Code Lavender: Caring for our Caregivers

Caring for the community during a pandemic can take a toll on frontline and other essential health care heroes.

“There were days when you just wanted to cry, because these patients that you work so hard on to get them better, they weren’t going to get better,” Heidi Strub, RT, at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, shares.

“It was not difficult just emotionally, it was draining physically,” Max Ceban, RT, at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, adds. “It’s a dark memory in my life.”

It is because of this very reason that MultiCare has created the Code Lavender program to provide mental health and emotional support for health care workers.

Code Lavender is a donor-powered program that began in 2016 to provide peer-to-peer incident stress management following a traumatic event. Led by a team of physicians, nurses, chaplains, social workers and mental health counselors, Code Lavender offers debriefings, educational presentations, reflection rounds and spiritual care to help employees reduce stress and avoid burnout.

“People will share their heart for a minute, and then they go back to being brave, back into that role of being a hero,” MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital Chaplain, Jim Cornwell, says. Code Lavender is important for “sitting beside and being there in the little windows when they just need to process something.”

Today, Code Lavender has grown to include a 24/7 employee support hotline and twice-weekly virtual leadership roundtables to talk through challenges and strategize for success.

Gifts through the MultiCare Health Foundation help Code Lavender expand even further. Donations will help broaden educational, psychological and spiritual resources and extend the program’s geographical reach to MultiCare employees serving in the Inland Northwest.

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MultiCare Health System
multicare.org

BY SHELBY TAYLOR

Cascade Regional Blood Celebrates 75 Yrs

For 75 years, Cascade Regional Blood Services (CRBS) has been supplying lifesaving blood products and therapeutic procedures to patients in South King, Pierce and Grays Harbor Counties. Their mission to provide a constant, safe, cost-effective supply of blood, blood components, and other related services to the communities has not changed in over seven decades.

According to Candy Morrison, Director of Communications for Cascade Regional Blood Services, “We owe so much to the generosity of the donors within Pierce County and South King County who help us supply all the blood products for the MultiCare Health System. This community has kept us going all these years through neighbors helping neighbors.”

Every two seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion in the United States, so the demand is high, yet only 5% of eligible donors donate blood. Today, Cascade Regional Blood Services has three donor centers located in Federal Way, Puyallup, and Tacoma. CRBS also has three self-contained, custom ‘bloodmobiles’ set up at schools, businesses, places of worship, and community events to conduct blood drives. With over 1,000 blood drives a year, their teams are always on the move. And with their growing research programs, CRBS continues to work with local and national medical programs to advance preventative care.

Cascade Regional Blood Services is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 independent community blood center that is an FDA licensed biological manufacturing facility.

For Additional Information
Cascade Regional Blood Services
crbs.net

BY LYNN CASTLE