Nurse practitioner
joins department

Nurse practitioner Nellyda M. Anslow recently joined Lindsay Bromley in The Corvallis Clinic’s Endocrinology Department.

Anslow was an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner at Samaritan Central Coast Internal Medicine in Newport in 2015 and 2016. She earned a Master of Science, adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, from University of California, San Francisco, in 2014.

She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner.

Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Anslow earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Oregon Health and Science University in 2006. She went on to work as a registered nurse in pre-operative and post-anesthesia units throughout Oregon from 2006 to 2012.

She decided to become a nurse practitioner to have more of an “upstream impact” on patient care. She said endocrinology is a good fit for her because it is largely driven by objective data. Anslow said she tries to tap into patients' motivations to help them achieve their health goals.

The Endocrinology Department can be reached at 541-754-1260.

Good Samaritan
adds hospitalist

Christopher Small recently joined Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center as a hospitalist specializing in internal medicine.

Small earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University in New Orleans and completed residency training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

He comes from a family of physicians who inspired him to become a doctor when he saw the impact they made on his community.

Corvallis native
heads chapter

Corvallis native Jennifer Engen (Garber) recently was elected president of the Oregon chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

SCCM’s members are a diverse group of highly trained professionals who provide care in specialized units and work toward the best outcome possible for seriously ill patients. They include intensivists, registered nurses, pharmacists/pharmacologists, respiratory therapists and others, including physical/occupational therapists, technicians, social workers, dieticians and clergy members.

Engen was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, delivered by Mark Rampton. She attended Wilson Elementary School, Cheldelin Middle School and Crescent Valley High School. She graduated from Oregon State University and its joint pharmacy program with Oregon Health & Science University, and completed a two-year residency at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison.

She is a board-certified critical care pharmacist at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland and consults at OHSU in the emergency department.  She is the author or co-author of six pharmacy peer-reviewed papers.

RAIN receives
federal grant 

Last month the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that RAIN, the Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network, has been awarded a $300,000 grant to create early-stage seed capital funds through the Economic Development Administration’s Regional Innovation Strategies program.

RAIN was founded as a consortium of government, higher education and the business community to advance the formation of high-growth, innovative start-up companies. With the RIS funding, RAIN will create the Willamette Valley Seed Fund, an equity-based, sustainable pool of year-round capital to fund early-stage companies in Oregon’s South Willamette Valley and Mid-Coast Region, energize start-up growth, accelerate capital investment in the region, and boost the region’s global competitiveness through technology commercialization and entrepreneurship.

In coordination with the Cities of Corvallis and Eugene, and other communities throughout the region, RAIN is partnered with two accelerators to create a collaborative environment to assist entrepreneurs in establishing companies that generate jobs, wealth and opportunities for the region. RAIN Corvallis is served by the Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator.

Monroe adds
coordinator

Last month, the city of Monroe has added RJ Theofield to serve as community development coordinator for the next 11 months. 

Theofield’s position was created thanks to the city’s selection to participate in the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments program, and being awarded grants from the Ford Family Foundation, the Willamette Valley Visitors Association, and the Alliance for Recreation and Natural Areas.

Theofield is devoting his time in Monroe to assisting the city with updating its Comprehensive Plan, strengthening its Main Street Program, developing a plan for the Long Tom River, and managing the Storm Water Program. 

He graduated from Stony Brook University last spring with a bachelor’s degree in environmental design, policy and planning. He has interned for a county water authority and an economic development department, and has served as an ecological planner for a nonprofit agency. He hopes to pursue a career in city planning and examine the interactions between the built environment, the natural environment, and social structures to understand how communities thrive.

Theofield is originally from Sayville, New York.

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