Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix recently opened what officials there believe is a first-of-its-kind "compassion center." Cheryl O'Malley, MD, professor of Internal Medicine and the associate dean for Graduate Medical Education for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, said the idea is to provide a space for everyone who provides care in the hospital and surrounding clinics. "We hope that they pause to be able to have a moment to breathe and reflect. And whatever that might be. And we think that they may feel some connection with others, because they'll recognize that others in that space similarly are needing a pause," O'Malley said.
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