Blog Posts in 2019

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Jude Alsarraj

    Jude began her employment at CBHA in December, 2013. Her job title at that time was Clinical Systems Optimization Specialist. Her title remains the same today. “However, the duties have been expanded; many enhancements/upgrades have been made over the years,” Jude said. “We have one coming up in the near future.” Jude does a lot of clinical workflow optimization with the ...

  • Provider Spotlight - Dr. Catherine Dinglasan

    Catherine Dinglasan, MD is approaching her 14 th year of working at CBHA as a medical provider. During those years she has divided her time between Othello Clinic and Wahluke Medical Clinic in Mattawa. “I’ve had the same schedule, week after week, rain or shine” she said. “I’ve come to know the people and my patients very well and I love it here!” Dr. Dinglasan ...

  • Welcome Dr. Ji Choi, Dentist

    Dr. Choi immigrated to American from Korea with his family in 1982 when he was ten years old. His growing up years were spent in Richland, WA where he attended schools throughout high school. He did his under graduate work at Oberlin, OH. He completed his dental degree at the University of Michigan chool of Dentistry in Ann Arbor, MI. He and his wife then spent three years in Rochester, NY. He ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Rosalia Avila

    Rosalia has worked at CBHA since April, 2014. She worked in Facilities for two years before transferring to the dental department as a Dental Assistant I. She was nominated for this honor by Sidney Fuentes. “I have known Rosalia since she began in facilities,” Fuentes said. “Rosalia has been a wonderful addition to our team. She always has a smile on her face; she is very kind to ...

  • Welcome Vanessa Frank, Pediatric ARNP

    A Childhood Dream Becomes Reality When Vanessa Frank was five years old, she accidentally cut her finger deeply enough to require stitches. The doctor who performed the procedure discouraged Vanessa from watching as he worked, but Vanessa, curious about what was happening, watched the doctor’s every move through the reflection in her mother’s eyeglasses. Rather than being afraid, she ...

  • Combining Military Mission and Optometry

    Dr. Robert Forbes has been treating patients at CBHA’s Eye Care Clinic in Othello since March of 2018. His first task upon arriving in Othello was to set up an eye glasses manufacturing lab in Othello. “Patients are enjoying the convenience and cost savings of having their glasses manufactured locally,” Forbes said. Dr. Forbes is also a Lt Col and Chief of Optometric Services for ...

  • Welcome Robert McCrorie

    Robert McCrorie, PA-C, spent his growing up years in Hoquim, WA. He moved to Texas after graduation and worked in construction for six years. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1983 and served on a Special Forces Alpha Detachment in a wide variety of austere environments and cultures worldwide providing planning, medical care, humanitarian assistance, and training for U. S., Allied and ...

  • CBHA.org Wins Best Site Design

    In 2017 we began a journey to reimagine our brand … which led to new logos, videos and, in 2018, a new website - CBHA.org. CBHA partnered with Scorpion Healthcare Website Design to deliver a new web experience for our patients and employees. We implemented simpler navigation, Spanish translation options, up-to-date service listing, healthcare information and many other new features. All ...

  • CBHA Certified as a Patient Centered Medical Home

    What does that mean to you? It means that we have a team-based model of care. Our providers and patients partner together to agree on mutual goals for improving the patient’s overall well-being. It means that our patients receive comprehensive and continuous medical care with a goal to obtain the best possible health outcomes. We provide the proper support for the Total You in the form of ...

  • Retired After 23 Years of Service

    On a late autumn day at Fairchild Base, Tim Seibel’s Army comrades gathered in his honor to wish him well, and to celebrate an impressive 23-year military career. It was the last day Seibel would wear an Army uniform. Seibel joined the Army after completing his Associates degree, as a way to cover student loans. His years of military duty took him to Germany, followed by Bosnia, the ...

  • A Series of Miracles

    Reverend Donald Short and his wife, Anna moved to Othello in March, 2017 when he accepted the position of full-time pastor at Pilgrim Lutheran Church. They quickly settled into the life of the church and became active in the community. Rev. Short led worship services as usual on Sunday, January 14, 2018. “I left right after the service and drove to Portland where I spent the night with my ...

  • Men's Health Q&A with Miguel Blas-Matus, PA-C

    We sat down with one of CBHA’s long-time providers, Physician Assistant - Certified (PA-C) Miguel Blas-Matus, to talk about the health issues he sees most often in male patients. Blas-Matus believes in the holistic approach to medicine – that a person’s well-being is more than just their physical health. It includes mental and emotional health as well. This holistic, TotalYou ...

  • Leading the Way

    After beginning her professional career journey in banking, Kelly Carlson was looking for a growth opportunity in a new industry. With her degree and several years of financial and process execution acumen, Kelly accepted her first position at CBHA as a medical records clerk. While she was working in medical records, she seized the opportunity to obtain a certification in healthcare compliance, ...

  • Connell Dental Reaches Full Coverage Goal

    Nohely Velazquez, CBHA’s Connell Clinic Manager, is pleased to have reached one of her long time goals. “We are so excited to offer full-time dental coverage at the Connell Dental Clinic – Monday through Friday,” she said. “We have at least two dentists working in the clinic every day. Dr. Luis Miron (pictured on the cover with a patient) is our full-time dentist, Dr. ...

  • Columbia Basin Explorations

    Explorations is a recurring feature of Hometown Health. We like to highlight destinations throughout our region which make our communities and surrounding areas great places to live and play. The Columbia National Wildlife Refuge is located about five miles north of Othello. To get there simply drive north on Broadway Avenue until it turns into McManamon Road. Turn right on Morgan Lake Road into ...

  • A Closer Look at Children's Mental Health

    When ten-year-old Jimmy began having stomach aches every morning before school, his mother first suspected he just wanted to stay home and watch cartoons rather than learn long division. But the stomach aches happened regularly – sometimes several times a week. His tears were real, and led her to believe his pain was, too. She brought him to his pediatrician, where after a thorough exam his ...

  • Beyond the Walls of CBHA

    For CBHA, being part of the community means being part of your everyday lives. Whether we’re collecting and distributing holiday food baskets, or helping you welcome a new baby to your family, we enjoy interacting with our community beyond CBHA’s walls. Several of our providers recently visited Othello schools, answering questions and sharing their experiences. The goal of these visits ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Carmen Medina

    Congratulations Carmen Medina! Carmen began her employment at CBHA in February of 2015. Her title at that time was WIC Receptionist. She became trained in all areas of Family Services. She became a WIC certified November 2018. Carmen was nominated for this award by co-workers Evelia Ocampo, Carla Lopez and Nelida Olascon. In nominating Carmen they said, “We can honestly say our whole ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Teresa Barajas

    Congratulations Teresa Barajas! Teresa was nominated for this honor by her supervisor, Christina Toro, who called her a “rock star”. Indeed, it appears that is what she is! Christina said Teresa is “always willing to lend a helping hand. She also has a positive attitude and goes above and beyond to help patients, coworkers and leaders.” Teresa started working at CBHA in ...

  • Welcome Sarah Segura, Dental Hygienist

    Sarah describes herself as an outdoor person. As a demonstration of that commitment, she completed the Badger Mountain Challenge with her sister – an experience she describes as “very challenging!” Sarah also likes to garden and she enjoys going on road trips to beautiful destinations; a trip to Multnomah Falls in Oregon this past summer was “so beautiful.” Sarah ...

  • Tap into Total Support for Total You

    We care about all your numbers, not just those that appear on the scale or the blood pressure cuff. The whole picture of your health is what matters to us... • What’s your stress level on a scale of one to ten? • Who are the support people you have in your life – people you could call in an emergency? Are there at least two? • How many hours a week do you have to devote ...

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