Samaritan Health Services recently earned recognition from the American Medical Association’s Joy in Medicine Health System Recognition Program, the Corvallis-based organization announced.
The AMA distinction is granted to organizations that demonstrate a commitment to preserving the well-being of clinical care team members by engaging in proven efforts to combat work-related stress and burnout.
“We are honored to have received this award,” Dr. William Barish, Samaritan chief wellness officer, said in a press release. “It reflects a collective effort of a number of individuals and departments across Samaritan. We are dedicated to the work of building a culture of well-being and improving the practice environment for care teams. It is a first step in Samaritan’s ongoing journey to create a safe work environment for all.”
Examples of initiatives helping to promote care team well-being include:
• Working to make the electronic health record easier to use and more effective for clinicians and patient care.
• Conducting annual surveys of burnout rates among clinicians and using information gathered to guide improvements.
• Supporting clinician leadership through assessment and education.
• Offering Care for Caregiver, a free program that connects trained peer supporters to clinical and nonclinical team members who may need emotional support.
Monkeypox vaccination available
The monkeypox vaccination for eligible patients is available in Corvallis, Samaritan Health Services announced.
Health officials said getting vaccinated before exposure to monkeypox provides the best chance to prevent disease. For those who may have already been exposed, getting vaccinated as soon as possible, ideally within four days, may help prevent the disease or make it less severe.
The Oregon Health Authority recommends monkeypox vaccination for the following:
• Anyone who has been identified by public health as a contact of someone with monkeypox.
• Anyone who has had close contact with someone with monkeypox.
• Anyone who anticipates having or has had recent direct skin-to-skin contact with at least one other person and who knows other people in their social circles or communities who have had monkeypox.
• Laboratory workers who routinely perform monkeypox virus testing.
• Clinicians who have had a high-risk occupational exposure to monkeypox.
Currently, it is not recommended for the broader public, officials added.
The monkeypox vaccination is free to eligible patients and is also available through county public health departments. For those who need help with determining if they should be vaccinated, talk to a health care provider or contact the local county public health department.
To make an appointment, visit samhealth.org/monkeypox or call 541-768-5810.