ABOUT SafeHaven™

SafeHaven™ was founded in 2020 after recognizing a greater need to provide health care teams the support they need to stay well and prevent burnout.

As of 2021, the SafeHaven™ protections have been extended through additional legislation to now include nurses and pharmacists; as well as medical, nursing, PA, and pharmacy students.


How does SafeHaven™ address confidentiality?

SafeHaven™ is a confidential resource for healthcare practitioners seeking help to address career fatigue and other mental health issues. The law protects information, including proceedings, minutes, records and reports; and communications, written and oral, originating in SafeHaven™ as privileged. This protection means that such information or communications may not be disclosed or produced in a legal proceeding absent an order from a circuit court judge showing “good cause arising from extraordinary circumstances.”


Terri Babineau, M.D. MSt FAAFP is a family physician and Associate Professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the Chief Medical Officer for the Medical Society of Virginia’s SafeHaven™ Program. Dr. Babineau attended the University of Virginia for undergrad and graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). Dr. Babineau earned a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and wrote her dissertation on healthcare burnout. She is an advocate for Humanism in Medicine and is on the National Advisory Council for the Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society as well as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

On top of her continuous work as a physician and advocate for physician mental health and wellness, Dr. Babineau has multiple publications, “Physician Burnout and Compassion Fatigue: Individual and Institutional Response to an Emerging Crisis” and “Covid-19, Healthcare Workers and Their Mental Health.” Her passion for mental health and working with the underserved also led her to work on the development of a course, Mindfulness as Service Learning Program. This course taught mindfulness to medical students and underserved elementary students. Dr. Babineau’s work will continue to support physicians, residents, and medical students throughout their career to combat physician burnout and compassion fatigue.


Physician Burnout and Compassion Fatigue: Individual and Institutional Response to an Emerging Crisis

Covid-19, Healthcare Workers and Their Mental Health
via Richmond Times Dispatch