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Chief Information Security Officer

Company: Multicare Health Systems
Location: Tacoma
Posted on: April 8, 2021

Job Description:

Work Schedule: Per Position Requirements The reasons to work at MultiCare are as unique as the people who do. Join us for the professional challenges you seek. In the settings you prefer. With schedules that fit your life. Learn more at www.multicarejobs.orgPosition Summary:
The Chief Information Security Officer is Executive-level management of strategy, operations, and budget for security of the enterprise. Directs and approves design of security systems / operations, including policies and controls. Ensures disaster recovery / business continuity processes are in place and validated. Accountable for cyber incident response planning, investigations after breaches or incidents. Coordinates directly with all IT leaders across the enterprise to assure that related policies and IT controls are being effectively developed, implemented and executed.
The role is an integral component of the corporate governance structure and encompasses the strategy, behaviors, business processes and technology needed to achieve compliance with security, business and IT policies and practices. The CISO is responsible for proactively protecting information assets from unauthorized or inappropriate access, use or disclosure as well as business disruptions.
Reporting directly to the CIO, the incumbent will work closely with Senior Business Unit Leaders, Internal Audit, Privacy, Risk and Compliance Leaders. Regular contacts include internal and external auditors, Legal, Privacy and Ethics is also required of the position. The incumbent will also interact with the Board of Directors as required.Minimum Requirements:
5 years of increasing leadership experience in information security.
10 years' experience in strategic planning, risk management, and IT operations.
Experience with HITRUST, PCI, NIST, FISMA and COBIT Control Frameworks Education/Licenses/Certifications:
BS in Computer Science/Information Technology or Related Field
MS or MBA Preferred
Certification and appropriate experience in Information Security; Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) and/or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) - Preferred SEARCH BY KEYWORD SEARCH BY CATEGORY SEARCH BY LOCATION SEARCH BY SPECIALTY SEARCH BY ENTITY View All Jobs Dr. Prakash Gatta was diagnosed with COVID-19 in March of 2020, the early days of the pandemic. 9 months after being diagnosed, Dr. Gatta received his COVID-19 vaccine in December 2020. Today, as a COVID long-hauler, he still experiences chest pain and exercise intolerance, and it took almost ten months after being diagnosed to get his baseline heart rate back to normal. His advice for everyone? Seek help when you need it.

"A lot of people have shied away from health care during the pandemic. It's important that if you're having issues to talk to you provider. I've always been really healthy and rarely saw doctors until this year. People need to be able to feel vulnerable and seek help if they need it." Washington State has expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to two new phases -- phase 1B, tier 3 and tier 4, as of March 31. Swipe through to learn who is eligibile and how to schedule an appointment with MultiCare.

For more information, visit multicare.org/covid19/vaccine This content isn't available at the moment Millennials, take note: we are seeing trends of colon cancers striking people in their early adult lives, especially those with a family history.

"No one knows the exact reason why colon cancer rates are rising," says Laila Rashidi, MD.
Some other factors that raise the risk of colorectal cancer in older adults may apply - such as obesity, unhealthy diet that includes processed meats, physical inactivity, smoking and alcohol consumption.

"We're seeing patients in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Most medical oncologists have patients in these age groups," says oncologist Jennifer Slim, DO. "

Early detection and screening is key to improving outcomes for young patients. If you're under 50, don't ignore your symptoms. Learn more at https://www.multicare.org/colorectal-cancer-prevention-and-screening/ This week, Bill Robertson shared his thoughts with MultiCare employees regarding the recent violence against Asian Americans. In February of 2020, Lynn Tanuvasa, 42, received the news she was hoping not to hear: the colonoscopy she'd just had showed that she had colon cancer. Then, just a few days later, Tanuvasa received even more life-changing news: she was pregnant.

"When she [Lynn's mother] was first having symptoms, my mom didn't know what it was. Then when she found out, it was too late to cure. So I knew that, even though I was young, I needed to get checked not just for myself, but for my family and especially for my kids." https://www.multicare.org/news/diagnosed-with-colorectal-cancer-while-pregnant/ With three vaccines now approved for use in the United States, rumors about the relative effectiveness of the three vaccines may be causing some people to try to wait for the "right one."

Short answer: The right vaccine is the first one you can get. All three vaccines are highly effective at protecting against COVID-19 and preventing hospitalizations and deaths. Learn more about the differences and why medical experts recommend all three.

MultiCare is providing vaccines to those eligible in Phase 1A and Phase 1B Tier 1 by appointment only at this time. If you are eligible, please call our automated vaccine line at 833-770-0530 to add yourself to a vaccine waitlist and request updates. For more information visit multicare.org/covid19/vaccine https://www.multicare.org/news/which-vaccine-get-the-first-one-you-can/ On March 6th, 2020, MultiCare received its first COVID-19 positive patient.
MultiCare President and CEO Bill Robertson looks back on the days when the pandemic was first taking hold in our communities, and shares his thoughts with MultiCare employees and the community on where we are now -- one year later. https://www.multicare.org/news/ceo-message-covid-19-one-year-later/ Today marks the 100th anniversary of Taylor-Lacey Hospital, now known as MultiCare Auburn Medical Center, opening its doors to the Auburn community.

We are so proud to celebrate this milestone with you, and we thank you for trusting us with your care. MultiCare President and CEO Bill Robertson reflects on 100 years of service and many more to come at Auburn Medical Center.

Learn more at https://www.multicare.org/100-years-of-caring/ Black History Month is a time to celebrate the rich culture and incredible contributions of Black people throughout history. It's also a time to act on addressing longstanding inequities in health care access that disproportionately affect Black people and people of color.

We spoke with five MultiCare employees helping to lead MultiCare's work on dismantling health disparities. See some key takeaways from their panel discussion. https://www.multicare.org/news/black-history-month-health-disparities/ Chicago residents Anthony and Sara DeLegge were given just 24 hours' notice to adopt their new daughter in Tacoma, Washington. Once they arrived, the family was embraced by Tree House: A Place for Families - temporary housing powered by community donations - and MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital's Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit expert nurses and providers.

With accommodations and amenities covered by Tree House, the DeLegge family was able to focus on what matters most.

Follow their journey and discover how you can help other Tree House families at multica.re/treehouse https://multica.re/treehouse Almost 60,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered by MultiCare across the state of Washington, and we remain committed to providing this important vaccine for our patients and communities as quickly and safely as possible.

We understand many people are eager to get their COVID-19 vaccine and are frustrated at the delays in getting an appointment. We encourage those eligible to get the vaccine and who need to schedule their first-dose appointment to get on our vaccine waiting list by calling 833-770-0530 and following the automated prompts.

Learn more: https://www.multicare.org/covid19/vaccine/ Super Bowl Sunday is just two days away. While we have seen a decrease in COVID-19 cases across the country, it's more important than ever to reduce our risks of exposure to the virus.

Michael Myint, MD, infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist at MultiCare, talks through the risks of in-person Super Bowl Sunday celebrations in our communities and across the country.

See the full video at http://multica.re/superbowlsunday Please do not show up to a vaccine location without an appointment.

We understand that people are eager to get their COVID-19 vaccine and are frustrated at the delays in getting an appointment. We remain committed to providing this important vaccine for our patients and communities as quickly and safely as possible. Learn more at the link. http://multicare.org/vaccine Tuesday was the first of two scheduled mass vaccinations clinics in Pierce County, made possible by a joint effort from MultiCare, Pierce County, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and Virginia Mason/CHI Franciscan.

"It's been really fast-paced, but it's definitely exciting to see all the people happy to be able to have access to some sort of immunity to the disease." -Nancy Thompkins, RN.

We understand many people are eager to get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible and are frustrated at the delays in getting an appointment. MultiCare remains committed to providing this important vaccine for our patients and communities as quickly and safely as possible. Please visit our vaccine page for the latest updates about appointments and other community vaccine opportunities: https://www.multicare.org/covid19/vaccine/ One of the ways that people and communities can honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is through service. MultiCare community partner United Way of Pierce County shares examples of how we can all do more to support and help our communities.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, take time to reflect on the lasting impact and change inspired by Dr. King's life and learn how you can support your community in his honor. https://uwpc.galaxydigital.com/mlk-jr-month-of-service We are proud to announce that MultiCare Health System's Community Partnership Fund awarded $600,000 in 2020 to more than 75 Pierce, King and Thurston county organizations focused on addressing housing, food insecurity, health care and children's needs in its communities.

"We know that a person's health status is heavily influenced by having a safe place to live, and food to eat. We are proud to partner with these organizations and work collaboratively to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve."
-Lois Bernstein, chief community executive for MultiCare Health System. https://www.multicare.org/press-releases/multicares-community-partnership-fund-awards/ Scientists and pharmaceutical companies have been in a race to develop an effective vaccine against COVID-19. Emergency approval was granted for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and each are shipping to all 50 states in some capacity.

These vaccines have been developed on a much faster timetable than most vaccines, which has led to some people wondering about their safety.

Watch MultiCare epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist Michael Myint, MD, talk more about the COVID-19 vaccines, their safety, and his plans to receive a vaccine as soon as he is eligible.

Learn more at https://www.multicare.org/covid19/#vaccines Last Friday, our first group of frontline workers received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine - a group including physicians, nurses, pharmacists and members of our environmental services team, as well as some of our community's first responders.

"The vaccine means I don't have to worry every day that I'm bringing the virus home to my kids and my husband." Today, MultiCare received its first shipments of the Pfizer vaccine. There were around 4,000 doses delivered to three of our campuses.

"MultiCare's pharmacy teams are part of history today as they take in our first shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and implement new protocols to ensure proper storage for the vaccine at ultra-low temperatures," said Tim Lynch, Chief Pharmacy Officer The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, but at long last there's a light at the end of the tunnel. The FDA issued Emergency Use Authorization to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine and doses are now shipping to all 50 states. We don't know yet how many vaccines we'll get here in Washington, or when it will be widely available to members of the public. The first groups to get the vaccine will include health care workers in high-risk settings, high-risk first responders, and residents and staff of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Other groups will be added as we receive more vaccines.
We know you have questions. We are committed to keeping you informed as we learn more and as the vaccines become more widely available. Visit our COVID-19 resource center for more details and links to other resources. https://www.multicare.org/covid19/#vaccines Medicare open enrollment ends on December 7th - have you taken advantage of your open enrollment opportunity? Whether your coverage is through an employer or the state, we want to help you get the most out of your health care plan in 2021.

Check out our tips for open enrollment and learn how to make sure MultiCare is included in your 2021 plan: https://www.multicare.org/choose-multicare/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=choose-multicare Today on Giving Tuesday, you can support your community's health care heroes. By donating to MultiCare's Code Lavender program, you'll help caregivers find hope, healing and joy as COVID-19 continues. Your gift, no matter the size, provides services to help our care teams combat stress and burnout.

Help those who help so many. Donate today at multica.re/codelavendergive During a normal fall and winter, it can be hard to tell if your cough, aches and stuffy nose are due to a cold or the flu. This year, it's going to be even more difficult, with COVID-19 still spreading rapidly locally and worldwide.

Remember - don't self diagnose. If you develop any of these symptoms, wear a mask, stay away from others and talk to your health care provider right away to find out if you should be tested for COVID-19.

Learn more at multica.re/COVID19symptoms It's been nearly 10 months since the COVID-19 outbreak took hold in Washington state, and it's had a deep impact on our communities - and worldwide.

This summer, we spoke with some of MultiCare's frontline employees about COVID-19. With cases increasing at a faster rate than ever before, their thoughts are more relevant than ever.

Learn more at https://multica.re/3lQliiu For many, the open enrollment period has begun, and you don't want to miss out. Do you have the health care coverage you and your family needs? We know it can be difficult to pick coverage that plans for all of life's uncertainties. From health plan definitions to a breakdown of what goes into your health insurance, we have answers for all questions about open enrollment.

Learn how to get the most out of open enrollment and how to make sure MultiCare is included in your 2021 plan: https://www.multicare.org/navigating-open-enrollment/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=choose-multicare For high school students playing contact sports, avoiding COVID-19 might be top of mind - but the risk of concussion is just as significant as ever. The MultiCare Sports Concussion Program is the only program in the South Puget Sound area focused on treating children and young adults.

Learn more about MultiCare's specialized care for concussion prevention and treatment: https://www.multicare.org/news/multicare-sports-concussion-program/ We are excited to announce a partnership with Medical Teams International to offer free COVID-19 testing in South King County.

The testing sites are drive up or walk up and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No insurance, identification or fees are required for participants. Insurance information will be collected if an individual has it, however it is not required for testing. COVID-19 precautions will be in place and will include a screening questionnaire and temperature checks.

For clinic dates and locations and other information, visit https://www.multicare.org/press----/free-covid-19-testing-for/ We look forward to the MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital NICU Halloween costumes all year long. Which one is your favorite? We are excited to announce our latest partnership with UW Medicine and Airlift Northwest. MultiCare and UW Medicine have signed an agreement making Airlift Northwest the preferred air transport service for pediatric patients needing care at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital and neonatal patients needing care at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital.

The Mary Bridge Pediatric Critical Care transport team and the Tacoma General Neonatal Critical Care transport team will accompany Airlift Northwest staff to provide critical care on flights transporting pediatric and neonatal patients between hospitals across Washington.

Working together, we can bring high quality care to our state's smallest patients.

Learn more at https://www.multicare.org/news/new-partnership-to-improve-critical/ Halloween is a favorite holiday for many kids - and adults. How can we celebrate safely this year? Mary Bridge Children's Hospital pediatric infectious disease specialist Mary Fairchok, MD, shares some tips for celebrating spooky season safely in 2020. https://www.multicare.org/news/halloween-2020-how-to-celebrate/ Today, we are excited to officially welcome Capital Medical Center and its 700 employees to MultiCare Health System. Capital Medical Center will join our 18 clinics currently in Thurston County to offer more choices, increased access, and better coordination to our patients across our entire network of care.

For more information, visit http://multica.re/hellocmc Are you dreaming of spring break travels and warmer weather?

Mary Bridge Children's Hospital infectious diseases physician, Mary Fairchok, MD, has some tips to help ensure your spring break travel plans are safe (without sacrificing the family fun!) https://www.multicare.org/news/tips-for-safe-spring-break/ Should you get a COVID-19 vaccine if you're pregnant, breast-feeding or planning to become pregnant? At present, there's no cut-and-dry answer, only guidelines from health experts to help individuals decide what's best for them.

We spoke with Loren Molina, MD, a MultiCare board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, to better understand current guidelines and provide insight into the data available to help patients decide what is best for them personally. https://www.multicare.org/news/covid-19-vaccines-and-pregnancy/ Women's History Month is a time to recognize the incredible contributions of women to our collective history. Women hold 76 perecent of all health care jobs, and in some health care occupations, such as nurse midwives, speech pathologists, dental assistants and medical assistants, women account for at least 90 percent of workers.

MultiCare would not be the organization it is today without the contributions of one woman, Fannie C. Paddock, the founder of the first hospital in Tacoma, Washington -- known today as MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital. https://www.multicare.org/news/womens-history-month-fannie-paddock/ Meet David Kidd, BSN, CCRN, CMC, a critical care nurse in the Pulse Cardiac Care Unit at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital. David holds certifications in critical care and in cardiac medicine.

"When I left the military, I was faced with the tough decision to start over in a new career field. Nursing combined my passion for education and service to my community. From then on, I never looked back and continue to love my profession more and more."

Certified Nurses Day is celebrated nationally on March 19 to honor nurses who achieve certification in their specialty. At MultiCare, we recognize the extra efforts our nurses take to achieve certification. As of today, Washington State has expanded vaccine eligibility to Phase 1B, tier 2. Swipe to find out who is eligible and how to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at MultiCare.


As statewide vaccine eligibility continues to expand, MultiCare is now able to streamline our COVID-19 vaccine scheduling process. We have closed our COVID-19 vaccine wait list and will no longer be using our wait list to contact individuals as they become eligible. People who fall into Phase 1A and Phase 1B, tier 1 and tier 2 of Washington state's eligibility criteria may schedule their appointment through our self scheduling tool (multica.re/schedulingtool)
If you do not currently fall into one of these groups, please wait until you are eligible and then you can use the tool to schedule your appointment.

Visit www.multicare.org/covid19/vaccine/ for more info. While you can't do anything about your genes, lifestyle can be a significant risk factor for colorectal cancers. Swipe to see some of the best-known ways to reduce your risk.

Even following those recommendations isn't a guarantee, and people of all ages should take symptoms seriously. Because colon cancer has typically been rare in people under 50, symptoms are often assumed to be caused by other conditions.

Anyone with a first-degree relative diagnosed with colorectal, breast or uterine cancer appear to be at a higher risk and should start screening colonoscopies sooner, according to Dr. Laila Rashidi.

Screening and early detection saves lives. Learn more at https://www.multicare.org/colorectal-cancer-prevention-and-screening/ "I'm glad you're on the job." Those are the words Governor Jay Inslee had for MultiCare employees when he visited a community "second shot" vaccination clinic in Puyallup that MultiCare supported on March 4 in partnership with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department @TacomaPierceCoHD and others. This was the most recent event of many we've supported across the state as we work to help get as many people vaccinated as possible - including partnering to bring the vaccine to vulnerable communities and those who have been traditionally under-served.

Learn more about vaccine locations in your community: https://bit.ly/3sSP6On As American Heart Month draws to a close, MultiCare Pulse Heart Institute's Uma Krishnan, MD, talks about her efforts to expand cardiovascular awareness and increase access to heart care in South King County.

Learn what Dr. Krishnan is doing to bring heart healthy lifestyles to our communities: http://www.multicare.org/news/dr-uma-krishnan-champion With COVID-19 vaccine shipments delayed due to weather, many people are having to wait longer than they hoped for their vaccine appointments. Michael Myint, MD, talks about what waiting for your second dose might mean for you (Spoiler alert: The CDC says you've got at least six weeks to get your second dose and still have it be fully effective.)

Learn more at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html ). The COVID-19 vaccine will help protect you from getting sick from the virus, but it will also protect your family, your friends and all others you interact with.

A lot of people have questions about potential side effects from these vaccines. Sometimes after a vaccination, your body can develop symptoms or side effects as part of the process of building immunity. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection.

Find out what you can you expect with the COVID-19 vaccine: https://www.multicare.org/news/what-to-expect-with-the-covid19-vaccine/ "MultiCare's mission calls us to partner with organizations to better meet the needs of the communities we serve. We are excited to work collaboratively with Kootenai Health to create more opportunities for the patients and their families to receive the care they need in the most convenient and cost-effective ways possible" -Tim Holmes, president, MultiCare Behavioral Health Network.

Today, Kootenai Health and MultiCare Health System announced plans to work together on select important behavioral health initiatives. Learn more about this new partnership at http://multica.re/kootenaihealth February is #HeartMonth, and the Spokane skyline is celebrating with help from MultiCare Health System - Inland NW and Pulse Heart Institute Cancer patients deserve the very best care. When there are barriers to care such as lack of transportation, food and housing insecurity and insurance limitations, social workers at MultiCare Regional Cancer Centers depend on donor contributions to the Helping Hands fund to help. In honor of World Cancer Day, make a donation to the Helping Hands today to support cancer patients and their families.
http://multica.re/worldcancerday Two new mass vaccination sites are opening in King County next week. Vaccines are available by appointment only for those who are eligible to receive the vaccine at this time.

Learn more at: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/vaccine/distribution.aspx http://ow.ly/SIsm50Dm9F0 At 97 years old, Violet received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine today. Her vaccine was administered by Physician Executive Michael Myint, MD, an infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist at MultiCare. Thanks to volunteers like Dr. Myint stepping up across our organization, Violet is just one of the 18,213 members of the community to get a COVID-19 vaccine dose so far from MultiCare. All together, we've given 32,976 doses (and counting) to our employees and community members systemwide.

We understand that people are eager to get their COVID-19 vaccine and are frustrated at the delays in getting an appointment. We remain committed to providing this important vaccine for our patients and communities as quickly and safely as possible. Learn more at multicare.org/covid19/vaccine/ There are two drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination events happening in Pierce County next week. These events are by appointment only and are for individuals eligible in Phase 1A and Phase 1B, Tier 1. See details and registrations links below: Over the last year, the world has faced a stream of unprecedented events that have changed day-to-day life immensely. Managing the distress related to this unrelenting stream of events can be challenging for adults and children alike.

Chris Ladish, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer of Pediatric Behavioral Health at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, shares guidance for how we can provide support to children in our lives. https://www.multicare.org/news/talking-to-children-about-distressing-events/ 10,117. 30 percent. What do these numbers mean? That's how many doses of COVID-19 vaccine MultiCare has administered so far, and nearly 30% of those doses went outside of MultiCare to local first responders and community health care providers and their staffs (as of 1/5/2021).
These numbers are just going to go up from here. The vaccine still isn't available for the general public, but this week the Department of Health released updated guidelines on the next phase of vaccine prioritization for our state.

Learn more at https://www.doh.wa.gov/Newsroom/Articles/ID/2554/Who-goes-next-Washington-releases-next-phase-of-vaccine-prioritization We are excited to announce that MultiCare has reached an agreement to acquire the majority ownership interest in Capital Medical Center in Olympia, Washington. This will expand MultiCare's ability to meet the health care needs of the people and communities in the South Puget Sound region and more broadly in the Pacific Northwest.

Capital Medical Center is a 107-bed community hospital that opened in 1985 and serves communities in Olympia, as well as Thurston, Mason, Lewis, and Grays Harbor counties.

Learn more at http://multica.re/capitalmedicalcenter https://www.multicare.org/news/multicare-and-capital-medical-center/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=capmc While the holiday season always comes with a fair share of stress and anxiety, this year has brought additional challenges. Know that you are not alone.
We spoke with our Mobile Outreach Crisis Team to compile some tips for supporting yourself and your loved ones this holiday season. https://www.multicare.org/news/how-to-manage-holiday-stress-covid-19/ This holiday season is like none we've experienced. We are all weary of the missed human connections and ongoing challenges in our lives because of COVID-19.

MultiCare nurses share what their holidays will look like this year and why they encourage all of us to do our part to keep our friends and family members safe and healthy.

Learn more at https://multica.re/saferholidays We are honored to announce that Mary Bridge Children's Hospital has received the The Leapfrog Group Top Children's Hospital award for the third year running.

Despite the unprecedented circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mary Bridge Children's team has shown their unwavering dedication to our patients and the broader community, more than ever before.

Learn more at multica.re/leapfrog2020 https://www.marybridge.org/blog/mary-bridge-leapfrog-top-hospital-again-2020/ As we wrap up Movember and continue to raise awareness for men's health issues such as prostate cancer, it is timely that the Tacoma area's very first UroLift-- procedure was performed at MultiCare Allenmore Hospital earlier this month.

Learn more about the innovative procedure from urologist Jesse L. Mierzwiak, MD, who performed the first procedure. https://www.multicare.org/news/movember-spotlight-minimally-invasive-procedure-treats-enlarged-prostate/ Heidi. Max. Jaclyn. These are just a few of our local health care heroes who've experienced the physical, emotional and mental toll of caring for our community during a global pandemic. With help from the donor-powered Code Lavender program, these frontline fighters can get the support and resources needed to continue their critical work with courage and resilience. Learn more at multica.re/caringforcaregivers.

You can support your MultiCare heroes by participating in Giving Tuesday on December 1. https://multica.re/codelavendergive COVID-19 cases are rapidly increasing across Washington state. To ensure the safety of our patients and staff and to help stop the spread of the virus, we have updated our visitor restrictions in our hospitals and clinics. We appreciate your patience and cooperation. Please visit https://www.multicare.org/visitor-restrictions/ to see the full restrictions. Please note that the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Drive-Thru Flu Vaccine Clinic originally sheduled for today, November 19th, at Steilacoom School District Office has been relocated to Lakes High School from 2:30-5:30 p.m..

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For more information visit https://www.tpchd.org/healthy-people/flu/free-drive-thru-flu-vaccine Prakash Gatta, MD, is one of the region's leading gastrointestinal surgeons.
During Stomach Cancer Awareness Month, he reminds us that stomach cancer is the sixth leading cause of cancer deaths in America.

"Like other malignancies, stomach cancer is generally more treatable when detected before cancer has spread." Learn what Dr. Gatta and his gastroenterologist partners want you to know about the symptoms of stomach cancer and other disestive disorders and how you can get support for your digestive health at MultiCare. https://www.multicare.org/news/what-to-know-about-stomach-cancer/ November is Diabetes Awareness Month. In partnership with MultiCare, the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties is offering an online Diabetes 101 Seminar covering basic diabetes information and terminology, tips for eating healthy and staying active and reviews the fundamentals of diabetes medications. The seminar will be taught by a MultiCare Diabetes Eduator.

Join us for a free educational seminar for anyone who is living with diabetes or supporting someone who is. We are proud to announce that MultiCare Auburn Medical Center received the "Diversity and Equity-Centered Business of the Year" award from the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce. 1 in 8 woman will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, but we're on a mission to change that. Early detection, yearly screening and self exams can save lives. Get checked, and remind your loved ones to do the same this October. #breastcancerawarenessmonth Washington State has expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to two new phases -- phase 1B, tier 3 and tier 4, as of March 31. Swipe through to learn who is eligibile and how to schedule an appointment with MultiCare.

For more information, visit multicare.org/covid19/vaccine National Doctors Day is a chance to honor and recognize the contributions that our physicians make to our patients, our system and the communities we serve. The past year has challenged us in ways we could never have anticipated, and we continue to be struck by the courage, compassion and resilience you have shown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you for your unwavering dedication to our mission of partnering for healing and healthy future. As of today, more than 1 million Washington State residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As we strive toward our next big milestone, check out these 5 common vaccine myths and the truth behind them.

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines and how to schedule an appointment when eligible, visit multicare.org/covid19/vaccine The COVID-19 pandemic and COVID-19 vaccine distribution continues to underscore health disparities. Some of the most common barriers to vaccination include access to reliable transportation, internet, technology, translation services and trusted information.

MultiCare has a plan to provide 23,000 COVID-19 vaccines to people who face barriers to getting vaccinated. Your donation to the MultiCare COVID-19 Response Fund can help put this plan into action.

Learn how you can help: https://www.multicare.org/news/the-plan-to-eliminate-barriers/ Certified Nurses Day is celebrated nationally on March 19 to honor nurses who achieve certification in their specialty. At MultiCare, we recognize the extra efforts our nurses take to achieve certification.

Meet Certified Nurse Andrea Syverson, BSN, CCRN, a third-generation nurse who achieved board certification in critical care just last month. Andrea has been a nurse for 27 years - spending the last 12 at MultiCare Valley Hospital.

"My plans for becoming a nurse began when I was six years old. I dressed up as a nurse for Halloween and declared my plans to my parents for my future! My mom and grandma were both nurses, so you could say it was in the genes." Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C, is a new pediatric disease caused by an abnormal immune reaction to COVID-19. Many children have mild to moderate cases and require minimal or no hospital support. However, in more severe cases, aggressive treatment is required because the disease can quickly progress.

Learn what we know about MIS-C, its symptoms and treatments from Mary Bridge Children's Infectious Diseases physician, Mary Fairchok, MD. https://www.multicare.org/news/what-is-multisystem-inflammatory-syndrome/ Yesterday, MultiCare administered its 100,000th COVID-19 vaccine dose. While there is plenty of work left to be done in the fight against COVID-19, we celebrate this milestone - and our staff and volunteers who made it possible.

We remain committed to providing this important vaccine for our patients and communities as quickly and safely as possible. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine at www.multicare.org/covid19/vaccine "I just witnessed my peers as being, heroes -- warriors, I guess I would say. Just warriors in the sense that they came in with a certain braveness, not that they weren't afraid, but they took off the fear, put it down maybe, and then walked in and said, let's get this done."
-Jim Cornwell, Chaplain, Tacoma General Hospital

March 5th is Employee Appreciation Day, and we take this moment to look back on the past year that our employees have faced as health care and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. MultiCare exists because of the bravery, compassion and dedication of each of our over 20,000 employees, and we are grateful for their service to our communities every day. Brea Seaburg, a Nurse Practitioner with Pulse Heart Institute, discusses how simple changes to our diet can lead to a big impact on heart health and chronic disease. Celebrate American Heart Month by finding out what a heart healthy life looks like for you.

Learn more at https://www.pulseheartinstitute.org/blog/post/3339/ February is American Heart Month - are you living a heart healthy lifestyle?

Making a few simple changes to your diet and lifestyle can lower your risk for cardiovascular disease by as much as 80 percent.

Learn some common risk factors for woman and tips for avoiding them from Dr. Uma Krishnan, MultiCare Pulse Heart Institute cardiologist. https://www.multicare.org/news/heart-disease-still-no-1-killer-women/ Yesterday, MultiCare employees assisted in vaccinating almost 1,200 people facing COVID-19 vaccine access barriers in our community. The event, co-hosted by MultiCare, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, CHI Franciscan/Virginia Mason and Pacific Lutheran University, was the result of targeted outreach to community members who face access and equity barriers to health care. MultiCare's Pulse Heart Institute is #HereForYou Is there benefit to double masking? Are you putting yourself at risk if you aren't double masking? We asked Michael Myint, MD, infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist at MultiCare, for his expert advice on this topic.

"There's a big difference between what meets the minimal requirement to, say, get into a store, and a mask that provides the level of protection the CDC is recommending." https://www.multicare.org/news/should-i-double-mask/ In recent weeks, several concerning new coronavirus variants have surfaced around the globe, including here in the United States. These variants all appear to spread more quickly than others, which may cause more people to get sick from COVID-19.

Hear from MultiCare epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist Michael Myint, MD, as he talks more about these variants, where they are coming from and steps we can take to protect ourselves from getting sick.

For more information visit http://multica.re/covid19variants Designed to bridge the gap between academic licensing and workforce development, MultiCare's Advanced Practice Primary Care (APP) Fellowship Program allows newly graduated MultiCare nurse practitioners (NPs) to advance their skills with support and supervision while improving access to primary care in the community.

"As a mentoring program, the end goal of the APP Fellowship is to develop providers who are confident and competent, who want to practice in our community, and who hopefully want to be providers within our system for a very long time." -Cyd Marckmann, DNP, ARNP, MultiCare APP Fellowship Program https://www.multicare.org/news/multicare-app-fellowship-program/ Washington State has expanded vaccine eligibility to Phase 1B, tier 1, which includes everyone aged 65 years or older, as well as to those who are 50 and older who live in multi-generational households and meet some additional criteria.

We understand that people are eager to get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible and are frustrated at the delays in getting an appointment. In this video, Dr. Michael Myint discusses who is currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine and what some of the current challenges are in getting vaccines to those who want it.

View the full video at http://multica.re/covid19-vaccine Today, Washington state expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to individuals in the state's Phase 1B, tier 1: All people 65 years or older; and all people 50 years or older in multi-generational households (homes where individuals from multiple generations reside such as an elder and a grandchild).

This means we are now able to offer vaccine to our patients who meet those criteria.

MultiCare's COVID-19 vaccine information center has more details, including guidance on how to schedule your vaccine appointment if you're eligible. Visit https://www.multicare.org/covid19/vaccine/ for the latest information. While still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, parents across the Puget Sound region took to social media on Wednesday to acknowledge they were having trouble helping their kids make sense of the violence and chaos in the nation's capital.

Dr. Chris Ladish, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital's Chief Clinical Officer for Pediatric Behavior, spoke with The News Tribune to share some guidance. https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/article248327155.html While we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, it is still important for all of us to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Watch as MultiCare nurses talk about what their holidays will look like this year and why they encourage us to keep our loved oneds safe and healthy. Today, we celebrate. It is a monumental day as our first group of frontline workers received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination.

"This is such a major accomplishment, a vaccine developed for a totally unknown and new diseases in less than 12 months. That's a medical miracle." Steven Pace, MD

To our frontline workers, thank you is not enough to honor your continued commitment to the health of your patients and our communities.

Content warning: post contains footage of needles and vaccine administration This year, MultiCare's donor-supported Code Lavender program expanded to offer a 24/7 employee support hotline and leadership roundtable meetings.

"These enhanced services have been designed to offer extra support during a highly stressful and uncertain time. We want our employees to be calm and confident in order to provide excellent patient care during this critical health crisis," Employee Wellness Coordinator, Damian Gennette, explains.

With your help, Code Lavender can continue to offer vital support to hardworking health care workers. Help ensure every caregiver hero has access to rapid-response care today by giving at multica.re/codelavendergive/

Learn more at multicare.org/news/code-lavender-caring-for-our/ Medicare Open Enrollment runs through December 7th - don't miss your chance to enroll. This message is brought to you by one of our partners, Aetna, helping patients with Medicare Advantage plans. Fletcher International is available to evaluate all options at 1-888-383-0685 Thank you for taking a moment to recognize our health care heroes during Giving Tuesday! Your gifts to Code Lavender will provide mental and emotional support services to help reduce caregiver stress and burnout during the pandemic.

Learn more about this crucial program at support.multicare.org/codelavender Today and every day, we give thanks to the volunteers that give their time and talent to our hospital system! Take a look at some of the reasons that inspire their incredible generosity and sign up to join the MultiCare Volunteer Services team at multicare.org/volunteers/ MultiCare urologist Jack Walter, MD, knows that it can be uncomfortable talking about specific medical issues - especially for men.

"That's precisely why Movember's focus on raising awareness around men's health was formed nearly two decades ago. Guys, we understand your reluctance to seek help, but we can likely treat or help manage your conditions - even the ones you are uncomfortable talking about." https://www.multicare.org/news/movember-spotlight-a-conversation-about-peyronies-disease/ Parenting in the age of COVID19 - there is no playbook to tell you how to guide your children or yourself through remote learning experiences. Couple these parenting challenges with new ways of working and social isolation, and it's easy to understand your surging stress-level.

Here are five tips that can help your family get through these unpredictable times together. https://www.multicare.org/news/pandemic-parenting/ "This will be a very challenging year for folks, who also have a lot of fatigue from COVID."

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but COVID numbers are spiking in our communities and across the country. Hear what epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist Michael Myint, MD, recommends to keep yourself and your loved ones safe this holiday season.

Learn more at https://multica.re/safeholidays Today we celebrate Veterans Day, to honor and celebrate the more than 17 million individuals who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States, protecting our country and our democracy.

"I take particular pride in speaking for all of our MultiCare team in recognizing and honoring the hundreds of veterans who are on our own "we the people" team."

Read CEO Bill Robertson's full #VeteransDay message: https://www.multicare.org/news/ceo-message-we-the-people/ 'Movember' is here - so, what exactly is it? Movember is a movement started in 2003 to build awareness around men's health. Men are less likely to visit the doctor than women, making early detection and treatment of diseases even more difficult.

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in men. Learn what MultiCare is doing to invest in technologies and treatment to detect and treat prostate and other cancers early. https://www.multicare.org/news/movember-spotlight-psa-screening-for-prostate-cancer/ Today is #electionday
In Washington, it is also the last day to register to vote (in person at your local polling location). We encourage everyone in our communities to make their voices count and be a part of the process that is shaping our futures.

To make sure your vote is counted, experts recommend dropping your ballot off in person or at a ballot drop box today, rather than putting it in the mail.

To find your local polling locations, ballot drop boxes and more information, visit https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx After years of clear mammograms, Bonnee Terrio received unexpected news - she had breast cancer. Thanks to services supported by community donors, Bonnee and her significant other, Tim received "top notch care and support" at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital.

You can support patients like Bonnee by donating or joining Come Walk With Me, an event benefiting breast health programs at Good Samaritan.

comewalkwithmenow.org Preparing for flu season takes all of us.
Hear what MultiCare is doing to help keep our community safe from both influenza and COVID-19 this flu season from Dr. Michael Myint, epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist. MultiCare provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and job applicants. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. If you are a job applicant who requires reasonable accommodation in the job application process, please contact Brian Wilson, Recruiting Manager, at brwilson@multicare.org .

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