BUSINESS BRIEFS: Olympic Medical Center names new CHRO … and other items

PORT ANGELES — Olympic Medical Center named Jennifer Burkhardt as its new chief human resources officer.

She replaces Richard Newman, who retired Jan. 9 after 17 years in the position.

Burkhardt is already an executive at the hospital, serving as general counsel for the organization.

She will continue to oversee legal matters, contracts and employee relations, and will now fully oversee all human resources functions. The functions include risk management, nutrition services, environmental services, security, and marketing and communications.

Burkhardt earned her law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.

Previously, she worked for Providence, her role covering Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana.

Originally from Port Angeles, she and her family sought to return home, landing her at the hospital in August of 2013, according to a news release.

In her first year of the position, she will continue work that has begun on workforce development initiatives, talent acquisition, employee engagement and modernizing human resources processes, according to the release.

KONP talk guests

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

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

This week’s scheduled lineup:

• Monday: Master Gardeners, Judy English, Jeanette Stehr-Green and Bill Wrobel

• Tuesday: Clallam County Prosecutor, Mark Nichols, discussing a few recent criminal caseresolutions; 2017: A year in review with discussion of the years prosecution stats; Suicide activityfor 2018; and an upcoming forum designed to address “Prevention/Early Intervention inAdolescent Sexual Misconduct”

• Wednesday: Beth Pratt from Park View Villa discusses an upcoming panel discussion aboutSenior Health and Living Options in our community.

• Thursday: Cheryl Smith discusses “Night to Shine” , a local prom night for Special Needscommunity members.

Kevin Hoult, Certified Business Adviser with North Peninsula SBDC, discusses what employer andemployees need to know about the new paid sick leave law.

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