Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare

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The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare
FounderKenneth B. Schwartz (posthumous)
Typehealthcare related non-profit organization
Location100 Cambridge St., Ste. 2100, Boston, MA 02114

The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare (informally the Schwartz Center; formerly the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center or KBS) is a non-profit organization established in 1995 to increase compassion and more meaningful collaboration between patients and medical professionals.

The Schwartz center has over 550 organizational members in the U.S., U.K. and Canada[citation needed] and supports 200,000 health care professionals each year.[citation needed] by providing education and resources, and convening regular conferences to advance compassionate care.


In November 1994, Boston health care attorney Kenneth Schwartz was diagnosed with lung cancer. During his 10-month illness, he discovered the importance of the human connection between caregiver and patient, saying that “the smallest acts of kindness made the unbearable bearable.”[1]

At the end of his life Ken outlined the organization he wanted to create. It would be a center that would promote compassion in medicine, encouraging the sorts of caregiver-patient relationships that made all the difference to him. He founded the Schwartz Center in 1995, just days before his death.[2]

Schwartz Center Rounds[edit]

The center promotes their trademarked Schwartz Center Rounds, which they claim take place in more than 400 healthcare organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada and more than 150[3] throughout the U.K. The aim is to offer healthcare providers a regularly scheduled time to discuss the social and emotional issues they face in caring for patients and families, and to share their experiences, thoughts and feelings on topics drawn from actual patient cases with colleagues from other healthcare disciplines. The sessions are led by a trained facilitator, and can include over 200 healthcare professionals at a time.[4] The premise is that caregivers are better able to make personal connections with patients and colleagues when they have greater insight into their own responses and feelings.[5] The rounds have been shown to reduce stress in doctors who attend them, and to improve the capacity to manage the psychosocial aspects of patient care.[6]


  1. ^ Schwartz, Kenneth (1995-07-16). "A patient's story" (PDF). The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2016-07-12 – via The Kenneth B. Schwartz Center.
  2. ^ "Our Story and Mission | The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare". Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  3. ^ "List of Sites | Point of Care Foundation". Point of Care Foundation. Retrieved 2017-01-20.
  4. ^ M.D., Pauline W. Chen,. "Sharing the Stresses of Being a Doctor". Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  5. ^ "Schwartz Center Rounds® | The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare". Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  6. ^ Lown, Beth A.; Manning, Colleen F. "The Schwartz Center Rounds: Evaluation of an Interdisciplinary Approach to Enhancing Patient-Centered Communication, Teamwork, and Provider Support". Academic Medicine. 85 (6): 1073–1081. doi:10.1097/acm.0b013e3181dbf741.

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