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When caregivers need support, help is here

Asante’s frontline staff and other employees are invited to schedule an online session with a trained facilitator.

To help us all pause and regroup during our current community crisis, the Asante well-being team will be offering free CARE (connection, awareness and resilience) sessions. This will help provide guidance to support ourselves and each other with simple tools and connections to resources.

The sessions are open to all health care personnel, including frontline staff, providers, volunteers, students and non-employed providers. Anyone can schedule a private session directly with one of the facilitators listed.

CARE sessions run 30 minutes to an hour. The format involves:

  • A centering exercise.
  • A check-in or “community meeting” in which participants may discuss loss, anger, guilt or other emotions they’re experiencing.
  • Resource-sharing.
  • Helping attendees cope with rumination or repetitive thoughts.
  • Appreciation.

The facilitators of each session are trained in peer support and emotional first-aid skills.

If you have any questions, you can email the Asante Benefits department or call (541) 789-4551. You can also submit a case in the Ask HR section of myHR.


To schedule a one-on-one session in a peer-supported format, contact any of the following facilitators:

Barry Egener, MD, provider professional wellness lead and retired internal medicine physician, APP

Gary McCalla, MD, medical director of Wellness Program and AACH Emergency Department

Kitty Sallas, health educator, Asante Health Promotion

Gail Anderson, manager, Asante Health Promotion

Trina Thomas, patient experience program coordinator, AACH, ARRMC

Shea Quinn, patient experience and Wellness Program coordinator, APP

Jennifer Nidalmia, clinical practice adviser, Asante Nursing Professional Development

Brenda Schweitzer, staff development specialist, Asante Nursing Professional Development


Managers who want to schedule a CARE session for team meetings or other occasions should email Shea Quinn.

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