TAMPA, Fla. Moffitt Cancer Center has earned recognition today from the American Medical Association’s Joy in Medicine™ Health System Recognition Program. The distinction is granted only to those organizations that demonstrate a commitment to preserving the well-being of clinical care team members by engaging in proven efforts to combat work-related stress and burnout.

Moffitt has taken proactive steps toward developing wellness programs targeted at ending clinician burnout, including naming Jennifer Bickel, M.D., its first chief wellness officer in 2021. Bickel works with leaders and team members to improve well-being at Moffitt through collaboration with existing resources and the expansion of programs that build personal resilience development and increase meaningful work.

“This is just the beginning of our wellness mission at Moffitt,” said Bickel. “We are addressing work-related issues like burnout and helping to create new systems that optimize well-being. We’re building programs such as peer support, coaching and other interventions to help our team members focus on what they love doing: serving cancer patients. Our goal is to make Moffitt one of the healthiest places for providers and faculty to work, which will in turn help promote Moffitt’s lifesaving mission.”

“Health systems that have earned recognition from the AMA’s Joy in Medicine Health System Recognition Program have demonstrated that the well-being of health professionals is essential to caring for the health and wellness of patients, families and communities,” said AMA President Jack Resneck Jr., M.D. “United by a commitment to build a culture of wellness that energizes care teams, the recipients of the Joy in Medicine Recognition are at the forefront and among the best at creating a workplace that makes a difference in the lives of clinical caregivers.”

A 2021 report based on research led by the AMA shows that “feeling valued by one’s organization was strongly associated with lower stress” and serves as a protective factor against work-related physician burnout. This important finding has paved the way for many organizations to reexamine how leadership, culture, peer support and removing obstacles to patient care act together to create the conditions where joy, purpose and meaning in medicine are possible. This year’s Joy in Medicine recipients have all taken important steps to support physician well-being for the long term.

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 53 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s scientific excellence, multidisciplinary research, and robust training and education. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 7,800 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.4 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube

About AMA’s Joy in Medicine Recognition Program

The AMA began the Joy in Medicine Recognition Program in 2019 to create momentum for wide-spanning change in the culture of medicine that emphasizes professional well-being in health care. This year, 28 health systems nationwide earned recognition, representing more than 80,000 physicians, with documented efforts to reduce system-level drivers of work-related burnout and demonstrated competencies in commitment, assessment, leadership, efficiency of practice environment, teamwork, and support. This year’s recipients join over 50 organizations representing more than 120,000 physicians, recognized by the program since its inception in 2019.