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Caregivers from PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center at the 2022 Eugene Marathon
Caregivers from PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center at the 2022 Eugene Marathon
PeaceHealth honored for its commitment to the health and wellness of its employees (Photo) - 08/03/22

PeaceHealth has been ranked No. 1 for the first time in the Portland Business Journal’s list of Healthiest Employers of Oregon for organizations with 5,000 or more employees. This is the sixth consecutive year PeaceHealth has been honored for encouraging the health and wellness of its employees, ranking in the top 3 since 2018.

The award, which is given annually to organizations that are committed to creating a healthy workplace, acknowledges the prioritization of mental health and well-being support programs amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the success of PeaceHealth’s employee wellness program spanning all of PeaceHealth’s facilities in Alaska, Oregon and Washington. The designation uses an online assessment to measure employee participation, health outcomes and leadership commitment, among other measures. 

PeaceHealth takes a holistic approach to providing caregivers the support and resources they need. We offer a unique in-house mental health support program alongside an expanded, integrated Employee Assistance Program (EAP), designed in tandem to support mental, spiritual, physical, legal and financial well-being, providing tools and resources to manage stress, increase focus and navigate life’s challenges. PeaceHealth’s wellness program focuses on short-term and long-term health, nutrition, stress management and physical fitness.

To truly enhance our caregivers’ health and well-being, we know we must offer whole-person care and proactive solutions that meet the needs of caregivers and their families,” said Sarah Ness, PeaceHealth Executive Vice President of People and Culture. “This recognition is especially meaningful after two years of navigating and adapting to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our caregivers continued to provide exceptional care for our patients through it all while also prioritizing caring for themselves and each other.” 

Visit PeaceHealth’s careers website to view open positions and learn more about joining PeaceHealth. 

PeaceHealth’s Healthy You platform is available to all and offers classes, webinars, recipes and much more to support individuals on their wellness journey.

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 1,100 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.

Emergency Department entrance relocation map.
Emergency Department entrance relocation map.
PeaceHealth temporarily relocating Emergency Department entrance Aug. 2, 2022 (Photo) - 07/27/22

Vancouver, WA - PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is expanding its emergency department and during its two-year construction project it will temporarily relocate its patient walk-in and ambulance entrances starting Tuesday Aug. 2, 2022. The entrance will move from Mill Plain Blvd. to 5th Street off of NE 87th Avenue.

“We recognize the next couple of years will look different for our patients while we’re under construction,” says Jason Hanley, MD, Emergency Department Medical Director. Despite the temporary relocation, the emergency department will remain available 24/7 to provide immediate care. “We assure you; we are fully prepared to continue meeting the emergent health care needs of our community.”

The new emergency department is set to open in the summer of 2024, and will result in:

  • More patient rooms, modern amenities, and a more private healing environment with a space that is double the current size.
  • A model to improve patient flow, reduce wait times and increase patient satisfaction.
  • An updated entry with adjacent parking for improved patient and family experience
  • Increased capacity and safe traffic flow for cars and ambulances

“We look forward to our new state of the art emergency department. Its upgraded and expanded space will better meet the needs of our patients and their families we serve each day,” says Dr. Hanley. 

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center remains committed to caring for our community during this phase of construction. For additional information about the project, please visit peacehealth.org/swEDexpansion.

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.