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PeaceHealth makes preparations for possible staffing crisis

Roughly 13% of its caregivers remain unvaccinated, according to PeaceHealth.

Posted: Aug 26, 2021 7:09 PM
Updated: Aug 26, 2021 7:30 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- PeaceHealth's deadline for caregivers to be vaccinated or have a qualifying medical or religious exemption approved is approaching quickly.

According to PeaceHealth, roughly 13% of its caregivers are unvaccinated. Those staff members will be placed on unpaid administrative leave effective Sept. 1 if they do not get vaccinated or submit a qualifying exemption on or before Aug. 31, according to PeaceHealth.

PeaceHealth said it has some flexibility in moving staff quickly between its hospitals throughout the state as needed.

The company is also beefing up its staff with temporary traveling nurses and other staff members, both clinical and non-clinical to fill whatever gaps may be created by staff members who are placed on leave.

PeaceHealth said it's been bringing in extra help as COVID cases climbed throughout the summer and hospital beds began to fill up.

As we've reported, finding housing in Lane County has been a challenge for some of these traveling nurses, so PeaceHealth said it's working with a local hotel to provide temporary housing at reduced rates.

PeaceHealth has also set up a lodging hotline to connect caregivers and travelers to property owners who have housing available in Lane County.

If you have extra housing and want to help out, you're asked to call 541-222-8111.

The Oregon National Guard said it's offered to send help to perform non-clinical duties including laundry as well as administrative and custodial tasks.

PeaceHealth said it's still exploring this option but has not made a decision about whether or not the offer will be accepted at this time.

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