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Albany hospital receives funding

The Albany General Hospital Foundation board of directors recently approved more than $437,000 in allocation requests for equipment and services throughout Samaritan Albany General Hospital and its outlying facilities.

A total of 26 hospital departments, clinics and Samaritan facilities in Albany will receive funding as a result of proceeds from this year’s annual fundraising campaigns.

Funded requests include equipment, diabetes education, the Reach out and Read program, ArtsCare, Couch to 5K for adolescents, infant sleep sacks, tobacco cessation, the Senior Companion Program, employee scholarships, patient support services, and medical and dental services for the underserved.

The requests were funded by community donors, as well as Samaritan employees who participate in the Samaritan Employee Caring Campaign. The foundation manages multiple funds focused on different health care services, so donors can give toward a particular service if they wish.

Social worker joins clinic staff

Daryl Handlin, a licensed clinical social worker, has joined the Behavioral Health Department at The Corvallis Clinic.

Handlin uses such methods as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and acceptance and commitment therapy to treat those with mental health and addiction disorders.

Prior to coming to the clinic, Handlin was clinical director of the Mental Health Association in Wichita, Kansas, in 2016 and 2017. He was a senior social worker, mental health court, for Comcare of Sedgwick County in Wichita from 2007 to 2016.

He earned a Master of Social Work degree in clinical concentration and evidence-based specialization from the University of Chicago in 2007, and a Bachelor of General Studies degree in psychology and social work from Wichita State University in 2005.

Handlin also earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music from Wichita State University in 1995. Before he became an LCSW, he worked in the arts as a teacher, performer and conductor.

To schedule an appointment, call 541-754-1288.

Support worker receives award

This year, the Community Providers Association of Oregon created a new Lifetime Achievement Award.

This award is given out to only one person in the state to celebrate a lifetime of giving back to individuals with developmental disabilities. Home Life in Corvallis has announced that its employee Dave Even was selected by a panel to receive this award. The award was presented at a dinner reception on Nov. 2 in Salem.

Even has shown his commitment to being a direct support professional in several ways over his 18 years of service to Home Life. He is not afraid to ask difficult questions to get the support for the individuals he works with, and even those he does not directly support. He is a role model to other DSPs. He looks for the good in everyone and always gives people the benefit of the doubt.

Arts Center adds to board, staff

The Arts Center in Corvallis recently elected new officers to its board of directors.

Officers are Beth Rietveld, president; Ann Buchele, vice president; Aaron Reizes, treasurer; and Candace Pierson-Charlton, secretary. New board members are Tony Cadena, Frank Hann, Morgen Daniels and Rebecca Otto. They join returning board members Keith Moses, Ofer Heyman, Alyce Chapman, Brian Egan and Jeff Gunn.

The center also added new staff members. Laura Young is communications and development director; Jen Bouton is community engagement coordinator; and Claire Elam is artist accelerator program director. They join staff members Cynthia Spencer, Hester Coucke, Joni King, Jen Cornelius, Krista Rich and Ellen Fuller.

The center fosters creativity and engagement with the arts, providing arts programs made available to the entire community through partnerships with schools, organizations and businesses. The Arts Center has championed the arts in Corvallis for 54 years, serving more than 25,000 individuals annually in Benton and Linn counties.

Lebanon nurse named to board

Sheryl Oakes Caddy of Lebanon was confirmed by the state senate on Nov. 13 as a new member of the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

Her three-year term began Jan. 1.

Oakes Caddy succeeds Beverly Epeneter in the nurse educator position on the board. She is director of the nursing department at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, and has more than 30 years of nursing experience.

She received an Associate of Science in nursing from LBCC; a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland; a Master of Science degree in nursing from Walden University in Baltimore, Maryland; and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Willamette University School of Law in Salem.


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