From a biological context, there are several physiological processes that can reveal the presence of chronic stress, leading to potential psychopathology. Fortunately, these processes do not require speculation or advanced training as they can be readily uncovered through common blood tests. By using results from key blood panels, psychotherapists and clinicians can develop a much more comprehensive understanding of their patient’s needs, enabling them to craft more effective long term treatments plans. Additionally, patients can better understand that stress and mental health issues are often a combination of psychological and medical factors, which may not be within their direct influence of control.
Whether you’re a hospital CEO or in another healthcare administration role, learning how to get over public speaking as a hospital administrator is critical to your professional growth. Public speaking is not a skill most people are born with, and if you find public speaking stressful as a hospital administrator, you’re not alone! The fear of public speaking is actually rooted in evolutionary psychology. Understand what’s happening from a physiological and psychological standpoint when you experience fear of public speaking as a hospital administrator. Turn this fear into confidence with Dr. Jeff Comer, hospital CEO with a doctoral education in the psychology of chronic stress management for high performers.
Leading hospitals is challenging and stressful, and it takes a significant toll on the personal side as well. As a hospital CEO of over 20 years, I certainly understand the impact. But hospital administration, at any level in a hospital, is a tremendously important role. The decisions we make can literally determine whether a hospital survives or fails. The closure of a hospital, particularly in rural settings, can be devastating to the community and workers who lose their jobs. Unfortunately, the focus for stress management in health care typically resides on front-line workers, which is certainly necessary. However, administrators also need assistance managing stress, but this in-and-of-itself causes stress because when are we supposed to find time to take care of ourselves?
In a recent article with TMCnet, CEO Dr. Jeff Comer, a successful leader in the healthcare industry, shared his insights on how hospitals have experienced years of positive developments in light of technology.
Forming and maintaining relationships in the workplace is an invaluable, yet often overlooked aspect of a prospering career that boosts your spirit, output, and long-term success.
These lasting, mutually beneficial bonds are established through trust, respect, acceptance, honesty, responsibility, inclusion, and an open line of communication. Any worthwhile association requires a significant commitment on one’s part and a professional relationship is not an exception.
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans is a devastating psychophysiological response to traumatic experiences encountered during military service. Rates of PTSD, co-morbidities, and suicide remain higher than the general population for veterans. The Veterans Administration (VA) has defined strongly recommended practices, which include cognitive behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, cognitive processing therapy, and prolonged exposure therapy.
My name is Jeff Comer and I have spent 20 years as CEO of multiple hospitals. Located in Cave Creek, Arizona, I am well versed in turnaround management for struggling organizations, strategic planning, and growth. I have also served on many non-profit boards and community agencies, focusing on fund raising and development. I completed my doctoral research on psychoneuroimmunology – specifically focusing on mitigating sympathetic and HPA excitation (stress reactivity).
A person’s psychological well-being and happiness used to be a distant consideration to job occupation and salary. Now, the value of a person’s mental health is emphasized rather than being labeled as a social stigma.
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), commonly known as Multiple Personality Disorder, is often misunderstood by the public. This is often fostered by the portrayal of DID in movies and books. Unfortunately, DID is a devastating disorder that is highly stigmatized. To learn more about this fascinating condition, read a brief paper I completed on DID during my doctoral program.
A very brief paper from my doctoral program on the effectiveness of herbal remedies.