BUSINESS BRIEFS: Olympic Medical Center nurses recognized; Salmon coalition board elected

PORT ANGELES — Ten Olympic Medical Center nurses were recognized at a recent board meeting.

CEO Eric Lewis, board President Jim Leskinovitch and Chief Physician Officer Joshua Jones, honored them for their exceptional patient care, process improvement efforts and teamwork with co-workers, according to a news release.

The nurses are Gretchen Gilleland, Kate Villella, Judy Bedford, Sherry Davis, Lily Thomsen, Margaret Ruud, Debbie Thompson, Karsi Grego, Patrice Speed and Ninette Swanson.

The news release recognized the nurses for the following tasks:

Gilleland and Villella helped to refine the center’s medication refill policy, providing a standardized process and reducing the turnaround time for processing requests.

Bedford was involved in the process of transferring orders from the lab to the short stay unit for patients needing therapeutic phlebotomy.

Davis and Thompson have been influential in the past two years as Olympic Medical Women’s Health grows into a larger OB-GYN group.

Thomson mentors medical assistants and nurses at the Children’s Clinic and handles triage calls.

Ruud’s positive attitude and willingness to help in whatever way is needed has made a huge difference in the Children’s Clinic transition to Olympic Medical Physicians.

Grego has an eye for process improvement and is diligent in getting a thorough triage assessment to make the most appropriate patient care decisions.

Speed continually finds ways to improve workflows and played a key role in training new staff in preparation for the opening of the center’s new walk-in clinic.

Swanson is cross-trained in each specialty in the Sequim Specialty Clinic and is also a trained telepresenter for the Swedish TeleHealth program.

Salmon coalition board elected

The North Olympic Salmon Coalition’s Board of Directors recently elected new officers.

They are Jim Pearson, president; Jean Erreca, vice president; Terry Sweeney, secretary; and Anita Schmucker, treasurer.

Other board members include Andy Brastad, Scott Chitwood, Brian Roe, Richard Wojt and Katherine Baril.

The North Olympic Salmon Coalition is one of the Regional Salmon Enhancement Groups, serving northern Jefferson County and Clallam County from Port Ludlow to Cape Flattery.

Baril previously led the Washington State University Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office and helped write the 1990 legislation that created Washington’s statewide system of Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups.

The salmon coalition is a community-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote robust wild salmon stocks for families, fishers and local economies by furthering habitat restoration and education on the North Olympic Peninsula, according to a news release.

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