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Grace Center's Knight wins 2018 honor

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America recently announced that Rene Knight, director of operations for Grace Center for Adult Day Services in Corvallis, has been named its 2018 Dementia Care Professional of the Year.

The honor is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated professional excellence in care, compassionate performance above and beyond expectations, and a dedicated commitment to individuals living with dementia. 

Knight has more than 25 years of experience in the field. She has worked for Grace Center for more than 11 years, starting as an office coordinator.

At the day-based care facility specializing in memory care, she manages a staff that provides daytime services for seniors and adults with disabilities and age-related conditions. Services include social activities, exercise, health monitoring, medication management, social services, art, music, animal therapy, and respite care for the clients and their families. Knight runs the center’s day-to-day operations. She also has played an instrumental role in serving as a mentor to interns and junior staff.

OSU archivist named to statewide board 

Larry Landis of Corvallis has been selected by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission to be its representative on the Oregon Heritage Commission.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine voting members that represent Oregon's diverse heritage and nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. As a representative of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Landis will advise Heritage Commission members and staff on perspectives, developments, information and opportunities in the state’s public colleges and universities related to cultural heritage.

Landis serves as the director of the Special Collections and Archives Research Center, a department of the Oregon State University Libraries and Press. He has been an archivist at OSU since early 1991, and much of his work has focused on heritage, particularly the history of OSU, natural resources in Oregon, and underrepresented communities.

He wrote “A School for the People: A Photographic History of Oregon State University,” and was part of the leadership team that helped develop “Oregon State University: A Legacy of Transformation,” the OSU150 exhibit hosted by the Oregon Historical Society.

Hospice recognized as community partner

Samaritan Evergreen Hospice recently became a Level Four We Honor Veterans Community Partner, the highest recognition offered by the program.

Veterans often carry experiences from their military service that present unique health care challenges, and unfortunately, many of them may not know about, or have access to, specialized care. To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, Samaritan Evergreen Hospice participates in We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

As a Level Four Community Partner, Samaritan Evergreen Hospice has:

• Increased its professional and organizational capacity to provide quality services for veterans and their families.

• Developed and strengthened partnerships with other hospice providers, Veterans Affairs, veteran organizations and other health care organizations.

• Promoted hospice and palliative care for veterans.

• Demonstrated the impact of its organizational programs.

Bank gets new vice president

Willamette Community Bank, based in Albany, recently announced that Anthony Thompson has joined the bank as a vice president and relationship manager serving businesses and business professionals in the mid-Willamette Valley.

Thompson is based at and can be reached at the Albany office at 541-248-2863.

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