Support during COVID-19
Your patients always come first, of course. However, you also need to care for you. We’ve brought a number of well-being resources together in one place so they are easy to find and access. Please use this assistance, reach out if you need help, and know that Valley Preferred is always by your side!
If you have a need for wellness resources that you don’t find listed here, please email [email protected], Chief Wellness Officer.
Colleagues who have “been there” can relate to situations, stressors, and concerns encountered in the workplace by their peers. For this reason, LVHN developed a Physicians-for-Physicians (P4P) Peer Support Program. The program assists clinicians who are experiencing stresses, especially those brought on by their professional roles.
Physicians, medical students, APCs, and pharmacists can reach out to a P4P Peer Support Mentor on their own or initiate a conversation by calling Preferred EAP at 610-433-8550.
Peer Support Mentor List
Physician Support Line - 1-888-409-0141
Learn more about P4P »
Tips for Staying Calm & Connected - View the archive filled with practical tips, opportunities for calm, and great distractions.
Mindfulness On-the-Spot - 30-minute live guided meditation.
Three Minute Breathing Meditation with Dr. Susan Wiley
Online practice group for graduates of the GRM and MBSR programs.
This virtual group meets the third Monday of each month at 8 p.m. via Blue Jeans:
April 20; May 18; June 15; July 20; August 17; September 21; October 19; November 16; and December 21
Mental health benefits of storytelling and reflective writing for health care workers
Listen to this Ted Talk with Laurel Braitman from Stanford Medical Schooland
Sign up for a free reflective writing session
Preferred EAP Counseling
We recognize the importance of physician wellness, and offer mental health support to all members at no cost.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, a personal or work-related concern, or are simply seeking emotional support and guidance, Preferred EAP’s highly trained counselors are here to help. Our services are strictly confidential.
Call 610-433-8550 or 1-800-327-8878.
Staying Calm & Connected - Daily tips from Preferred EAP Blog
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BeneFIT Health Coaching
A certified health coach can help you identify what you want to work on, and strategies to help you be successful in reaching your goals. We take a non-prescriptive approach, meaning that you set the goals and we help you achieve them.
1-800-955-6620, option 2
Free Meditation Resources
The Well-Being Index (WBI), developed by the Mayo Clinic and managed by web solutions provider Med+Ed, evaluates wellness in just nine questions. Lehigh Valley Hospital Network (LVHN) and Valley Preferred are encouraging providers to take the survey to collect critical data in the form of de-identified, aggregate reports on provider well-being. This will allow us to look specifically at cohorts on our medical staffs to better develop programs and interventions to promote wellness and mitigate burnout.
Learn more »
LVHN Fitness is providing virtual workouts on their Facebook page guided by their exercise physiologists.
Join a workout! »
Physical fitness and Activities at home
While LVHN Fitness locations are closed, LVHN Fitness will help you stay active by sharing tips and ideas on Facebook for maintaining fitness and health. Visit the Opens in new tab LVHN Fitness Facebook page and the LVHN Fitness website, or call the phone numbers above for updates about when the facilities will reopen.
You can also utilize these free, virtual fitness services:
Childcare resources on LVHN Intranet
Daycares and schools are closed, and colleagues are looking for child care options. There are resources on the Market Place feature, and it’s easy to find and use:
- Go to our LVHN intranet (intranet.lvh.com)
- In the left column under “Colleague Resources,” click “Market Place.”
- In the left column, click “COVID-19 Childcare.”
- Click “Share Childcare Information to help each other!”
Child care open for essential workers
PA Child care providers listed are approved to operate during the COVID-19 public health emergency in counties identified as Red in the PA Governor's Phased-In Approach to Reopen Business. If you work in a life-sustaining position, these providers may be able to help you and your family if you need child care.
View details and child care centers here.
Receive spiritual and emotional support from an LVHN chaplain by calling 610-402-8999.
Covid-19 Women Physicians’ Emotional Well-Being social media group
This is a private virtual space for women physicians to process their emotional experience during the pandemic.
COVID-19 Women Physicians’ Emotional Well-Being
Food Insecurity and Shopping during COVID
Additional resources are available to support you and your community in preventing food insecurity during the COVID crisis. Reach out Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania (serving Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike and Wayne counties). Everything you need to know about food safety and shopping: Getting Groceries During Quarantine.
Restaurants offering free food and discounts to healthcare providers:
- Starbucks Coffee – Free Tall Coffee with credentials (until 5/30)
- Wawa – Free Coffee (any size) with credentials (till end of pandemic)
Pa unemployment guidelines
Here is information on new guidelines for those affected by Covid-19, who may not ordinarily qualify for benefits.
PA Office of Unemployment Compensation
Pa Dept. of Human Services for mental health
Find guidance and help from the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS).
PA Department of Human Services
Access brief mindfulness videos provided by our colleagues at Christiana Care.