Samaritan welcomes new provider

Samaritan Family Medicine — Geary Street in Albany recently welcomed Rachel Elsasser to its team.

Elsasser earned a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University. She completed post-baccalaureate coursework at Cleveland State University and earned a doctoral degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Last June, Elsasser completed a family medicine residency at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.

Elsasser specializes in preventive medicine including routine examinations, screenings, vaccinations, lifestyle changes and women’s health.

Peterson Trucks acquires Brattain International

Peterson Trucks, Inc., acquired the business assets of Brattain International on Nov. 2.

PTI began operating from five Oregon locations during normal business hours beginning Nov. 5. Prior to the acquisition, Brattain was the authorized International Truck and IC Bus dealer to customers throughout Western Oregon. Peterson rebranded the company’s former locations in Albany, Eugene, Salem, Bend and Portland over the next few weeks after the acquisition.

Broker joins real estate office

RE/MAX Integrity recently announced that Lee Ohlhauser, licensed broker, has joined the firm’s Albany office at 2910 Santiam Highway SE.

Ohlhauser is a lifelong resident of Albany, and is working alongside Dave Pautsch of RE/MAX Integrity as a buyer’s broker for The Foundation Group. His knowledge of the area will allow him to guide his clients through the ever-changing market. He looks forward to working with first-time home buyers and those relocating to the area.

Ohlhauser can be reached at 541-990-5603 or lee.ohlhauser@remax.net.

LBCC Extended Learning wins OSU award

Linn-Benton Community College’s Extended Learning and Benton Center received the honor of Oregon State University Extension Cooperator for their collaboration and facilitation of the 2018 “Better Bones and Balance” instructor training event that served 35 participants.

The Better Bones and Balance program was researched and developed by Oregon State, designed to reduce the rate of hip bone loss and risk of falls in aging populations. The program's exercises have proven to have a positive impact on research-based balance and strength exercises.

Last September, Extended Learning and OSU Extension organized the annual instructor training event at LBCC’s Benton Center. Participants came from throughout Oregon to become certified as a new instructor or recertify as an existing instructor.

Participants attended a two-day training event that included observing a class taught by a master trainer and attending training to learn six key movements in the program. All participants took and passed a practical exam to complete their certification.

Doctor joins clinic in Albany

Damian Jorgensen, a family medicine physician, began seeing patients at The Corvallis Clinic’s new facility in North Albany in mid-December.

Jorgensen practiced outpatient and inpatient family medicine in Stayton and Sublimity at clinics associated with Santiam Hospital from 2007 until joining The Corvallis Clinic. He also practiced at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Onalaska Clinic-Family Medicine, in Onalaska/La Crosse, Wisconsin, from 2005 to 2007, and was an associate professor, Department of Family Medicine, at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, in 2006 and 2007.

Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Jorgensen completed his residency in 2005 at La Crosse-Mayo Family Medicine Residency, Franciscan Skemp Healthcare. He earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from Oregon Health & Science University in 2002, and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and management.

To make an appointment, call 541-926-3441.

Vina Moses Center installs new officers

The Vina Moses Center in Corvallis recently elected new officers and board of directors members for the 2018-19 year.

George Abele was elected president; Jack Peters, vice president; Marganne Huang, secretary; and Curtis Davis, treasurer. Incoming board member is Daisy Clifton. Returning board members are Joel Howe and Tudy Seisturp.

The executive director is Christine Duffney.

The Vina Moses Center has provided clothing and household items to low-income families of Benton County since 1918.

HospitalityVision gets trademark

HospitalityVision recently received the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office trademark registration for Pillow Talk.

Pillow Talk is downloadable software for mobile devices that allows hotel or bed and breakfast guests to order special pillows, blankets and other personal care items before they arrive. 

The software is available on HospitalityVision’s BnB ToGo mobile app. This trademarked service recently was launched at the Corvallis Fernwood Circle Guest Houses, a visitor lodging alternative to hotels. HospitalityVision was founded by local resident Marti Staprans Barlow, and provides hotels and bed and breakfasts with in-room welcome channels and mobile concierge apps. Further information is available at HospitalityVision.net.

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