Mercury Insurance has joined forces with the California Medical Association to launch Care 4 Caregivers Now, a first-of-its-kind program that provides frontline healthcare workers with mental and emotional wellness support and coaching. Funded by a $150,000 donation from Mercury Insurance, Care 4 Caregivers Now trains physicians and nurses to be volunteer peer coaches, who can provide much needed mental and emotional support to other physicians and nurses, medical technicians and support staff who are working around the clock on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This program will provide critical support to these brave men and women who are risking their lives to help protect their communities.
“Mercury Insurance has always been a community-focused company,” said Mercury Insurance President and CEO, Gabriel Tirador. “This program will provide critical support to these brave men and women who are risking their lives to help protect their communities. They want and need access to this kind of care and we’re very pleased to be able to partner with the California Medical Association to help make Care 4 Caregivers Now a reality.”
Coaching and peer support is a proven way to prevent emotional exhaustion and burnout while improving resiliency. Health care workers need these services more than ever to help them maintain a healthy mindset during this crisis.
“One of the most difficult things to do for anyone is to seek help and support to ensure their emotional well-being,” said David C. Logan, PhD, CEO of CMA’s Wellness Program. “The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the well-being of physicians, nurses and other medical personnel, and we want them to know this resource is here for them during these challenging times.”
Care 4 Caregivers Now has identified more than 300 physicians and nurses who have been or are willing to be trained as peer coaches.
“We want to thank Mercury Insurance for their contribution to this effort, which will allow us to scale up this program quickly to provide services to those who are on our front lines now,” said Dustin Corcoran, CEO of the California Medical Association. “This is a first-of-its-kind program that we believe can serve as a model to help reduce burnout and guide those physicians, nurses and other medical staff who are leading California through this crisis.”
Mercury’s partnership with the California Medical Association is part of the organization’s Mercury Cares program, which focuses on changing someone’s life for the better.