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University Hospital CEO launches staff book club


“It was almost as if when we saw each other every month, we were old friends,” says Megerian. Instead of talking about the company’s market share, operational challenges, or other issues, participants shared their thoughts on two assigned books—one chosen by Megarian and the other by Megerian. voting group. Participants connect themes of leadership, health and diversity to their professional and personal lives.

“In a way, you could argue that each of these books is about behavior,” said Dr. a hero’s process, and those are important lessons in life, not just in medicine. and a regular member of the book club.

Megarian finds nonfiction books about how others overcome challenges particularly motivated. “I learned from them how they develop resilience [and] flexibility and most importantly how to be a better leader,” he said.

The health system allows employees to access books through the online app Libby, a digital library with free e-books, audiobooks and magazines. The one-month readings include the non-fiction book Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Thoughts on Race and Medicine by Dr. Damon Tweedy.

Participants say the initiative has created a welcoming environment and an open line of communication with others from across the health system.

Karla Mallard, clinical coordinator at UH Minoff Medical Center in Chagrin Highlands, said: “For me, it says that when I have a problem or feel overwhelmed, this is the environment. safe school to access. “You can’t be beat when you see your leader in person.”

Grossberg said improving workforce satisfaction should be key for health system leaders, especially given the impact of the pandemic. As health systems look to consolidate and expand their footprints, he said leaders need to create more opportunities to interact with employees.

“This is not an easy time to lead, so I think things like this are even more valuable for people to feel connected to the workplace,” says Grossberg.

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