BUSINESS BRIEFS: Samples earns medical center leadership award … and other items

PORT ANGELES — Olympic Medical Physicians specialty clinic manager Michelle Samples received an OMC leadership award.

She was presented the award during the organization’s recent leadership meeting.

Samples was recognized for her work reducing average wait times for appointments in her clinics.

“Michelle blends sensitivity to patient, employee and provider expectations while keeping an eye on fiscal responsibility every day,” said Chief Physician Officer Dr. Joshua Jones.

Originally a medical office assistant in 2007, Samples became a clinic supervisor in 2013 and clinic manager in 2016.

KONP talk guests

PORT ANGELES — Here is this week’s schedule for the 1:05 p.m. to 2 p.m. local talk show segment on KONP radio, at 1450 AM, 101.7 FM and on the internet outside the Port Angeles area.

Station General Manager Todd Ortloff hosts the Monday through Thursday segments.

This week’s scheduled lineup:

• Monday: Seattle Mariners.

• Tuesday: Adam Weymouth, author of “Kings of the Yukon: One Summer Paddling Across the Far North” will give an account of his four-month canoe trip down the Yukon River as the salmon migrated.

Certified Business Adviser Kevin Hoult, MBA, with North Peninsula SBDC, will discuss “Why Businesses Fail: The surprising and often self-inflicted reasons small businesses close.”

• Wednesday: Ingrid Nixon from the Story People of Clallam County will discuss the upcoming Story Slam, the Liars Contest and a two-person show called “The Lost Diaries of Eve and Adam” an original show inspired by the work of Mark Twain.

Bill Ellis will discuss an upcoming golf tournament and musical entertainment show that will raise funds for veterans.

Gerald Rettela will discuss honor flights for World War II veterans.

• Thursday: Marc Abshire, executive director of the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce, will discuss two events, “For the Love of Port Angeles” with Peter Kagayama and the upcoming Maritime Festival.

Beitzel award

SEQUIM — The Sequim Free Clinic awarded Olympic Medical Center CEO Eric Lewis with its Beitzel Award.

The award recognizes the highest level of service, impact, long term benefit, leadership and innovation, according to a news release.

Lewis served nine years on Sequim Free Clinic Board.

He was instrumental in moving the clinic into present building from the original Parish house in 2008.

This greatly expanded service potential, established the Chronic Care Clinic, and helped organize the clinic’s financial records.

As a result of Lewis’ efforts to the clinic’s progress it received the 2010 state Hospital Association Annual Award.

He still participates in the clinic’s Fun Walks and annual Volunteer Appreciation Events.

The award was presented to Lewis during an April 4 OMC Board of Commissioners meeting.

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