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Samaritan ranks high in systems

Samaritan Health Services recently was ranked among the nation’s top-performing health systems, based on an independent analysis of publicly-reported quality and outcome measures for Medicare patients.

The analysis was released last April by Truven Health, a subsidiary of IBM Corporation. It showed that Samaritan was ranked in the top 20 percent of the nation’s 115 medium-sized health systems. Only two other Oregon health systems made the list.

The rankings are based on data from 2015 and the five-year rate of improvement (from 2011 through 2015) in nine publicly-reported categories, including inpatient deaths and rates of complications, length of stay, readmission rates within 30 days of discharge, emergency department wait times, outcome data for conditions including stroke and blood clot prevention, cost of care and patient satisfaction.

In a statement announcing its findings, Truven Health said the goal of its analysis is to provide health care executives and boards with evidence-based insights into the effectiveness of health system leadership, organizational performance and system-wide alignment.

Samaritan Health Services comprises hospitals, physician clinics and health plans serving Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties.

OSU emeritus prof receives honor

Ron Wrolstad, distinguished professor emeritus in Oregon State University’s Department of Food Science and Technology, received the 2017 Award for the Advancement of Application of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

This is the highest honor conferred by the Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society. It acknowledges contributions to agricultural and food chemistry. It is sponsored by International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.

The award celebrates Wrolstad’s research into food color components. His work focuses on anthocyanin chemistry, color stability and fruit juice authenticity. He has developed methods for identifying and quantifying anthocyanins, preventing their loss during processing, recovering them from fruit-processing byproducts and isolating them as natural colorants.

Wrolstad received a plaque and a $3,000 check at the American Chemical Society’s meeting last August in Washington, D.C. The ceremony was preceded by a symposium in his honor, featuring talks by former graduate students and visiting faculty members. Speakers included Monica Giusti and Luis Rodriguez-Saona, professors in Ohio State University’s food science department; and Jungmin Lee, a research scientist at the USDA’s Horticultural Crops Research Unit in Parma, Idaho.

911 operators attend academy

Three local 911 operators have graduated from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training’s 107th Basic Telecommunications Class.

Graduates included dispatchers Justin Lewis of the Oregon State University Department of Public Safety; Jessica O’Connell of the Corvallis Police Department; and Jazelle Rivera of the Albany Police Department.

The graduation ceremony took place Feb. 2 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

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 other topics. Upon completion of the course, students return to their employing agency to continue their training for several months with a field training officer.

Broker joins realty office

RE/MAX Integrity has announced that licensed principal broker Michele Buck has joined the firm’s Albany office at 2910 Santiam Highway SE.

Buck joined the Albany team as managing principal broker. She has lived in several states across the country and overseas, but is pleased to be a permanent Oregonian. She has been awarded Rookie of the Year, Top Residential Sales, and other motivational awards in her 13 years as a Realtor.

Her prior role as business development director ultimately led her to her new position at RE/MAX. She teaches evening pre-licensing classes at Chemeketa Community College and substitutes at Linn-Benton Community College.

She can be reached at 541-918-4002 or

RE/MAX Integrity is the leading RE/MAX franchise in the Pacific Northwest, with six offices and 275 Realtors providing real estate listing and sales services in Salem, Corvallis, Albany, Eugene, Grants Pass, Medford and surrounding regions. All RE/MAX Integrity offices are led by non-competing Principal Brokers.


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