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National Guard to assist at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield

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A group of masked PeaceHealth employees claps for masked National Guard members as they march out of the medical center

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – As COVID-19 cases surge in our community, putting a strain on hospital staffing and resources, PeaceHealth is gratefully accepting assistance from the National Guard.

“We want to extend our sincere thanks to each service member who is providing support at Sacred Heart at RiverBend and other hospitals in Oregon,” said Elva Sipin, vice president of operations, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. “These men and women are giving back to their community at a time when their help is most needed.”

PeaceHealth will welcome National Guard service members to our PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend campus as early as Monday, Aug. 30. They will begin a modified orientation and will serve through Sept. 30, performing duties in various nonclinical areas, including the following:

  • Data entry and clerical work to support RiverBend’s leadership role in Region 3, which includes hospitals in Lane, Douglas and Coos counties
  • Passing trays and working on tray lines for Food Services
  • Cleaning beds at peak discharge times for Environmental Services
  • Assisting in Supply Chain

Additional service members may be assigned to help at RiverBend, as well as other PeaceHealth Oregon hospitals. PeaceHealth will provide updates as more information becomes available.

The assistance at Sacred Heart at RiverBend is part of the National Guard’s broader effort to provide support to numerous hospitals in Oregon.

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