Danna Beal, M. Ed.
Author and Speaker
1816 1st Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119
Cathy Rider (CJ)
Early Assistance Program
PHC has contracted with The Wellspring Family Services Early Assistance Program to provide confidential early assistance to active staff physicians and their families for issues such as:
- Professional and personal stress/distress
- Balancing work and home
- Emotional issues
- Parenting issues
- Marital conflict
Medical leadership will provide information regarding this program and the physician wellness committee to practitioners who have experienced an adverse patient outcome or other extraordinary circumstances.
Medical Staff Services will periodically mail information regarding the program (including recognition of illness and impairment) to physician offices and homes. Information and confidential contact phone numbers will be available in medical Staff Services and regularly included in orientation materials and Medical Staff newsletters.
Payment for the program is apportioned among the participating PHC hospitals. Half of the yearly fee for the service to SHMC physicians is paid through the Medical Staff Services account, and half through the medical staff treasury account.
Washington Physicians Health Program
WPHP covers MD's, DO's, PA's, dentists and podiatrists.
The State of Washington has established an impaired practitioner program, the WPHP, which may be contacted at 206.583.0127 (Toll free anonymous line: 1.800.552.7236) to provide the following services:
- Receive and assess reports of suspected impairment
- Intervene in cases of verified impairment, or in cases where there is reasonable cause to suspect impairment
- Refer suspected or verified impaired physicians for evaluation or treatment
- Monitor the treatment and rehabilitation of impaired physicians including those ordered by the Medical Quality Assurance Commission
- Provide monitoring and continuing treatment and rehabilitative support of physicians
- Preventive and educational services
Practitioners may self-refer in addition to being referred by the organization. While participating in the WPHP program, practitioners may continue to practice without being exposed to disciplinary action by the Medical Staff or State Medical Board as long as they do not become disruptive or threaten to compromise patient care.
The WPHP will notify hospitals quarterly that practitioners on their staff maintain good status within the program; other than this notification, the process is confidential, unless it is deemed that the practitioner may not safely practice. This communication comes to the Director, Medical Staff Office. S/he will report to the Chief Medical Officer and/or appropriate Medical Staff Leadership if non-compliance with the program is determined.
Providence St. Peter Hospital
Southwest Washington Library Services
Hours: M-F 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Located on the lower level of the hospital between the Medical Staff Office and the Family Birth Center. Badge Access is available after hours.