NEWS BRIEFS: Olympic Medical Center recognized among top rural community hospitals … and other items

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Olympic Medical Center recently accepted an award from the National Rural Health Association as one of the Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals in the country.

The awardees were hospitals that successfully performed in categories including inpatient and outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, costs, charges and financial stability, according to a news release.

The ceremony took place at the health association’s Rural Hospital Innovation Summit conference in San Diego, Calif.

“This is a huge honor and shows the outstanding work of the employees and medical staff we have here at Olympic Medical Center,” said Eric Lewis, OMC CEO.

The medical center scored best among Prospective Payment System hospitals (rural community, non-Critical Access Hospitals) on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index.

IVantage is a private health care business intelligence and technology company that “is a leading provider of information products serving an expansive health care industry,” according to the release.

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Employee certified for vet practice

PORT ANGELES — Veterinarian Lindsy Bevins of Blue Mountain Animal Clinic recently completed her certification in veterinary medical acupuncture.

Her training took place in Fort Collins, Colo. She specializes in medical and electrostimulation acupuncture.

Medical acupuncture is beneficial for pets with pain, paralysis and noninfectious inflammation, according to a news release.

Issues that can be addressed with medical acupuncture could include arthritis, disc disease, nerve injury or pain, allergies, asthma, digestive issues and anxiety disorders, according to the release.

New employee

SEQUIM — Ben’s Bikes Sequim Inc. at 1252 W. Washington St. recently hired John Sahnow as its new electric bike specialist.

Sahnow, a Carlsborg resident, will assist with electric bike sales and repairs in the shop’s newly expanded shop area.

Sahnow brings more than 20 years of experience with bicycle repair to the shop, according to a news release.

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