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Join us at Highland ICARE Rounds

As doctors we are asked on a daily basis to play a significant part in some of the most important events and decisions in people’s lives. Navigating with the sometimes difficult patients, families, or medical situations that arise, however, can take its toll upon us. In order to begin to process these issues, Highland’s ICARE Rounds offer a unique and confidential forum where physicians and interdisciplinary staff meet to discuss among ourselves these cases and the complex psycho-social, spiritual, and emotional issues that can so impact us, both personally and professionally.

Introduced just more than three years ago, ICARE Rounds was first formed by a group consisting of Chaplain Don Marlar, then CNO Tommye Hinton, Director of Social Work Mike Sullivan, Palliative Care physician Dr. Chin-Lin Ching, Psychiatrist Dr. Lauren DeCaporale-Ryan, and me. It is now additionally led by a Planning Committee composed of discipline representatives from across our hospital – including the ED, ICU, Surgery, PAs, Nursing, and Social Work – who each help to plan the monthly forums.

Held in the Collins auditorium at noon on the first Tuesday of every month, ICARE Rounds continues to be Highland’s largest-attended regular, interdisciplinary gathering – often averaging 70-to-80 staff participants. Each month an interdisciplinary panel briefly presents the details and issues surrounding a recent, difficult Highland Hospital patient case, followed by an open-mic discussion of similar issues and experiences among the entire assembled group. Lunch is always provided, and CME credit is always available.

It’s amazing how candid each of us can be and how supportive we are of each other when sharing the stresses that arise in our own lives from caring for our own patients and families.

Each of you as a physician is encouraged to participate in our ICARE Rounds.  For information you can contact me at or Chaplain Don Marlar


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