For the latest class schedule changes, please call the Education Services hotline at 253-573-6020.
Update for Dec. 5, 2022
Epic classes will continue with virtual learning as planned.
FESC classes will proceed as planned.
Franciscan Medical Group (FMG) clinics will open at 9 a.m. FMG training will follow the same schedule.
Epic classes will be held by webinar on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022
FMG ambulatory orientation and clinics will be as planned on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022
Education services at the FESC will resume as scheduled on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022
Storm safety: Tips and information
Plan ahead for winter weather
It's that time of year again. The days are growing shorter and the temperatures are dropping, which means it's only a matter of time before the arrival of winter. As some welcome the return of snow, others may be wondering what the coldest time of the year has in store for us. Well, a wet winter is still anticipated with plenty of snow in the mountains, but it might not total as much as last winter, and more breaks in the stormy pattern are projected. Still, there will be enough precipitation to lay down a healthy snowpack for ski resorts across the Pacific Northwest.
VMFH winter weather plan
During weather events, team members are expected to work their scheduled shifts.
The severe weather response plan can be implemented by the house supervisor or administrator on call. This plan includes communications with staff, coordination of staff housing, including meal tickets for food if needed, and assistance with transportation when resources are available.
Site-based leadership will make the declaration if the inclement weather policy for attendance will be implemented and communicate this through the facility.
Team members may request meal tickets, transportation assistance, and sleep space through their manager.
We have reviewed and renewed snow removal contracts.
What you can do now
Check lighting supplies and ensure that you have adequate flashlights with working and spare batteries.
Encourage team members to prepare for winter conditions by developing their personal plans including transportation, child care, and communications.
Update emergency contact information in (x)Matters.
Review the process with your manager to request lodging and transportation if available.
Make a personal preparedness plan. Have a family plan that includes a communication process, alternate child care, and supplies for your family. You can find planning checklists at the Disaster Planning and Education portal and Take Winter by Storm.
Be prepared to come to work under difficult driving conditions. Make alternate transportation arrangements, check out the snow routes on public transit, or make sure you have appropriate equipment for your car.
Update your emergency contact information. Make sure you get the latest information about operations and road conditions. Log into (x)Matters, the employee emergency notification system and update your contact information.
Place and/or update a personal “go kit” in your car or create a smaller mobile kit to use when traveling away from home. This should include a change of clothing and personal care items. Learn more about what should be in a winter car kit.
Winterize your car. Place a sleeping bag, food, water, and a bag of kitty litter for traction in your car. Ensure you have traction devices if you intend to drive during difficult weather.