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Officers graduate from police class

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training has announced the graduation of its 389th Basic Police Class on July 12 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

Local officers graduating include Police Officer Brandon Adams, Police Officer Brock Bristow, Police Officer Makenna Jantzi and Police Officer Ian Terrell of the Corvallis Police Department; and Police Officer Brian Prather of the Sweet Home Police Department.

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

Consultant joins financial group

Nathan P. Graff has joined the team of Northwest Financial Group in Corvallis as a financial consultant.

Graff has been helping clients manage their financial visions since 2008. His target is to understand his clients’ current situations, their goals and what they have in place to get there. He aims to provide customized, creative solutions tailored to the client’s goals and desires for themselves and their families.

His recommendations are guided by a client’s short- and long-term goals, as well as their personal values and financial needs. Graff takes pride in coordinating the knowledge and resources of other specialists, including trust and estate planning, investment management, and life insurance and brokerage services.

Graff attended Southern Oregon University and University of Oxford, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in philosophy from Oregon State University. He holds Series 7 & 66 Securities Registrations with LPL Financial. He also holds an Oregon Health & Life Insurance license.

Center announces board members

Corvallis’ Old Mill Center for Children and Families recently announced four additions to its board of directors for 2019-20.

They are Bruce Ashenbrenner, Shirley Blake, Judy Starnes and David Zajicek. Continuing member Nick Hurley takes on the role of vice chair, and Tatiana Dierwechter transitions from vice chair to secretary.

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Other continuing members are George Cuniff (board chair), Jim Starker (treasurer), Yazmin Brambila, Katie Chambers, Bronwyn Evans, Cyrel Gable, Lindsay Malachowski, Tammy Morrison and Maddie Thompson. Members in memoriam are Jerry Duerksen, Sid Lasswell and Dale Ramsay.

Old Mill Center for Children and Families is a community-based, family-oriented center striving to empower children and families of diverse backgrounds to optimize their potential through specially designed education and therapy programs. It is a full-service provider of preschool, early intervention and parent support for children from birth through age 18 and their families.

Hospitals honored for stroke treatment

Samaritan Health Services hospitals across Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties have earned Get With The Guidelines-Stroke awards by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

The regional awards include:

• Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll.

• Samaritan Albany General Hospital – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, and Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll.

• Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City – Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

• Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

To qualify for the awards, hospitals must meet specific goals in comprehensive stroke care and meet quality measures developed to minimize the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

Samaritan Albany General Hospital also was named a Primary Stroke Center by accrediting agency DNV this year. Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center has been a Primary Stroke Center since 2012.

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