PeaceHealth Southwest welcomes two new members to its leadership team

by DIwpBacon on February 9, 2016
Marla Sanger

Marla Sanger

Cindy Davis

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PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center recently welcomed two new members to its leadership team. Cindy Davis has been named chief nursing officer for PeaceHealth Southwest, and Marla Sanger has accepted the position of director of community benefit and advocacy for the PeaceHealth Columbia Network, which includes PeaceHealth Southwest and PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview.

Prior to joining PeaceHealth, Davis served as chief nursing officer and chief operating officer for Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center, where she led nursing operations and played a key role in the opening of the hospital. Davis will lead the strategy, operational effectiveness and development of nursing practices at PeaceHealth Southwest.

Sanger most recently served as CEO for Wrangell Medical Center in Alaska, which was operated under a leadership agreement with PeaceHealth. She will drive PeaceHealth’s comprehensive community benefit approach in order to meet the growing needs of people in the Vancouver and Longview communities, including advocating on behalf of vulnerable populations.








Learn about Leadership Clark County at an Open House Information Session Feb. 16

by DIwpBacon on February 9, 2016


leadership-clark-countyLeadership Clark County (LCC) will hold a free information session Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the community room at 610 Esther St. in Vancouver. The session is an opportunity for candidates to learn more about the program, ask questions and hear from alumni about their experiences. There is no cost to attend. RSVP to or 360-567-1085.

LCC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic leadership development program. Founded in 1993, participants are selected through a competitive application process and gain in-depth knowledge of our community and leadership skills that will enable them to be more effective in their community involvement. The nine-month program runs September through May and is offered annually to individuals from Clark County’s private, nonprofit and public sectors. For more information, visit

LCC is accepting early applications for candidates interested in joining the Class of 2017. Candidates submitting applications prior to February 28 will receive a $50 discount off the $100 application fee and priority consideration for acceptance into the program. Regular enrollment closes April 29, 2016.

BGHS student is state winner of Doodle 4 Google competition


Battle Ground High School freshman Holly Halberg learned at a surprise school assembly that she is the Washington state winner of the Doodle 4 Google contest. Halberg has advanced to the public voting round of the K-12 competition to create a Doodle that will be on the Google homepage for a day.

The public can vote through Feb. 22 for a finalist in each grade category at (find Halberg’s in the “Grades 8-9″ category). Four national finalists will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship, and the national winner will get a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education grant for his or her school. The national winner’s Doodle will be on for a day.

Halberg created a silhouette that tells the world “What makes me…me,” the theme for this year’s competition. She took inspiration from the things she enjoys in her life, from her little sister and living in the Pacific Northwest, to reading and photography. Holly entered the competition after Alder Suttles, her art teacher at BGHS last semester, asked students to create a Doodle as a class assignment.

“One November Morning” art exhibition at CCHM Feb. 13 – 21


Descendants of the Sand Creek Massacre of November 29, 1864 have created an exhibit of artwork depicting the day of the massacre. More than 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho people were viciously massacred at Sand Creek, CO. The work of Cheyenne and Arapaho artists Brent Learned and George Levi focuses on the remembrance, honor and strength of their ancestors and leaders.

Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) is hosting the exhibition “One November Morning” from February 13 through May 28. This extraordinary exhibition has shown at the Denver Art Museum and galleries at University of Denver and Northwestern University. CCHM will be the first venue on the West Coast. An opening reception and program with Learned and Levi will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m., at the museum.

Learned and Levi will be in town February 13 through 21 to host a series of conversations on the history and related events, their art and why they created it, and how the massacre ties to current global events. Throughout the run of the exhibition, related programs related will be held at these various venues. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit


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  • Clark County Quilters February meeting Feb. 11

    image-1 Clark County Quilters will have their 2016 February General Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Vancouver Church of Christ, 9019 NE 86th St. Members will display and vote on the 2016 Challenge Quilt Contest entries. The name of the contest is “I Can Do This!” This year’s participants were tasked with making quilts that were six-inches by 60-inches, and of any design. General meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, September through June. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. Non-members are asked to pay $5 per meeting to help cover speaker fees.

  • Vancouver Energy awards grant to Assistance League
    customLogo.gifAssistance League of Southwest Washington has received a $2100 grant from the Vancouver Energy Community Fund. The monies will be used to purchase clothing and school supplies for 140 elementary age children, who are in need, throughout four school districts in Clark County. Assistance League is an all-volunter chapter of National Assistance League organization formed in 1935. In to addition to reaching out to children in local schools, Assistance League raises funds to provide new clothing to hundreds of children placed in foster care. For information, call 360-690-1253, email or visit
  • Thomas Lauderdale joins the VSO for All-American concerts Feb. 20, 21

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  • Today is the last day to vote for schools’ levy

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  • Vancouver Chamber opens registration for March workshop series

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  • Make a commitment to the environment, pledge to be a WasteBuster today

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  • Vacancy on the Clark County Arts Commission

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  • Nominations sought for first annual Green Business of the Year award

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  • New networking event bridges gap between arts and business Feb. 17

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  • Aphrodisiac Dinner at Niche for Valentine’s Day

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  • Lottery to assign permits to sell fireworks, application deadline Feb. 10

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  • Water Resources Center celebrates 20 years Feb. 13

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  • Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic February 11
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  • Clark County Grown hosts first Seasonal Social Feb. 9
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