Back Issues: February 20, 2017
Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge’s 16-month calendars are now available at half price. Calendars run January 2017 to April 2018 and feature 2016 Refuge Photo Contest Winners. Each month’s photo is labelled with the winner’s name and what place in the contest they got, as well as identification of the subject of each photo. The calendar also includes some key dates that are important to the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and the Refuge itself. Originally $15, the calendars are now on sale for $7.50. For more information and to order online, visit www.ridgefieldfriends.org,news,photo-contest-available-now. Calendars are also available at Seasons Coffee Tea & Remedies inside the Old Liberty Theater at 115 N Main Ave. (Cash or check preferred).
Riverview Community Bank has completed the previously announced purchase and assumption transaction with MBank. In connection with the transaction, Riverview acquired approximately $116 million in net loans and assumed certain liabilities, including approximately $132 million of MBank’s customer deposits. Riverview Bancorp also assumed the obligations of Merchants Bancorp’s trust preferred securities. “We are pleased to announce the completion of this transaction and want to welcome the MBank customers and employees to Riverview.” says Pat Sheaffer, chairman and chief executive officer of Riverview. “This transaction provided us a unique opportunity to expand our market presence in Oregon and our broader branch network will allow us to better serve our new and existing clients.”
The Vancouver Clinic has decided to adopt ActX Genomic Decision Support. ActX will enable The Vancouver Clinic’s 250 providers to use genomics in everyday patient care by integrating clinically actionable insights within the Epic workflow. For patients who choose to have this testing, their providers will be able to better personalize medication and screening choices based on each person’s individual genetic profile. With the implementation of ActX, patients will be able to obtain testing, and those results show up in the electronic health record, allowing providers to use genomics to personalize therapies and manage hereditary risks. Every time their provider orders medication through EpicCare, ActX will alert them in real time about potential adverse reactions, drug efficacy or dosing issues based on the patient’s genetics. Evidence-based decision support will also help providers take proactive steps toward minimizing actionable hereditary conditions.
Taking outreach services on the road has earned Vancouver Public Schools a Magna Awards 2017 Grand Prize given by the National School Boards Association. The award, one of three in the nation, recognizes the district’s mobile Family-Community Resource Center van for mobilizing resources to remove barriers that impede student success. To address the issues of poverty and increase family engagement, VPS has created a network of Family-Community Resource Centers, which now are located in 18 of the district’s 35 schools. The mobile FCRC serves students at the other 17 district schools without onsite FCRCs. Working with school counselors, teachers, building administrators and community partners, a mobile FCRC coordinator collects and deploys resources to meet needs when and where they’re needed. The mobile FCRC van also is equipped with Wi-Fi, providing online access to assist families in searching for housing, job opportunities, childcare, medical providers and other resources. The award will be formally announced at the National School Boards Association conference in March.