Healthcare Organization & Providers Benefit from Embracing a Culture of Wellness

Dr. Nagalingam is the Medical Director for El Rio Special Immunology Associates and the HIV Ryan White Clinic which are part of El Rio Health (El Rio)—an innovative nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of the Tucson, Arizona community through comprehensive, accessible, affordable, quality, and compassionate care.

In early 2022, El Rio’s Chief Clinical Officer, Douglas Spegman, MD, and several providers from El Rio—including Nagalingam—took the opportunity to participate in the Compassion Institute (CI) course, Caring From the Inside Out: Foundations of Self and Collective Care (CFIO).

Dr. Nagalingam recalls that senior staff encouraged providers to participate in this live, online course. “They whole-heartedly embraced provider wellness and changed our work environment into a culture of wellness. We were just coming out of two years of the pandemic, and I did not realize how much of a toll it had taken on me both physically and emotionally, so this program sparked an interest.”