Blog Posts in 2019

  • 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 ...

  • 2018 Dental Provider of the Year - Dr. Janet Romero

    Dr. Janet Romero works full-time at the Wahluke Clinic in Mattawa and is pleased to work in an area that “is so geographically beautiful." Like Raul Mendoza, PA-C, her parents were also farm workers; they continue to work in the Wenatchee area. Dr. Romero cares deeply about her patients and thinks of them as part of her extended family. She and her family are deeply rooted in the ...

  • We love our students and interns!

    CBHA has a long history of allowing, actually encouraging, students to come to CBHA to observe medical and dental providers in action. Let’s say you are the patient. You come in for your appointment. A nurse settles you into a room, takes your vital signs and documents your symptoms. The provider then comes into the room followed by another person. You are told the second person is a medical ...

  • This is Not just Another Run...

    After the success of our first color run last year, we are organizing and hosting the 2nd Annual 5K Color Run: CBHA Run for a Cause on September 28th! “Our first annual ‘Run for a Cause’ Color Run was such a success, and people had so much fun, why would we do it just once?” recalls Color Run Coordinator Courtney Stein. “That’s the question we at CBHA asked ...

  • Total Success for Ruben Padilla, High School Graduate

    Ruben Alatorre-Padilla was tired of feeling sluggish and fatigued all the time. The Royal City High School senior often struggled to get through the day, his energy and motivation at an all-time low. He wasn’t able to play sports like he used to and that was frustrating. Despite being so fatigued, Ruben also wasn’t sleeping well. He woke up frequently during the night and seldom ...

  • Columbia Basin Explorations

    Othello Community Museum The building which now houses the Othello Community Museum served as a place of worship until the early 1970s. The building was vacated at that time. A group of area citizens banded together and raised enough money to purchase the building. It took thousands of hours of volunteer work and monetary contributions to renovate the building before opening to the public in the ...

  • From Delivery Room to Pediatric Care

    From the first moments you learn that you’re expecting a baby, the decision-making begins. From when to share the news (and with whom), to whether or not to learn the baby’s gender, to selecting the baby’s name, and deciding whether to have an epidural….there are many decisions to be made. One of the first and most important decisions you’ll make is about prenatal ...

  • A Year of Change and Growth

    It has been over a year (March 1, 2018) since I was named CEO at Columbia Basin Health Association. It has been a big year for me; and I have loved every minute of it! We have completed the hard work of strategic planning and are moving forward with our vision to “be a model of excellence in patient satisfaction in community and migrant health care and a community leader in initiating and ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Claudia Castillo

    Claudia’s employment at CBHA began in 2003. She worked as an MA until two years ago when she became a Care Coordinator and began her work in quality. She is teamed up with Janie Leal who is also a Care Coordinator. They work side by side to accomplish the many tasks assigned to them. Basically they monitor quality guided by their supervisor, Hayley Middleton. “We monitor the UDS ...

  • 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 ...

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