Medical Staff Assistance Committee

The purpose of Providence St. Peter Hospital’s Medical Staff Assistance Committee (MSAC) is to support the health and wellness of our Medical Staff members, and in so doing, protect patient welfare, improve patient care, and improve Medical Staff functioning.

MSAC works to achieve this purpose through a supportive, non-punitive process for identifying, referring for treatment, and monitoring Medical Staff members who may be suffering from impairment resulting from drug or alcohol use or other disabling psychiatric or physical conditions that pose a threat to acceptable professional functioning and patient care. MSAC also supports Medical Staff members who are involved with the Washington Physician Health Program regarding impairment issues.

The success of this program depends on the cooperation of the individual being assisted. Confidentiality will be maintained in all discussions and with all documentation and records. In all instances, the goal of the Committee is to support the individual in his/her recovery.

Referrals may be initiated by a Medical Staff member seeking assistance, or by any other person having a concern about a Medical Staff member. Please contact the Medical Staff Office (360-493-7360) during regular business hours. After hours, the MSAC Call Schedule is available from the Admin Supervisor at 360-493-7328 / 360-971-4797 (Pager) / 486-6131 (In-house Spectralink).

Members, Medical Staff Assistance Committee:

  • Jennifer Playstead, MD, Family Medicine (Chair)
  • Gilbert Asomaning, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Hamish Greenaway, MD, Anesthesiology
  • Anurag Jindal, MD, Emergency Medicine
  • Anjan Sattar, MD, Psychiatry
  • Kathryne Wagner, MD, Gastroenterology
  • Ryan Will, MD, Orthopedic Surgery

Resources

Website: www.wellspringeap.org/login

Username: Providence St. Peter Hospital

The Early Assistance Program (EAP) is available to PSPH Medical Staff and their benefits-eligible family members to use anytime they are experiencing personal or professional problems or need a resource. For more information, call 800-553-7798 (Toll Free). Services include: 

Wellness Stress Center

This is a web-based stress management tool that offers a variety of resources to help you become more stress-resilient. Choose from educational content, desktop interventions, or long term programs.

Counseling

Up to 3 in-person sessions with a therapist, available to you and your family to talk about concerns such as:

  • Substance misuse
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Child development & parenting
  • Effective communication
  • Divorce
  • Domestic violence resources
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationships
  • Stress management
  • Chronic illness
  • Work/Practice related problems

Life Resources

Unlimited calls and chat sessions with a resource consultant to help you find resources related to:

  • Childcare and parenting resources
  • Older adult and eldercare resources
  • Daily living/consumer resources
  • Your life resources also include a 30 minute consultation, along with resources and tools for:
    • Legal issues
    • Financial Issues
    • ID Theft

Management Consultations

Unlimited consultation regarding practice management and personnel support:

  • Performance reviews
  • Sensitive conversations
  • Human resources issues
  • Communication issues
  •  Workplace violence
  • Critical incident response
  • Concerns between colleagues

Website: wphp.org

Phone: 800-552-7236 (Toll Free)

WPHP is an independent, nonprofit organization that was established in 1986. They are a physician-led program with an experienced staff dedicated to helping healthcare professionals while promoting patient safety.

Referrals to WPHP protect the lives of healthcare professionals and the patients they serve. While the decision to make a referral can be both intellectually and emotionally challenging, referring a peer, colleague, spouse, friend, or even yourself is a courageous act of compassion and concern.

  • Anyone with a concern can make a confidential referral to WPHP.
  • Washington State law provides immunity from civil liability for referral sources. The identities of referral sources are safeguarded to the maximum extent permitted by law.
  • Existing state and federal laws allow WPHP to protect the identity of clients and potential clients as long as they are compliant with WPHP recommendations and do not pose a risk to themselves or their patients. In 90% of cases, WPHP clients’ identities, circumstances, and participation with WPHP remain confidential and do not involve disclosure to the applicable state licensing/disciplinary authority.
  • As a license holder, healthcare employer or hospital, you may be required to identify another licensed healthcare professional with a condition, physical or mental, that may affect his or her ability to practice with reasonable safety (Washington Administrative Code 246-16-200 through 246-16-270).
  • As long as patient harm has not occurred, you can make a referral to WPHP in lieu of a report to the Department of Health disciplinary authority.