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Business in Brief (Sept. 4)

Business in Brief (Sept. 4)

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Realty office adds


Town & Country Realty in Corvallis recently welcomed Ethan Thursam to the team as a broker.

Thursam is a third-generation real estate professional and credits his interest to growing up in a real estate family. While practicing as a licensed Broker, he also is completing a degree in economics at Oregon State University. With his experience in the industry and his academic background, Thursam is able to work closely with clients to provide a greater understanding of market trends, conditions and opportunities.

Thursam can be reached at 503-816-0020 or

Equipment boosts safety

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center recently adopted a new monitoring system to increase patient safety by preventing falls in high-risk patients.

The AvaSys TeleSitter helps staff monitor patients, providing increased supervision and the ability to communicate to patients in their rooms through two-way audio speakers.

Trained certified nurse assistants monitor eligible patients using the monitoring system and are able to call a nurse for help when needed. The TeleSitter is a camera with a two-way audio speaker that allows observation and audio communication into patient rooms and offers visual and audio privacy screens that can be lowered when physicians and/or nurses are attending to the patient.

Other health care systems using this system report significant decreases in patient falls. Detroit Medical Center’s Tenet Rehab Institute of Michigan saw a 67-percent reduction in falls, and St. David’s North Austin Medical Center saw an 80-percent reduction in falls resulting in major injury after adopting this system.

Health centers receive grant

To address the statewide dental crisis in Oregon, The Oregon Community Foundation launched a five-year Children's Dental Health Initiative in 2014 and built partnerships with other funders to improve access to care statewide.

With financial support from A-dec, The Collins Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Meyer Memorial Trust, Northwest Health Foundation, and Providence Health and Services, OCF recently awarded 14 grants totaling $773,500 to bring dental screening and preventive services into school settings, promote oral health literacy, and develop infrastructure that provides all children in Oregon with timely access to age-appropriate dental care.

Community Health Centers of Benton & Linn Counties received $50,000 for its program to expand school-based dental services in Linn and Benton counties.

The health centers are working with InterCommunity Health Network and Dental Care Organizations such as CareOregon Dental as part of this Initiative to ensure their efforts complement the coordinated care model Oregon has adopted.

Local grads in police class

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training recently announced the graduation of its 365th Basic Police Class on April 14 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

Graduates include Cory Hackstedt of the Albany Police Department, Joseph Halahuni of the Benton County Sheriff's Office and Dakotah Hinrichs of the Linn County Sheriff's Office.

The class is 16 weeks long and includes dozens of training areas.

Shred Days dispose of papers

Three annual Oregon State Credit Union Free Community Shred Days held this year in Albany, Corvallis and Keizer served more than 1,800 residents with secure disposal of 57,743 pounds of sensitive documents.

In addition, the credit union took in 1,837 pounds of food and $1,100 in cash donations for local food banks during the events.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the collective shredding and recycling of paperwork at the three events saved more than 476 trees, 196,000 gallons of water, 92 cubic yards of landfill and more than 2,200 gallons of oil. It also prevented more than 1,680 cubic yards of pollutants from entering the atmosphere. The credit union matched the first $700 of cash donations dedicated to Marion-Polk County Food Share or Linn Benton Food Share.

The credit union annually provides this service, where anyone can bring boxes of outdated documents such as old checks or forms and statements with personal information. Documents are securely shredded onsite for free with a fleet of equipped trucks supplied by the credit union’s recycling partner.

Officers, trustees for foundation

The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation recently announced its officers and directors for 2017-18.

The foundation is governed by a volunteer board of trustees. Officers are Anissa Arthenayake, chair, Citizens Bank; Lisa Langeliers, secretary, Hewlett-Packard Co.; and Todd Yee, treasurer, Stover Neyhart Yee & Co.

Trustees are Jen Costa, Barnhisel Willis Barlow Stephens & Costa, P.C.; Bronwyn Evans, Edward Jones; Elizabeth French, CH2M Hill; Joel Howe, Evashevski, Elliot, Ciha, and Hediger, P.C.; Steve Kunke, retired Corvallis School District educator; Daniel Lopez-Cevallos, Oregon State University; Ken Pastega, community member; Mike Sheets, community member; Scott Spiegelberg, Oregon State University; Kyle Tegner, Special Occasions; and Sunita Vasdev, Oregon State.


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