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PeaceHealth ranks No. 1 on list of Oregon’s healthiest employers

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Sacred Heart Foundation team caregivers Kim Johannsen, Alexa Sharps, Erika Swanson and Amy Quiring at the 2023 Eugene Marathon.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – PeaceHealth was recently ranked No. 1 on the Portland Business Journal’s list of Healthiest Employers of Oregon for organizations with 5,000 or more employees. This marks the seventh year in a row PeaceHealth has been honored for its employee wellness program.

The annual award spotlights employers that are leading the charge in creating healthy workplaces across the state. Winners were selected based on the results of a comprehensive assessment, which measured employee participation, health outcomes and leadership commitment, among other key indicators.

This recognition speaks to PeaceHealth’s achievement in meeting the unique needs of caregivers in Oregon as well as its communities across Washington and Alaska. PeaceHealth continues to make whole-person care of its caregivers — tending to their mental, physical, spiritual, financial and emotional health — a top priority systemwide.

“The award would not be possible without our caregivers’ participation and commitment to caring for themselves and each other,” said Sarah Ness, executive vice president and chief administrative officer. “We are so thankful for the community they have built around health and wellness, and for the great strides our Benefits team has made in enhancing our holistic benefits package year after year.”

Caregivers and their families have embraced the broad range of mental health and well-being resources offered through PeaceHealth’s partnership with Spring Health, including eight free therapy sessions per year, coaching, self-guided wellness exercises, monthly webinars and small group sessions. PeaceHealth continues to improve and refine on-site psychological and spiritual care and offer caregivers a wellness program, childcare access assistance and emergency loans. Caregivers in roles that require an RN degree can also receive tuition reimbursement through a new Student Loan Repayment program.

“Our caregivers compassionately carry out our healing Mission each day. Through their dedication to their peers and patients, PeaceHealth’s culture of health and wellness is extended to all the communities we serve,” Ness added. “It is our honor to offer caregivers support and resources that are responsive to their needs.”

Visit PeaceHealth’s careers website to view open positions and learn more about joining PeaceHealth.

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Washington, 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

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