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Medical Staff Wellness

About

The Virginia Mason Memorial Provider Wellness Program to enhance the well-being of physicians and those they serve.

The Practitioner Wellness Committee

Supporting practitioner health

Why?

  • 60% of practicing practitioners will experience burnout at some point in their careers.
  • 5% of practitioners are impaired by substance abuse.
  • The suicide rate among female doctors is 130% higher than among women in general.

Our Goals

  • Promote practitioner personal and professional well-being on all levels.
  • Foster an all-encompassing culture of mutual concern, safety, professionalism and confidentiality.
  • Improve the work environment, improve the level of care for patients and create more satisfying personal relationships.

If you or a colleague is struggling, we are here to help. The PWC is a confidential program to support and advocate for you. Within this program the practitioner will be channeled to appropriate resources designed to help with his/her specific concerns.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What kinds of problems are appropriate to bring to the PWC?
A. Anything that affects your ability to stay well emotionally as a provider in our hospital. Common issues include substance abuse, divorce, depression, transition to retirement, sleep deprivation, major illness and sexual boundaries.

Q. What happens after I call?
A. You will have an anonymous conversation with the committee member you have chosen to call. You will be given direction to appropriate resources, if needed.

Q. If I self-refer, will I be reported to the Medical Executive Committee or to the Medical Board?
A. No. This is a voluntary, confidential program. The conversation is confidential. If you self-refer, no on outside of the committee will be aware of your contact.

Q. What if an administrator of the hospital referred me to the PWC?
A. If you were referred by administration, only the fact that you contacted the committee, but no details, will be provided to the referring administrator.

Q. What if I believe a member of the medical staff is impaired by drug or alcohol use?

A. You are urged to call the Practitioner Wellness Committee or the Washington Physicians Health Program at 800-552-7236. The contact is anonymous.

Q. Will this put the impaired practitioner’s license in jeopardy?
A. No, it will not.

The Washington Physicians Health Program is an independent, nonprofit organization established in 1986.  It is a physician-led program with an experienced staff dedicated to helping healthcare professionals while promoting patient safety.

WPHP assists healthcare professionals with medical conditions that may affect their ability to practice medicine safely.  These conditions include substance use and behavioral health disorders, as well as physical and cognitive disorders. WPHP is a confidential resource to the maximum extent provided by law.

When there are concerns about impairment, expert assessment and monitoring programs provide the basis upon which WPHP advocates for healthcare professionals so that they can return to work. WPHP provides referrals for additional evaluation or treatment as needed.

WPHP also offers wellness programs for healthcare professionals looking to improve their own stress-resilience and quality of life. It also has an outreach program to educate the medical community about topics in physician health.

Confidential referrals may be made to:

Washington Physicians Health Program
Phone: 800-552-7236
720 Olive Way, Suite 1010, Seattle, 98101

Reaching out to the Practitioner Wellness Committee

Members of the Virginia Mason Memorial Medical and Allied Health Staff can reach out to the Practitioner Wellness Committee by contacting members of the committee directly.

Test Yourself

Below are anonymous online self-test sites:

Altruism:
Altruism Quiz - Greater Good Science Center

Anxiety, PTSD:
Anxiety screen - Mental Health America

Burnout:
Workplace Burnout Quiz from Christina Maslach and Michael Leitner, courtesy of Scientific American.
Find more information and resources on burnout

Depression:
Anyone can experience depression, including physicians,and especially in medical training. Rate yourself with this Depression screen. See Get Help section if you'd like to talk with someone.

Emotional Intelligence:
How well do you read other people? Quiz from Greater Good Science Center

Empathy:
Also from the Greater Good Science Center, try this empathy quiz.

Happiness:
How happy are you? From Dr. Martin Seligman, director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, take a variety of questionnaires relating to happiness, optimism, gratitude, personal strengths and life meaning. Log in required for cumulative anonymous research purposes. Privacy policy.

Mindfulness
Mindfulness Quiz from Greater Good Science Center.
Find more information and resources on mindfulness

Physical Fitness:
Physical fitness test - Mayo Clinic
Find more information and resources on exercise and fitness

PTSD:
This PTSD Screen from the PTSD Association of Canada

Relationship Trust:
Relationship Trust Quiz - Greater Good Science Center

Self-compassion:
Perfectionistic? Hard on yourself? Rate your level of self-compassion from the website of Kristin Neff, PhD, creator of the validated self-compassion scale.

Sleepiness:
Sleepiness Scale - Epworth Scale.

Stress:
Stress screen - Mental Health America
Find more information and resources on stress

Substance use:
Evaluate your beliefs, attitudes and behaviors concerning alcohol use - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse

Work-Life Balance:
Quiz - Canadian Mental Health Association
Find more information and resources on Work-Life Balance - Stanford Medicine

NEW! Telehealth: Let us bring your Healthcare to you.

We are now offering Telehealth visits at all Virginia Mason Memorial clinics. These are typical appointments with your provider but from your home, work, or wherever is most convenient for you

Learn more about joining one of our providers for a Telehealth visit »

COVID-19 Evaluation Clinic: Our Creekside HealthyNow location is now a COVID-19 evaluation clinic. If you have cough and fever, please schedule your visit at our Creekside Location. Please list your symptoms in the reason for visit so our team is better prepared to assist you.

This location completes an evaluation to determine if you're a candidate for COVID testing. Learn more »

COVID-19 Virginia Mason Memorial Press Conference March 21

Hospital Visitor Restrictions

Visitor Restrictions Poster

Latest News

Physician Recruitment: Our Physician and Provider recruiting efforts have been modified in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. At present, we are scheduling phone calls with interested candidates, but site visits are not allowed. Also, we will not be extending contracts during the acute phase of the COVID-19 response. Please know how much we appreciate your interest in us and how much we hope to have the opportunity to consider you further for a role with VMM.

Please contact us at physicianrecruitment@yvmh.org to schedule a phone call with one of our recruiters.

Additional Spiritual Resources During COVID-19

For prayers and spiritual care requests please email CurtisMcFarland@yvmh.org

Tele-Chaplaincy

There are times when a direct face to face spiritual care conversation is not the best option (due to distance, a pandemic, patient preference). That's where Tele-Chaplaincy provides another possibility. You can request chaplain support using your personal or hospital room phone to connect confidentially with a hospital chaplain. Chaplains will listen, provide encouragement, offer help and resources, if you are part of a faith community the chaplain can help you connect with them, and, if desired, the chaplain can provide prayer.

Virtual Chaplaincy

There are times when a direct face to face spiritual care conversation is not the best option (due to distance, a pandemic, patient preference). That's where Tele-Chaplaincy provides another possibility. You can request chaplain support using your personal or hospital room phone to connect confidentially with a hospital chaplain. Chaplains will listen, provide encouragement, offer help and resources, if you are part of a faith community the chaplain can help you connect with them, and, if desired, the chaplain can provide prayer.

Elective surgeries: Based on directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Virginia Mason Memorial is postponing elective surgeries and procedures.

Visitors to the Family Birthplace: In another protective measure, the hospital is also further limiting visitors to the Family Birth Place. Women in labor may have two visitors until the baby arrives. After the birth there may be only one visitor.

Hospital Lab Services: All out-patient lab services - including newborn screens and bilirubin collections - will now be provided at Memorial Cornerstone Medicine, 4003 Creekside Loop. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday and Sunday.

Hospital pharmacy: Beginning Thursday, March 19, the hospital pharmacy is closed to the public for the duration of the pandemic. The public may choose to have those prescriptions transferred to VMM's Pharmacy at Creekside or the pharmacy of their choice. The Pharmacy at Creekside, 4003 Creekside Loop, is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers walk-in or drive-through options for pickup.

Farmacia del Hospital: A partir del jueves 19 de marzo, la farmacia del hospital estará cerrada al público mientras dure la pandemia. El público puede escoger si quiere que sus recetas sean transferidas a la otra farmacia de Virginia Mason Memorial, localizada en la clínica Cornerstone o también puede elegir cualquier otra farmacia de su preferencia. La clínica de Cornerstone, está localizada en el 4003 Creekside Loop. En esta farmacia se puede recoger la medicina por la ventana y/o adentro de la clínica.

Horario: Lunes a Viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 6:00 p.m. y sábado y domingo de las 8:00 a.m. a las 4:30 pm