Riverside Community Hospital's Emergency Department physicians receive Wellness Center of Excellence at special ceremony in San Francisco, CA on October 1, 2022.

Riverside, CA - Riverside Community Hospital's Emergency Department was recognized by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) as the recipient of 2022 Emergency Medicine Wellness Center of Excellence Award. This honor is presented annually to an emergency medicine group, department or clinical site that incorporates wellness and resilience on an institutional level. The award was presented to at the ACEP Scientific Assembly in San Francisco on Saturday, October 1, 2022.

Under the leadership of the Emergency Department Chairman, Steven Kim, MD, and Emergency Medicine residency co-program directors, Gregory Guldner, MD and Jason An, MD, the Riverside Community Hospital's Emergency Department team has consistently advanced knowledge and practice of emergency physician wellness and burnout prevention with research-backed evidence. In 2021, team members published a two-year longitudinal study of resident physician burnout. Experts praised the paper for defining useful outcome measures and highlighting opportunities for targeted interventions. The team has also studied the relationship between assault activations and involuntary psychiatric hold ratios in the ED.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for our efforts to integrate wellness in our Emergency Department,” said Steven Kim, MD. “Developing wellness strategies that take care of our emergency medicine physicians and nurses is a top priority.”

“This accolade is a testament to our physician’s focus on wellness as we are fulfilling our Vision to be the premier healthcare destination in the region,” said Jackie Van Blaricum, Chief Executive Officer at Riverside Community Hospital. “I am beyond proud and humbled to be a part of this amazing team who care immensely about both our community and our colleagues.”