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PeaceHealth Southwest luminary event photos and video clips (Photo) - 05/13/21

To celebrate National Hospital & Healthcare Workers Week, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, WA honored its caregivers this evening, creating a beautiful luminary display to acknowledge the extraordinary sacrifices they have made caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The beautiful display lighted the garden path along PeaceHealth Southwest's Firstenburg Tower. Throughout the afternoon PeaceHealth caregivers prepared for the event by placing lighted LED candles in bags. 130 bags were illuminated with blue candles, each one honoring the life of a patient who died at PeaceHealth Southwest due to COVID-19. Many caregivers wrote special messages of support on the bags, acknowledging their colleagues for their selfless care for patients throughout the pandemic.

The luminary display was visible from many patient rooms, including from our COVID-19 isolation unit.

Video highlights of the event are available for download and sharing at the following links.

Luminary Daytime

Luminary Night Video

About PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center:
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is a 450-bed facility located at 400 NE Mother Joseph Place in Vancouver, WA., providing comprehensive specialty care for patients in southwest Washington. For information visit peacehealth.org

 

PeaceHealth Southwest Luminary Lighting Event Thursday - 05/12/21

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center caregivers will create a luminary lighting display Thursday evening May 13 to honor the healthcare heroes who have courageously served our patients throughout the pandemic, along with patients we have lost to COVID-19.

Throughout the afternoon caregivers will place paper bags containing LED candles along the garden path outside PeaceHealth Southwest's Firstenburg Tower. A number of bags will be illuminated by blue candles in remembrance of patients lost to COVID-19. Caregivers are invited to write messages on their bag before placing it along the garden path.

All bags are expected to be placed and illuminated by 9 p.m., creating a beautiful display for our caregivers and community to enjoy.The luminary lighting event is one of several celebrations this week at PeaceHealth Southwest in recognition of National Hospital & Healthcare Workers Week.

About PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center:
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is a 450-bed facility located at 400 NE Mother Joseph Place in Vancouver, WA., providing comprehensive specialty care for patients in southwest Washington. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.

PeaceHealth St. John adjusts visitor policy (corrected date) - 05/07/21

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With community transmission falling in Cowlitz County, beginning Friday, May 7 at 3 p.m., the hospital will lift its ‘no visitor’ policy to allow one visitor per day, per patient, with some limited exceptions. For patients confirmed with COVID-19, there remains no visitors with limited exceptions.

This decision was made with the desire to balance safety with patient and community satisfaction. The hospital will continue to diligently monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 in the community as the health and safety of caregivers, patients and community remains top priority. Any exceptions to the policy will be made at the discretion of the PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center clinical care leadership.

“With community transmission falling, and recognizing the importance of having a loved one by a patient’s side, we are once again able to lift visitor restrictions while still effectively safeguarding against the spread of COVID-19 for our patients, caregivers and the broader community,” said Cherelle Montanye, PeaceHealth St. John Chief Administrative Officer. “However, COVID-19 remains in our community, so we strongly encourage everyone to remain vigilant about mask wearing and to those not vaccinated, please schedule an appointment to receive a vaccine.”

All visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entering the facility. Visitors must also wear a mask during their entire visit.

Visit peacehealth.org/coronavirus for more information about safety measures at PeaceHealth, vaccine availability, and other education and prevention resources related to COVID-19. 

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. It has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at peacehealth.org

 

PeaceHealth Memorial COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic now offering walk-in appointments - 05/06/21

PeaceHealth Southwest Memorial Urgent Care vaccine clinic is now offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations to walk-in customers without need of an appointment. The clinic, located at 3400 Main Street in Vancouver, WA, is administering vaccines weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is no charge for the vaccination.

“We’re fast, we’re convenient, and we offer a higher level of service compared to other local vaccination sites,” said Ryan Cole, RN, Nurse Manager at PeaceHealth Memorial Urgent Care. “We have a physician onsite along with a special medical unit to care for anyone who might experience an adverse reaction to the vaccine. We have the ability to handle any type of emergency here.”

In addition to walk-in customers, the Memorial vaccine clinic will also continue to serve those who wish to schedule appointments in advance. To make an appointment at the Memorial Urgent Care clinic visit peacehealth.org/coronavirus/vaccine/washington or call (833) 375-0291.

PeaceHealth Southwest is collaborating with 60 of America’s top hospitals and health care institutions on a nationwide campaign to encourage adults to get vaccinated for COVID-19. The Get the Vaccine to Save Lives campaign seeks to reassure the public that vaccines are safe, effective and necessary to achieve herd immunity and a return to normal activities.

PeaceHealth implemeneted its COVID-19 vaccination program in December of 2020, and to date has administered nearly 125,000 vaccinations in Washington. For more information visit peacehealth.org/coronavirus.

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Washington, is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. 

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Nationally Recognized with an 'A' for the Spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade - 04/29/21

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a distinction recognizing PeaceHealth Southwest’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“I am very proud of our caregivers and physicians and their ongoing dedication and commitment of delivering high-quality care every day, said Sean Gregory, Chief Executive. “Particularly given the past year of delivering care during a pandemic, this grade is a true testament that we are providing exceptional care for our community.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

To see PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 1,200 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.

About The Leapfrog Group: Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information, they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

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PeaceHealth joins nationwide campaign with other leading US hospitals to promote COVID-19 vaccination - 04/28/21

PeaceHealth is collaborating with a coalition of 60 of America's top hospitals and health care institutions on a nationwide campaign to encourage adults to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Led by Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic, the campaign "Get the Vaccine to Save Lives," is designed to reassure the public that vaccines are safe, effective and necessary to achieve herd immunity and a return to normal activities.

The campaign hopes to reach adults who are hesitant to receive a vaccine, including racial and minority ethnic groups and people living in rural communities. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey published March 30, 17% of the public say they will take a wait-and-see approach before getting it themselves, and another 20% say they will never get a vaccine or will only get it if required to do so for work, school or other activities. This leaves a significant portion of the population at risk of going unvaccinated.

The nationwide campaign includes print and digital advertising, media outreach, social media, an awareness video and an informational website.

With vaccine distribution underway, the campaign aims to help Americans feel safe and confident about receiving a vaccine. To achieve herd immunity and help end the pandemic, leading health officials say at least 75% of the population needs to receive a vaccine. Herd immunity occurs when a large portion of a community becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. As a result, the whole community becomes protected — not just those who have been vaccinated.

More than 195 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and 48% of the population age 18 and over has received at least one vaccine dose in the U.S. through April 14, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To date, PeaceHealth has administered more than 151,000 COVID-19 vaccinations across its Washington, Oregon and Alaska communities.

COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. The vaccines met the Food and Drug Administration’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization.

For more information about the campaign, visit ourshot2savelives.org.

About PeaceHealth
PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Washington, is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission.