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Story of coaching and collaboration

Updated: Sep 21, 2023

Featuring Dr. Sonal Ullman A Beautiful Story of Coaching and Collaboration Wellcoaches & Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital In 2018, I led a grand rounds session on coaching skills for physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Needham Hospital. Among the participants was GI physician leader Sonal Ullman, who now leads the hospital’s physician group. That auspicious session spawned a close collaboration of Wellcoaches and the hospital’s administrative, physician, and nurse leaders, giving life to a variety of initiatives:

  • since 2019, an ongoing senior leadership/coaching program for around 50 leaders, including an annual retreat

  • 2020-2021 - an intense burnout group coaching program at the height of the pandemic of 15+ early morning group sessions

  • 2020-2021 - private burnout coaching of 30+ physicians by nine Wellcoaches coaches

  • Along with four other hospital leaders, Dr. Ullman went on to complete the Wellcoaches certification and become a physician coach

In early 2022, one of Dr. Ullman’s patients, Dana Martin, died of gastric cancer. In deep gratitude for her services, Dana donated $100,000 to the hospital for a project of Dr. Ullman’s direction. Her story of working with Dana is a beautiful one of deep service and impact. She published the story in a Stanford Medicine newsletter. Dr. Ullman used the donation for an internal professional coaching program to support hospital employees, named the Martin Family Coaching Program (more details at the end of the blog). Both Coach Meg and Erika Jackson are supporting the Beth Israel team of physician and nurse coaches. What happens when coaches and physicians come together? More well-being in healthcare. Onward and upward, Coach Meg


A new workforce development program for staff and providers at BID Needham

Collaborate, Cultivate, Partner, Foster Possibilities, Co-Discover, Broaden Thinking

The Martin Family Coaching Program is a philanthropically-funded program and part of BID Needham's commitment to workforce development—one of the hospital's top strategic initiatives for 2022—with the goal to maximize your professional potential.

This structured staff and physician coaching program provides you the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a professionally trained coach who is also a BID Needham employee or physician for up to six hours over the course of six months. A well-being coach is a trained facilitator of positive habits, change and growth who partners with you in a thought-provoking and creative process. This program is open to all staff—both clinical and non-clinical—and to physicians.

Benefits of the coaching program

· Increase self-awareness, insight and creativity as you set goals for your career development

· Tap into your strengths and experiences to help address challenges

· Become an expert in your wellness and personal path

· Collaborate with a coach who understands your work environment

· Increase quality of life at work through better use of internal and external resources

Could a well-being coach help you?

A coach will be your partner in professional development, helping you set goals and maximize your opportunities for growth. In addition, a coach can help you learn from difficult situations, as well as develop and practice tools to address workplace challenges.

What you will gain Resilience, Engagement, Clarity, Meaning, Future, Connection, Strengths, Strategies, Vision, Confidence, Gratitude, Leadership, Flow, Purpose, Learning, Meaning, Fulfillment

Connect with a coach today! If you would like to learn more about how you might benefit from the Martin Family Coaching Program, email

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