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Resources for You & Your Family

Samaritan is committed to supporting you and your family during the unprecedented challenges facing us in healthcare in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We hope the resources below will help you more effectively manage the stress, anxiety, complex emotions and changes we are facing together.  The PRIDE that you are demonstrating during this rapidly evolving landscape is incredible, and we sincerely thank you for your efforts as we work together to care for each other and our communities. 

Please continue to visit this page, as additional resources continue to be added.

Additional updates are available on the Samaritan Coronavirus Page and the Emerging Pathogens page on the SHS Insider.

Guided Stress-Reduction Sessions

Monday - Friday, 12:30 p.m. for 15 minutes

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Mindfulness Meditation led by Kari Hart, MSW, LCSW, Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher
  • Tuesday and Thursday: Relax and Restore led by Alyssa Wink, Director, Employee Wellness

Samaritan pays for the Calapooia Employee Assistance program for you and your dependents. This is a free and confidential service that includes up to four free counseling sessions per year, per person, per episode. Counseling services can cover a variety of issues including addictions, marriage, divorce, career, parenting, depression, time management, grief and more.

Phone: 541-967-8345

Assessing your risk of COVID-19 can help you take good care of yourself and your family by choosing lower-risk activities. Below you will find a guide to understand and minimize your COVID-19 risk. Both of the infographics below are available for downloading.

You can also find specific risk assessment guides for large indoor and outdoor gatherings, visiting non-essential services, getting outside, vacations, travel and outdoor demonstrations here. 

Special thanks to Michaela Lindahl & Associates for designing and making these graphics available!

 Minimize your risk of contracting COVID-19 - infographic. Understand the risk factors around COVID-19 transmission - infographic. Know Your Risks for COVID-19-PDF

The Oregon Wellness Program serves to help Oregon health care clinicians prevent and address burnout. The program is open to any licensed Oregon physician, PA, or nurse practitioner.

An individual may receive up to 8 private counseling sessions per year, either in person or by telemedicine. Services are free and confidential.

In-person visits are available in Eugene or Salem, provided by vetted psychiatrists or psychologists.

Schedule a visit by calling 541-242-2805.

Visit the program for more information.

Access peer support for yourself, or to make a referral for a team member in need. Completely confidential support from team members who are not counselors but who are good listeners and can provide support through difficult times. 

Support is available by email 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please include a name and phone number for the person in need of support.

Spiritual and emotional support available for anyone affiliated with Samaritan. Each community has chaplains available to help staff with needs, whether in clinic, hospital, or elsewhere in the organization. Most are available at all times by using the chaplain’s pager.

Contact your local chaplain if you would like this type of support.

Albany

Corvallis

Lebanon

Lincoln City

Newport

The Organizational Development (OD) team is offering 30-minute phone slots to provide short, targeted coaching sessions for Samaritan managers and leaders. OD Specialists Tom Graham, Dave Stickland and Susie King are available to you during these difficult times.

These coaching sessions are tailored to you, available weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There’s no preset format: You determine the focus, whether it’s some tools to have that difficult conversation with an employee, or just some needed encouragement or support for you personally. It’s about listening, encouraging and maybe providing some coaching advice. 

If you would like to take advantage of a leadership coaching/support session, simply e-mail Dave SticklandAn OD professional will get back to you promptly to set up a phone conversation the same day, or as soon as possible.

These short videos and accompanying worksheets below have been created to help you successfully navigate management and leadership challenges during these stressful and anxious times. They have been produced and presented by Terri Houde, corporate trainer with Linn-Benton Community College.

Series 1: Caring for Self and Team 

Check out the videos that Terri Houde has produced, and then take some time to fill out the worksheets.

  1. The Leadership Paradox  Video  Worksheet
  2. The Functional Zone  Video  Worksheet
  3. The Adaptive Cycle  Video  Worksheet

Series 2: Emotional Intelligence & Social Distancing

  1. Wise Mind  Video  Worksheet
  2. Above & Below the Line  Video  Worksheet
  3. Triangle Theory  Video  Worksheet


Series 3: The Unknown

  1. Introduction  Video  Worksheet
  2. Spoon Theory  Video  Worksheet
  3. Mapping the Unknown  Video  Worksheet

Advisory Board Articles & Infographics

COVID-19 has brought new opportunities for leadership growth. As employees work remotely, with no clear answer if or when they might be allowed to return to the office, how do you manage the lines of communication? How do you calm anxieties and keep your team engaged?

Check out these articles and infographics from Advisory Board for some great tips.

Use Uncertainty to Your Advantage

Make Telework Work for your Team

Myths of Employee Engagement

Support Front Line Staff During COVID-19

Compassion Fatigue Assessment

How To Be a Less-Stressed Leader

Establishing Ongoing Feedback and Support Channels for Staff

SamFit Resources

Other Physical Health Resources

Free 24/7 support at your fingertips.

Text HOME to 741741 to start a conversation by text with a live, trained Crisis Counselor. Learn more.

  • Vital WorkLife for Physicians – a service dedicated to helping physicians become their best selves by providing physician-focused behavioral health solutions. Call toll free 877-731-3949 for assistance any time or learn more on the SHS Clinician Portal.

  • Learning to Relax This training allows you to learn and experience several simple relaxation tools such as progressive muscle relaxation, abdominal relaxation, breathing and visualization.
  • The Science of Well-Being Course – one of Yale’s most popular courses is now available for free. In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. Coursera - The Science of Well Being
  • COVID-19 Conversations for Clinicians – free archived webinar presentations on the topic of “An Emotional Survival Guide,” hosted by faculty members from OHSU and the University of Massachusetts.
  • Caring for Yourself and Caring for Others During a Disaster/Epidemic Video on Vimeo
  • Tiny Survival Guide, a one-page handout from The Trauma Stewardship Institute
  • Greater Good Science Center
    • Greater Good Together: 20 minutes of connection on Facebook Live. Free guided grounding practice & practices to boost resilience, connection or positivity. Easy to join via Facebook on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. PDT.
    •  The Greater Good Science Center and Reimagine are partnering to present a Daily Dose of Togetherness. Free 50-minute virtual gatherings are available online to enhance collective well-being.
  • Intro to Oregon Master Gardener Program Hosted for free by the Master Gardener-Short Course Series, this course will introduce you to the Oregon Master Gardener Program and the role Master Gardener volunteers play.
  • Vegetable Gardening Online Course Hosted for free by the Master Gardener-Short Course Series, this course will teach you how to select a site, prepare soil and plant vegetables properly as well as gain skills to successfully produce food and identify common insect and disease problems.

Available wherever you download mobile apps

  • Headspace – a meditation app that is now available for free to all healthcare professionals with a NPI number
  • Happify – activities and games designed to reduce stress and promote well-being
  • Elevate – games to stimulate your mind
  • Yoga Studio – at home yoga practice
  • Mindful – practice mindfulness
  • UCLA Mindful – meditation for well-being
  • Stop, Breathe & Think – mindfulness, meditation and deep breathing
  • Smiling Mind – daily meditation and mindfulness exercises
  • Sweat app for women’s fitness from Kayla Itsines

Available wherever you download your podcasts (e.g. iTunes)

  • The Faculty Factory podcast has a brief guided meditation for a few minutes of calm. Neda Gould, PhD also provides tips for dealing with uncertainty in uncertain times.
  • Good News Network – “good news” related to the current health crisis.
  • The Science of Happiness – Compassion, gratitude and mindfulness
  • The Kindness Project – Kindness to yourself and others
  • Simple Self Care Podcast – Self-care practices
  • Daily Boost9-minute Daily Boost Coaching to help you clarify your purpose, break through obstacles, and stay motivated.

Below is the current information for Albany, Corvallis and Lebanon. Efforts are still underway to finalize options for parents of younger children, and we will keep you informed as that information becomes available.

As you make childcare arrangements with any of the organizations referenced below, please provide your Samaritan ID number in addition to other contact information.

Albany

Greater Albany Public Schools

  • Childcare is available at Liberty Elementary School, 2345 Liberty St. SW, for grades K-5.
  • Care is available weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The site will initially support 20 children and will expand as GAPS staffing and demand permit.
  • Care will be limited to the children of essential health care workers. Due to limited capacity, anyone who is able to, is strongly encourage to rely on their existing day care arrangements, or other family members before using this resource. Other essential workers (beyond Essential Health Care Workers) may call 211 to receive referrals to alternate childcare options.
  • A current Samaritan employee identification number is needed to register, and employees may only access these services for their scheduled shift.
  • Please understand that children will be screened for symptoms daily (e.g. coughing or fever) and will be excluded if they are even potentially infected. This is necessary to maintain services for all families.
  • If your child begins showing symptoms or becomes ill while at Liberty, you will be asked to return immediately to pick up your child to enable services to continue.
  • All portions on the registration and medication forms must be completed. If the child takes no medications, submit a form marked “N/A.” 
  • Unfortunately, incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Families wishing to access this care should email the following information to the district: 

  • Completed child registration form. 
  • Completed medication authorization. If your child has medical needs that are not well reflected by the registration forms, please provide additional details in your email. If your child’s needs are not pre-identified, we may be forced to exclude your child when you arrive. We need to be prepared to ensure the safety of your child while you work to support our community.
  • Within the email include your Samaritan Identification number and your shifts for two weeks (or more as far out as you can provide).  

Once your registration has been reviewed, GAPS will respond to let you know if we still have space remaining to support your family.

YMCA of the Mid-Willamette

  • The YMCA is offering care for children ages 3 and up
  • Care is available weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Angela Duncan at the YMCA, 541-926-4488 or by e-mail.  

Corvallis

Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis

  • The club is offering care for school-aged children grade K-6.
  • Care is available weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, contact the club at 541-757-1909 or by e-mail and include a call-back number.

Lebanon

Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam

  • The club is offering care for school-aged children grades K-5. 
  • Care is available weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Pre-registration is required and can be completed online.

 

If you or a coworker are in financial crisis, Samaritan Foundations might be able to help. To apply for an Employee Emergency Fund grant, complete an application and submit to your local HR office who will submit it to the appropriate Samaritan Foundation.

The Employee Emergency Fund Committee reviews applications. The fund is made available by Samaritan Foundations based on donor contributions.

Download the application from the SHS Insider.

Miscellaneous Community Resources & Information

Need Additional Resources?

If you need a wellness resource that you don’t see on this page, please contact the Employee Wellness team.