Schwartz Center Rounds Held at More than 300 Healthcare Organizations

30 Organizations Have Joined in 2013

BOSTON--()--Schwartz Center Rounds®, a program that helps healthcare providers process the difficult psychosocial issues they face in caring for patients and their families, has reached a milestone: more than 300 facilities across the country and in England now host them.

“As medicine has become increasingly time-pressured, technology-focused and cost-conscious, doctors, nurses and other caregivers are craving connection not only with each other but also with the reasons they were initially drawn to medicine,” said Julie Rosen, executive director of the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, the national nonprofit membership organization that developed and runs the Rounds program. “Schwartz Center Rounds are an antidote to widespread burnout, and our exponential growth attests to this.” More than 30 healthcare organizations have begun holding Schwartz Center Rounds since the beginning of the year.

Unlike traditional medical rounds, Schwartz Center Rounds provide an opportunity for caregivers to share their experiences, thoughts and feelings on a range of topics drawn from actual patient cases. The principle is that caregivers are better able to make personal connections with patients, families, and colleagues when they have greater insight into their own feelings.

From its modest beginnings as a pilot program in 1997 at Massachusetts General Hospital, where founder Ken Schwartz was treated for cancer, Rounds are now held at:

  • 13 of 17 U.S. News & World Report “Honor Roll” hospitals
  • 7 of 12 U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals”
  • 91 Nursing Magnet hospitals
  • 26 National Cancer Institute cancer center hospitals

Schwartz Center Rounds are conducted at academic medical centers and community hospitals, outpatient practices, nursing homes, home care and hospice organizations, and health plans. Rounds have become a central part of England’s strategy to create a more compassionate healthcare system. Over the next two years, Rounds will be implemented in dozens of hospitals in the UK, funded by the National Health Service, and eventually offered to hundreds more.

“Schwartz Center Rounds have added a lot to our culture in terms of safety— clinical safety as well as safety for caregivers to have conversations about the difficult things they deal with in everyday practice,” said Nancy Schlichting, CEO of Henry Ford Health System.

The newest Schwartz Center Rounds sites are:

Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Lexington, KY
Annie Penn Hospital, Reidsville, NC
Bedford VA Medical Center, Bedford, MA
Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA
Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, Norfolk, VA
Concord Hospital, Concord, NH
Covenant Health System, Lubbock, TX
Frederick Memorial Hospital, Frederick, MD
Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, MD
Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, Providence, RI
Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center, Santa Rosa, CA
Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor, FL
Mercy Health - Anderson Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, OH
North Carolina Children's Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC
Palomar Medical Center, Escondido, CA
Primary Children's Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, OR
Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN
Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka, IN
Saint Vincent's Healthcare, Jacksonville, FL
Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls, SD
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Nevada City, CA
St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown, OH
St. Mary's Health System, Lewiston, ME
St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport, CT
Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, CA
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Science System, Chicago, IL
Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, Bel Air, MD
Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital, Bradford, MA

For a complete list of Schwartz Center Rounds sites, visit:

About the Schwartz Center
Founded in 1995, the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare ( is a nationwide nonprofit membership organization dedicated to strengthening the relationship between patients and their professional caregivers and preserving and advancing the human connection in healthcare. In addition to its Schwartz Center Rounds program, the Center also develops and funds other innovative programs, recognizes outstanding caregivers and works to create a more compassionate healthcare system.


For Schwartz Center
Vicki Ritterband, 617-795-0180

Release Summary

Schwartz Center Rounds, a program that promotes compassionate healthcare, are now conducted at 300+ hospitals in the U.S. and U.K. Rounds improve teamwork and decrease caregiver stress and burnout.


For Schwartz Center
Vicki Ritterband, 617-795-0180