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October 11, 2013 · Updated 1:23 PM

Harrison names new director of clinical practice and nursing

Matthew Helbert recently joined Harrison Medical Center as director of clinical practice and nursing quality.

“I look forward to helping further Harrison’s quality innovations in patient care and nursing excellence,” said Helbert.  “I am eager to support the amazing healthcare that happens here every day.”

In this role, Helbert will help to ensure that Harrison maintains high standards in patient healthcare.

“Matthew brings a wealth of knowledge in critical care nursing, case management, teaching, and leadership in high-tempo environments,” said Pam Marshall, executive director of acute care services.

Helbert worked most recently at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma leading a team to improve and ensure the quality of healthcare of wounded service members.  He also worked as a nurse manager and process improvement coordinator at Madigan Medical Center and a critical care nurse and case manager at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup. In addition, he has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 14 years.

Helbert earned a bachelor of science in nursing and a master of nursing from the University of Washington, Tacoma. He holds certifications as a Chronic Care Professional from the Health Services Institute, a U.S. Army Nurse Case Manager, and a U.S. Army Instructor/Writer from the U.S. Army Medical Center & School.

Village Greens Golf to have weekend hours

Kitsap County Parks Department has decided to add weekend hours at Village Greens Golf Course in November and December to accommodate the public.

The course will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 9 to Dec. 15.

An assessment of the success of these six weekends will be made in mid December to determine if the course will remain open on weekends for the remainder of the winter months, instead of closing until mid March as had been previously planned.

“We want to accommodate the public as much as we can,” said Jim Dunwiddie, parks director, “and this six week period will show us if there is public demand to use the course during the winter months.”

“The course has undergone significant improvements over the past few years and has started gaining speed again,” said Billie Schmidt, superintendent of operations for the parks department. “We have a golf instructor and will continue to offer youth camps in addition to golf lessons for all ages when we are open,” Schmidt added.

Village Greens Golf Course was previously operated by a contracted entity, but has been run by the County Parks Department since 2009 when it was closed for renovations for a portion of the year.

For information about Village Greens Golf Course go to www.villagegreensgolfcourse.com.



Vintage auto club to host November show

The Olympic Vintage Auto Club will host its 45th annual Old Car Swap Meet at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds and Pavilion on Nov. 2 and 3.

General admission will be $5 on Saturday and $3 on Sunday, with free parking. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the event closes at 5 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Indoor vendor spaces in the Pavilion have sold out, but a few indoor spaces in the Presidents Hall and the VanZee Building remain. Outdoor spaces are available. For more information, go to www.ovac.us



AAA driving program offered in Silverdale

The AAA Driver Improvement Program will be offered Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crista Shores Retirement Community, 1600 NW Crista Shores, in Silverdale.

The course gives practical guidance for traffic accident prevention and enhances driver safety and confidence. Successful course completion qualifies drivers 55 years of age and over for automobile insurance premium discounts.

Cost is $16 per person and pre-registration is advised.

For enrollment information, call  800-462-3728.



Kitsap Community Foundation to present planning seminar

The Kitsap Community Foundation and BNY Mellon Wealth Management are partnering to offer a free seminar “Leveraging Charitable Gifts in the Current Low Interest Rate Environment.”

This continuing education seminar is intended for Kitsap County estate planning professionals including attorneys, financial planners, CPAs and insurance brokers.

The seminar will include breakfast and a presentation by BNY Mellon Wealth Strategist Justin Miller. In addition to learning how the Community Foundation can help their clients achieve their charitable goals, professional advisors and development professionals will learn practical solutions and innovative ways to introduce their clients to timely and advantageous charitable gifting solutions.

The seminar is at 8 a.m. Oct. 22, at the Oxford Suites in Silverdale. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m.

Registration is required and must be completed by Oct. 11 by contacting Shaine Schramling at 360-698-6043 or shaine@kitsapfoundation.org.



Communication training workshop is Oct. 19

The Puget Sound Communicators, Kitsap Chapter of International Training in Communication (ITC) is offering a training workshop on Sat., Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 811 Veneta Ave., Bremerton.

The workshop, entitled, “Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way,” is presented by Christine Endo A.C., International President-Elect of ITC. The cost is $20 per person and lunch is included.

For reservations contact Ed Evans at 360-895-0305 and bigskyed@aol.com or Pat Ryan at 360-692-4750 or pat.ryan58@comcast.net.



Labor and Industries offering workshop to help new employers

The Department of Labor & Industries is offering an informative workshop to help new employers.

The workshop is Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Labor & Industries office, 500 Pacific Ave., Suite 400.

Online registration is encouraged to allow for planning.

Registrations can be done on phone at 1-800-574-2829 or online at www.Workshops.lni.wa.gov. Make sure to reference course number 3-78-0073.

The free workshop is essential for all business owners and managers who don’t yet have a full understanding of employer rights and responsibilities relative to the Department of Labor and Industries, or of the services and resources L&I provides.

Participants will learn about workers compensation, quarterly reporting, critical claims management strategies, workplace safety and health requirements, wage and hour laws, and contractor registration rules.

The workshop also covers payroll, overtime, meal and break requirements, keeping records and importance of paying for workers’ compensation and the importance of managing claims.

Other topics include workplace safety & health requirements and contractor registration rules.

For more information call Keith Johnson at 253-596-3834 or visit www.workshops.lni.wa.gov.



Medical center  adds members to its board

New members have been added to the Harrison board, it was recently announced.

“These new board members, with backgrounds in medicine and mental health, continue our tradition of having a board with a diverse knowledge to guide Harrison’s vision,” said Scott Bosch, president and CEO of Harrison Medical Center.

In July, the Harrison Board added Ronald Reimer, MD, and Joe Roszak, CEO of Kitsap Mental Health Services.  Reimer, a medical oncologist, formerly served as chairman of Harrison’s Department of Medicine, as well as served on boards for KPS, Hospice of Kitsap County and Kitsap County Medical Society.

Roszak has been a leader of nonprofit organizations in three states for the past two and a half decades.

“With the vision of expanding cancer care and with the myriad of changes following the implementation of our local mental health tax and the Affordable Care Act, we are excited about these additions to our Board,” said James Civilla, Harrison’s Board chair.

The Board’s newest member, Anita McIntyre, MD, was appointed last week. Dr. McIntyre is a private practice physician with Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates in Silverdale.

She also serves as vice president of the Kitsap County Medical Society and volunteers on medical team mission trips with Children of the Nations.

Harrison’s new board members also include two representatives from Franciscan Health System.

They are Roy Brooks, chairman of the Franciscan Board, who is an Olympic College graduate and former chairman and CEO of Mountain Bank Holding Company and Westmark Electronics; and Mike Hoffman, who has 27 years of management experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

Two members of Harrison’s board will now serve on the Franciscan Board. They are  board chair James Civilla and secretary-treasurer James Smalley.


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