PeaceHealth and OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute announce collaboration

by DIwpBacon on March 3, 2015



PeaceHealth and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Knight Cardiovascular Institute have joined forces to enhance cardiovascular surgery services throughout the southwest Washington area.

The collaboration will utilize the well-established expertise of OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute surgeons and researchers to build on the range of complex heart and vascular procedures already offered in the PeaceHealth Columbia Network, which includes PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center (Vancouver) and PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center (Longview). OHSU will be bringing its robust research program to the collaboration, offering clinical trials and novel therapies to patients served at PeaceHealth’s southwest Washington sites.

Cardiovascular surgeons from OHSU’s Knight Cardiovascular Institute are now seeing patients with PeaceHealth’s Heart & Vascular surgical team at PeaceHealth Medical Group Cardiovascular Surgery clinic, located on the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center campus. Howard Song, M.D., Ph.D., chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery for the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute, will be taking on an additional role as medical director of the cardiac surgery program at PeaceHealth Southwest.

Additional benefits of the collaboration will include advancements in cardiovascular therapies for heart failure and heart valve disease, more minimally invasive procedures, and new services in structural heart disease and advanced electrophysiology. Read more about the Heart & Vascular services currently offered at PeaceHealth here.



Tickets available for Innovative’s “Caring Hearts in Paradise” Mar. 14

by DIwpBacon on March 3, 2015


ColleenBocciaTickets are selling quickly, but are still available for Innovative’s Spring Benefit event, Caring Hearts in Paradise, scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 14, at the Hilton Vancouver. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Happy Hour.” Guests will enjoy a festive and inspiring Caribbean evening. Colleen Boccia, SVP Marketing & Chief Deposit Officer at Columbia Credit Union will be M.C. for the event’s inspiring program.

Event highlights include surfing on the Radical Surf simulator, dancing to reggae music of Rhythm Culture with Clark County’s most popular D.J. Craig Brown, a Caribbean dinner buffet, silent auction, raffle, and more. Dress is casual tropical; sun dresses, tropical shirts, shorts, flip flops and sandals are appreciated.

Tickets are $75 and reservations can be made on-line at, or call by calling Laurie Giacomini at 360-823-5170, or For more information about Innovative Services NW or to schedule a tour, contact Kathy Deschner, Vice President of Development and Marketing at 360-823-5171 or

State of the County Address Mar. 12


Councilor David Madore, chair of the Board of County Councilors, is scheduled to present State of the County remarks on Thursday, Mar. 12, along with Councilors Jeanne E. Stewart and Tom Mielke. The event will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at Skyview High School, 1300 NW 139th St., in the Salmon Creek area. Light refreshments will be available at 3:30 p.m. The program will start at 4 p.m.

Plans call for newly elected Sheriff Chuck E. Atkins and newly appointed Acting County Manager Mark McCauley to be on hand for short presentations. The councilors also will recognize volunteers for extraordinary efforts in 2014. They urge those attending to bring non-perishable food, household supplies or financial donations for local food banks.

A food drive has been a key part of State of the County in recent years. Donations in 2014 provided nearly 3,000 meals. More than 10,000 families turn to the Clark County Food Bank and partner agencies each month for help meeting basic needs. For those unable to attend, the program may be viewed later on CVTV (Clark-Vancouver Television) Channels 21 and 23.

Mother’s Day Camas Plant & Garden Fair now accepting vendor applications


The 18th annual Camas Plant & Garden Fair will return to the streets of downtown Camas this year on Saturday, May 9, the day before Mother’s Day. Customers will find a wide array of plants, trees, garden art, planters, garden furniture, birdhouses, iron works, and a large selection of other locally made and grown products. It’s a great opportunity to get something special for mom or to pick up something for your own garden. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Applications for plant and retail vendors are now being accepted and application forms can be found at All products intended for sale must be plants or garden-related items and must be grown or produced locally. For all the information, see the pre-approval guidelines on the website. The last day for early-bird pricing is March 31 and applications will be accepted after that until the event is full.

“We are thrilled to again host this beloved event in Downtown Camas,” says Carrie Schulstad, executive director for the DCA. “The variety and quality of products you’ll find is exceptional. We have also added more kids’ activities this year hosted by Camp Windy Hill and the Camas Farmer’s Market and the petting zoo by Camas Camp n Ranch will be back.” For information on the DCA and other downtown events, visit


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  • Learn about the Yup’ik Eskimos at the next history presentation Mar. 5

    Unknown-1The community is welcome to the next historical presentation at Clearwater Springs Assisted Living Thursday, Mar. 5. Jason Cunningham will share his personal experiences with the Yup’ik Eskimos of western Alaska. In August of 2000, two newlywed teachers left for the rural Alaskan village of Quinhagak. The following nine months were filled with challenge, adventure and learning. Come hear the life, lessons and laughter with the Yup’ik Eskimo through the eyes of their teacher from the ‘Lower 48′. This presentation will include photos, lecture, artwork and a Q&A session. The free presentation begins at 3 p.m. Call 360-546-3344 to RSVP. Clear Water Assisted Living is located at 201 NW 78th St., Vancouver

  • NACCC holds regular meeting Mar. 9

    imagesThe Neighborhood Associations Council of Clark County (NACCC) will hold a regular meeting Monday, Mar. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Clark County Public Works Operations Center, 4700 NE 78th St. in Vancouver. Guest speaker Susan Rasmussen from the Clean Water Commission will provide an update on clean water issues and initatives. Bridget Swarz, president of Fairway Village Neighborhood Association, will share thoughts on emergency communications and response for vulnerable populations. Mitch Canton, from North Salmon Creek, will discuss the Clark County Neighborhood Association’s website. NACCC provides a forum for neighborhood association leaders and members from across the county to share issues of common interest and gain from each other’s experiences. For more information, contact Doug Ballou at 360-573-3314 or; or visit

  • Leadership Clark County information session for Class of 2016 candidates Mar. 11

    leadershipclarkcountyLeadership Clark County’s (LCC’s) next free information session for Class of 2016 candidates is Wednesday, Mar. 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Clark Regional Wastewater’s District Office at 8000 NE 52nd Ct. 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 by Monday, Mar. 9 to or 360-567-1085. “We’ve had a waiting list in prior years,” said LCC Recruiting Committee Co-Chair Jason Beatty. “It’s a good idea for candidates to apply early.” Applications can be downloaded at and must be submitted by April 30.

  • Ceremonial groundbreaking for the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial Mar. 11

    944987 BG vets memorial 944987 bg vets memorial.jpgThe public is invited to a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial on Wednesday, Mar. 11, at 11 a.m. The memorial will be located on the grounds of Kiwanis Park near the intersection of SW Third Ave. and SW Fourth St. To date, 30 local veterans have been identified as having lost their lives in service. Families and loved ones may also purchase a brick to be placed at the memorial, engraved with a veteran’s name, branch of service and dates served. For the full story, click here.

  • “Go Green” for First Friday in downtown Camas Mar. 6

    stpatricks2014It’s First Friday in downtown Camas and the community is invited to a very family-friendly evening of shopping, music, dining, games, and prizes this Friday, Mar. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. The theme this month is “Go Green!” Leprechauns will be hidden in participating businesses and those who find them will be entered to win a “Go Green” basket. Click here for the original article.

  • Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation awards grants for medical programs

    Legacy-logo-Color1The Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation board of trustees recently approved 13 grants, totaling $52,735, in support of programs and services at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Donations from patients, their families, Legacy Health employees and the broader community made these grants possible. Click here for the full story.

  • Commonfund president and CEO to join the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust as Visiting Fellow

    M.J.-Murdock-Charitable-Trust-logoThe M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has announced the newest Visiting Fellow, Verne Sedlacek. Sedlacek was President and Chief Executive Officer of Commonfund from July, 2003 to January, 2015. He joined Commonfund in 2002 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Click here for the original story.

  • 2015 Iris Award winners announced; celebration Mar. 5

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  • Noche de Familia at WSU Vancouver Mar. 5

    WSU Vancouver invites students and their families to Noche de Familia at 5 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 5, in the Firstenburg Student Commons. Noche de Familia takes place entirely in Spanish. Latino families are invited to come learn about preparing for college, obtaining financial aid and more. Dinner will be provided. WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205. Free parking is available in Orange 2 lot.  English translation will be provided to those who need it and dinner will be served. For more information, contact Amanda Shannahan at 360-546-9182 or

  • Hall Mediations Services offers workshop on divorce Mar. 3

    cl30842_150Laura Hall, of Hall Mediations Services, will host a workshop on divorce this Wednesday, Mar. 3, at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. Topics include:

    Creating a parenting plan
    How child support is calculated
    How to access free and low cost legal information and resources
    Choosing a Mediator, Attorney, and other professionals
    Put together financial documents
    Discuss spousal maintenance

    Hall Mediation Services is located at 10000 NE 7th Ave., Ste. 400 in Vancouver. For more information, call 360-524-1762

  • First-installment 2015 property tax statements have been mailed

    Unknown-3Doug Lasher, Clark County Treasurer, has announced that first-installment 2015 property tax statements have been mailed. Property tax statements include property tax levy amounts, special assessments, and certain fees. There were 94,852 statements mailed, 73,846 postcards mailed for those taxpayers whose mortgage company pays their taxes, and 881 e-statements sent. Taxpayers whose statements are not paid through a mortgage company and have not received their statement within ten days should visit or call the Treasurer’s Office at 360-397-2252. Taxpayers are responsible for paying their first-installment property taxes by Thursday, Apr. 30, in order to avoid interest and penalties. In addition, if a taxpayer has moved within the past six months, the Treasurer’s Office needs to be notified because it does not receive address changes made through the post office. For more information and payment options, visit

  • VSO Chamber Series’ annual Family Concert Mar. 8

    Columbia River Brass QuintetThe VSO Chamber Series will present its annual Family Concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 8, at Kiggins TheatreBrass on the Loose is a lighthearted and fun introduction to the brass family of instruments by some of the area’s most renowned brass musicians. Also on the same program is Opera Quest Northwest, a group of five young singers and a pianist will bring a live program called “Opera the Great.” Opera Quest Northwest is a nonprofit group dedicated to bringing the world of opera to school-age children. For the original story, click here.

  • CCHM First Thursday Lecture: The Pioneering Women of Clark County Politics Mar. 5

    Women-in-Clark-County-PoliticsClark County Historical Museum will host the next “First Thursday” this Thursday, Mar. 5, at 7 p.m. The event features a panel of past and present female community leaders of Clark County that will discuss the changes they have seen in Southwest Washington during their careers, and the legacy they leave for future generations. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children under 18, and is free with a museum membership. Doors open at 5 p.m. Click here for the full story.

  • Second Story Gallery presents a “Sisters’ Circle” in March, reception Mar. 6

    roundcubeA new exhibit opens with an artists reception Friday, Mar. 6, in the Second Story Gallery in the Camas Public Library. “Murmurations of Art,” is a five-woman show by local artists working in every style and medium. The reception is set for 5 to 8 p.m. The library is located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas. Visitors are welcome to the gallery during regular library hours: 10 a.m to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The exhibit runs through March 28. Photo at left is a piece by participating artist, Judith Sanders. ”Sisters’ Circle” is a wood piece that represents all five women in the exhibit. For more information, call 360-834-4692 or visit

  • Salvation Army opens new store in Vancouver, grand opening celebration Mar. 5

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  • AFP March membership meeting and luncheon features Mark Koenig Mar. 6

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  • “Killer Fiction” with Chelsea Cain at WSU Vancouver Mar. 3

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  • Buy Vancouver USA presents Doug Booth Mar. 3

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