Constructing with Care for a Burnt-out Workforce (Episode 1) with Dr. Dale E. Beatty, Stanford Health Care and Deb Sheehan, DPR Construction
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Welcome to the inaugural episode of Constructing with Care, a Podcast for healthcare executives discussing the impact of construction to the healthcare environment.

Today, you are listening to Part 1 of a series addressing healthcare construction for a burnt-out workforce.


Dr. Dale E. Beatty, Stanford Healthcare Chief Nurse Executive and Vice President of Patient Care Services, and Deb Sheehan, Healthcare Strategy Leader from DPR Construction join your host, Leslie Tullio.


In this episode, they address the concerning topic of a burnt-out healthcare workforce, which results in many nurses planning to leave their jobs due to staffing shortages and job dissatisfaction. Burnout is an important topic that is now directly affecting healthcare professionals and care delivery; that is the reason Leslie, Dale, and Deb are talking about what the industry is and should be doing to combat workforce burnout, including strategies to help positively impact providers during capital project deployments.


Key Takeaways:

[1:58] Dale talks about the pressures providers have been feeling during the last few years.

[4:16] How has burnout affected operational efficiency?

[5:47] Moving into a more endemic phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, what are the biggest takeaways that the healthcare industry has learned about the pandemic, how to manage it, and more specifically about burnout?

[8:38] Dale talks about areas of renovations and new efficiencies resulting from the challenges imposed by the pandemic over the last two years.

[10:56] How can healthcare organizations meet demands that require expansion without adding new stressors? What can and should be done at a leadership level to minimize the stress of expansion?

[11:48] Deb shares five key areas for leaders to minimize stressors during a construction project.

[17:20] Dale shares some of the changes that were implemented in the work environment.

[18:07] What were the tangible outcomes of the implemented changes?

[19:30] Dale talks about some of the challenges the workforce faced during patient care development and activation.


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