Physician and Nurse Burnout: Take it From Red to Green

May 17, 2023 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM PT

Physician and nurse burnout is a hospital workforce challenge with effects that ripple throughout institutions. For decades, Nature Sacred has, together with researchers and hospitals, honed a solution that relies on biophilic intervention as a means to build resilient, high-performing teams; and to foster a culture and community of healing.

During this session, Nature Sacred CEO Alden Stoner will lead a presentation on how and why biophilic interventions in the form of healing green spaces can serve as a vital and integral piece of health care institutions’ approach to addressing burnout and stress. And, for the first time, we will show the potential economic impact of this kind of green investment. Attendees will hear about Nature Sacred’ s approach and experience creating hospital green spaces using evidence-driven design and about their methodology that itself engages hospital staff.

Presentation topics include:

  • Engage HQI leaders in a dynamic conversation about lessons learned from the 25+ years of the healing power of nature/Nature Sacred including sites at Walter Reed, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Legacy Health.
  • Introduce Nature Sacred and reinforce the power of biophilic intervention for workforce engagement.
  • Make a strong case for the potential cost offsets associated with green spaces to hospitals demonstrated by the health care cost calculator co-created by Weill Cornell Medical College heath economist, Dr. Sean Murphy.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023: 11 a.m.- Noon (PT)

Alden E. Stoner
Chief Executive Officer
Nature Sacred

Alden E. Stoner is CEO of Nature Sacred. Under her leadership, Nature Sacred has transformed from a grant-giving organization to an operating foundation to improve individual and community wellness by expanding its existing 100+ community-led, contemplative green spaces – Sacred Places – across the country.  With reports like the Healing Power of Nature and the genesis of the hospital green space cost savings calculator, Nature Sacred, under Alden’s tenure is also on the cutting edge of research funding and promotion to further its mission. She is also the producer of the book, BenchTalk: Wisdoms Inspired in Nature, a collection of journal entries from the first 25 years of visitors to Sacred Places.

Alden previously served as a member of the Board for a decade-and-a-half and co-directed and produced several short films about the organization’s National Nature Sacred Award winners. 

Prior to joining Nature Sacred, Alden mobilized organizations and the public around social issues, films, Fortune 500 brands, and start-ups. She led Marketing and Operations at Quantified Ventures, an outcomes-based capital firm, leading company-wide initiatives such as the creation of their first-ever impact report and B-Corp certification. Prior to that, she ran the Social Impact department at Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media. There, she led a team to develop and execute award-winning campaigns to proactively address social issues, including the environment, health, and social equality. 

Alden graduated with a B.A from the University of Southern California, Phi Beta Kappa, and holds a dual Masters in Global Media and Communication from USC and the London School of Economics. She serves on the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Conservation Corps and Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committees, and previously served on the IWBI Health Equity Advisory. She lives in Annapolis with her husband and son where she gets her 20 minutes a day of nature by paddle-boarding on the Chesapeake Bay, forest walks with her kiddo, and Japanese wood carving. 

HQI is an approved continuing education (CE) provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing and will provide CHPSO members an opportunity to earn CEs. Provider Number CEP16793 for 1.0 contact hour.

Please contact CHPSO at info@chpso.org if you have any questions.