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2019 Spirit of Caring nominations

CMH celebrates nominees for this year’s internal awards CMH is pleased to announce the nominees of its annual Spirit of Caring Awards. Each year, CMH recognizes and celebrates caregivers who embrace the challenges and rewards of a career in healthcare by presenting these awards. The nominated caregivers go above and[...]
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CMH nursing stories

CMH celebrates Nursing Week with nurses sharing their “why” stories By Judy Geiger, Vice President of Patient Care Services May 6-12 is National Nursing Week in the United States. This year, we invited CMH nurses to share why they went into nursing and had 45 wonderful stories given to us.[...]
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CMH celebrates award winners, Planetree gold certification

Spirit of Caring Awards given out during Hospital Week By Sarah Bello ASTORIA, Ore. — Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) commemorated Hospital Week May 12-18 with a celebration of its 2019 Planetree gold certification and Spirit of Caring Award winners. After an extensive review at the end of April, Planetree Inc.[...]
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Patient raves about experience with CMH provider

Russell Maize, 56 recently attended his first appointment with Dr. Anisa Richardson in Astoria Primary Care. Maize was born and raised in Warrenton, left to travel the world, and has now been back in the Long Beach area for 18 years.  Maize is a recent amputee with health issues stemming[...]
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Mary Kellow: 25 years at CMH

Radiology caregiver celebrates milestone Mary Kellow has worked in Radiology for CMH for 25 years and has been a certified radiology tech for 47 years. When she first started here, there were only around 160 employees and one main building. She remembers hand-developing x-ray films, hauling heavy cassettes into the[...]
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Susie Graham: 35 years at CMH

Nursing caregiver celebrates milestone Susie Graham has been a nurse for 35 years, having spent her entire career at CMH. She has her mother to thank for inspiring her to become a nurse. Her mom was a caring and strong nurse who Susie hopes to emulate in her own work.[...]
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Jodi Tucker: 40 years at CMH

HIM caregiver celebrates milestone Jodi Tucker has been employed at CMH for 40 years and has worked in HIM (Health Information Management) for all of that time. She originally applied to the hospital as a candy striper (volunteer), but there was not a position available. They did have a position[...]
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Bob Hauer: 45 years at CMH

Laboratory caregiver celebrates milestone Bob Hauer grew up in Astoria working for his dad’s bike shop and then attended the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls for its medical technologist program. CMH was his second position (and likely last) as a medical technologist. His first was just two weeks[...]
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Caregivers go on medical mission to Guatemala

Donated hats were a hit with surgery patients By Sarah Bello Almost every year since 2008, nurse anesthetist Mark Titcomb, CRNA, has traveled to Guatemala to serve on a medical mission with Cascade Medical Team. In early March 2019, he and Mariko Froehle, RN, flew more than 3,000 miles to[...]
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Celebrating Nurses Week

Nurses Week is May 6-12, 2019 By Judy Geiger, RN, BSN, MBA As I was doing some self-examination last November while contemplating moving to the North Coast and taking a new job, I really looked at myself and why I am a nurse. I was going to become a National[...]
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