Blog Posts in 2019

  • CBHA Offers 529 Plan

    If You Work For CBHA We Offer A 529 Plan? A 529 Plan is an education savings plan designed to help families set aside funds for future college costs and private K-12 tuition.

  • Focusing on the Mission

    Twenty six years ago Leo Gaeta was working long hours for the county counseling services where he frequently was on call. He remembers the situation not sitting well with his pregnant wife who wanted him home more. Leo had previously met CBHA’s Chief Executive Officer, Leah Layne, and she offered him a position as Program Coordinator with no on-call duties. He agreed to try the position for ...

  • Columbia Basin Explorations - Middleton Fall Festival

    Having community health clinics in Othello, Mattawa and Connell has allowed CBHA to explore these communities, and others nearby, and all that they have to offer such as the Middleton Fall Festival which is located about 25 miles south of Connell. The annual fall festival, in its 6th year, begins the last weekend in September and runs every weekend through October. The Middleton Family farms 3,000 ...

  • What is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner?

    A PNP is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. PNPs have been treating pediatric patients in communities across the country for more than 50 years. They work in a variety of settings, including health care clinics, physicians’ offices, community health centers, and hospitals. Pediatric Nurse Practitioners treat common illnesses, listen to descriptions of symptoms, and spend one-on-one time with ...

  • Taking Dental Outside the Clinic Walls

    A child crying out in the night with a toothache is sometimes the first indication a parent has of a dental problem with their child. CBHA dental providers want to identify oral health issues at the earliest possible time. CBHA Chief Executive Officer Nieves Gomez is a staunch advocate for children’s health – especially preventive care. “We want to work within our communities to ...

  • Pharmacy Intern Returns as Pharmacist

    Like many at CBHA, Osmark Jauregui is a home-grown product, having worked his way from the area’s orchards and through the pharmacy ranks at CBHA to a pharmacist position in the Othello clinic. “We are so excited and pleased to officially welcome Osmark Jauregui to our roster of pharmacists,” Jessica Smith, CBHA Pharmacy Director said. “Osmark had just graduated from high ...

  • Pharmacy Drives Innovation

    Technology has revolutionized everything from banking to booking travel, and the same holds true for CBHA’s pharmacy and its patients. Tim Seibel, CBHA Director of Ancillary Services, oversees the Pharmacy. He is excited about the new Liberty technology system that was recently installed. An important advantage with the new system is that it has a custom interface that allows pharmacy staff ...

  • A Hardy Bunch!

    A little rain and wind were not enough to keep our amazing patients, families and friends away from our second annual Color Run and we couldn’t be more pleased. It’s true. Saturday Sept. 28th did not turn out to be the sunny, warm, pleasantly picturesque day everyone was hoping for. Instead, it was rainy, cold and extremely windy. CBHA Operations Analyst and Color Run Coordinator ...

  • Stepping Up At The Color Run

    I awakened to a cold, rainy, windy day on Saturday, Sept. 28th – the day of our Second Annual Color Run. Even though we had over 400 people preregister for the run, I wondered who would want to come out on such a wet day. I needn’t have worried – almost 500 people showed up! We came up with the idea of a Color Run last year where each color represented a chronic childhood ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Felipe Esparza

    Congratulations to Felipe Esparza! Felipe has very clear memories of applying at CBHA almost five years ago. He had just graduated with his AA degree in business management and he was excited to work in that field. However, he hadn’t been able to find a job. At that point there was an opening at CBHA for an optician. “I had had absolutely no training in the optical field but decided to ...

  • Spotlight on Mental Wellness: Men & Mental Health

    Historically, men lack awareness of health and wellness in general. This leads to men not seeking out help for medical or emotional concerns. Truth is, to lead a healthy, whole life, we need to focus on more than diet and exercise. Let’s face it, everyone goes through emotional ups and downs at some time in their life. The words Mental Health seem to suggest something negative, but being ...

  • Welcome Dr. Mengyi (Zed) Zha

    CBHA is pleased to announce Dr. Mengyi (Zed) Zha, joining us this fall. Dr. Zha comes to Othello from the Mayo Clinic in Wisconsin, where she recently completed her medical residency. Dr. Zha’s passion for delivering high quality care has brought her a long way from home. Born and raised in Beijing, China, Dr. Zha moved to the United States to repeat her undergraduate work at the University ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Alex "A.V." Bountharath

    Please join us in recognizing Alex “A.V.” Bountharath as the recipient of CBHA’s Firestarter Award. Alex Bountharath, known to most as “A-V,” began his career with CBHA in 2012 as an optician apprentice. He enjoyed working with patients, preparing them for eye exams, and helping them select eyeglasses or contact lenses. Within a couple of years, A.V. was promoted to ...

  • Welcome Clarissa Jimenez, Dental Hygienist

    For Clarissa and her family, moving to Othello is a homecoming of sorts. Clarissa was born in Moses Lake and raised in Othello, graduating from Othello High School in 2007, from CBC with an Associates in Art and Sciences degree in 2009 and from Eastern Washington University School of Dental Hygiene with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree in 2013. Clarissa previously worked for CBHA as ...

  • CBHA School Coverage Announcement

    To our public school employee friends with SEBB coverage effective January 1, 2020. Columbia Basin Health Association has been proud to be the leading provider of health services for residents of Othello and surrounding region. This includes the dedicated teachers and classified staff who serve the children of our community. You should know by now that your benefit selection process is changing ...

  • Welcome Dr. Steven Pitcher, Dentist

    Columbia Basin Health Association (CBHA) is excited to welcome Dr. Steven Pitcher to its team of dental professionals. Dr. Pitcher graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery from Marquette University Dental School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. After eight years of school, Dr. Pitcher is eager to put his ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Lauren Spilles

    CBHA congratulates this month’s Firestarter, Lauren Spilles! Lauren is a certified dental hygienist who splits her time between working directly with patients in the dental office and serving as a liaison in the community as CBHA’s Dental Outreach Coordinator. Since joining CBHA as a hygienist in 2012, Lauren has consistently exceeded expectations of her role by improving access to ...

  • Provider Spotlight - Dr. Alaa Atfeh

    It has been an exciting three months for Dr. Al Atfeh, family practice physician at CBHA. He became a father for the second time, he was sworn in as a US Citizen and now he is being recognized for excellence in Primary Care by Premera Blue Cross! Dr. Atfeh is beginning his sixth year at CBHA. He was born in the country of Jordan and lived there until he was eight years old when he moved with his ...

  • Firetarter Spotlight - Alejandra Porfirio

    Because Alejandra Porfirio had been chosen Employee of the month in 2008, she thought she would never be singled out again as an employee of distinction. She was wrong! Recently, during a meeting, she was asked to step out into the hall. Her first thought was “Is it me since there are two Alejandra’s in her department. Then she realized what was happening and thought “Do I really ...

  • Earn While You Learn

    When Franklin Guillen-Alvarez began working at CBHA, he knew he’d found a place that he’d be able to call home. But he soon realized it was also a place that he could challenge himself and grow a career. As a Medical Receptionist, Franklin enjoyed working with patients, verifying insurance, and managing the flow of checking patients in and out from their appointments. It wasn’t ...

  • 2018 Employee of the Year - Navid Fregoso

    Leadership personnel are quick to describe Navid as a “go getter” and a “hardworking person with a strong work ethic” which is the reason she was chosen at one of the Firestarters of the Year. Her official title is Patient Services Representative II. Customer service is a strong point for Navid; her actions demonstrate that she truly cares for the patients. Navid is very ...

  • 2018 Employee of the Year - Celia Moreno

    Celia Moreno is a person with lots of skills and energy to deliver the best possible patient care. She is cross trained in many areas and is always willing to cover as a translator, optician, technician; she also registers patients when needed. She loves working in Eye Care and is especially pleased when she can help patients by repairing their broken eye glasses. She takes great care in teaching ...

  • 2018 Medical Provider of the Year - Jaeniffer Kaiser, ARNP

    Connell has been home to Jaeniffer Kaiser, ARNP, since her arrival from the Philippines when she was just 16 years old. She finished her senior year at Connell High School and then left to continue her education in medicine. She completed her Masters of Science at Vanderbilt University and became a family nurse practitioner. She joined her father, Dr. Dionisio Ang, at his clinic in Connell in 1999 ...

  • 2018 Medical Provider of the Year - Raul Mendoza, PA-C

    Raul’s “awesome work ethic and positive attitude” are just a couple of reasons for his selection as Provider of the Year. He always credits others for his success and is very grateful for the help he receives from his care team and other providers at the Wahluke Clinic. Raul’s parents were farm workers; he also worked in the fields when he was young. He has a deep and ...

  • 2018 Supervisor of the Year - Christina Toro

    Christina Toro, CBHA's Director of Patient Connections, is involved at all three CBHA clinics through her volunteer work at Summer Fest in Royal City, the Fall Festival at Connell and the Color Run in Othello. She enjoys being a part of the community and plans to continue volunteering. She was also chosen because of her management skills and abilities with staff development and compliance ...

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