I don’t think I would have made the effort to reach out to someone myself

Robert Winter, MD, Provider

As an OB/GYN physician, I have found the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team and crisis support services at Bronson to be very helpful. Working in labor and delivery can have its highs. Unfortunately, from time to time, it can also bring times of sorrow. Two of those low situations happened when I had just started at Bronson Women’s Service in Kalamazoo after having been at the practice in South Haven for a year. This situation not only affected the patient, but also the labor and delivery team, including myself.

With both instances, someone from our team contacted the CISM team. Each time, they immediately arranged a small-group meeting on the same day. This was extremely helpful to process what we all went through prior to going home. Not only did I receive support from CISM, I was also contacted by two individuals from Bronson’s provider peer support group. Jenny Opdycke, PA-C, was one of them who reached out to me. She was a huge help in fighting through my feelings and provided me with ideas to work through those feelings, and also helped to validate them. I don’t think I would have made the effort to reach out to someone myself.

Please know that these two resources made a huge impact on me. I am so glad they are available to our staff.

What is CISM? Bronson is committed to helping employees be well and live a balanced lifestyle. Following a critical or traumatic event, it can be difficult to function normally at work or home. The Bronson Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team is available to help employees through these difficult situations by providing healthy and effective coping techniques.

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