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Stroke Association recognizes hospital

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis has again earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite.

The awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To qualify for the awards, hospitals must meet specific goals in comprehensive stroke care and meet quality measures developed to reduce 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.

Good Samaritan also has met guidelines for a primary stroke center, featuring a system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. As a primary stroke center, the hospital serves patients from Lincoln, Linn and Benton counties.

The Samaritan Stroke Services team includes emergency room doctors, neurologists, nurses, speech language specialists and others who work together to stop damaging effects of a stroke.

Academy graduates 911 operator

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training graduated its 105th Basic Telecommunications Class last Aug. 11 at the academy in Salem.

Dispatcher David Francis of the Albany Police Department was among the graduates.

The two-week course includes emergency call-handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics. Upon completion of the course, students return to their employing agency to continue training for several months with a field training officer.

OSU dean earns spot on board 

Susan Tornquist, Lois Bates Acheson Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University in Corvallis, recently was named to the board of directors of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

She is the at-large director for Region 1 in the United States.

Tornquist received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 1985 and spent six years working in a small animal private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She completed a clinical pathology residency and doctoral degree at Washington State University and was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathology (Clinical Pathology) in 1994.

Tornquist joined the faculty at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 as an assistant professor of clinical pathology and head of the clinical pathology laboratory. She is a professor of clinical pathology. Tornquist was appointed associate dean of Student and Academic Affairs at OSU in 2005, became interim dean in October 2013 and was named permanent dean in April 2016.

Her research has focused on comparative hematology and cytology, infectious diseases and metabolic diseases.

Professionals join leadership class 

The recently organized Resource Education and Ag Leadership Oregon program has announced the selection of 30 natural resource professionals from throughout the state for its inaugural class.

Local participants include Kent Burkholder of Burkholder Farms in Albany, Doug Grott of Wilbur-Ellis in Corvallis, Rick Jones of Cascade Timber Consulting in Sweet Home, Macey Wessels of Barenbrug USA in Scio, and Matt Mattioda of Miller Timber Services in Albany.

These individuals were selected from a large pool of applicants, and reflect a diversity of resource producers, agricultural businesses, advocacy organizations and government agencies.

The program is a collaboration of industry and other groups throughout the state that have recognized the importance of developing and grooming natural resource leaders. The program will bring current and future leaders together from agriculture, fishing and forestry sectors in a series of five statewide sessions that started in November.



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