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Chief Medical Officer

Company: Multicare Health Systems
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 12, 2021

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Work Schedule: Per Position Requirements The reasons to work at MultiCare are as unique as the people who do. Join us for the professional challenges you seek. In the settings you prefer. With schedules that fit your life. Learn more at Summary:The MultiCare Chief Medical Officer (CMO) is a member of the leadership team and has direct responsibility for the quality of medical care provided and medical staff relationships. The incumbent provides medical leadership for clinical and business planning, clinical performance, Medical Quality Assessment/Assurance, Risk Management, Continuing Medical Education, and Medical Staff Credentialing and governance activities. Under the direction of the President and in conjunction with other organizational leaders, the incumbent provides medical leadership to develop and achieve the hospital's strategic and operational objectives, integrating those objectives with the system objectives of MultiCare Health System (MHS).The incumbent works collaboratively with other Chief Medical Officers in the health system to share best practices and work closely with MHS quality and medical leaders. Work situations are varied and challenging, requiring strong administrative and leadership skills in negotiation, complex data analysis, creativity, diplomacy, problem solving and decision making. This position requires the development of critical relationships and broad ranging contacts to support accomplishment of internal as well as externally facing strategic and operational objectives.Minimum Requirements:Minimum of 3-5 years clinical experience, providing direct patient care in a surgical settingExperience as a medical director or service chief in a comparable hospital or health system, Surgical Background PreferredStrong clinical credentials requiredDemonstrated progress in an administrative career path preferred Education/Licenses/Certifications:Graduate of an accredited medical schoolLicensure to practice medicine in Washington StateGraduate degree in healthcare administration preferredCredentialed to practice in MultiCare Health System facilities SEARCH BY KEYWORD SEARCH BY CATEGORY SEARCH BY LOCATION SEARCH BY SPECIALTY SEARCH BY ENTITY View All Jobs Helping Hands is a donor-supported fund that allows social workers to do everything they can to empower patients. "Once we get to know them and establish what barriers might be getting in the way of the medical care they need, we work on a plan to help," MultiCare Pulse Heart Failure Services and Care Continuum, Jenn Bayne says. "Helping Hands is a critical part of that."Learn how the Helping Hands fund helped James during his heart health journey. You can help provide dignity and hope with a gift (of any size) to the Helping Hands fund at give.multicare.org/helpinghands Donate blood, donate life. Donations are needed to help reduce a nationwide blood shortage and provide lifesaving care to patients everywhere. Consider making an appointment today. If you have received the COVID-19 vaccine or are planning to soon, don't worry -- you are still able to donate blood and platelets.If you live in the Puget Sound region, you can make an appointment with Cascade Regional Blood Services at If you live in the Inland Northwest region, you can make an appointment with Vitalant - Washington & Idaho at Julie Flann has volunteered for nearly 1,700 hours and has become a fixture at Allenmore Hospital. "Julie is such a big help," Hospitality Assistant, Rosetta Johnson says. "She is always willing to get things delivered before even being asked. She's always ready to go and gets things completed with such an energetic, positive personality. Julie is such a big help to the staff and patients, because she is so knowledgeable about the campus here at Allenmore and always provides correct information for a great patience experience."You can learn more or join volunteers like Julie at multicare.org/volunteers/ Susan volunteers as a Senior Companion Volunteer. This role focuses on developing a friendship with community members who are 55 years or older and homebound. Susan has three people she visits weekly and supports with trips to the doctors and grocery store. Much of the time is also set aside for chatting. "Reducing isolation and supporting access to food and doctors helps our clients age in their homes as long as possible," Celebrate Seniority Manager, Deborah Gurney says. "Thank you for making a difference, Susan, through your dedication, compassion and time." You can learn more or join volunteers like Susan at multicare.org/volunteers/ Jamie has been a volunteer with MultiCare Volunteer Services since 2018. She dedicates her time to connecting with hospice patients during their most difficult days, bringing them comfort and a smile. After COVID-19 hit and in-person visits had to be placed on hold, Jamie didn't stop. Instead, she connected with hospice patients through thoughtful weekly phone calls. She then added seven weekly phone calls to seniors who were experiencing loneliness due to isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic through the Senior Support Calls program. Jamie takes her time building a connection with each patient, making sure they feel heard, loved and have the support they need. You can learn more, or join volunteers like Jamie at multicare.org/volunteers/ Volunteer Faith Pak welcomes all patients and families with a smile. She is a door screener at the North Shore Clinic, taking the temperatures of each patient and visitor, providing the office staff with support. "Faith has enhanced the patient experience by having the first contact with patients when they are entering the building, helping direct them through their visit," Clinic Manager, Deborah Forsyth says. "Our staff value the collaboration and kindness our Faith adds to the team. She is here three days a week and is always cheerful and happy."You can learn more or join volunteers like Faith at multicare.org/volunteers/ This week marks a week of appreciation for volunteers across the country " National Volunteer Week. Follow along this week as we highlight and celebrate our unique and dedicated volunteers. John McCarthy, a retired judge, came to MultiCare Volunteers Services wanting to give back. It didn't matter where " he offered his help "wherever was needed." Turns out, that was at the MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital Gift Shop. "John has been a great asset to our gift shop," Gift Shop Supervisor, Linda Armstrong says. "He not only picked up the everyday tasks in the shop quickly, but he also has great stories to tell, and the staff love him." John has gained quite the following " customers now know him by name and look forward to seeing him when they come in.You can learn more or join volunteers like John at multicare.org/volunteers/ COVID-19 vaccines are now available to everyone aged 16 years old or older in Washington state. MultiCare encourages everyone who is eligible to get a vaccine as soon as they are able. To schedule your vaccine appointment or learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines, please visit multicare.org/covid19/vaccineNote: We currently only offer the Moderna vaccine at our Inland Northwest vaccine clinic and are only able to accommodate patients 18 and older in the region at this time. We can accommodate patients ages 16-17 and above in our Puget Sound region vaccine clinic locations. Why are there age restrictions on which kids can get the vaccine now? What comorbidities qualify a child now? If parents are fully vaccinated, how can they protect their children?Dr. Mary Fairchok from Mary Bridge Children's Hospital answers these questions and more, while giving insight on the importance of the vaccine for pediatric populations. Read more at Dr. Prakash Gatta was diagnosed with COVID-19 in March of 2020, the early days of the pandemic. 9 months after being diagnosed, Dr. Gatta received his COVID-19 vaccine in December 2020. Today, as a COVID long-hauler, he still experiences chest pain and exercise intolerance, and it took almost ten months after being diagnosed to get his baseline heart rate back to normal. His advice for everyone? Seek help when you need it."A lot of people have shied away from health care during the pandemic. It's important that if you're having issues to talk to you provider. I've always been really healthy and rarely saw doctors until this year. People need to be able to feel vulnerable and seek help if they need it." Washington State has expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to two new phases -- phase 1B, tier 3 and tier 4, as of March 31. Swipe through to learn who is eligibile and how to schedule an appointment with MultiCare.For more information, visit multicare.org/covid19/vaccine This content isn't available at the moment Millennials, take note: we are seeing trends of colon cancers striking people in their early adult lives, especially those with a family history. "No one knows the exact reason why colon cancer rates are rising," says Laila Rashidi, MD. Some other factors that raise the risk of colorectal cancer in older adults may apply - such as obesity, unhealthy diet that includes processed meats, physical inactivity, smoking and alcohol consumption. "We're seeing patients in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Most medical oncologists have patients in these age groups," says oncologist Jennifer Slim, DO. " Early detection and screening is key to improving outcomes for young patients. If you're under 50, don't ignore your symptoms. Learn more at This week, Bill Robertson shared his thoughts with MultiCare employees regarding the recent violence against Asian Americans. In February of 2020, Lynn Tanuvasa, 42, received the news she was hoping not to hear: the colonoscopy she'd just had showed that she had colon cancer. Then, just a few days later, Tanuvasa received even more life-changing news: she was pregnant."When she [Lynn's mother] was first having symptoms, my mom didn't know what it was. Then when she found out, it was too late to cure. So I knew that, even though I was young, I needed to get checked not just for myself, but for my family and especially for my kids." With three vaccines now approved for use in the United States, rumors about the relative effectiveness of the three vaccines may be causing some people to try to wait for the "right one." Short answer: The right vaccine is the first one you can get. All three vaccines are highly effective at protecting against COVID-19 and preventing hospitalizations and deaths. Learn more about the differences and why medical experts recommend all three. MultiCare is providing vaccines to those eligible in Phase 1A and Phase 1B Tier 1 by appointment only at this time. If you are eligible, please call our automated vaccine line at 833-770-0530 to add yourself to a vaccine waitlist and request updates. For more information visit multicare.org/covid19/vaccine On March 6th, 2020, MultiCare received its first COVID-19 positive patient. MultiCare President and CEO Bill Robertson looks back on the days when the pandemic was first taking hold in our communities, and shares his thoughts with MultiCare employees and the community on where we are now -- one year later. Today marks the 100th anniversary of Taylor-Lacey Hospital, now known as MultiCare Auburn Medical Center, opening its doors to the Auburn community. We are so proud to celebrate this milestone with you, and we thank you for trusting us with your care. MultiCare President and CEO Bill Robertson reflects on 100 years of service and many more to come at Auburn Medical Center.Learn more at Black History Month is a time to celebrate the rich culture and incredible contributions of Black people throughout history. It's also a time to act on addressing longstanding inequities in health care access that disproportionately affect Black people and people of color. We spoke with five MultiCare employees helping to lead MultiCare's work on dismantling health disparities. See some key takeaways from their panel discussion. Chicago residents Anthony and Sara DeLegge were given just 24 hours' notice to adopt their new daughter in Tacoma, Washington. Once they arrived, the family was embraced by Tree House: A Place for Families " temporary housing powered by community donations " and MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital's Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit expert nurses and providers. With accommodations and amenities covered by Tree House, the DeLegge family was able to focus on what matters most. Follow their journey and discover how you can help other Tree House families at multica.re/treehouse Almost 60,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered by MultiCare across the state of Washington, and we remain committed to providing this important vaccine for our patients and communities as quickly and safely as possible. We understand many people are eager to get their COVID-19 vaccine and are frustrated at the delays in getting an appointment. We encourage those eligible to get the vaccine and who need to schedule their first-dose appointment to get on our vaccine waiting list by calling 833-770-0530 and following the automated prompts. Learn more: Super Bowl Sunday is just two days away. While we have seen a decrease in COVID-19 cases across the country, it's more important than ever to reduce our risks of exposure to the virus. Michael Myint, MD, infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist at MultiCare, talks through the risks of in-person Super Bowl Sunday celebrations in our communities and across the country.See the full video at Please do not show up to a vaccine location without an appointment.We understand that people are eager to get their COVID-19 vaccine and are frustrated at the delays in getting an appointment. We remain committed to providing this important vaccine for our patients and communities as quickly and safely as possible. Learn more at the link. Tuesday was the first of two scheduled mass vaccinations clinics in Pierce County, made possible by a joint effort from MultiCare, Pierce County, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and Virginia Mason/CHI Franciscan."It's been really fast-paced, but it's definitely exciting to see all the people happy to be able to have access to some sort of immunity to the disease." -Nancy Thompkins, RN.We understand many people are eager to get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible and are frustrated at the delays in getting an appointment. MultiCare remains committed to providing this important vaccine for our patients and communities as quickly and safely as possible. Please visit our vaccine page for the latest updates about appointments and other community vaccine opportunities: One of the ways that people and communities can honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is through service. MultiCare community partner United Way of Pierce County shares examples of how we can all do more to support and help our communities.On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, take time to reflect on the lasting impact and change inspired by Dr. King's life and learn how you can support your community in his honor. We are proud to announce that MultiCare Health System's Community Partnership Fund awarded $600,000 in 2020 to more than 75 Pierce, King and Thurston county organizations focused on addressing housing, food insecurity, health care and children's needs in its communities."We know that a person's health status is heavily influenced by having a safe place to live, and food to eat. We are proud to partner with these organizations and work collaboratively to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve."-Lois Bernstein, chief community executive for MultiCare Health System. Scientists and pharmaceutical companies have been in a race to develop an effective vaccine against COVID-19. Emergency approval was granted for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and each are shipping to all 50 states in some capacity. These vaccines have been developed on a much faster timetable than most vaccines, which has led to some people wondering about their safety. Watch MultiCare epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist Michael Myint, MD, talk more about the COVID-19 vaccines, their safety, and his plans to receive a vaccine as soon as he is eligible.Learn more at Last Friday, our first group of frontline workers received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine - a group including physicians, nurses, pharmacists and members of our environmental services team, as well as some of our community's first responders. "The vaccine means I don't have to worry every day that I'm bringing the virus home to my kids and my husband." Today, MultiCare received its first shipments of the Pfizer vaccine. There were around 4,000 doses delivered to three of our campuses."MultiCare's pharmacy teams are part of history today as they take in our first shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and implement new protocols to ensure proper storage for the vaccine at ultra-low temperatures," said Tim Lynch, Chief Pharmacy Officer The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, but at long last there's a light at the end of the tunnel. The FDA issued Emergency Use Authorization to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine and doses are now shipping to all 50 states. We don't know yet how many vaccines we'll get here in Washington, or when it will be widely available to members of the public. The first groups to get the vaccine will include health care workers in high-risk settings, high-risk first responders, and residents and staff of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Other groups will be added as we receive more vaccines.We know you have questions. We are committed to keeping you informed as we learn more and as the vaccines become more widely available. Visit our COVID-19 resource center for more details and links to other resources. Medicare open enrollment ends on December 7th - have you taken advantage of your open enrollment opportunity? Whether your coverage is through an employer or the state, we want to help you get the most out of your health care plan in 2021.Check out our tips for open enrollment and learn how to make sure MultiCare is included in your 2021 plan: Today on Giving Tuesday, you can support your community's health care heroes. By donating to MultiCare's Code Lavender program, you'll help caregivers find hope, healing and joy as COVID-19 continues. Your gift, no matter the size, provides services to help our care teams combat stress and burnout.Help those who help so many. Donate today at multica.re/codelavendergive Joan has been volunteering at Good Samaritan Hospital and surrounding clinics for nearly five years. She has provided tremendous support in various departments and locations. Even during the pandemic, Joan continued to support staff and helped wherever she was needed. "The value that Joan brings is that she is someone who wants to help her community and really cares about MultiCare's staff and patients," Volunteer Database Coordinator, Maria Estrada says. "She is a volunteer leader and has helped train new volunteers for various departments." You can learn more or join volunteers like Joan at multicare.org/volunteers/ Lonnie Dotson Sr. has volunteered more than 400 hours at the Covington Laboratory Desk and as a front entrance door screener. "Lonnie is so very sociable and relatable to our public," Covington Security Officer, Jake Brooks says. "He is attentive and diligent with his volunteer role. He has a smile and positive attitude with such uplifting conversation for each and every person he is screening at the front. He is always willing to jump in and help where needed and train new volunteers. Lonnie's just an excellent volunteer across the board!"One of Lonnie's major goals is keeping everyone safe. Lonnie makes sure to communicate the needs of the medical center, such as PPE equipment for patients, visitors and volunteers. Lonnie's enthusiasm and knowledge of his role shows everyone how he upholds all of MultiCare's values.You can learn more or join volunteers like Lonnie at multicare.org/volunteers/ At Grannies' Attic, Robbie provides excellent customer service to both customers and volunteers. He is always going above and beyond his volunteer responsibilities. He greets everyone, opens doors and picks up trash in the parking lot. "You can't have a bad day at Grannies, when Robbie is there," Grannies' Attic Store Coordinator, Zana Lee says. "He adds kindness and positivity to the whole team."You can learn more or join volunteers like Robbie at multicare.org/volunteers/ This week marks a week of appreciation for volunteers across the country " National Volunteer Week. We are honored to highlight and celebrate our unique and dedicated volunteers. As most volunteers were going on lockdown when COVID hit, Betty Irvin was reaching out. Understanding the health benefits of service and living a life with purpose, she sought a meaningful volunteer opportunity in her Auburn community. Betty found the perfect fit with the Auburn Medical Center Gift Shop. Betty has taken real ownership of her volunteer opportunity by filling a need. This truly is a labor of love, commitment and teamwork. "Betty is trusted and kind. She is selfless and loyal. She shares with us her greatest asset " her time. And, she does it with grace, integrity, kindness, creativity and generosity," Gift Shop Manager, Stacie Brown says. You can learn more or join volunteers like Betty at multicare.org/volunteers/. We sat down with Dr. Gretchen LaSalle to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines and talk through some of the common concerns, questions and hesitations. Vaccine eligibility has expanded to all Washington state residents 16 years or older. To schedule your vaccine appointment or view more frequently asked questions, please visit multicare.org/covid19/vaccine Today, we are excited to officially welcome Capital Medical Center and its 700 employees to MultiCare Health System. Capital Medical Center will join our 18 clinics currently in Thurston County to offer more choices, increased access, and better coordination to our patients across our entire network of care. For more information, visit Are you dreaming of spring break travels and warmer weather? Mary Bridge Children's Hospital infectious diseases physician, Mary Fairchok, MD, has some tips to help ensure your spring break travel plans are safe (without sacrificing the family fun!) Should you get a COVID-19 vaccine if you're pregnant, breast-feeding or planning to become pregnant? At present, there's no cut-and-dry answer, only guidelines from health experts to help individuals decide what's best for them. We spoke with Loren Molina, MD, a MultiCare board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, to better understand current guidelines and provide insight into the data available to help patients decide what is best for them personally. Women's History Month is a time to recognize the incredible contributions of women to our collective history. Women hold 76 perecent of all health care jobs, and in some health care occupations, such as nurse midwives, speech pathologists, dental assistants and medical assistants, women account for at least 90 percent of workers.MultiCare would not be the organization it is today without the contributions of one woman, Fannie C. Paddock, the founder of the first hospital in Tacoma, Washington -- known today as MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital. Meet David Kidd, BSN, CCRN, CMC, a critical care nurse in the Pulse Cardiac Care Unit at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital. David holds certifications in critical care and in cardiac medicine."When I left the military, I was faced with the tough decision to start over in a new career field. Nursing combined my passion for education and service to my community. From then on, I never looked back and continue to love my profession more and more."Certified Nurses Day is celebrated nationally on March 19 to honor nurses who achieve certification in their specialty. At MultiCare, we recognize the extra efforts our nurses take to achieve certification. As of today, Washington State has expanded vaccine eligibility to Phase 1B, tier 2. Swipe to find out who is eligible and how to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at MultiCare. As statewide vaccine eligibility continues to expand, MultiCare is now able to streamline our COVID-19 vaccine scheduling process. We have closed our COVID-19 vaccine wait list and will no longer be using our wait list to contact individuals as they become eligible. People who fall into Phase 1A and Phase 1B, tier 1 and tier 2 of Washington state's eligibility criteria may schedule their appointment through our self scheduling tool (multica.re/schedulingtool)If you do not currently fall into one of these groups, please wait until you are eligible and then you can use the tool to schedule your appointment.Visit for more info. While you can't do anything about your genes, lifestyle can be a significant risk factor for colorectal cancers. Swipe to see some of the best-known ways to reduce your risk. Even following those recommendations isn't a guarantee, and people of all ages should take symptoms seriously. Because colon cancer has typically been rare in people under 50, symptoms are often assumed to be caused by other conditions. Anyone with a first-degree relative diagnosed with colorectal, breast or uterine cancer appear to be at a higher risk and should start screening colonoscopies sooner, according to Dr. Laila Rashidi. Screening and early detection saves lives. Learn more at "I'm glad you're on the job." Those are the words Governor Jay Inslee had for MultiCare employees when he visited a community "second shot" vaccination clinic in Puyallup that MultiCare supported on March 4 in partnership with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department @TacomaPierceCoHD and others. This was the most recent event of many we've supported across the state as we work to help get as many people vaccinated as possible " including partnering to bring the vaccine to vulnerable communities and those who have been traditionally under-served.Learn more about vaccine locations in your community: As American Heart Month draws to a close, MultiCare Pulse Heart Institute's Uma Krishnan, MD, talks about her efforts to expand cardiovascular awareness and increase access to heart care in South King County. Learn what Dr. Krishnan is doing to bring heart healthy lifestyles to our communities: With COVID-19 vaccine shipments delayed due to weather, many people are having to wait longer than they hoped for their vaccine appointments. Michael Myint, MD, talks about what waiting for your second dose might mean for you (Spoiler alert: The CDC says you've got at least six weeks to get your second dose and still have it be fully effective.)Learn more at ). The COVID-19 vaccine will help protect you from getting sick from the virus, but it will also protect your family, your friends and all others you interact with.A lot of people have questions about potential side effects from these vaccines. Sometimes after a vaccination, your body can develop symptoms or side effects as part of the process of building immunity. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection. Find out what you can you expect with the COVID-19 vaccine: "MultiCare's mission calls us to partner with organizations to better meet the needs of the communities we serve. We are excited to work collaboratively with Kootenai Health to create more opportunities for the patients and their families to receive the care they need in the most convenient and cost-effective ways possible" -Tim Holmes, president, MultiCare Behavioral Health Network.Today, Kootenai Health and MultiCare Health System announced plans to work together on select important behavioral health initiatives. Learn more about this new partnership at February is #HeartMonth, and the Spokane skyline is celebrating with help from MultiCare Health System - Inland NW and Pulse Heart Institute Cancer patients deserve the very best care. When there are barriers to care such as lack of transportation, food and housing insecurity and insurance limitations, social workers at MultiCare Regional Cancer Centers depend on donor contributions to the Helping Hands fund to help. In honor of World Cancer Day, make a donation to the Helping Hands today to support cancer patients and their families.Two new mass vaccination sites are opening in King County next week. Vaccines are available by appointment only for those who are eligible to receive the vaccine at this time.Learn more at: At 97 years old, Violet received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine today. Her vaccine was administered by Physician Executive Michael Myint, MD, an infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist at MultiCare. Thanks to volunteers like Dr. Myint stepping up across our organization, Violet is just one of the 18,213 members of the community to get a COVID-19 vaccine dose so far from MultiCare. All together, we've given 32,976 doses (and counting) to our employees and community members systemwide.We understand that people are eager to get their COVID-19 vaccine and are frustrated at the delays in getting an appointment. We remain committed to providing this important vaccine for our patients and communities as quickly and safely as possible. Learn more at multicare.org/covid19/vaccine/ There are two drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination events happening in Pierce County next week. These events are by appointment only and are for individuals eligible in Phase 1A and Phase 1B, Tier 1. See details and registrations links below: Over the last year, the world has faced a stream of unprecedented events that have changed day-to-day life immensely. Managing the distress related to this unrelenting stream of events can be challenging for adults and children alike.Chris Ladish, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer of Pediatric Behavioral Health at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, shares guidance for how we can provide support to children in our lives. 10,117. 30 percent. What do these numbers mean? That's how many doses of COVID-19 vaccine MultiCare has administered so far, and nearly 30% of those doses went outside of MultiCare to local first responders and community health care providers and their staffs (as of 1/5/2021). These numbers are just going to go up from here. The vaccine still isn't available for the general public, but this week the Department of Health released updated guidelines on the next phase of vaccine prioritization for our state.Learn more at We are excited to announce that MultiCare has reached an agreement to acquire the majority ownership interest in Capital Medical Center in Olympia, Washington. This will expand MultiCare's ability to meet the health care needs of the people and communities in the South Puget Sound region and more broadly in the Pacific Northwest. Capital Medical Center is a 107-bed community hospital that opened in 1985 and serves communities in Olympia, as well as Thurston, Mason, Lewis, and Grays Harbor counties. Learn more at While the holiday season always comes with a fair share of stress and anxiety, this year has brought additional challenges. Know that you are not alone. We spoke with our Mobile Outreach Crisis Team to compile some tips for supporting yourself and your loved ones this holiday season. This holiday season is like none we've experienced. We are all weary of the missed human connections and ongoing challenges in our lives because of COVID-19. MultiCare nurses share what their holidays will look like this year and why they encourage all of us to do our part to keep our friends and family members safe and healthy.Learn more at We are honored to announce that Mary Bridge Children's Hospital has received the The Leapfrog Group Top Children's Hospital award for the third year running. Despite the unprecedented circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mary Bridge Children's team has shown their unwavering dedication to our patients and the broader community, more than ever before.Learn more at multica.re/leapfrog2020 "I'd never been to the doctor for any health reason at all until then. I played sports, ran 5ks, roughhoused with my kids, and rode a motorcycle. I didn't have any family history of this type of cancer. My wife and I just looked at the doctor and didn't know what to say. We were pretty shocked." At 35, Brett Nowlin was diagnosed with stage four esophgeal cancer. Almost 3 years later, his scans show no sign of cancer. Read Brett's full story here: Dung Halfhill has only been volunteering for three months and already served close to 200 hours.Office Coordinators, Judy Dunn and Tara McWhorter want to recognize Dung for her "gentle communication with families and her non-intrusive attention to detail in cleaning the front office registration/check in desks and the seating area," they say. "We feel like this communicates outstandingly our commitment to health and safety and excellence."You can learn more or join volunteers like Dung at multicare.org/volunteers/ Ray serves as a leader at Celebrate Seniority, stepping in where needed, taking on new responsibilities and helping guide the direction of community outreach. Ray currently volunteers on the Celebrate Seniority Advisory Council, Community Blood Pressure team and Education Committee."He brings a sense of humor, commitment and interest in helping our community stay healthy and active," Celebrate Seniority Manager, Deborah Gurney says.You can learn more or join volunteers like Ray at multicare.org/volunteers/. Visiting the doctor is never easy, especially for children. It can be scary for a child to go into a big building with unfamiliar surroundings. Volunteers John Simchuk and Ken Emly not only help alleviate stress at the entrance of the Mary Bridge Children's Health Center, but they also ensure children in our community have access to nutritious meals. "John and Ken treat every child with so much kindness and respect," Mary Bridge Health Center screener, Jessica Dickson says. "Parents often boast at the door coming in how sweet they are. I see them get down on the children's eye levels and talk to them and make jokes with their parents. If a child is shy, they will attempt to comfort them and usually end up making them giggle. They create such a welcoming energy when people are coming and going." When the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to go virtual, many children no longer had access to free and reduced lunch programs. In partnership with the USDA Summer Food Service Program, Mary Bridge Children's provided more than 15,000 meals this past year. Volunteers like John and Ken continue to prepare and serve those meals, supporting local families in need. "I look forward to seeing them each week, and I know the families are just as appreciative," Jessica says. "John and Ken exhibit all of Mary Bridge Children's values and bring what we are about to life every time they come."You can learn more or join volunteers like John and Ken at multicare.org/volunteers/ "We are so thankful for all of our volunteers," Medical Receptionist, Jolene Merrill says. "It shows great character and dedication to volunteer for a pulmonary office in the middle of a pandemic. Our volunteers show up with a smile and are ready to help." Volunteers like Michelle McKenzie go above and beyond. They screen every patient in the hallway prior to entering the office by taking temperatures, asking COVID-19 screening questions, making sure they are masked and wiping down chairs and chair rails in the waiting room. "We take extra precautionary measures to keep our patients safe, and it takes extra time to do this," Jolene says. "We appreciate the time they take to help us. It is very challenging to keep up on it all on our busy days. The days we don't have a volunteer, it takes a lot to juggle our front desk duties and screen patients.""On busy days, having them help our front office makes a huge difference and takes a big relief off of their shoulders," CMA, Janee Taitingfong adds. You can learn more or join volunteers like Michelle at multicare.org/volunteers/ For more than 15 years, Susan Hayes has been sharing her time and talents at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital.Affectionately known around the hospital as "The Bead Lady," Susan supports Beads of Courage. This program provides colorful beads to children coping with serious illness, so they can record, tell and own their stories of courage. "I love helping children through their journey and celebrating their courage."Mary Bridge Children's Child Life Assistant, Lou Ann League appreciates Susan's dedication and positive attitude. "Susan's passion about this program is contagious, and it spreads to others she connects with along the way, including patients, families, staff and other volunteers. Her positive energy and enthusiasm sparkle everywhere she goes. She's an amazing liaison for our Mary Bridge Children's staff."You can learn more or join volunteers like Susan at multicare.org/volunteers/ Join MultiCare Behavioral Health Foundation on Thursday, May 13, for the 2021 MultiCare Changing Minds Virtual Luncheon benefitting MultiCare Behavioral Health, Navos and Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare. 100% of donations will support treatment programs through these providers. Hosted by New Day Northwest's Amity Addrisi, the event will feature former clients sharing their recovery journeys. Learn more about treatment programs for children, youth and adults in our community with emotional and mental illness and Substance Use Disorders. and hear from guest speaker Lily Cornell Silver, mental health advocate and daughter of the late Chris Cornell.You can register for the luncheon at In our hectic schedules, carving out time each day to work out can seem daunting. Luckily, there are easy ways to increase your normal physical activity through actions you do on a daily basis. MultiCare Pulse Heart Institute's Greg Lang, PA-C, shares some tips and tricks for staying active, and highlights some ways you may already be staying active in your daily routines. Washington State has expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to two new phases -- phase 1B, tier 3 and tier 4, as of March 31. Swipe through to learn who is eligibile and how to schedule an appointment with MultiCare.For more information, visit multicare.org/covid19/vaccine National Doctors Day is a chance to honor and recognize the contributions that our physicians make to our patients, our system and the communities we serve. The past year has challenged us in ways we could never have anticipated, and we continue to be struck by the courage, compassion and resilience you have shown during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for your unwavering dedication to our mission of partnering for healing and healthy future. As of today, more than 1 million Washington State residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As we strive toward our next big milestone, check out these 5 common vaccine myths and the truth behind them.To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines and how to schedule an appointment when eligible, visit multicare.org/covid19/vaccine The COVID-19 pandemic and COVID-19 vaccine distribution continues to underscore health disparities. Some of the most common barriers to vaccination include access to reliable transportation, internet, technology, translation services and trusted information. MultiCare has a plan to provide 23,000 COVID-19 vaccines to people who face barriers to getting vaccinated. Your donation to the MultiCare COVID-19 Response Fund can help put this plan into action.Learn how you can help: Certified Nurses Day is celebrated nationally on March 19 to honor nurses who achieve certification in their specialty. At MultiCare, we recognize the extra efforts our nurses take to achieve certification.Meet Certified Nurse Andrea Syverson, BSN, CCRN, a third-generation nurse who achieved board certification in critical care just last month. Andrea has been a nurse for 27 years - spending the last 12 at MultiCare Valley Hospital. "My plans for becoming a nurse began when I was six years old. I dressed up as a nurse for Halloween and declared my plans to my parents for my future! My mom and grandma were both nurses, so you could say it was in the genes." Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C, is a new pediatric disease caused by an abnormal immune reaction to COVID-19. Many children have mild to moderate cases and require minimal or no hospital support. However, in more severe cases, aggressive treatment is required because the disease can quickly progress.Learn what we know about MIS-C, its symptoms and treatments from Mary Bridge Children's Infectious Diseases physician, Mary Fairchok, MD. Yesterday, MultiCare administered its 100,000th COVID-19 vaccine dose. While there is plenty of work left to be done in the fight against COVID-19, we celebrate this milestone - and our staff and volunteers who made it possible.We remain committed to providing this important vaccine for our patients and communities as quickly and safely as possible. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine at "I just witnessed my peers as being, heroes -- warriors, I guess I would say. Just warriors in the sense that they came in with a certain braveness, not that they weren't afraid, but they took off the fear, put it down maybe, and then walked in and said, let's get this done."-Jim Cornwell, Chaplain, Tacoma General HospitalMarch 5th is Employee Appreciation Day, and we take this moment to look back on the past year that our employees have faced as health care and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. MultiCare exists because of the bravery, compassion and dedication of each of our over 20,000 employees, and we are grateful for their service to our communities every day. Brea Seaburg, a Nurse Practitioner with Pulse Heart Institute, discusses how simple changes to our diet can lead to a big impact on heart health and chronic disease. Celebrate American Heart Month by finding out what a heart healthy life looks like for you. Learn more at February is American Heart Month - are you living a heart healthy lifestyle?Making a few simple changes to your diet and lifestyle can lower your risk for cardiovascular disease by as much as 80 percent.Learn some common risk factors for woman and tips for avoiding them from Dr. Uma Krishnan, MultiCare Pulse Heart Institute cardiologist. Yesterday, MultiCare employees assisted in vaccinating almost 1,200 people facing COVID-19 vaccine access barriers in our community. The event, co-hosted by MultiCare, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, CHI Franciscan/Virginia Mason and Pacific Lutheran University, was the result of targeted outreach to community members who face access and equity barriers to health care. MultiCare's Pulse Heart Institute is #HereForYou Is there benefit to double masking? Are you putting yourself at risk if you aren't double masking? We asked Michael Myint, MD, infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist at MultiCare, for his expert advice on this topic."There's a big difference between what meets the minimal requirement to, say, get into a store, and a mask that provides the level of protection the CDC is recommending." In recent weeks, several concerning new coronavirus variants have surfaced around the globe, including here in the United States. These variants all appear to spread more quickly than others, which may cause more people to get sick from COVID-19. Hear from MultiCare epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist Michael Myint, MD, as he talks more about these variants, where they are coming from and steps we can take to protect ourselves from getting sick.For more information visit Designed to bridge the gap between academic licensing and workforce development, MultiCare's Advanced Practice Primary Care (APP) Fellowship Program allows newly graduated MultiCare nurse practitioners (NPs) to advance their skills with support and supervision while improving access to primary care in the community."As a mentoring program, the end goal of the APP Fellowship is to develop providers who are confident and competent, who want to practice in our community, and who hopefully want to be providers within our system for a very long time." -Cyd Marckmann, DNP, ARNP, MultiCare APP Fellowship Program Washington State has expanded vaccine eligibility to Phase 1B, tier 1, which includes everyone aged 65 years or older, as well as to those who are 50 and older who live in multi-generational households and meet some additional criteria. We understand that people are eager to get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible and are frustrated at the delays in getting an appointment. In this video, Dr. Michael Myint discusses who is currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine and what some of the current challenges are in getting vaccines to those who want it.View the full video at Today, Washington state expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to individuals in the state's Phase 1B, tier 1: All people 65 years or older; and all people 50 years or older in multi-generational households (homes where individuals from multiple generations reside such as an elder and a grandchild).This means we are now able to offer vaccine to our patients who meet those criteria.MultiCare's COVID-19 vaccine information center has more details, including guidance on how to schedule your vaccine appointment if you're eligible. Visit for the latest information. While still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, parents across the Puget Sound region took to social media on Wednesday to acknowledge they were having trouble helping their kids make sense of the violence and chaos in the nation's capital.Dr. Chris Ladish, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital's Chief Clinical Officer for Pediatric Behavior, spoke with The News Tribune to share some guidance. While we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, it is still important for all of us to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Watch as MultiCare nurses talk about what their holidays will look like this year and why they encourage us to keep our loved oneds safe and healthy. Today, we celebrate. It is a monumental day as our first group of frontline workers received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination."This is such a major accomplishment, a vaccine developed for a totally unknown and new diseases in less than 12 months. That's a medical miracle." Steven Pace, MDTo our frontline workers, thank you is not enough to honor your continued commitment to the health of your patients and our communities.Content warning: post contains footage of needles and vaccine administration This year, MultiCare's donor-supported Code Lavender program expanded to offer a 24/7 employee support hotline and leadership roundtable meetings. "These enhanced services have been designed to offer extra support during a highly stressful and uncertain time. We want our employees to be calm and confident in order to provide excellent patient care during this critical health crisis," Employee Wellness Coordinator, Damian Gennette, explains. With your help, Code Lavender can continue to offer vital support to hardworking health care workers. Help ensure every caregiver hero has access to rapid-response care today by giving at multica.re/codelavendergive/Learn more at multicare.org/news/code-lavender-caring-for-our/ Medicare Open Enrollment runs through December 7th - don't miss your chance to enroll. This message is brought to you by one of our partners, Aetna, helping patients with Medicare Advantage plans. Fletcher International is available to evaluate all options at 1-888-383-0685 Thank you for taking a moment to recognize our health care heroes during Giving Tuesday! Your gifts to Code Lavender will provide mental and emotional support services to help reduce caregiver stress and burnout during the pandemic. Learn more about this crucial program at support.multicare.org/codelavender MultiCare provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and job applicants. 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