The SOHL Approach To A Successful Sustainable Self-Care Initiative:

Everyone Benefits

Learn how self-care fits into your hospital or health system.

Population Health

Self-care is a key component of improving the health of an entire population.

Patient Experience

Patients who practice self-care are more engaged, empowered, and satisfied, especially if they are receiving positive reinforcement and training on self-care and wellness from the same organization that cares for them when they are not well.

Marketing

Patients will welcome marketing messages and invitations related to improving their health and wellness because patients feel truly cared for as “whole human beings” when they receive this kind of communication from the health system.

Human Resources

The health of patients depends on the health of the organization’s staff. When employees practice self-care, satisfaction increases, and presenteeism and absences decrease.

Information Technology/EHR

IT and the EHR can be used to track self-care and self-care outcomes as well as generate positive, supportive messaging to patients when they need a motivational boost and/or when they have achieved a wellness goal.

Innovation

Self-care is an innovative concept, especially in the health system space. Combining evidence-based self-care practices with personalized medicine and genetics testing can result in an even healthier patient and community population.

Strategy

Everyone can relate to and benefit from self-care! Patients, employees, healthcare plans, area employers, religious institutions, schools, and all stakeholders will experience so many powerful benefits. As a result, self-care can be used by the health system as a strategic tool to obtain support and cooperation for other strategic initiatives.

Transformation

Keeping community members healthy, while necessary, is indeed a major transformative philosophy for healthcare systems.  A self-care initiative is a tool for health system transformation.

Behavioral Health

Self-care training and practices facilitate behavior change. Self-care practices also provide individuals who may be challenged in expressing themselves in traditional ways with healthy alternative outlets for expression such as art, journaling, music, and dancing.

Physician Networks

Self-care practices can be taught to physicians and other clinicians to help prevent burnout.  Learning the practices will then enable the clinical team to pass them on to and reinforce the practices with patients, ultimately making the clinician’s job less stressful because patients are more compliant and satisfied.

Accountable Care

Self-care is a useful vehicle for coordinating care and acts as a common tool throughout a patient’s continuum of care. Self-care can help make care more efficient and less costly. Everyone wins.

Community Outreach

A System-wide Sustainable Self-Care Initiative is the perfect venue for reaching out to individuals, groups, and organizations in the community. Self-care is a common language that can be shared regardless of age, ethnicity, socio-economic class, or health status. Everyone wants to feel their best and self-care tools facilitate that process.

Finance: Value-based Care & Reimbursement

Research shows that structured, continuous evidence-based self-care practices reduce health care costs, improve management of chronic disease, extend life, and increase the quality of life. A Sustainable System-wide Self-Care program can be used to negotiate favorable financial outcomes for the healthcare system.

Managed Care & Clinical Contracting

Self-care practices can be bundled into certain care episodes and can be used to decrease the cost of care, thereby increasing the margins for the healthcare system.

System Integration

Self-care is a common language and a Sustainable System-wide Self-Care Initiative reaches every stakeholder with a positive message. Self-care practices can be used as a way to integrate pieces of the system that otherwise may not have seemed connected, such as a hospital-based same-day surgery unit interfacing with a newly acquired urgi-care center.  Regardless of where they are in the care continuum, all patients and stakeholders can benefit from self-care skills.

Population Health

Self-care is a key component of improving the health of an entire population.

Patient Experience

Patients who practice self-care are more engaged, empowered, and satisfied, especially if they are receiving positive reinforcement and training on self-care and wellness from the same organization that cares for them when they are not well.

Marketing

Patients will welcome marketing messages and invitations related to improving their health and wellness because patients feel truly cared for as “whole human beings” when they receive this kind of communication from the health system.

Human Resources

The health of patients depends on the health of the organization’s staff. When employees practice self-care, satisfaction increases, and presenteeism and absences decrease.

Information Technology/EHR

IT and the EHR can be used to track self-care and self-care outcomes as well as generate positive, supportive messaging to patients when they need a motivational boost and/or when they have achieved a wellness goal.

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Innovation

Self-care is an innovative concept, especially in the health system space. Combining evidence-based self-care practices with personalized medicine and genetics testing can result in an even healthier patient and community population.

Strategy

Everyone can relate to and benefit from self-care! Patients, employees, healthcare plans, area employers, religious institutions, schools, and all stakeholders will experience so many powerful benefits. As a result, self-care can be used by the health system as a strategic tool to obtain support and cooperation for other strategic initiatives.

Transformation

Keeping community members healthy, while necessary, is indeed a major transformative philosophy for healthcare systems.  A self-care initiative is a tool for health system transformation.

Behavioral Health

Self-care training and practices facilitate behavior change. Self-care practices also provide individuals who may be challenged in expressing themselves in traditional ways with healthy alternative outlets for expression such as art, journaling, music, and dancing.

Physician Networks

Self-care practices can be taught to physicians and other clinicians to help prevent burnout.  Learning the practices will then enable the clinical team to pass them on to and reinforce the practices with patients, ultimately making the clinician’s job less stressful because patients are more compliant and satisfied.

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Accountable Care

Self-care is a useful vehicle for coordinating care and acts as a common tool throughout a patient’s continuum of care. Self-care can help make care more efficient and less costly. Everyone wins.

Community Outreach

A System-wide Sustainable Self-Care Initiative is the perfect venue for reaching out to individuals, groups, and organizations in the community. Self-care is a common language that can be shared regardless of age, ethnicity, socio-economic class, or health status. Everyone wants to feel their best and self-care tools facilitate that process.

Finance: Value-based Care & Reimbursement

Research shows that structured, continuous evidence-based self-care practices reduce health care costs, improve management of chronic disease, extend life, and increase the quality of life. A Sustainable System-wide Self-Care program can be used to negotiate favorable financial outcomes for the healthcare system.

Managed Care & Clinical Contracting

Self-care practices can be bundled into certain care episodes and can be used to decrease the cost of care, thereby increasing the margins for the healthcare system.

System Integration

Self-care is a common language and a Sustainable System-wide Self-Care Initiative reaches every stakeholder with a positive message. Self-care practices can be used as a way to integrate pieces of the system that otherwise may not have seemed connected, such as a hospital-based same-day surgery unit interfacing with a newly acquired urgi-care center.  Regardless of where they are in the care continuum, all patients and stakeholders can benefit from self-care skills.

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Bernie Klein

MD, CEO, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center

“The self-care training was a unique experience and I found the 7 sources of health to be useful. I will use SOHL’s assessment often to guide and improve my self-care. My self-care scores improved from the beginning to the end of the training, in just a short time. My leadership team found the information informative and useful. They were appreciative of the time spent to learn about self-care including practicing some very useful tools”

Jeremy Ensey

CEO, St. Luke Medical Center, Marion, Kansas

“Spending the morning with Ruthann and her team, my staff learned important self-care strategies as well as evidence-based diet recommendations. Ruthann was engaging, efficient and effective at providing tools that we could immediately put in place to strengthen our 7 sources of health. If you are looking to improve your own health or that of your company, I highly suggest partnering with Ruthann and her team.”

Christine Sostarecz

Human Resources, Intel Corporation

“There were a few surprising results from Ruthann’s training. First, our employees actually attended and kept returning each week to learn more self-care skills. Second, 90% say they would recommend the training to a co-worker and 95% say they will take better care of themselves as a result of the training. Finally, I believe learning these self-care skills is sustainable and worth the investment.”

Jennifer Sellitti

JD, Director of Training and Communications, NJ Office of the Public Defender

“Our attorneys, both new and very experienced, benefited from the SOHL training. The unique combination of continuous self-assessment with self-care practices produced positive results on the spot that our staff will continue to benefit from.”

Joyce Brocaglia

CEO, Alta Associates, and Founder, Executive Women’s Forum

“Both Ruthann’s keynote and self-care training were very well received by the Executive Women’s Forum members. She is a caring, engaging speaker who shares her extensive experience and expertise in an unassuming and approachable manner. She took a creative approach to keynoting by weaving exercises to help us find and validate our life purpose throughout the delivery of her content. She taught easy-to-remember practices, coupled with an effective tool for self-assessment, which provided us with an enjoyable process to improve our self-care for years to come.”

Jessie Kaye

CEO & President, Prairie View Psychiatric and Rehabilitation System

“Our leadership team appreciated Ruthann’s authentic and approachable manner for sharing information. She engaged our group from the very beginning of her presentation. We especially appreciated the opportunity to learn skills that we can practice personally, as well as share with our clients. Ruthann’s system for continuously assessing our self-care was helpful and will be a great tool for our leaders. Although we only scheduled a 2-hour training session, the content was so helpful that we wished we had asked for a whole day.”

Lori Knutson

Corporate Director, Integrative Health & Medicine, Hackensack Meridian Health

“Ruthann worked with my team and I to develop a vision for our system to improve the health of our community using integrative medicine and self-care techniques. Her expertise in and ability to articulate the evidence supporting these techniques is reflected in her polished presentations. From training to strategy, I highly recommend Ruthann and her abilities to effectively train and transform leaders, clinicians, and patients using sustainable self-care practices.”