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Samaritan Health
partners with
Pipeline to Jobs

Samaritan Health Services is partnering with Pipeline to Jobs, a program of the Albany Chamber of Commerce, to highlight skilled job opportunities in the health care industry.

Pipeline to Jobs focuses on getting youth in the fast lane to success by pursuing jobs that don’t require a four-year degree. The program features jobs that require anything from a high school diploma to a two-year program at a local community college. It also highlights opportunities for employer-sponsored training or learning opportunities that encourage advancement and growth within a career field.

Samaritan’s partnership with Pipeline to Jobs, which started with the manufacturing industry, brings a new element to the program by incorporating the health care industry. As a health care employer in the community, Samaritan can vouch for the skilled jobs available in health care: housekeeping, clerical, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy, clerical, medical assisting and more.

Pipeline to Jobs partners with local employers and educators to bring opportunities to students in the program to get the training they need or get connected to available jobs.

Further information is available at or

retires at clinic

Edward Schmitt, a longtime pediatrician at The Corvallis Clinic, retired last May.

Schmitt earned an undergraduate degree in biochemistry in 1975 from the University of Texas in Austin, the city in which he grew up after his family moved there from the Washington, D.C., suburbs. He earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1979.

Schmitt completed his pediatric residency 1982 at the University of Virginia Hospital at Charlottesville, where he met Nancy Fisher, whom he married. Nancy Schmitt is a now-retired anesthesiologist. They spent several years on what Edward Schmitt called a "dual-career job safari," with stops in Columbia, South Carolina; Spokane, Washington; and Roseburg.

The economic downturn starting in the mid-1980s in Roseburg put a strain on Schmitt's private practice. He and his wife began to look elsewhere in the Northwest. In 1987, Schmitt joined what he called a "nice group" of clinic pediatricians made up of Eldon Younger, now deceased; and Michael Wong, James Nusrala and John Berry, now all retired.

Nurse joins
Grace Center

Lee Cook, a registered nurse, recently joined the staff of Grace Center for Adult Day Services in Corvallis.

Cook has worked as a registered nurse in a multitude of nursing specialties, including medical-surgical, the operating room, dialysis, home health and hospice, and spent the last several years working at senior living facilities. She has been an RN since 1989, having obtained her nursing degree in Colorado, where she was born and raised.

After leaving Colorado, she relocated first to the south coast of Oregon in 2001, before moves to Monmouth and then Springfield, where she currently resides.

Lee is overseeing the health services provided at Grace Center, and is responsible for creating and maintaining participants’ plans of care.

Realty agency 
adds broker

Town & Country Realty in Corvallis recently welcomed Kirsten Starkey to the team as a broker.

Starkey offers her clients a combination of Corvallis knowledge, business acumen and marketing expertise. She has an outgoing personality and enjoys rolling up her sleeves to help clients navigate the local real estate market.

She has an undergraduate degree from California Polytechnic State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Georgia Southern University. While moving around the world and raising a family, Starkey has held a variety of positions, including serving as marketing communications manager of VeriSign’s telecommunications division, publicist for the Savannah Music Festival, and midday radio show co-host for Armed Forces Network Bavaria.

She is a Certified Digital Marketing Associate and has advised global clients. Starkey specializes in marketing and promotion, and leverages digital and social media to maximize results for her clients.

Starkey can be reached at 541-286-0935 or

Republic facility
wins silver award

Republic Services of Oregon recently announced that the Solid Waste Association of North America has named Republic’s Pacific Region Compost Facility in Corvallis winner of the Silver Excellence Award in the Composting Systems category.

The award was presented at SWANA’s annual conference, WASTECON, last month in Baltimore.

As one of the largest composting facilities in Oregon, the PRC processes more than 120,000 tons of residential yard waste, residential organics and commercial food waste each year, producing a nutrient-rich compost used for area agricultural, landscaping and gardening purposes. In 2010, the PRC became the first Oregon compost facility to be approved for special types of organics composting (known as Type 3), including proteins, dairy and all food scraps.

SWANA’s Excellence Awards Program recognizes solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound solid waste management through their commitment to using effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and implementing public education and outreach programs.


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