On June 13th, Petersen Hastings was proud to announce the addition of Tavin Blair as Client Service Specialist for the firm. As a Client Service Specialist, Tavin will work with other members of the client services team to facilitate the collaborative monitoring and updating of personal and corporate investment accounts, as well as maintain complex financial reports, while prioritizing the requests and needs of our growing clientele.
“Our entire team is very excited to welcome Tavin to his role within our firm,” said Diane Gaines, Director of Client Service. “With prior experience in the field, we are confident that his knowledge and passion to serve will be a valuable addition to both our clients and the Petersen Hastings team.”
Tavin was born in Pasco, WA. He graduated from Chiawana High School in 2018 and then moved on to attend George Fox University in Portland, OR where he played collegiate football and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance. His passion for helping others feel secure in their finances and reaching their financial goals is what drove him to Petersen Hastings.
Petersen Hastings is a Registered Investment Advisor located in Kennewick and Walla Walla, WA. As a primary fiduciary, Petersen Hastings serves committed investors with complex financial needs. Our multigenerational team of experienced and credentialed professionals delivers innovative solutions through The Trusted Financial PathTM to enhance and preserve wealth.
For additional information, visit our website at www.PetersenHastings.com or contact Scott Sarber by calling 509.735.0484 or emailing email@example.com.
Port of Benton plans to begin construction on an electrical replacement project at the Richland Airport on Monday, July 11. The port obtained a $3,156,583 million, 100% grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fund the replacement of the entire electrical system at the airport, which will replace all runway and taxiway lights.
Sierra Electric, Inc. was selected as the lowest responsive bidder for the project and has provided the estimated project schedule below to share with airport users and the community.
Please note the schedule is dependent on all materials arriving on time.
The electrical replacement project has been strategically planned in phases, as described below, to meet FAA’s construction safety guidelines and provide airport users with one operational runway throughout the project.
Monday, July 11 – Construction is planned to begin on Runway 8-26, and this runway will be closed for approximately eight weeks. Runway 1-19 will remain fully open.
Tuesday, September 6 – Construction will begin on the intersection of the two runways. Runway 8-26 will remain closed.
Tuesday, September 6 at 6 a.m. – Friday, September 9 at 4 p.m. – Runway 1-19 will operate with a 2,065-foot-long displaced threshold runway and without runway edge lighting.
Friday, September 9 at 4 p.m. – Monday, September 12 at 6 a.m. – Runway 1-19 will be open and operational but without runway or taxiway lighting.
Monday, September 12 at 6 a.m. – Friday, September 16 at 4 p.m. – Runway 8-26 and the intersection of the runways will be closed. Runway 1-19 will operate with a 2,065-foot-long displaced threshold runway.
Friday, September 16 at 4 p.m. – Monday, September 19 at 6 a.m. – Both runways will be open and operational but without runway or taxiway lighting.
Monday, September 19 – Runway 1-19 will be fully closed for approximately seven weeks. Runway 8-26 will be open and operational but without runway and taxiway lighting.
During the closure of Runway 1-19, all aircraft activity will be functioning on Runway 8-26, which will alter daily aircraft patterns and may affect neighboring homes and businesses.
Saturday, September 24 – Runway 8-26 is reenergized, with runway and taxiway lights.
Mid-November – Construction is planned to be complete, and Port of Benton expects to have the airport completely functioning.
For additional information, please visit portofbenton.com/projects, or call 509-375-3060.
Yakima Federal Savings & Loan is holding an open house to celebrate its newly remodeled Pasco branch.
The open house will be from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. June 29th, 2022.
Yakima Federal opened their Pasco branch in 1944 on West Clark. It was the bank’s first branch apart from the main office. That office was vacated in 1957 when the branch moved to West Lewis and then later to its current location.
The newly remodeled bank building is located at 3604 West Court, Pasco.
The remodeled building is more open and brighter with an extra room for meetings. Care was also taken to stagger teller stations to allow for more privacy during transactions. The renovation also features many security and energy upgrades as well as a new ATM and upgraded drive-thru equipment for greater customer convenience.
Banlin Construction LLC, Kennewick, Washington, was the General Contractor.
Gesa Credit Union Opens Applications for Local Heroes Grant Program; Over $250,000 in Grants Available
Gesa, a community-focused credit union, is proud to announce its 2022 Local Heroes Grant Program will be accepting grant applications starting today, June 20, through July 31, 2022. Gesa encourages any local organization that supports local heroes in Washington, including firefighters, healthcare workers, law enforcement, teachers and veterans, to apply for grants up to $50,000 to support their efforts. In its second year, the Local Heroes Grant Program will offer more than $250,000 in grants.
“From our members to our leadership, we at Gesa share an unparalleled commitment to serving the dedicated heroes our communities rely on,” said Richard Waddle Executive Vice President of Gesa Credit Union. “These local heroes are on the ground every day making our communities better and safer, and Gesa is eager to support their crucial work through our grant program.”
Funds for the grants are generated through Gesa’s Affinity Debit Card Program. With every swipe of a Local Heroes co-branded Gesa Visa® Debit Card, Gesa members earn funds designated for grants in that card’s Local Heroes category. Funds accumulate over the course of a year and are distributed annually.
Grant applicants must provide proof that the funds will directly benefit at least one of the specified Local Heroes groups in a Gesa community, which is defined as a community where Gesa has a physical location. The grant application period closes July 31, 2022. For more information on grant eligibility and to apply, visit https://www.gesa.com/community/local-heroes.
Lourdes Health is pleased to announce that its Lourdes Healthy Lifestyle Program was recently recognized at the 2022 Washington State Super Weekend with a 10-year partnership award for its Ideal Protein partnership.
Ideal Protein is a doctor-designed, coach-led scientifically proven weight loss method that targets body fat while allowing participants to maintain muscle mass and vitality. It teaches participants to use food as medicine to lose weight and live their healthiest lives.
“Our Ideal Protein partnership has changed many lives in the Tri-Cities area and empowered our clients to lead healthier lives, which is aligned with our mission of Making Communities Healthier,” said Cynthia Gomez-Hodges, Director of Operations and Professional Services at Lourdes Health. “We are proud of this program and thankful to all those who have been involved to help or serve our patients and help them make lifestyle changes to support healthier living.”
Lourdes Ideal Protein program is led by Dr. Michael Adling, a family medicine physician at Lourdes Health. Those interested in learning more about the program can register for a free virtual Ideal Protein Educational Seminar at yourlourdes.com/Events or call our Ideal Protein office for more information at 509.416.8877. Additionally, more information can be found at yourlourdes.com/Ideal-Protein.
Trios Health recently announced that Judy Folk, RN, has been recognized as the Trios Health 2022 Mercy Award winner. The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s facilities who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.
The Mercy Award is an annual recognition program established in 2002 to honor the life and contributions of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer. The award is considered the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive.
“At Trios Health, we share LifePoint’s commitment to Making Communities Healthier. This mission is best accomplished as employees exemplify compassionate service to others on and off the job,” said Anthony Rodebush, Chief Operating Officer of Trios Health. “We are extremely proud to recognize Judy for her efforts. She goes above and beyond each and every day to honor the worth of those around her; co-workers, providers, patients and visitors.”
Judy has worked in the Nuclear Medicine Department at Trios Health for more than 10 years, overseeing all nuclear medicine stress tests and working closely with Trios Health cardiologists. Her nomination highlighted her approach to patient care.
“She has a calm, caring demeanor that instantly puts patients at ease,” the nominator wrote. “She is able to relate to patients and help them understand what they’re going through – especially children.”
Judy’s soft spot for children extends beyond the walls of the hospital. She is also a children’s book author and draws on her experiences as a nurse to create stories where her characters face challenges, but overcome those challenges through realistic solutions.
She has published two children’s books, “Happy Go Lucky” and “Halley’s Hoodie,” that are part of a planned six-book series featuring The Nosey Parkers Club, a group of friends who help each other through life challenges with the mindset to “do something wonderful” and pay things forward. Her characters – like herself – have the mindset of making communities healthier. Each of her books starts with a simple message: “Big or small, old or young, we all have the power to do something wonderful.”
Following the theme of her books, Judy pays the proceeds forward by donating them to SIGN Fracture Care International, a local Tri-Cities group that designs and manufactures surgical implants and instruments and then supplies them to under-resourced hospitals.
Winners from all LifePoint Health hospitals, including Judy, will be considered for LifePoint’s 2022 companywide Mercy Award. The company-wide winner will be announced this summer and honored during a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee, in August, to which Judy and all facility winners are invited to attend.
Trios Health is pleased to announce that Cindy Guede, ARNP, has joined Trios Medical Group in the Trios Spine and Interventional Pain Clinic.
Cindy is an experienced, board certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who has treated patients for imbalance, dizziness and vertigo, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), stroke, neurological and ear disorders, head impulse testing, eye recordings, and neurologic, stroke, and vestibular exams.
She is joining the Trios Spine and Interventional Pain Clinic with Neurosurgeon Matthew Fewel, MD, and Interventional Pain Specialist Michael Kolczynski, MD.
“Cindy is highly experienced and is a great addition to our team to help us expand our services and increase accessibility to neurological services for our community,” said Lorie Orozco, Director of Trios Medical Group Operations. “She is highly accomplished and respected in this field and will be a great asset for our patients.”
Cindy earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Ball State University in 1995 and went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing-Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing in 2017. She worked as a Registered Nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit and Interventional Radiology, and Neurovestibular Nurse Specialist/Registered Nurse/Neuro-ophthalmology and Neuro-vestibular clinics, all at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois, as well as a Neurology Advanced Registered Nurse at OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute in Peoria.
Cindy has several certifications and licenses, including CPR-BLS for healthcare providers, Registered Nurse license, Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse, National Provider Identifier Standard (NPI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) license, Adult Gerontology Clinic Nurse Specialist Board Certified, and Washington State licensure as an ARNP and RN. She is a current member of the American Association of Neurosciences Nurses and serves as a trustee on the American Board of Neuroscience Nurses.
Cindy sees patients at the Trios Spine and Interventional Pain Clinic, located on the sixth floor the Trios Care Center at Southridge at 3730 Plaza Way in Kennewick. Patients can schedule an appointment by calling 509.221.6650. Providers can fax referrals to 509.221.6237.
More than 1,300 people have shared with Mid-Columbia Libraries their opinions on current library services and future needs. While participation in the public library district’s on-line survey is well on the way to meeting its goal of 2,700 respondents, ethnic and gender diversity within the survey is lagging.
MCL leaders are asking local media, and especially Latino-serving or Spanish language news agencies, to help spread the word about the survey.
The 18-question survey began at the end of May and is available at midcolumbialibraries.org through June 22. It is also accessible through the library district’s social media channels, and is provided in both English and Spanish.
MCL will use public feedback to improve services, to include possibly adding new services, for residents of Benton, Franklin and parts of Adams counties.
“We’re really satisfied with the number of respondents so far, which includes about 25% who identify as Hispanic or some other ethnicity,” said Sara Schwan, MCL Advocacy and Development Manager. “That doesn’t, however, quite match the more than 30% of our combined counties who identify as Hispanic, and another 10% or so who identify with non-Hispanic minority groups. So we’re looking at about a 15% gap, which we hope to overcome, in minority group representation.”
“On one hand, the latest survey results validate our understanding of our most pressing need, which is to reach unserved or underserved groups with library services,” Schwan said. “On the other hand, we really need to hear from those under-represented groups so we can tailor our strategic planning and resources to best fit their wants and needs.”
More than 75% of survey respondents to date are female.
“The gender gap makes some sense with respect to traditional child care roles within the family, but we’d really like to hear from more men in the community,” said Schwan.
The survey asks respondents to rate the importance of quality-of-life influencers such as cultural diversity, educational opportunities, career programs, social connections and access to resources. It also explores associated demographic characteristics such as income, ethnicity and age.
To date, 95% of respondents are current MCL cardholders.
“It’s great to hear from the fans,” said Schwan, “but we also want to hear from those who don’t use our services. Why don’t they? Is it access, relevance, cultural representation? We’re a public library system. We’re here for everybody. So those without an MCL card will likely have insights with respect to how we can be of greater value to all community members.”
The survey is open to any resident 18 and over living in a city served by MCL, which covers Benton, Franklin and parts of Adams counties. Those living in some select census-designated and unincorporated communities, as well as visitors to any of the 12 branch locations, may also participate. All participants who complete the survey are entered to win an Apple iPad mini and can pick up a free book bag from their local branch, while supplies last.
After accessing the survey site, participants will be asked to enter their ZIP code. Users will be allowed to proceed only if they enter a ZIP code from Benton City, Basin City, Burbank, Connell, Eltopia, Finley, Kahlotus, Kennewick, Mesa, Othello, Pasco, Prosser, Paterson, Plymouth or West Richland.
“We’re laser-focused on inclusiveness,” Schwan said. “Our best planning effort will only come from a balanced representation of the diverse voices in our communities. So please, pause a minute or two to take this survey.”
Lourdes Health is pleased to announce that Jesus Mendiolaza, MD, has joined Lourdes Health as a locum cardiologist.
Dr. Mendiolaza is an experienced cardiologist specializing in all noninvasive cardiovascular procedures, all cardiac consultations, cardiovascular clinical management and prevention, and all cardiovascular imaging modalities, including 3D Echo, carotids Doppler, CTA coronaries, coronary calcium scoring, and ambulatory BP monitoring.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Mendiolaza join our team. He is highly experienced and capable and will help us to meet the cardiac needs of our patients,” said Amy Almaraz, Clinic Manager.
Dr. Mendiolaza earned his medical degree from Federico Villarreal University, School of Medicine in Peru and completed his internal medicine internship with Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship program with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Medical School. He has been an attending cardiologist since 2007, following the completion of his residency and fellowship programs.
Dr. Mendiolaza has several certifications, including Diplomate of the Peruvian Medical Boards, Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Board Certification in Nuclear Cardiology, Board Certification in Cardiovascular Disease, Level III Certification in Cardiac Computed Tomography, Certification in Carotid Vascular Ultrasound and Doppler, Certification in 3D Echo, TEE, Strain and Mechanical Dispersion, Level I Certification in Cardiac Magnetic Resonance, Certification in Vascular Ultrasound Arterial and Venous, and Certification in Implantable Loop Recorders.
He speaks English and Spanish and is also fluent in French, Italian, and Portuguese.
Dr. Mendiolaza will practice with Lourdes Cardiology at Lourdes Medical Center, located on the first floor at 520 N. 4th Avenue in Pasco. Patients can schedule an appointment with Dr. Mendiolaza by calling 509.416.8882.
Mid-Columbia Libraries and Tri-Cities Latino Community Network Win International Telly Award for Excellence in Video
Mid-Columbia Libraries (MCL) proudly announces its “Inspiring Latinos / Latinos Inspiradores” video series, a project of the Tri-Cities Latino Community Network (TCLCN), was recently named a silver winner in the 43rd Annual Telly Awards for Social Video Series: Diversity & Inclusion category. The two winning videos, featuring Washington State University Tri-Cities graduate Savanna Navarro Kresse and Columbia Basin College graduate Michael Villa, can be found on YouTube.
This is MCL’s second Telly Award; in 2019 the series won a bronze in the Social Video Series: Culture & Lifestyle category. The Telly Awards honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, production companies and including Vice, Vimeo, Hearst Digital Media, BuzzFeed and A&E Networks. Last year the competition received 12,000 entries from around the world.
The series, produced by Mid-Columbia Libraries’ Communications Department together with videographer Ryan Scott of Firefly Photography & Cinematography, showcases the leadership, talents, generosity, and resilience of six inspirational Latinos who are making the Tri-Cities community a better place. More about the project can be found at midcolumbialibraries.org/latinosinspiradores.
“Mid-Columbia Libraries and the Tri-Cities Latino Network, together with the support of our project sponsors Columbia Basin College, HAPO, and Firefly Photography & Cinematography, are committed to uplifting the voices of our Latino community,” says MCL Communications Manager and TCLCN co-founder Annie Warren. “With this project we are dedicated to providing a platform for these inspiring stories to be seen and heard.”
Other silver winners in the category included Under Armour, Sony Music, and Fox Entertainment. The full list of the 43rd Annual Telly Awards winners can be found at tellyawards.com/winners.
Email your press release and a photo to Austin Regimbal, Marketing & Communications Director. Press releases are posted in their entirety. This is a free benefit for members of the Tri-City Regional Chamber.