Lumina names executive director

Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care has announced the appointment of Elizabeth French as executive director.

French brings with her a broad business background and 30 years of experience in consulting and professional services. Her expertise includes leadership and talent development, strategic relationships, process improvement, corporate governance, community engagement and contract negotiations, and other core management capabilities.

French has called Corvallis home for more than 25 years, and received the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce award the Robert C. Ingalls Businessperson of the Year in 2013.

Founded as Benton Hospice Service in 1980, Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care is an independent nonprofit community resource providing responsive care for local residents nearing the end of life. Lumina ensures in-home comfort, compassion and control for every patient throughout their remaining days, wherever home is.

Further information is available at 541-757-9616 or www.luminahospice.org.

Endocrinologist joins local clinic

Shannon Hopson will start to see patients in The Corvallis Clinic’s Endocrinology Department in mid-July.

Hopson provides general endocrinology care, inspired by the latest technology in diabetes management. She has an interest in meditation and mindfulness to help her patients cope with the stress of work, family and living with a chronic medical condition.

Hopson comes to the clinic from CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, North Carolina, where she was medical director of diabetes and endocrinology from 2004 to this year. She also was an endocrinologist for Endocrinology Associates in Gastonia and Lake Wylie, South Carolina, during the same time period.

She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism.

Hopson completed a fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, in 2004, and an internal medicine residency at the Greenville Hospital System, Greenville, South Carolina, in 2002. She earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Oklahoma State University in 1999.

Appointments are available at 541-754-1260.

Samaritan lists local investments 

In 2018, Samaritan Health Services invested nearly $161 million in community health.

These investments were designed to help address activities that promote healthy families, greater access to health care, better networks, healthy children, healthy teens and healthy seniors.

Samaritan makes this information available in its annual Community Health Impact Report. The 2019 report highlights the investments made in community health activities, such as free health screenings, services for low-income individuals, health-related research, training for health professionals and grants to local nonprofit agencies in support of health initiatives.

Readers can learn how Samaritan’s contributions impacted local organizations including Sweet Home Emergency Ministries, the Benton County Oral Health Coalition, the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence, Yachats Youth and Family Activities Program, Linn Together, Volunteer Caregivers and more.

Visit samhealth.org/Impact to read the report.

Deputy graduates from academy

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training has announced the graduation of Basic Corrections Local No. BCL037 on June 14 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

The class includes Deputy Sheriff Cody Ash of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

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