BUSINESS BRIEFS: Health workers recognized … and other items

PORT ANGELES — Four Olympic Medical Center Home Health Employees received recognition awards recently.

OMC CEO Eric Lewis presented the awards to registered nurses Nick Richards, Ileana Murphy and Barbara Wise, and referral intake-scheduler Jessica Wilson during a recent board of commissioners meeting.

The four were honored for “consistently going above and beyond to assist patients,” according to a news release.

“Nick is a fantastic home visit nurse and is often named by patients in satisfaction surveys,” said Lorraine Wall, chief nursing officer and hospital chief operating officer.

Murphy, a visit nurse, sees West End patients and was recently promoted to case manager.

Wall said Wilson often goes the extra mile and shows persistent determination to get patients the help they need, according to the release.

Wise recently retired after 25 years at home health.

“Barbara is always friendly and welcoming, and has been a mentor and role model for our staff,” said Wall.

PA resident receives alumni award

LACEY — Christopher Thomsen of Port Angeles was named a recipient of Saint Martin’s University’s 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Thomsen, in addition to six other state honorees, was selected from nominations based on service to community, professional achievements or service to the university.

Thomsen was recognized for his professional achievements.

As vice president of business development for Kirby Lester Pharmacy Automation, Thomsen is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on health care‐related automation and technology, according to a news release.

He is the founder and president of The Thomsen Group Inc., which provides expertise and consulting services for public, government, and private sector health care and pharmacy operations.

As a member of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Task Force on Automation, he co-authored the association’s Model State Pharmacy Act and Model Rules in 1997 and has testified before state congresses, as well as the U.S. Food & Drug Administration regarding pharmaceutical regulations.

He is a frequent keynote speaker for major pharmacy associations worldwide.

He has been issued two U.S. patents for his work on robotics and automated workflow systems.

Thomsen also serves as a frequent guest lecturer at schools of pharmacy, provides expert witness services for pharmacy automation and technology-related cases, owns additional health care-related companies, and continues to serve on numerous boards that benefit the industry.