Dr. Joseph Patruno, board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, has been named Chief Wellness Officer of Lehigh Valley Health Network. LVHN created the Chief Wellness Officer position to promote the health and well-being of its health-care staff.
Patruno is tasked with creating a culture of wellness, improving efficiency in practice, and promoting personal resiliency for all LVHN physicians, advanced practice clinicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and others.
In his role, Patruno will also work to protect LVHN physicians from burnout, a condition that affects 44 percent of American physicians, according to a 2019 Medscape National Physician Burnout study.
“Burnout is endemic in the clinical setting,” Patruno said. “My role proves that LVHN is committed to improving the wellbeing of its caregivers, ultimately improving patient care and satisfaction.”
Patruno is also advocating for a Well-Being Council, in which colleagues will share ideas on how to improve work structure and boost well-being and work-life balance.
“Assuring the well-being of our caregivers is a moral imperative,” Patruno said. “It assures that our patients get the highest quality care and experience, and in the end makes financial sense for our health network.”