Hospital CEO
serves on board

Becky Pape, CEO of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, was elected an at-large delegate and member of the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board 9.

Pape is serving a two-year term that started last Jan. 1, and meets with the board throughout the year to discuss policy issues and alternatives. The board’s recommendations and analyses are used by the American Hospital Association Board in its policy deliberations. The Regional Policy Board serves as an ad hoc policy development committee when appropriate, identifies needs unique to the region and assists in developing programs to meet those needs.

Physician joins pulmonary unit

Griffith Liang recently joined The Corvallis Clinic Pulmonary Medicine Department.

Liang is seeing patients by referral at the Asbury Building in Corvallis, and at The Clinic at North Albany Village.

Liang provides pulmonary and critical care with the goal of diagnosing and treating lung diseases with less-invasive procedures, such as navigation bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound and argon plasma coagulation.

Graduating in 1997, Liang earned a Doctor of Medicine degree at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He then continued to complete his residency in internal medicine in 2001, while teaching as an assistant professor at St. Louis University. He finished his fellowship in pulmonary medicine and critical care in 2004.

From 2004 to 2009, Liang was a pulmonologist at The Vancouver Clinic, and then was a pulmonary and critical care physician at PeaceHealth Medical Group in Vancouver, Washington, and director of the Fundamental Critical Care Support Course from 2009 to last year.

Liang is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care.

For an appointment, call 541-754-1272 or visit www.corvallisclinic.com/Liang.

Benton County
third for health

According to the annual Oregon County Health Rankings released last March by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, available at www.countyhealthrankings.org, Benton County ranks third in overall health outcomes and first in overall health factors.

Washington and Clackamas counties ranked first and second for overall health outcomes, and Washington and Hood River counties ranked second and third for overall health factors.

The health outcomes ranking is based upon length and quality of life measures, including premature death, poor physical and mental health and birthweight data.

The health factors ranking is based upon health behaviors, clinical care, socioeconomic factors and physical environment. Within these categories, Benton County ranks No. 1 in clinical care and socioeconomic factors, No. 3 in health behaviors and No. 16 in physical environment.

The physical environment category includes air pollution, drinking water violations, housing problems and driving alone. Benton County is listed in the top five counties in Oregon with severe housing problems.

Research demonstrates direct correlations between safe, affordable housing and better health.

Local officers
in police class

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training announced the graduation of its 366th Basic Police Class on May 12.

Graduating members of BP366 included Police Officer Bryan Alvarez of the Corvallis Police Department, Police Officer Lance Armstrong of CPD, Deputy Sheriff Daniel Ball of the Benton County Sheriff's Office, Police Officer Ryan Bell of CPD, Police Officer Brittany Hughes of CPD and Deputy Sheriff Caleb Riley of BCSO.

The Basic Police Class is 16 weeks long and includes training areas such as survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition and dozens of other subjects.

Sheriff Bruce Riley of the Linn County Sheriff's Office was the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy, which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement.

Counseling center
changes name

The Pastoral Counseling Center Board of Directors recently announced a decision to change the PCC’s name to Hope and Wholeness Counseling.

Board members decided that to carry out the agency’s mission to the fullest extent, they needed to remove what they believed had become a barrier to providing this care: the Pastoral Counseling Center name. Over the past several years, it became apparent to staff and board members and referral sources that some individuals eschewed PCC services due to widespread misunderstanding about the role of spirituality in its work.

The agency plans to continue to serve all individuals in the community at individualized, reduced fees, and offer spiritually integrated care only when requested. It is hoped the change will enable Hope and Wholeness Counseling to fulfill its mission to provide competent, compassionate counseling services to individuals and families in Benton and Linn Counties.

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