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Practitioner joins Corvallis Clinic

Randall “Luke” Kent is the newest provider to join The Corvallis Clinic QuickCare clinics, beginning to see patients in mid-September.

Kent earned a Master of Science degree in nursing, family nurse practitioner, from the University of Cincinnati, in Cincinnati, Ohio, last year. He is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

As a registered nurse, Kent has worked in the emergency department at Southern Ohio Medical Center, as a flight nurse for Air Evac Lifeteam, and in a mobile intensive care unit for Portsmouth Ambulance, all in Portsmouth, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, in 2014.

QuickCare, a service of The Corvallis Clinic, offers same-day online appointment scheduling and an upfront menu of services and prices. With locations in Corvallis and Albany, QuickCare provides treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, wellness checkups, sports physicals, and preventive care, along with some lab services, for those age 2 and up. Appointments are available at www.quickcare.clinic.

Practice welcomes new providers

Gynecologist Paul Daskalos and physician assistant Zoryana Thompson are moving their practices to Samaritan Gynecology & Surgical Associates in Corvallis.

While finishing care at Samaritan Medical Clinics – North Albany, Daskalos and Thompson are scheduling appointments for the new location, where they will begin seeing patients Oct. 1.

Daskalos has worked for Samaritan for 22 years. He is chairman of the Samaritan Albany General Hospital Board of Directors at and is a member of the Pacific Coast Obstetric and Gynecology Society. He earned a medical degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and completed residency training at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine – Tulsa. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.

Thompson also served patients at Mid-Valley OB/GYN in Lebanon. She earned a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Oregon Health & Science University. She earned an undergraduate degree at Oregon State University.

Thompson is experienced in gynecology procedures including women’s annual exams and all forms of contraception and colposcopy; and is able to treat gynecological concerns.

Deputies graduate from state class

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training recently announced the graduation of its 391st Basic Police Class on Sept. 6 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

The graduates include Deputy Sheriff Barrett Dowding and Deputy Sheriff Paul Heimbach, both of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

The Basic Police Class is 16 weeks long and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition and more.

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Timber company wins national honor

Miller Timber Services of Philomath is the 2019 Timber Harvesting Logging Business of the Year, named by Timber Harvesting magazine in its September-October 2019 issue.

Miller Timber is the 22nd logging operation to win this national award, which began in 1998, and the second logging company from Oregon to win. The company will accept the award Sept. 28 during the American Loggers Council Annual Meeting in Perdido Beach, Alabama.

Owners Lee and Sue Miller, their management team and employees are working to help create a successful logging business and industry that’s younger and more diverse, while operating equipment that’s smarter and more environmentally sensitive.

Lee Miller’s goal is to develop competitive operations that bolster all parts of Miller Timber Services’ regional industry, doing his part to help make the Western Oregon wood basket more efficient and competitive in a global economy. The company’s operations support the full cycle of forestry, from seedling to stump, then seedling again.

OSU lab earns excellence award

Oregon State University Student Health Services Laboratory has met all the criteria for laboratory accreditation by COLA, a national health care accreditation organization, and has been selected as a recipient of the COLA Laboratory Excellence Award.

Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass an on-site laboratory survey. 

The Laboratory Excellence Award is given to labs who not only demonstrate quality patient testing and overall laboratory practices, but have also demonstrated proficiency testing for three prior testing events and have had no substantiated complaints against the lab.

Lumber company wins two awards

Freres Lumber Co. of Lyons recently announced it was selected a winner in The Architect’s Newspaper’s 2019 Best Products of the Year Award program.

Freres Lumber received an award in the building materials category for its mass timber product, Mass Plywood Panel.

In the same week, Freres Lumber learned it had been selected as one of Portland Business Journal’s 2019 Manufacturing Companies of the Year in the Family-Owned category.

The Architect’s Newspaper evaluated Best of Products award entrants for innovation, aesthetics, performance and value. A jury of design professionals and editors from the publication then reviewed those entries to determine the winners.

The Portland Business Journal Makers & Manufacturers Awards is an annual event recognizing manufacturing companies that drive the region’s economy through innovation and strategic evolution. Freres Lumber will be recognized in the Family-Owned category at a Nov. 8 luncheon in Portland. The category recognizes multigenerational, family-owned manufacturers for overall excellence, innovation, ethics and philanthropy.

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