Ballad offers “lavender rooms” for staff to relax


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – To combat the severe stresses seen in the healthcare system, Ballad Health has announced the creation of “lavender rooms” throughout the system for staff to decompress.

According to a press release, each tertiary hospital will contain its own rooms. Facilities at Bristol Regional Medical Center, Johnson City Medical Center and Holston Valley Medical Center were unveiled on Friday.

“The Lavender Rooms are designed for short-term stress relief,” the statement read. “And will be a respite for team members struggling with the mental, emotional and physical burdens of providing bedside care.”

Each chamber is designed like a spa and has a suite of tools to help workers when they find time to enter:

  • Zero Gravity Chairs
  • salt walls
  • Digital cinema sensory screens

“We wanted to provide a place where people could go while they were in the building to recharge and have some peace and quiet,” JCMC CEO Kenny Shafer told News Channel 11. that when people come to work here, they give their all.”

The rooms were built with $500,000 in funding from the Ballad Health Foundation.


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