Charter for Compassion Healthcare Newsletter, May 2014

Charter for Compassion Healthcare Newsletter, May 2014

Healthcare Call on May 28: This newsletter is devoted to our healthcare sector and we are pleased to announced that our Healthcare Conference call will be on May 28.  We hope anyone who is interested will join us. Our speaker will be Professor Patrick Pietroni.

Calls are 90 minutes long, and you need to register for the call with Maestro Conference. We have the capacity to have up to 500 comfortably on the call.  Before you go to Maestro, you'll want to check to see what time the call will happen in your part of the world. Consult the World Clock—Time Converter. Start with Seattle at 6:00 AM and enter your city in the field and click on convert.

If you click on this link you'll be taken to Maestro where you'll be asked to register and given a pin number.

Our speaker, is Professor Patrick Pietroni, the author of The Greening of Medicine. Professor Pietroni DSc (Hon), FRCP, FRCGP, MFPH. Professor Pietroni retired from his post as Dean of General Practice at the London University in 2001 and in the last two years has moved to Shropshire and is currently Director of the Centre for Psychological Therapies in Primary Care at the University of Chester and Public Health Lead for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Shropshire.  Learn more about Professor Pietroni and the facilitator for the Healthcare call, Dr. Elizabeth Rider.  Both are members of our Global Compassion Council.

Here is an excerpt from Professor Pietroni's article: "Spiritual' Interventions in a General Practice Setting": The necessity for the ‘space’ to feel ‘safe’ applies ... to the physical and psychological aspects of a general practitioner’s work.  The atmosphere created by the architecture, the furniture, lighting, position of the desk, those personal possessions displayed, all help to create a sense of peace, or conversely, ‘business’ and disease. The chairs provided for patients to sit on can often ensure the patient feels anything but safe.  Similarly, the ‘space’ of the consulting room needs to have its boundaries reasonably intact.  Quality time is as important as quantity time, and interruptions by telephones, receptionists or partners will all help to create a feeling of ‘invasion’. One need only reflect on the different quality of interaction that occurs when seeing a patient in his or her own home to appreciate the effects that atmosphere and safety have on communication. Read the entire article.


New Healthcare partners in the last month to the Charter include the following: Blue Heron Coaching (Sligo, Ireland), Crystal Arber Individual Youth and Family Counseling (Vancouver, BC, Canada), Deaconess Faith Community Nurse Ministries (St. Louis, MO, USA), Guild of Health (London, UK), The Happy M.D. (Seattle, WA, USA), Norton Healthcare (Louisville, KY, USA), and Wellness Solutions (Aspen, CO, USA). Click on the name of the partner to learn more about each. You will also find a link from their partner page back to their own website. 


Compassion Today! A New Mobile App for 3D Compassion: Over 600 people have downloaded and are using the app. The native app is available now, for free, for iPhones, iPads, and Android smartphones, tablets and Kindle Fire.  It can be downloaded now via Apple and Google Play app stores.  Click here to learn more.

Join a community of users from Australia to Venezuela who are using the app.  Help spread the word about the app and encourage your friends to join you in recording compassionate acts.  Explore special features of the app, including direct links back to the Charter website.


Join us in San Francisco: That's right! The Charter is joining with  the Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference in San Francisco November 13-15.  The conference days are on November 13-14, but there will be a special Charter Day on November 15.  We'll be getting out a special newsletter to let you know all the details, but we wanted to make certain it is on your calendar. We hope to meet as many of you as possible during this time. Learn more and the conferenceRegister


You can access this newsletter in our Healthcare section of the Charter website, and the subsequent report on the conference call, and previous newsletters and reports.

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