the roles are reversed and the health care worker is the recipient of care. Becoming a patient presents us with a unique opportunity to create change by living and practicing medicine with more purpose, empathy, and compassion.  We can learn from our experiences and the experiences of others if we take the time to listen.

For more information, click here.

­­­­The Cooper Health System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The Cooper Health System takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

The Cooper Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per session.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of one hour of a continuing medical education (CME) course recognized by the American Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association, or the American Podiatric Medical Association is equal to one hour of continuing education for New Jersey nursing license renewal (New Jersey Board of Nursing 13:37-5.3).

The learner objective for this activity is to improve relationships between patients and clinical caregivers by:

    • Exploring the human dimensions of health care
    • Increasing caregivers’ insight into the nonclinical aspects of patient care
    • Enhancing communication and understanding among caregivers
    • Fostering interdisciplinary and intradisciplinary teamwork among caregivers
    • Providing support to caregivers

The intended audience for this activity includes all practicing physicians on staff.  Other health professionals including fellows, residents, nurses, social workers, technicians, therapists, counselors, dieticians, patient care services representatives, and medical assistants may also benefit from participating in this educational activity.

Information about mental health resources available to Cooper team members can be found here.

Schwartz Center Rounds (12/7)

Equity in Healthcare for Marginalized Populations
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
12 to 1 p.m.


Matthew Salzman, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Toxicology and Addiction Medicine; Inpatient Medical Director, Addiction Medicine and the Center for Healing; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Jillian Lucas Baker, DrPH, EdM
Executive Director, Center for Parent and Teen Communication at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Christopher Huff, MSW, LCSW, LCADC
Behavioral Health Consultant

Jenny Moyer, MD, MPH
Cooper University Health Care, Center for Healing

All people have a fundamental right to high-quality, compassionate health care. Yet, significant health disparities have been documented for decades and reflect longstanding structural and systemic inequities rooted in racism and discrimination. Achieving health equity requires ensuring universal health care and access for all people, including those most disadvantaged by structural barriers, racism, and discrimination. Eliminating health disparities is key to improving our nation’s overall health, reducing health care costs, and moving towards a free and inclusive society for all. In this upcoming Schwartz Center Rounds, we will discuss health equity and the role we as health care providers play in ensuring that all people receive the best medical care we can provide. Please join us for our next Schwartz Center Rounds as we examine this important topic.

Information about mental health resources available to Cooper team members can be found here.

Well-Being Pearl
Consider adding a shout-outs section to your next team huddle or meeting. Build up team members’ professional esteem by acknowledging good work. Encourage the rest of the team to give their colleagues shout-outs. This can build a stronger team morale and encourage collaboration amongst the group.

Example of shout-outs to share with your team:
Great job on acting quickly and resolving XYZ issue!
I’ve noticed you put in extra work for this, I appreciate it.

Schwartz Center Rounds (10/26)

Striving for Humanity in End-of-Life Care

Health care is personal, especially when it comes to caring for someone as they approach death. As health care moves toward a more holistic approach to care delivery, organizations are beginning to rethink how they treat patients and starting to embed end-of-life care plans into the overall approach. Please join us for our next Schwartz Center Rounds as we examine this important topic. All Cooper team members are invited.

Striving for Humanity in End-of-Life Care
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Noon to 1 p.m.
WebEx only event
Click here to register

Our Panel:

    • Caitlin LaGrotte, Psy.D., M.Ed., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
    • Chaplain Shawn Reid
    • Jordan Warner, CPRS, Supervisor Care Coordination

CME credits are available for those who complete the evaluation. 

Information about mental health resources available to Cooper team members can be found here.

Interested in making one small change to enhance emotional well-being? Try implementing a daily going home checklist:

    1. Review: Acknowledge a challenge you faced during the day. Take a deep breath, and let it go.
    2. Reflect: However small, consider and appreciate three things that went well today.
    3. Regroup: Check-in on and offer support to your colleagues. And, ask for help when you need it.
    4. Reenergize: Turn your attention to home. Focus on resting and recharging.

Upcoming Carebridge Sessions

Carebridge Corporation, Cooper’s employee assistance program, is offering several free, online support sessions and live webinars in October.

Virtual Support Groups:

    • Learning How to Open Up to People
    • Getting the Legal Stuff Done Now
    • Responding to Your Child’s Report Card Constructively
    • Myths about Grief and Grieving

Live Webinars:

    • Strategies to Improve Your Mental Health
    • I am Enough – learn to quiet your inner critic and increase self-confidence

For additional information and to register for a session, click here.

Carebridge Virtual Support Groups

Carebridge Corporation, Cooper’s employee assistance program, is offering several free, online support sessions through June 2022.

    • How to Help Your Child or Teen When They Worry 
    • Stress Check-In: Experiencing Grief Post-Pandemic
    • Live Webinar: Supporting Your LGBTQ+ Family Members

For additional information and to register for a session, click here.

Annual Psychology Day – 2022

April 21, 2022, marks the 15th Annual Psychology Day at the United Nations (UN). This yearly event celebrates psychologists and highlights the importance of psychology in a global context. It also provides an opportunity to demonstrate to the public the multitude of ways that psychologists improve society. While the UN day focuses on psychologists who use their research and clinical experience to contribute to the protection of human rights and healing those who have suffered abuse and trauma, there are countless other areas where psychologists, clinical and non-clinical, are making a difference.

The field of psychology is broad, and its applications and contributions are vast, with many psychologists contributing in academic health systems such as Cooper. Cooper’s growing group of psychologists join their colleagues in other medical centers across the country and the world in applying their extensive training in behavioral science to health care research, clinical care, wellness initiatives, and the education of medical students, graduate students, pre- and post-doctoral psychology fellows, intern and resident physicians, and other health professionals. This same clinical and research experience benefits health systems such as Cooper when psychologists contribute to institutional governance, research, educational programs, administration, leadership, and policy development.

Cooper is fortunate to have clinical psychologists across multiple departments, and will be welcoming even more in the coming months and years to assure we are providing care for the entire person. Today we honor our Cooper psychologists by highlighting their unique contributions. Click here to learn more!

Tree Planting in Camden (4/16, 4/30)

Organizations like the Center for Environmental Transformation and the NJ Tree Foundation have taken an active role in greening Camden. CMSRU and our residents have been partnering with the NJ Tree Foundation for years, going out into the community to plant trees throughout neighborhoods of Camden.

This month, we will host two events on 4/16 and 4/30. We will be meeting at the intersection of 6th & Benson Streets for the planting. The planting will be located on both sides of Benson Street leading up to Broadway, with 7 pits on Broadway as part of this project. The event runs from 9am-12pm and volunteers should plan to arrive between 8:30-9. NJTF provides all tools, water, gloves, and training. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear close-toed shoes. If you are interested, please fill out the Volunteer RSVP Form. Please contact Meredith Pichini ( with questions.

This event is open to all CUH Team Members! For a complete list of Earth Month events and challenges check out

Interested in incorporating more wellness into your work day?
Check out the Zenith Climb! Click the link below for more information:

GME Wellness Event (11/17/21)

The GME Wellness Committee is hosting an in-person event for medical residents next Wednesday, 11/17/21, at the main hospital in Conference Room 121 from 1:00-3:00pm.

The focus of the event is on gratitude. A delightful fall-themed spread will be available for pick up or eat in (space allowing) along with therapy dogs, arts and crafts, and music.

As we consider all the things we should be thankful for, we should also extend kindness to those less fortunate. Donations are being requested for Cathedral Kitchen and there will be a box set up in the Conference Center on 11/17/21.

    • Here are some food items that they have requested:
      • Cans of gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, green beans, corn
      • Boxes of stuffing, instant potatoes, rice
      • Olive oil, blended oil, peanut butter, jelly, vinegar(s)
      • Small snack bags (pretzels, nuts, healthy snacks, etc.)
    • Toiletries are welcomed as well:
      • Washcloths
      • Sample size – body wash, lotion, hand sanitizer
      • Underwear – Men’s Boxers and Women’s Hipster Briefs

Looking forward to seeing you there!