Health Services earns award

The Samaritan Health Services Employee Health and Safety Department won the Safety and Health Advocate Team Award as part of the 2017 Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety & Health Conference.

The employee health and safety team was recognized for its efforts in making the health, safety and well-being of employees a priority at all of the Samaritan locations across the mid-Willamette Valley and Oregon’s central coast.

The award highlights successful programs that have been implemented at Samaritan, including improved employee accident reporting, ergonomic evaluations, management of employee vaccinations, annual safety fairs, reducing on-the-job injuries and offering employee wellness opportunities.

The employee health and safety team accepted the award at the Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety & Health Conference last March 8 in Portland. The conference is the largest workplace safety and health conference in the Northwest.  It is held every other year and is sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers, Columbia-Willamette Chapter and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Physician joins clinic in Albany

Rebecca Pengilly recently joined The Corvallis Clinic at Waverly Drive in Albany as its newest family medicine physician.

Pengilly comes to the clinic from Sanford Health Clinic in Watertown, South Dakota, where she had practiced since 2002.

Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, she also has a special interest in non-obstetrical women’s health.

A self-described “country doctor,” Pengilly chose her specialty because she likes to provide individualized care for the whole family.

She completed her residency at the University of North Dakota Center for Family Medicine in Bismarck in 2002 and earned a doctor of medicine from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks in 1999. 

For an appointment, call 541-967-8221.

Greenberry hires fabrication chief

Greenberry announced last month that Robert Cowling has joined the company as its fabrication general manager to further develop the growing fabrication portfolio in the Pacific Northwest.

Cowling is managing the fabrication shops in Vancouver, Washington, and Corvallis. He comes to Greenberry with experience in the industry, mainly in high-alloy steel fabrication, and is an expert in the design and fabrication of shell and tube heat exchangers and pressure vessels. He will manage the fabrication facilities in the Northwest and lead all workload, crews, backlog, and profit and loss; oversee engineering and fabrication estimating; and generate new fabrication business development.

Cowling has worked in the fabrication industry for more than 30 years. He came to Greenberry from Northwest Copper Works, where he was general manager for six years. Prior to that, he was general manager of the pressure vessel division at Marks Brothers.

He began his career as a shop worker, functioning as a boilermaker and iron worker for 18 years. He earned a mechanical engineering degree while working full time. He later became a licensed professional mechanical engineer.

Corvallis teacher receives award

Danielle Black of Mountain View Elementary School, Corvallis, was honored as 2017 Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year during an event held Oct. 21 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

Black was chosen for her work in helping her students integrate and understand how their food, forestry products and fiber are produced. She uses various resources in the AITC Free Loan Library and coordinates various agricultural activities to deepen her students’ understanding of agriculture.

Police dispatcher completes class

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training has announced the graduation of its 106th Basic Telecommunications Class on Nov. 10 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

Clarissa Baker, a dispatcher for the Corvallis Police Department, graduated as part of the class.

The two-week course includes emergency call-handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics. Upon completion of the course, students return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.

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