Provider joins
urology teams

Urologist Sophia Drinis recently joined Samaritan Urology.

She is seeing patients at the Albany and Lebanon-based clinics.

Drinis offers a variety of urological care, with a particular interest in female and male urinary incontinence, female pelvic prolapse, pelvic floor reconstruction, urethral reconstruction and other conditions.

Drinis earned a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago and a medical degree from Rush University Medical Center. She completed a surgical internship and urology residency at New York Medical College and fellowship in genitourinary reconstruction at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Following medical school, Drinis was a faculty-appointed urology instructor at New York Medical College and Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine.

Prior to joining Samaritan Health Services, Drinis spent six years in private practice caring for patients in the Midwest and six years working at a health care system in the Northeast. She was drawn to Samaritan for its Pacific Northwest location, collegiality and interdisciplinary team approach to patient care.

Clinic hires
new navigator

Kathy Nepper is the new nurse navigator for The Corvallis Clinic’s Project H.E.R.

Nepper succeeds Joann Stutzman, who held the position for 12 years.

Nepper brings nearly four decades of nursing work to the position, as well as personal experience with severe and ultimately terminal illness in her family. She describes the role of a nurse navigator as a person who offers education and individualized assistance to patients and their families to help overcome health care system barriers.

The role speaks to the mission of Project H.E.R., whose letters stand for Help, Enlightenment and Resources. Project H.E.R. provides women in Benton, Linn and Lincoln counties with education and support from the time of cancer diagnosis through survivorship. It once was limited to breast cancer, but the program now is open to women with different forms of the disease. Project H.E.R. also has expanded to include caregivers as well as patients.

This is Nepper’s third position at the clinic; she was nurse manager of the oncology department from 2016 to 2017, and a registered nurse in care coordination from 2015 to 2016.

joins practice

Healing Motion Physical Therapy, Inc., in Philomath recently welcomed its newest physical therapist, Kersey Schuh.

Schuh earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Her interests lie in post-surgical knee and hip rehabilitation, treatment of low back pain and throwing-related shoulder injuries.

To schedule an appointment with Schuh, call 541-929-2255.

selects board 

The Assistance League of Corvallis recently announced its board members for 2017-18.

Members include Barbara Edwards, president; Carol Kamke, president-elect; Sherry Hazelton, secretary; Deborah Ball, treasurer; Susan Mukatis, education; Carroll Benton, marketing and public relations; Marilyn Marker, strategic planning; Maja Jonanovic, new member advisor; Jean Kughn, past president; Mary Ann Matzke, resource development; Marianne McNair, assistant treasurer; Connie Cash, finance; Candy Pierson-Charlton, membership; and Helen Whitaker, philanthropic programs.    

The chapter has been serving the community since 1968. It is composed of more than 200 members, together volunteering more than 19,000 hours last year in support of philanthropic programs. The chapter is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff.

For fiscal year 2016-17, Assistance League members donated the equivalent of $448,000 to the community in the form of service hours (per current IRS calculations of value per hour). Money raised through the chapter’s fundraising activities are used for its philanthropic programs; donations are tax-deductible.

Benton County
farms honored

Mark Arkills of Holiday Tree Farms in Corvallis was awarded the 2017 Herb and Helen Plumb Award, the highest honor granted by the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association for outstanding contributions to the industry.

Stroda Brothers Farm, owned by Kirk and JoLynn Stroda of Monroe, took top honors in the Tabletop Tree classification. Winners in tree and wreath categories are eligible to compete with growers from other states at a national convention for the honor of supplying a future Christmas tree to the White House.

The PNCTA is comprised of grower, retailer and supplier members from Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho and British Columbia.