Olympic Medical Center adds grant writer

PORT ANGELES — Morgan Van Dyke has joined Olympic Medical Center as the hospital’s first grant writer.

Her first project will be to obtain federal and private funds for a multi-million-dollar electronic medical record system that would link OMC, its clinics and other health care providers.

Van Dyke works in the hospital’s strategic marketing and communications department.

“Morgan’s expertise in grant writing couldn’t come at a better time for Olympic Medical Center,” said Rhonda Curry, assistant administrator, who heads the department.

OMC has projected a nearly no-balance budget for 2008 and has sought to pare $1 million from the outlay.

Capital improvements, such as electronic records, are at risk.

“An electronic medical record system will be incredibly valuable for our medical community and our patients,” Curry said.

“However, it is an expensive venture.

“We are highly confident that Morgan’s experience will help us locate funding sources to assist in bringing an EMR system here.”

Van Dyke has performed grant writing, planning, marketing and developing new programs for the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, Shoreline Occupational Services, a division of Goodwill Industries, and First Step Family Services.

She has spent more than 20 years in her field and holds a master’s degree in social work.

She also received United States Congressional recognition for her work in the community.

“I look forward to applying my experience to securing needed funding for our medical community,” she said.

OMC provides inpatient services at its 126-bed acute care facility in Port Angeles.

It provides outpatient services that include imaging, rehabilitation therapy, laboratory, sleep medicine, cardiac care, home health and cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.

For more information, visit www.olympicmedical.org.

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