Caring for the Caregiver

Caring for the Caregiver

is a program sponsored by the Baptist Healing Trust to address the emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of caregivers and medical professionals.

Poet Mary Oliver speaks to us all when she writes about the “busyness” that pervades every aspect of our lives. 

The Old Poets of China

Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe
that I do not want it. Now I understand
why the old poets of China went so far and high
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.

By providing respite time for caregivers, the Trust aims to refresh caregivers and rekindle their enthusiasm in the field of healthcare. This main goal of this program is to directly address “caregiver burnout” and “compassion fatigue” that caregivers sometimes experience while trying to provide loving care for their patients.

Currently, Keith Hagan, M.D., Roy Elam, M.D., Cheryl Fassler, M.D., Liz Krueger, M.D., and Catherine Stallworth, M.D. are graciously serving as the Steering Committee to this program as the Trust attempts to implement this program with local physicians.

Since 2005, Courage to Heal retreats have been held quarterly and receive CME credits through a joint sponsorship with the Vanderbilt Department of Continuing Medical Education. In 2007, the Courage to Heal program introduced its first overnight retreat. If you are interested in learning more about these programs, please contact us or contact one of the physicians on the Steering Committee.

In 2007, The Trust began offering quarterly retreats for non-physician caregivers titled

Healing for the Healer

These free retreats are offered to caregivers to experience renewal, support, and appreciation for the hard work they do day in and day out. This time of retreat and renewal is available to any direct caregiver who is interested in a time of refreshment, reflection, and community building among other caregivers in the Middle Tennessee region. Please contact us to register for a Healing for the Healer Retreat.





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