Hospice hires
new director

Melinda Papen recently joined Samaritan Evergreen Hospice as the new director.

A certified hospice and palliative care administrator, Papen has experience and knowledge from working in hospice care for nearly 20 years.

Papen said she is excited to grow Samaritan Evergreen Hospice’s program and enhance the lives of people living with a terminal condition.

Samaritan Evergreen Hospice serves Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon and surrounding areas. Additionally, Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House in Albany is one of only four freestanding hospice inpatient facilities in Oregon.

Papen earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Chemeketa Community College, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Washington State University and a master’s degree in nursing leadership and management from Western Governors University.

Previously, she was director of Evergreen Health Hospice & Palliative Care in Kirkland, Washington. She also served on the board of directors for the Washington State Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.

Provider treats
sports injuries

Matthew Taylor is the newest provider to join The Corvallis Clinic’s Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Department.

He offers nonsurgical treatments for pain and injuries related to sports and other exercise, along with preventive measures.

Taylor comes to the clinic from WellSport Sports Medicine and Midland Urgent Care in Midland, Michigan, where he had practiced as a primary-care sports-medicine physician since 2012.

He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. He completed a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine from Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in Kalamazoo in 2012.

Taylor completed a family medicine residency at MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland in 2011, and earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Hawaii-Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine in 2008.

NuScale hires
vice president

NuScale Power in Corvallis recently announced that Ken Langdon has joined the company as vice president of operations and plant services.

Langdon comes to NuScale from Westinghouse, where he held the positions of vice president and deputy project director at V.C. Summer, as well as vice president of operational readiness in Shanghai, China, for the first two AP1000 plants in the world.

Prior to working at Westinghouse, Langdon was site vice president of the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Plant for Constellation Energy Nuclear Group; plant manager of the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant for the Tennessee Valley Authority; senior director of operations, operations service director and outage manager of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant; work management director and nuclear oversight manager of the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station and maintenance services manager of the Dresden Station for Exelon Nuclear.

Realty group
adds broker

Vanguard Realty Group in Corvallis recently welcomed Jessica Kate Packebush as a broker on its real estate team.

Packebush was born and grew up in the Willamette Valley, and has years of real estate experience.

Awards honor
local leaders

The Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, the Oregon Cascades West Economic Development District, the Oregon Cascades West Area Agency on Aging, and partners honored local leaders Nov. 2 at Celebrate Linn, Benton and Lincoln.  

The Regional Awards recognized individuals or projects within OCWCOG’s tri-County Region; nominees and awardees were honored during the event. The 2017 Regional Award winners included the following:

Greg Hamann, president of Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, won the Chair’s Award for his encouragement of student success, furthering of the regional economy, promoting the community college, and being a valuable community partner. Joni Nelson, longtime volunteer for the City of Brownsville, won Volunteer of the Year.

Business Partner of the Year went to Alyrica Networks, Inc., for its partnership with the city of Halsey to lay broadband internet fiber in the city. Citizen of the Region is Larry Mullins, CEO of Samaritan Health Services, for his commitment to the region and community over the last 25 years, professionally and philanthropically.

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