Medical Staff Wellness Program

The Medical Staff Wellness Program was created for you.

There are few careers more rewarding - and more challenging - than medicine. Many of us have become overwhelmed by the complexities of medicine and others are just experiencing increased career related stress. Wherever you may be on the burnout spectrum, these have a negative impact on our health, our relationships and patient care. We have organized our efforts around burnout prevention, crisis support and helping the provider that may be impaired due to any number of causes.

We have one goal: to develop and maintain a program that is available to help providers deal with the increasing stress in medicine.

Please take some time to explore the information and resources we have compiled for you, as well as the names of professionals available to help with you, a colleague, a co-worker or even a loved one finding themselves at a point of crisis.

Our Promise to You

We identified three pillars around which this program is organized. These are:

Stress Management and Burnout Prevention
As healthcare providers, we all recognize that mounting regulatory requirements decrease efficiency and increase time demands without adding appreciable value to the work of delivering care to our patients. This erodes our personal and family time, and leads to burnout and decreased job satisfaction.

The reality is that we don't have any significant control over the regulation; but we do have control over working with our organization to meet these requirements as efficiently as possible and learn how to deal with the frustration.

Our commitment is to provide programs designed to help us identify personal stressors and how best to manage them, as well as create forums where we can talk through our frustrations in groups or individually.

Crisis Support
No matter how fortunate we have been in winning the social lottery, some of us are going to experience a monumental crisis, either professional or personal. We are creating processes where medical staff members are available to support and assist any practitioner undergoing a professional crisis such as a poor clinical outcome.

Additionally, we recognize that personal or family crisis will have a negative impact on our ability to practice effectively. We are developing resources for personal or family assistance in these situations.

Impaired Practitioners
We have identified four categories of impaired providers, due to substance abuse, mental health issues, aging issues and unexpected physical impairments.

Our commitments in working with impaired providers are outlined below.

For medical staff members:

  • Focused on medical staff wellness
  • Prevention through education
  • Safe and confidential communication
  • Honest and factual interventions
  • Effective treatment pathways
  • Respectful monitoring processes
  • Effective support for medical staff leadership committees

For the referring party:

  • Commitment to follow through on any referral
  • Clear communication on process and disposition of referrals
  • Prevention through education

For the organization:

  • Improved safety and quality of care delivered to our patients
  • Integration with the EvergreenHealth Employee Wellness initiatives
  • Effective support for medical staff and administrative leadership committees
  • Compliance with regulatory statutes

Wellness Committee Members

James Brown, MD

Internal Medicine
EvergreenHealth Primary Care, Canyon Park

Bob Adams, MD

Sports Medicine
EvergreenHealth Orthopedic & Sports Care

Ted Brown, MD

Medical Director - Multiple Sclerosis
EvergreenHealth Multiple Sclerosis Care

Angela Chien, MD

EvergreenHealth Obstetrics & Gynecology Care

Robin deRegt, MD

Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Eastside Maternal-Fetal Medicine at EvergreenHealth 

Tempe Evans, PsyD

EvergreenHealth  Neuropsychological Services

Jack Handley, MD

Emergency Medicine
EvergreenHealth Emergency Department

Karen Knops, MD

Medical Director - Palliative Care
Overlake Hospital

Midori Larrabee, MD

Chief Medical Officer
EvergreenHealth Monroe

John Nelson, MD

Overlake Hospital Wellness Committee

Alison Overland, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
EvergreenHealth Rehabilitation Services

Raymond Park, MD

Neurology, Sleep Medicine
EvergreenHealth General Neurology

Marshall Partington, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Partington Plastic Surgery and Laser Center

Linda Jeppesen

VP, EvergreenHealth Medical Group Operations

Bob Sampson

Sr. VP, Human Resources

Kay Taylor

Sr. VP, Marketing, Communications & Customer Experience