Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to announce a partnership between UNC Physicians, the UNC School of Medicine, and UNC Health Care to create a system-wide integrated Well-Being Program.

This program, spanning across UNC Health Care’s owned hospitals, Physician Network, and the School of Medicine, will build on the various wellness programs already in place, and synergize efforts to focus on the primary drivers of burnout.

Through the integrated Well-Being Program, we will develop a comprehensive, system-wide approach to identify the best tools already in use at each entity and find innovative ways to improve both Epic@UNC and the flow of practice, with the goal of meeting the fourth arm of the Quadruple Aim: preventing burnout and improving work life.

The integrated Well-Being Program will be co-led by:

  • Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, who holds the Ray M Hayworth and Family Distinguished Professorship of Mood Disorders and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the UNC School of Medicine. Samantha led the creation of the Taking Care of Our Own Program and the Integrated Emotional Support Program at UNC Medical Center and the School of Medicine. She will serve as the Executive Medical Director of the new Integrated Well-Being Program.
  • Scott Doak, System Vice President of Human Resources for UNC Health Care. Scott has extensive experience building comprehensive Wellness Programs in multiple healthcare organizations. He will work to ensure alignment across the enterprise with a focus on clinical and non-clinical employees. 

Samantha, Scott and a team dedicated to this effort will begin by working closely with leaders across UNC Health Care and the School of Medicine to assess well-being programs already in place, identify areas of critical need related to Epic@UNC and other systems, and engage groups that are most ready for change.

The team will then implement several pilot programs to test solutions and gather feedback before identifying the best programs to pursue at a system-level. The new program will also continue to invest in innovative mental health support programs, assessment of stress and humanistic education. 

Ultimately, our goal is to serve all members of our community by developing a culture of well-being that will help UNC Health Care and the School of Medicine be among the best places to work in America.

Thank you for your help and support of Samantha, Scott and the entire Integrated Well-being Program team as they begin this critical work.


- Wesley Burks, MD
  Dean, UNC School of Medicine
  CEO, UNC Health Care

- Matthew G. Ewend, MD
  President, UNC Physicians
  Chief Quality and Value Officer, UNC Health Care

- Joanne M. Jordan, MD,
  Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development, UNC School of Medicine

- Gary L. Park
  President, UNC Hospitals