DENVER (Oct. 7, 2021) -- Today the Colorado Medical Society applauds two Colorado health systems for being recognized for their efforts to reduce work-related burnout. UCHealth Southern Region and UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus were among 44 health care organizations named as recipients of the American Medical Association's 2021 Joy in Medicine™ Health System Recognition Program.

CMS President Mark B. Johnson, MD, MPH, said, "The Colorado Medical Society applauds these two UCHealth campuses for their work to address burnout at the systems level. Healthy physicians provide better care. Together we can promote physician professional satisfaction and move the needle on physician burnout, suicide and other crises resulting from the intense pressure and responsibility of medical practice."

In a news release about the award, the AMA recognized the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on physicians. A recent study found that 38% of physicians and other health care workers who worked in health care systems during the COVID-19 pandemic self-reported experiencing anxiety or depression, while 43% suffered from work overload and 49% had burnout.

Candidates for the Joy in Medicine Health System Recognition Program were evaluated according to their documented efforts to reduce work-related burnout through system level drivers. Scoring criteria was based on demonstrated competencies in commitment, assessment, leadership, efficiency of practice environment, teamwork, and support.

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