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Seeking new medical and clinical staff to join Peer Support Program!

19 May 2022

By: Kelly Aebi, director of medical staff services

The Salem Health Peer Support Team, which launched on May 1, 2018, is seeking additional medical and clinical staff members to volunteer as Peer Supporters. The Salem Health Peer Support Team provides 24-hour care to staff and physicians at Salem Health Hospitals and Clinics. Peer Supporters take one week a quarter to be on-call to support their peers in need through telephone and in-person interactions. Those who seek out Peer Support may have experienced an adverse event in the workplace; may need an empathetic ear for a colleague; may wish to understand the types of services and support available to those in need of crisis support; or, may be seeking assurance that what they are experiencing is a normal reaction. We are seeking medical and clinical staff who are skilled and empathetic listeners and who care about improving the well-being of their colleagues, to join this important team.

Peer Supporter Expectations

By choosing to apply, you acknowledge and understand the following expectations:

  • 100% voluntary participation
  • Participate in 75% of team meetings per year. Team meets quarterly for 1 hour.
  • Be available during your self-scheduled on-call assignment (1 continuous week per quarter)
  • Serve as a peer supporter for a minimum of one year
  • Maintain 100% confidentiality — Any breach of confidentiality will result in immediate removal of the individual from the team.


Any individual employed by Salem Health or credentialed through the Medical Staff with the following personal characteristics:

  • Respect and trust of peers
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Emotional maturity and intelligence, empathetic, non-judgmental, compassionate
  • Cultural competence and humility
  • Accessible for Peer Support team activities

If this sounds like an opportunity that fits your skillset, please follow the instructions below.

Credentialed providers: Please contact Talia Seabold at and your request will be approved by Medical Executive Committee Officers

Nursing Staff:  Please contact for an application which will be approved by nursing leadership.  If you have any additional questions, please contact Talia Seabold 503-814-3893.