They don’t tend to make many TV medical dramas about community hospitals.
“ER,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “St. Elsewhere,” “House” and “Chicago Hope” have all been top-rated television shows. All feature physicians working to save and improve lives. And, all are set in large hospitals located in some of the country’s largest cities.
No, they don’t tend to make many TV medical dramas set in community hospitals–but perhaps they should.
While large hospitals located in densely populated urban areas tend to get all of the attention, community hospitals offer an array of benefits that simply shouldn’t be overlooked by any physician who is considering their career options.
In today’s world, quality of life simply can’t be overlooked–and community hospitals offer physicians an incredibly high quality of life. If you find an opportunity at a community hospital, by all means consider the professional opportunities it will afford. But also be sure to look at the personal opportunities. Is the community hospital located in an area where you can live on several acres? Is it near areas where wildlife is abundant and the great outdoors are easily accessible? Will you be able to easily get to work every day, without fighting traffic? These are all important–but frequently overlooked–quality-of-life benefits that community hospitals offer.
Time. It’s a physicians most valuable resource. Unfortunately, too many physicians are finding that they have too little time–especially when it comes to spending time with their patients. Bureaucracy and quotas are taking their toll on physicians at large healthcare systems, where the average time of office visits continue to shrink as doctors work to meet quotas set up by administrators. This isn’t the norm at a community hospital. At a community hospital, physicians typically have more time to focus on their patients. They get to know patients on personal levels. Physicians typically have more information about their patients’ health histories and lifestyles because they get to spend more time with them.
It might seem counterintuitive, but community hospitals often offer physicians with more opportunities to gain valuable experience. Physicians who work in community hospitals typically have to become “Jacks- and Jills-of-all-trades.” There are fewer physicians, so naturally there are fewer specialists. This means that community hospital physicians need to be proficient in a wide range of areas that would likely be passed on to specialists in another hospital setting. The result is that physicians at community hospitals get more opportunities to explore areas of health care they might not otherwise get to explore.
Just because Hollywood seems to ignore the community hospital doesn’t mean you should. If you are looking for a career opportunity that offers a high quality of life, the time you want and need to provide every patient with exceptional care, and opportunities to explore all that health care has to offer, consider community hospitals. They just might be great settings for you.
Elliot Health System is a community hospital. Join us!
The stress involved with being a physician can take a toll on physical and emotional health. When your workday involves keeping people alive, multi-tasking and being available for emergencies, the potential for physician burnout is high. And, of course there are also the added demands that family and friends place on you. You want to spend quality time with your family and form meaningful bonds within your community, but these things take time, which is in limited supply in a physician’s schedule.
Achieving a better work-life balance and avoiding physician burnout is possible if you work in a supportive work environment like the Elliot Health System. Here are some ways to avoid physician burnout with a better work-life balance.
Caring physicians spend much of their time meeting the needs of patients’ and staff needs. It’s easy to forget that you need to take care of yourself first when you spend most of your day caring for other people. Within the Elliot Health System, physicians are encouraged to take care of themselves so that they can perform their jobs at optimal levels.
It’s very important that you arrange time to tend to your personal needs. Avoid skipping lunches and other meals, and instead plan to step away from the sometimes high-intensity environment of the hospital or medical facility during breaks. On such breaks, consider taking a brisk walk outside and enjoy the beautiful changing seasons of New England weather, eating your lunch on a park bench instead of inside or even participating in a bit of midday exercise at the TaeKwonDo Center (where Elliot Health System physicians enjoy complimentary access). It is also very important to keep up with your personal health needs, including regular checkups and dental visits.
One of the most common ways that physicians feel stress is when they are made to feel that they should be doing something other than what they are doing, or to be someplace else. When you are engaged in an activity, whether it’s examining a patient, filling out a chart, or splashing with your kids at Six Flags New England, be present. Know that you are where you are supposed to be, doing what you are supposed to be doing.
The way to achieve this presence is to set boundaries. Although you need to be available during on-call hours, you shouldn’t feel you can’t be fully present with your family when you’re not officially on-call. Instruct staff as to your off-duty hours so they understand your boundaries. The same thing must be done with your family. Of course, you want to be informed of family emergencies or urgent situations, but you also want to be able to concentrate on work while you’re on duty. Setting boundaries with those you work and interact with will help you to avoid being pulled in opposite directions at inappropriate times.
No one can maintain the busy lifestyle of a physician and have a healthy work-life balance without proper nutrition. At the Elliot Heath System, physicians have access to a cafeteria with a full menu at discounted prices. In addition, nutrition counseling is available for physicians who may want guidance for optimal nutrition and health.
It can be far too easy to eat out of vending machines, skip meals or constantly eat on the run. But nourishment is the cornerstone to avoiding physician burnout. When your body feels nourished, your mental capacity will be at its peak, and you’ll be able to conquer the challenges that work and family bring.
These tips for avoiding physician burnout and achieving a better work-life balance will help you to enjoy a long and fruitful physician career.
Is your physician career lacking balance? Consider joining Elliot Health System!
First impressions matter. Onboarding new physicians is an opportunity to make them feel welcome, but it’s also a chance to provide orientation materials, communicate company culture and ensure a healthy transition into the new workplace.
The most successful healthcare facilities understand how to roll out the red carpet. The following physician onboarding ideas can help achieve multiple goals, including integration into the local medical community, understanding of policies and procedures and transfer of information so the physician has the best chance of successfully fulfilling job responsibilities.
Written orientation materials assist newcomers with information they can refer to repeatedly during their tenure at the medical facility. At Elliot Health System, orientation materials include general resource information regarding names and contact information of various staff members and departmental heads. They also include general policies and FAQs about handling hazards and other situations as they may arise.
These materials help to answer many of the questions that newly hired physicians may have on basic topics specific to that medical facility, as well as provide written information that will be a go-to resource over time.
Being able to enter a community of fellow physicians and medical practitioners with an introduction is key to forming deep bonds that ensure mutual respect and easy working relations.
One physician onboarding idea that many hospitals implement is providing medical community introductions on an informal level. Planned intimate social gatherings can be the ground for introducing new members of staff where they can casually engage with future colleagues and supervisors.
These interactions lead to open communication and understanding. When potential problems arise, its more likely that a new or seasoned physician will feel comfortable approaching a colleague or department head early, and bringing them in on the decision-making process.
The best medical facilities understand that their physicians are also part of a personal family. They don’t look at or treat their new physicians as independent units, but as part of a family unit. As such, new Elliot Health System physicians are provided with a variety of benefits not only for themselves, but for their families as well. These include discounts at local shopping clubs like Sam’s Club and BJ’s, discounts at family parks like Water Country and Six Flags New England, childbirth classes, bus passes and discounted movie tickets. Elliot Health System welcomes new physicians by rolling out the red carpet for the entire family.
Physician onboarding ideas like these help to make every new physician feel welcome and capable as they begin their new life. Are you interested in joining the Elliot Health System community? Consider our open positions.
Promising new career opportunities affect the whole family, not just you as the job seeker. That’s why the Elliot Health System recognizes the need to include your spouse and family in the recruitment process. You can rest assured that your spouse and children will be included and all questions and concerns will be answered during the transition.
What Your Spouse Can Expect
When considering a new career, your spouse has valuable input as far as what the family needs during this transition. Moving to a new city and state can be very overwhelming, and Elliot recognizes this from the start. Your spouse will be included in the recruitment process from day one. When visiting New Hampshire your spouse will be introduced to the community and EHS can provided resources that may be helpful to learn about the area and community while you are busy interviewing and meeting with recruiters. Arrangement’s can be made to meet with other families that have gone through the recruitment process with EHS to hear first-hand accounts of what working with Elliot is like and how it is to live in New Hampshire. We want your family to be as comfortable as possible with moving to our area, and will provide the necessary support and information to make that transition as easy as possible.
Finding Your New Home
Finding a new house, a new school for your children, and familiarizing yourself and your family with a new area can be a daunting task. New Hampshire boasts a wealth of excellent towns and cities as well as being close to the mountains and ocean. EHS provides relocation assistance for qualified candidates. We can also help make introductions to local realtors to help you find the perfect home in which to begin your new career. Packing up and relocating can be quite a challenge on its own, and we have relationships with qualified professional movers and can help facilitate and easy transition.
Why You and Your Family Should Choose New Hampshire?
Once you have settled into your new home, your family will find plenty of things to do in and around New Hampshire. You’re close to the mountains and the beach, so your summer vacations can be filled with trips to experience both worlds. Winters in New England are filled with an abundance or outdoor activities from skiing, to snowshoeing to authentic sleigh rides and much, much more! There are plenty of museums and located in Manchester, the heart of Elliot Health System, such as the SEE Science Center and the Currier Museum of Art. With two major concert and sports venues in the area, there is always a chance to catch ball game or concert in the warmer months. Outside of town you are only an hour’s drive from Boston, which needs no introduction. Your family will find plenty to do in New Hampshire.
There is no need to worry about your family’s role in your career transition while you are in the care of Elliot Health System. We go above and beyond what’s expected to make everyone feel right at home every step of the way.
If you or your spouse want to find out more about the area they will be relocating to, consider checking out our free guide below.
Physicians looking for a new career opportunity have options all over the country. Why not consider one of the most pristine and desirable locations? New England provides a unique experience where you can practice state-of-the-art medicine while enjoying some of the most beautiful and captivating country this nation has to offer. Providers in the New England area experience the joy of success in their chosen career path alongside amazing opportunities for their family to experience one of the oldest communities in the nation. When it comes to physician career satisfaction, New England is the place to be!
Joining A Family
Physicians in the New England area are lucky to work within a close-knit community of care providers who share responsibilities and mutual respect. All of the physicians, nurses and administrative staff work together to provide patients with the absolute highest quality in care, which means having a team of highly skilled and experienced professionals.
While being a physician is a very demanding career field, the benefits are immense. Weekend trips to nearby tourist attractions, endless opportunities for outdoor adventures and more are all available in the New England area. No matter what your favorite hobbies are, you will be sure to find something that fits the bill in New England. In general, the area boasts some of the greatest historical sites and attractions you could ever hope to see. Plus, natives of the area seem to love the mild summer weather and the winter sporting opportunities!
Over the last several years, New England has proven itself fairly resilient in terms of economic stature. The longtime tradition of building businesses from the ground up means that there are deep roots in the area. As a whole the area has outperformed other major economic centers for income and unemployment, providing a highly desirable home for you and your family to get settled and gain confidence in your future.
Ultimately, anyone looking for a change of pace and a new outlook on their career should look into the New England area. The area boasts tons of culture, plenty of interesting things to do and a number of premier healthcare facilities where talented physicians will feel welcome and valued. If you began your career with a sincere interest in helping people, New England is a community that can use your services and provide you a great life in return.
Physicians seeking a promising career in New Hampshire should consider opportunities within the Elliot Health System. We have a comprehensive and supportive physician recruitment process that incorporates you and your family and our encouraging and committed team members can guide you through the entire process easily. It is understandable that you would need to take some time with this important decision because it could mean a possible move and Elliot understands that. This sort of decision can include a change in schools for children, a new job for your spouse, and new housing for the entire family, so it can’t be rushed.
What to Expect
Our physician recruitment staff is knowledgeable about your situation. They will help fulfill any needs you may have in order to make your visit a success. Families are always encouraged to be a part of the recruitment process. They can learn about the community, schools, real estate, and other places that they would like to visit while you are here. One of the best parts of touring Elliot is that you can expect to speak with other physicians and members of the Elliot community to gain a clear understanding of what it would be like to live and work in New Hampshire.
Elliot Health System recruiters are organized and thoughtful. The process is easy and our staff can arrange a detailed itinerary to fit your scheduling needs. Visiting a new city or state can be daunting, but you can clearly find your way with the help of our professional support staff.
Why Practice in New Hampshire?
New Hampshire is a tight-knit community that is safe, welcoming, and income tax-free. The atmosphere and lifestyle is more family-oriented than other areas. It is easy to balance your work life and your home life with the large variety of activities available in the immediate area. Winters are filled with beautiful white powder, which makes it a great place to ski or snowmobile. You can even live out your childhood fantasy with a horse-driven sleigh ride at one of the area farms! There are mountain trails to explore on foot and if you prefer to drive, you can take the scenic route. There are thousands of miles to explore that really highlight the beauty of the state. Alternatively, in the summers you can spend your day off exploring the stunning beaches.
What is it Like to Work at Elliot?
Elliot Health System located in Manchester, New Hampshire 264 beds and is incredibly patient-centered. Our detail-oriented medical center has a strong, dedicated, and hardworking team that supports each other every step of the way. Communication between specialties is an important aspect of the Elliot family. The organization has a vast amount of support from other physicians and staff members who work as a team to improve patient treatment and care.
Our facility houses a multitude of specialties including Neurology, Pediatrics, Radiology, Orthopedics, Pulmonary, Cardiovascular, Dermatology, Critical Care, Cancer Services, Urgent Care, Trauma Unit, Maternity and Fetal Services, and more.
When you decide to work with Elliot Health System, you can be sure that you are joining a team that is prepared and skilled. During the recruitment process, we will give you the time and support you need to make your transition seamless and undemanding.
If you think Elliot Health System might be a good fit for you, apply for a position today!