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Redefining Wellness: A Model for Leading During Challenging Times


Patty Purpur de Vries, MS
Director, Strategy, Innovation & Outreach, BeWell Programs, Stanford University


Courage Track: Physical

In an effort to fight clinician burnout, practitioners at Stanford Medicine WellMD Center created a Model for Professional Fulfillment. This model encompasses 3 domains: Personal Resilience, Culture of Wellness and Efficiency of Practice/Process. While initially designed to support the physician wellness program, the team quickly discovered that the Model has positive systemic impact on all people, especially during these unprecedented times. Not only does the Model focus on the needs of individual employees, it also recognizes the role of the organization to provide both a positive work culture and the tools needed to be successful. Regardless of your industry, this session will provide ideas for using this Model to expand your current scope of wellbeing employee well-being, and collaborate across departments to create sustained change. 

Learning Objectives: 
  • Make a mindset shift from burnout to a vision of professional fulfillment
  • Broaden their definition of wellness beyond individual responsibility
  • Embrace the importance of compassion, meaning and purpose and innovation


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Speaker Biography: 

Patty Purpur de Vries supports the wellness initiatives across the Stanford Enterprise, which includes: Stanford University, Stanford Health Care, Stanford Children’s Health and Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC). She received a full-athletic scholarship to attend Stanford, graduating in 1989 with a BA in Psychology. Patty was a 9-time NCAA All-American (Shot Put and Discus). In 1995, she founded TimeOut Services, Inc. Patty and her team were instrumental in designing the original wellness programs for Google, Cisco, Yahoo!, Safeway and KLA-Tencor. In 2009, Patty sold the corporate wellness division, and trademarked Community BootCamp© program, to Plus One of New York (now part of Optum).

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