Medical Staff Wellness
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
- 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.
- 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
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.
Below are anonymous online self-test sites:
Altruism Quiz - Greater Good Science Center
Anxiety screen - Mental Health America
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.
How well do you read other people? Quiz from Greater Good Science Center
Also from the Greater Good Science Center, try this empathy quiz.
This PTSD Screen from the PTSD Association of Canada
Relationship Trust Quiz - Greater Good Science Center
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 Scale - Epworth Scale.
Evaluate your beliefs, attitudes and behaviors concerning alcohol use - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse
Quiz - Canadian Mental Health Association
Find more information and resources on Work-Life Balance - Stanford Medicine
COVID-19 News & Announcements
New! June 23: Going Home after Birth during the COVID-19 Pandemic
New! June 23: Volver a casa después de dar a luz durante la pandemia de COVID-19
To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, Virginia Mason Memorial (VMM) would like to remind all patients and visitors that masks are REQUIRED at all VMM facilities, including our clinics.
To conserve supplies, we request that all patients and visitors bring masks to their appointments. A limited number of reusable cloth masks, made by community members, will be available if you need one.
We also strongly encourage all community members to wear masks when in public - this is one of our best tools to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
UPDATED! May 26: New Visitation Policy
As a response to the current community situation with COVID-19, we are suspending most in-person visits to our hospitalized patients. The decision to suspend hospital visits was difficult and made only after careful consideration.
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Prescription Home Delivery
We now offer home delivery for your prescription medications.
Visitors to Generations OB/GYN
As part of our continuing efforts to focus on patient safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, Generations has changed its visitor policy.
No visitors will be allowed for clinic visits, with the only exceptions being:
1 Visitor will be allowed for the first OB appointment
1 visitor will be allowed at the 20 week anatomy ultrasound
Visitors to the Family Birthplace
Women in the Family Birthplace may have one visitor.
Telehealth: Your questions answered
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 »
We have reduced the number of Physician and Provider positions we are recruiting for in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Should you be interested in possible employment with Virginia Mason Memorial, please contact us at email@example.com. We are actively reviewing our staffing needs and new positions are being approved for posting. We appreciate your interest in us and hope to have the opportunity to consider you for a role with VMM.
Additional Spiritual Resources During COVID-19
Chaplains at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital provide care for every patient regardless of their personal beliefs or non-beliefs. For support, assistance, prayers, and all other spiritual care requests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the spiritual care office: (509) 575-8035
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. Calls are confidential. Chaplains will listen, provide encouragement, offer help and resources, and if desired, offer prayer. If you are part of a faith community a chaplain can help you connect with them.
Without regular visits from family and friends a stay in the hospital can be even more challenging. One of our newest offerings, Virtual Chaplaincy using Zoom, helps make connections. By contacting the Spiritual Care team at the email or phone number above you can request a Zoom meeting. Family and friends throughout the Yakima Valley, from the four corners of the state, from across the country and even internationally, are meeting with patients via Zoom to offer their love and support. Due to the popularity of this option scheduling and frequency may, at times, be limited.
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.
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