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National Guard to provide support again at Sacred Heart Medical Centers in Oregon

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A group of PeaceHealth staff claps for National Guard members as they exit the hospital.

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – With another surge of COVID-19 putting a strain on hospital staffing and resources PeaceHealth is honored to again accept assistance from the Oregon National Guard.

PeaceHealth will welcome service members to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield and Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District in Eugene by Friday, Jan. 21. They will be serving for 30 days in nonclinical roles, with a priority on Food Services and Environmental Services.

“All of us at PeaceHealth—physicians, nurses and allied care teams—so appreciate the extra help at this critical time in the pandemic,” said Elva Sipin, vice president of operations at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.

Additional National Guard service members may be assigned to Sacred Heart at RiverBend and possibly to Cottage Grove Community Medical Center. PeaceHealth will provide updates as more information becomes available.

This support is part of the National Guard’s broader effort to provide relief to Oregon hospitals as cases rise of the highly transmissible omicron variant.

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at