Lourdes Health and Trios Health are pleased to announce a $3,282 donation to the Grace Clinic to support their breast cancer programs.
The donation comes from Lourdes’ and Trios’ joint sponsorship of the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night at the 2022 Benton-Franklin County Fair and Rodeo. The hospitals choose to give to the Grace Clinic as a community partner to help serve those in need in the Tri-Cities community.
“The Grace Clinic is an incredible community partner, and we are proud to support them with this donation and in other ways as each of our organizations strive to meet the needs of our community and provide healthcare to underserved populations,” said Jerry Dooley, Interim Market Chief Executive Officer at Lourdes Health and Trios Health. “In their 20 years, they have served 100,000 patients through their numerous programs, and we’re proud to be able to help be a small part of that.”
The donation was presented to Grace Clinic Volunteer CEO Mark Brault by Benton-Franklin County Fair Executive Director Lori Lancaster, Lourdes Chief Nursing Officer Kena Chase, Trios Chief Operating Officer Anthony Rodebush, and Lourdes Chief Financial Officer Erika Wier.
Tough Enough to Wear Pink is a nationally-recognized campaign and framework for rodeos and western events to promote breast cancer awareness and fundraising to benefit their local communities. Proceeds raised from the program are donated to nonprofit organizations to provide support for breast cancer screenings, support groups, or programs.
“At Lourdes and Trios our mission is Making Communities Healthier, and we feel that Grace Clinic’s mission closely aligns with ours as they work to provide free healthcare to uninsured people in our community, including breast cancer screenings,” Dooley said. “Our hope is this donation will support their mission and programs and provide access to screenings and care.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women and 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
“Early detection is a key to successful breast cancer treatment. Women should begin annual mammogram screenings at age 40, or sooner if their doctor recommends it or they have a family history of breast cancer,” Dooley said.
The Friends of Mid-Columbia Libraries (FOL) hosts its fall used book sale at Mid-Columbia Libraries’ Kennewick Branch, located at 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick, from Nov. 4 through Nov. 13. All book sale proceeds benefit Mid-Columbia Libraries.
The pre-sale for FOL members only is Friday, Nov. 4 from 10:30 am to 1 pm; non-members are welcome from 1 pm to 4 pm that day. The cost of a Friends membership is $5 a year, and new members can sign up at the door or online at midcolumbialibraries.org/FOL.
Hours vary throughout the remainder of the sale. Hours for Nov. 5, 6, 12 and 13 are 10:30 am to 4 pm. Hours for Nov. 7 through Nov. 10 are 9:30 am to 4 pm. There will be no sale Nov. 11 as all branches will be closed for Veteran’s Day.
FOL accept debit and credit card payments. Customers are encouraged to bring their own box or bag.
Community members can support the FOL by becoming a member or by making a donation. Funds support library performers, programs, and more. Volunteers can contact Fernie Coe at 509-322-6949 for opportunities and information. FOL is accepting physical donations at all branches. More info is at midcolumbialibraries.org/FOL.
Broetje Family Trust will host an Open House for the community at Leo Center on Wednesday, November 9th from 5:30pm-7pm to celebrate our growing work and new home in East Pasco.
Leo Center was officially opened in August 2021 to serve as home base for the diverse initiatives of Broetje Family Trust, including the Center for Sharing, RISE Scholars, Nueva Esperanza Leadership Academy (K-8), Jubilee Foundation, Tierra Vida Community, Collegium Café, Immigration Advocacy, Vista Hermosa Foundation, and Shelton Memorial Award.
Trios Health is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Brallier, MD, has joined Trios as a family medicine residency core faculty member and family medicine physician.
Dr. Brallier will work with resident physicians at the Trios Family Medicine Residency Clinic, located on the second floor of the Trios Care Center at deBit at 320 W. 10th Avenue. As residency core faculty, she will support the Trios Health Family Medicine Residency Program by supervising resident physicians as they see patients, providing education through the context of patient care and trainings, and, advising, mentoring, and coaching residents. Additionally, Dr. Brallier will see some of her own patients.
“We are excited to have Dr. Brallier join our team and help supervise our family medicine residency program,” said Amy Sweetwood, Designated Institutional Officer of Graduate Medical Education. “Her skills and experience will be an asset to both our patients and our physicians in training.”
Dr. Brallier recently completed her family medicine residency with the University of Washington in Seattle, after earning her Doctor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and completing her Bachelor of Science in nursing at the University of Memphis Loewenberg School of Nursing.
Dr. Brallier most recently practiced at Harborview Family Medicine Clinic and University of Washington Montlake Hospital, providing comprehensive medical care to a diverse range of patient groups. From 2019-21, she was one of two family medicine residents selected from a national pool for the Organization of Student Representatives to help develop policies with the Association of American Medical Colleges. As a medical student at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Brallier served as the class of 2018 Priciples of Clinical Medicine Liaison. In this role, she served as an intermediary between faculty and students and implemented curriculum changes with faculty that facilitate learning of clinical medical schools. Additionally, she was selected as a Teaching Scholar during medical school to teach clinical exam and interview skills to first, second, and third year students, guide third year students on the transition from classroom to clinical rotations, and lead sessions on topics such as musculoskeletal exams, bedside ultrasound, standardized patient encounter feedback, paracentesis, history and physical teaching.
“Dr. Brallier has numerous leadership and teaching experiences and is an excellent fit as a core faculty member for our family medicine residency program,” said Dr. Katina Rue, Trios Health Family Medicine Residency Program Director. “She is going to make a big impact on our resident physicians and help guide them through their residency training and into their future careers.”
Dr. Brallier is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support. Dr. Brallier is fluent in English and Spanish. Patients can schedule an appointment with her, or with family medicine resident physicians, by calling 509.221.5520 or online at TriosHealth.org.
Lourdes Health today announced that it has been recognized as a 2023 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award™ recipient by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting doctors and patients. Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards recognize the top 10% of hospitals across the country in 17 specialty care areas. This achievement reflects Lourdes Health’s outstanding clinical outcomes for Bariatric Surgery and distinguishes Lourdes Health as one of the nation’s leading hospitals for Bariatric Surgery.
“We are proud to be distinguished with this award for our bariatrics program. Our multidisciplinary bariatrics team works collaboratively with patients to help them maintain their health and weight loss goals and uses the latest robotic-assisted surgical systems for their procedures,” said Jerry Dooley, Interim Market Chief Executive Officer. “The results and outcomes of this program result in our patients leading happier, healthier lives. We are proud and grateful to be part of that.”
Healthgrades evaluated patient complication rates for the 16 states that provided all payer data for bariatric surgery and appendectomy procedures to identify the top-performing hospitals for these procedures. This year’s analysis revealed significant variation in patient outcomes between hospitals with a 2023 Bariatrics Excellence Award and hospitals that did not receive the award. From 2018-2020, patients treated at hospitals receiving the Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award™ have, on average, a 61.9% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the Bariatric Surgery award.*
“We commend Lourdes Health for their ongoing commitment to providing high-quality care to patients undergoing bariatric surgery,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science at Healthgrades. “Consumers can feel confident that recipients of the 2023 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award™ have demonstrated their ability to deliver consistently exceptional outcomes.”
Consumers can visit Healthgrades.com to learn more about how Healthgrades measures hospital quality and access a patient-friendly overview of the complete methodology here.
*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of All-Payer data for years 2018 through 2020 and represent 3-year estimates for patients in 16 states for which all payer data was made available. (See 2023 Healthgrades Bariatric Surgery Rating Methodology for more details.)
Trios Health is pleased to announce that Zhiqing Xing, MD/PhD has joined Trios as an orthopedic surgeon.
Dr. Xing will see patients at the Trios Care Center at Southridge - 5th Floor clinic, located at 3730 Plaza Way in Kennewick.
Dr. Xing received his medical degree from Peking University Health Science Center (previous name: Beijing Medical University), the most prestigious and comprehensive Medical School in China. He completed his Orthopedic Residency training at the First Hospital of Peking University, then a visiting fellowship in Japan.
After having practiced in Beijing for 2 years, Dr. Xing came to the United States and undertook further training in several renowned institutions. He had training in Orthopedic research at both the University of Tennessee - Campbell Clinic and the University of California - San Francisco. He completed clinical fellowship training in Orthopedic Trauma at the University of New Mexico, Adult Reconstruction at the Virginia Commonwealth University, and Musculoskeletal Oncology at the University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center. He then joined the Faculty of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of South Alabama and had practiced in the gulf coast area for more than 7 years before he moved to Tacoma Washington and practiced with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health system for 3.5 years.
Dr. Xing is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is a teaching Faculty member of AOTrauma North America.
Dr. Xing specializes in Adult Reconstruction (hip / knee / shoulder joint replacement surgery) and Musculoskeletal Oncology, treating hip knee or shoulder arthritis, bone or soft tissue tumors, bone fractures, and fracture malunion or nonunion.
Through his unique experiences, Dr. Xing has learned the vast diversity of patients' conditions, cultural differences, and individual needs. He strongly believes in individualized treatment that is tailored to each patient's condition and need. He follows evidence-based medicine and treats his patients with state-of-the-art techniques backed by proven scientific data.
“We are very excited to bring Dr. Xing on board with Trios Medical Group,” said Emilia Keener, Market Senior Director of Physician Services. “His expertise, experience and knowledge are of great value to our patients and our community.”
Nominations are being sought for businesses, volunteers and individuals to be recognized for their efforts to champion Historic Downtown Kennewick for the 2021 award year. The community is invited to nominate advocates who made an impact downtown in 2021 through their commitments of time, expertise and resources. Nominations are due November 11, 2022.
Selection committees will review nominations for the Business, Volunteer, Revitalization, and Kennewick Downtowner of the Year award categories, and the winners will be announced at the Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership Annual Meeting and Breakfast on December 9.
Eligibility criteria for each award category and nomination information is available at https://www.historickennewick.org/nominations.
The Business of the Year Award recognizes an active business located or operating in the downtown Kennewick area (located between the Blue Bridge and Cable Bridge and between the waterfront and 10th Ave) that has demonstrated exceptional performance and growth, outstanding employment practices, innovative products or services, exemplary customer service, and/or response to adversity or community involvement. The nominee must have been in business at least 3 years and be a member in good standing with the Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership. Past recipients are not eligible to receive the award a second time. The award recipient is selected by the Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership Organization Committee.
The Ralph & Jo Benton Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes the activities and accomplishments of a person(s) whose efforts have directly benefited downtown Kennewick over an extended period of time. There is no requirement that the nominee(s) be a resident of the City of Kennewick, work in the city of Kennewick, or own property in the City of Kennewick, only that their contributions have positively impacted the area. The recipient(s) are selected by the Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership Organization Committee.
The Revitalization Award recognizes the hard work and investment of those who have improved properties, places and storefronts in the downtown area. Projects may serve as an inspiration to other downtown property and business owners and signify momentum and positive energy in the district. If applicable, multiple projects may be recognized by the selection committee, the HDKP Design Committee. The 2020 recipient, Layered Cake Artistry and Cake Studio, was recognized for interior and exterior renovations at 117 W. Kennewick Ave. which reflected positively on an entire block.
The Ken Silliman Downtowner Award is the Partnership’s highest honor, recognizing significant contributions made to the downtown Kennewick area over an extended period of time. Named in honor of the first recipient in 1989, past recipients have demonstrated visionary efforts that support economic prosperity, build consensus, and meet needs. There is no requirement that the nominee(s) be a resident of the City of Kennewick, work in the city of Kennewick, or own property in the City of Kennewick, only a history of contributions benefitting the downtown area. Past recipients are not eligible to receive the award a second time. Final selection of the Kennewick Downtown of the Year is made by past award recipients.
For 2020, Ken Hohenberg was honored for his over 40-year history of serving the downtown Kennewick and Columbia Drive community, most recently as the police chief. Hohenberg’s attributes of integrity, community-mindedness, friendliness, and collaboration with residents, property owners, businesses, and stakeholders supported revitalization of the historic downtown and waterfront.
Prosser Memorial Health's 6th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast for Veterans & Their Families
Prosser Memorial Health will host their annual Veterans Day Breakfast, Friday, November 11th from 7:00am to 10:00am. PMH is excited to welcome their guests in person again and will be hosting this event at the Prosser Senior and Community Center at 1231 Dudley Ave. Veterans and their families are invited to come by and enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast, coffee, and pastries. An appreciation gift will be provided to Veterans.
The Veterans Day Breakfast has become an annual tradition for Prosser Memorial Health with plans to continue each year as a thank you to those having served. The Annual Veterans Day Procession led by the Prosser Chamber of Commerce will follow, starting at 11am in Historic Downtown Prosser.
Prosser Memorial Health opened its doors as a 19-bed facility in 1947 and was dedicated to the community’s veterans of World War II. Seventy-five years later, Prosser Memorial Health has grown into a progressive healthcare organization providing compassionate care, the latest in medical technology, and a mission to improve the health of the community. For more information, please call Shannon Hitchcock with Community Relations at 509.786.6601.
Halloween Concert and Costume Contest - Wildhorse
KISS Tribute Band and Annual Halloween Party
Are you ready to Rocktober? KISSED ALIVE, a KISS tribute band, will rock Wildhorse Resort & Casino on October 29 at 10pm in the Rivers Event Center. KISSED ALIVE brings the full KISS concert experience with costumes, makeup, stage show and 40 years of rock and roll. With their lighted KISS sign flashing and “KISS Army” banners flying, the band takes you on a journey through KISStory, playing all the familiar and favorite songs.
The annual Wildhorse Halloween Party is back and there’s always a fun costume contest for guests! Dress in your best ‘80s garb or KISS outfit (or any costume) and see if you can take home the prize. Remember, staff must be able to verify your age and identification so no masks and no face paint. Contest begins at 9pm, October 29, in the Rivers Event Center.
Both events are free to attend for those 21 years old and older.
Halloween at Hamley & Co
Eat, drink and be scary! Hamley Steakhouse & Saloon is hosting a Halloween party on Saturday, October 29. Enjoy food and drink specials and party the night away. Saloon opens at 4pm, Steakhouse at 5pm. Free entry, 21 and over.
Hamley Western Store and Hamley Steakhouse & Saloon will be handing out candy to eager, young trick-or-treaters on October 31. As part of the Pendleton Downtown Association Trick or Treat event, staff will hand out candy from 3pm-5:30pm.
It’s time for the biggest Bingo event all year! The special two-day “paper only” Bingo Special means $40,000 in prizes is up for grabs at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. $1000 is awarded each game!
Tickets are on sale now for the October 22-23 event and you’ll want to purchase your tickets early as seating is limited. Buy-in at the door if there’s room. Doors open at 10am; early access is available if you purchase your tickets in advance. Warm-ups at noon, main session begins at 12:30pm. Must be 18 or over to play. Go to wildhorseresort.com for tickets and information.
Wildhorse Sports Bar
Celebrate Halloween at Wildhorse Sports Bar where you’ll find Halloween drink specials that come with a free souvenir glass! The Blue Cauldron Margarita comes in a witch’s cauldron and the Blood Moon Lemonade in a Wildhorse logo glass to take home and reuse. Free entry, 21 and over.
Thursday Night Football
Enjoy watching your favorite teams win – or your least favorite teams lose – in a fun, pub atmosphere where your friends can gather to cheer on the players and boo at the refs. Enjoy plenty of good food and beverages without having to clean up the mess. Game time is 5:15pm each Thursday. 21 and over.
10/13 Commanders at Bears
10/20 Saints at Cardinals
10/27 Ravens at Buccaneers
Dance to live music every weekend at Wildhorse Sports Bar. Enjoy rock, variety, country, and more from 8pm to midnight. Happy hour is from 4pm to 7pm, Sunday through Wednesday, offering both food and drink specials. 21 and over.
Jet City Players
The Wildhorse Cineplex shows the top new movies every day between noon and midnight. Adults attending matinees (before 4pm) get in for a reduced price. Go to http://www.wildhorseresort.com/cineplex to view the schedule and movie trailers and to purchase tickets. Adults, $10; children, $8; Seniors, $8.
Coming in November
Fall Poker Round Up, Nov. 3-13
Holiday Bazaar, Nov. 26
Plateau Thanksgiving Day Dinner Special Menu, Nov. 24
About Wildhorse Resort & Casino:
Centrally situated between Boise, Spokane and Portland, Wildhorse Resort & Casino is a popular destination resort with entertainment for the entire family. Wildhorse features two 18-hole golf courses, 300 hotel rooms, slots, table games, movie theaters, bowling, arcade, a variety of restaurants, an RV park, and so much more. Conveniently located off I-84 at exit 216, the resort easily accessible for enjoying entertainment like concerts, live comedy, pow wows, poker tournaments, parties, and conventions. Wildhorse offers over 1200 slots, all your favorite table games, live keno, and bingo. Just four miles east of Pendleton, Oregon, Wildhorse is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Also owned by the CTUIR, Hamley & Co. a historic western store, café and steakhouse that anchors downtown Pendleton and is a tourist must-see.
About the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation:
The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation comprises the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla tribes, formed under the Treaty of 1855 at the Walla Walla Valley. In 1949, the tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the reserved treaty rights guaranteed under federal law.
Visit Tri-Cities Announces New Leadership with the Selection of Kevin Lewis as President & CEO
The next chapter of Visit Tri-Cities will be led by Kevin Lewis, an innovative and accomplished leader in tourism, as the new President & CEO after an extensive nationwide search.
“With his proven leadership, experience and dedication to the growth and success of our members, partners, and the destination, Kevin will be a remarkable asset to our community,” said Corey Pearson, Chairman of the Visit Tri-Cities Board of Directors. “We’re excited to welcome Kevin and his wife, Kayron, into the community. I appreciate the efforts of board members, community stakeholders and search firm Winner Partners, all of whom were critical in the selection process of this important role.”
Kevin is looking forward to beginning the work of promoting the destination.
"As I began exploring the opportunity with Visit Tri-Cities, I became increasingly intrigued with the destination and the organization. I discovered a dynamic team of talented professionals, an engaged and enthusiastic board, a warm and welcoming community, and a destination filled with all of my favorite outdoor activities,” Kevin said. “I’m convinced that we are always better when we are growing. When we have opportunities to expand our horizons, we become more eager and enthusiastic, and right now, I am ecstatic about the opportunity before us. I can’t wait to combine our complementary strengths and use our talents to collectively celebrate what is right in Tri-Cities."
Along with a passion for tourism and outdoor recreation, Kevin brings more than 15 years of destination marketing experience to his new role, most recently serving as the Director of Tourism for the Greater Zion Convention & Tourism Office in St. George, Utah. Under Kevin’s leadership, Washington County in Utah transformed into a mecca for outdoor adventure welcoming visitors from throughout the globe, driving economic impact and increasing tourism room tax revenues by 88% in just four years. Kevin has been recognized for his creative advertising and public relations work, including development and launch of the Greater Zion brand. He was a key player in attracting iconic sports events to the destination including the 2021 and 2022 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships as well as 2021 IRONMAN World Championship.
Kevin grew up in Salt Lake City but has lived in Washington County for 30 years. He holds degrees in Broadcast Journalism and English from Southern Utah University.
Kevin will assume responsibilities of his new role at Visit Tri-Cities on November 28, 2022.
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