Blog Posts in 2020

  • CBHA Donates 2019 Color Run Funds To Othello Parks and Rec

    We’re wrapping up our 2019 Color Run: Run for a Cause event by donating the proceeds to the Parks and Recs Departments in Othello, Mattawa and Connell. Each department has received equal amounts of a $15,000 donation. “We really wanted to give all our proceeds back to the community in a way that promotes childhood wellness. We came up with the idea of giving it to the Parks and Recs ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Maria Vela

    Congratulations to Maria Vela on receiving Firestarter! Maria Vela was chosen as a Firestarter for her hard work, respect towards others and going out of her way to exceed patient expectations. Maria works in pharmacy as a pharmacy technician. “I have seen her do things, that aren’t in her job description, just to help a patient out and make sure that they are taking their ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Samantha Garza

    Congratulations to Samantha Garza on receiving Firestarter! Samantha Garza was nominated for Firestarter because she is someone that knows what needs to be done and gets it done. She is all about helping her co-workers and can be relied on. "Samantha is all about respect and does her duties with a smile on her face," says Nominator Della Rodriguez. Get to know more about Samantha Garza: ...

  • All services are now fully open!

    CBHA is committed to providing the care you need and we are excited to announce that we have resumed scheduling all services as of May 19th. Here is what we are doing to protect our patients and our employees. SERVICE: Face to Face visits are available Telehealth (phone and video) appointments are still available for Medical, Dental, Behavioral Health, and Eye Care Drive up sample collection We ...

  • Welcome Dr. Jonathan Walker, O.D.

    Columbia Basin Health Association (CBHA) welcomes Jonathan Walker, O.D, to its team of eye care providers. Dr. Walker will be serving as the full-time optometrist at the Connell Clinic. Originally from Othello, Washington, Dr. Walker grew up in central Washington. He graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho and then worked in a variety of professional industries. Inspired by eye doctors in ...

  • Eye Care Has Reopened

    We have reopened Eye Care at all of our sites as of Monday, May 11th. We are providing exams for essential visits, which includes: Urgent care for injuries, infections, or sudden changes in vision Follow-up appointments requested by an eye care provider Full exams for patients who need glasses (expired prescription, broken glasses, etc) Telehealth visits are still recommended when possible. ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Horacio Valdez

    Congratulations to Horacio Valdez on receiving Firestarter! One of the many reasons Alex Bountharath, Community Relations Manager, nominated him is for being costumer focused. "While he may not work with direct patients, all of CBHA’s internal departments and external vendors are the customers he serves well." Alex also states that Horacio is always exceeding expectations on a ...

  • Connecting to Purpose as a Community

    Our Family Services Department united as a team to support a specific petition for an elderly patient with high needs. This specific patient is Mr. Sandoval, an elderly widowed man who is 78 years old and is surpassing huge struggles with his health and living conditions. He has no family members or children who reside near him to support and is struggling to find a permanent living. He is ...

  • Pregnant woman and covid-19

    WHAT IS COVID-19? COVID-19 is a new illness that affects the lungs and breathing. It is caused by a new coronavirus. Symptoms include fever, cough, and trouble breathing. It also may cause stomach problems, such as nausea and diarrhea, and a loss of your sense of smell or taste. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after you are exposed to the virus. PREGNANT WOMAN AND COVID-19 Current reports show ...

  • Family Services Telehealth Appointments

    In an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus and to assure the safety of our clients and staff, services provided through the various Family Services programs such as Maternity Support Services, WIC, and Parents as Teachers, Early Intervention Services, and Health Education have transitioned to virtual appointments. These virtual visits occur either through interactive video conferencing ...

  • Introducing Telehealth at CBHA

    In an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus and to assure the safety of our clients and staff, most of our services are now available through virtual appointments. These virtual appointments occur either through interactive video conferencing or phone calls. Making these appointments available by phone expands our services to people who need routine care, and keeps vulnerable populations ...

  • Tips for Wearing a Face Mask

    Last week the CDC updated its recommendations on face masks. They now suggest that you wear a cloth face covering to cover your nose and mouth when you are around other people. For example when you go to work, the grocery store, or pharmacy. This is important because a face covering can protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms. Even if you are careful to stay at least ...

  • CBHA Eye Care continues offering services

    Many of CBHA’s eye care services continue to be offered. While vision care has been closed in our Mattawa and Connell clinics, we ARE operating and providing services in Othello for patients from any of our communities. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. While routine, in-person care such as eye exams is temporarily unavailable, our optometrists are still seeing patients ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Janine Spurrier

    Janine Spurrier began working at CBHA on February of 2016 in a job she loves so much. Her title of Reimbursement Recovery Specialist remains the same today as it was when she was hired. She does medical staff credentialing and patient services representative training at all three clinics. She also conducts eligibility reviews with the PSRs every month. She assists the patient services with their ...

  • Telephone appointments are now available!

    If you need to talk with your medical provider, you can do that now from the convenience of your phone for many appointment types. Visits that can be done by phone include those for: Upper Respiratory Infections Allergies Chronic Disease Followup (Such as high blood pressure, diabetes) Medication Refills Nausea Vomiting Chronic Migraine (Not New) Headache Referral Requests Follows Ups With Your ...

  • Behavioral Health Telehealth

    This may be one of the most stressful periods of your life. If you need to talk with a counselor, or psychiatric services for medication management, you can now meet with our providers by phone. Our licensed counselors are here to help you with anxiety, worry, stress, depression and more. Our Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner can offer psychiatric services and medication management options as well. ...

  • Update on CBHA Dental Clinic Remaining Open for Emergency Appointments

    To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 CBHA is following new guidance from the American Dental Association (ADA) and our health departments by temporarily limiting dental appointments to emergency services. Patients needing emergency dental care are asked to call CBHA at 509.488.5256. Patients will be screened by phone, and those with potentially emergent conditions will be called back by a dental ...

  • CBHA Continues to Offer Emergency Dental Appointments

    To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Health Departments have provided direction to offer only emergency services in dental offices. The Washington State Department of Health defines this as “Dental care related to the relief of pain and management of infection.” We and other Community Health Centers in the state are following these ...

  • Negative Coronavirus Tests Far Outweigh Positive Results; Vast Majority of Infections Are Mild

    People are understandably anxious about the coronavirus. Uncertainty and misinformation feed that even more. That’s why it’s important to continually come back to the facts and the science. According to the Washington State Department of Health, about 94 percent of the 14,129 people who have tested for the coronavirus during the last six days have been negative. That is, they ...

  • Coronavirus Update and Q&A

    Join Dr. Zed Zha and Dr. Jude Alsarraj for the latest update on the coronavirus, and answers to your questions.

  • Coronavirus: Should I see my doctor? If so, when and why?

    Coronavirus: Should I see my doctor? If so, when and why? CBHA serves our communities without regard to anyone’s age, sex, color, ethnicity, national origin, or ability to pay. We are also directed by federal, state, and county health authorities as it pertains to the coronavirus. While there are no confirmed coronavirus cases as of today in Adams or Franklin counties the health officer for ...

  • Coronavirus - Questions, Concerns and Common Myths

    Join Dr. Zed Zha, CBHA Family Physician, and Dr. Jude Alsarraj, Clinical Systems Specialist, as they discuss questions and rumors brought to us from fellow members of the community about the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). Dr. Zha is the Clinical Team Lead Liaison of our COVID-19 Task Force and Dr. Alsarraj is a Clinical Team Member. If you have any questions that you would like us to address either ...

  • Sleep Awareness Week - Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

    A lot of us are resentful about the hour we lose at the beginning of Daylight Saving Time and don’t think we sleep very well until the Fall when we get that hour back. A recent poll found that the average U. S. adult feels tired during the day at least three out of the seven days a week. And more than a quarter of us feel tired five to seven days a week! Some attribute their drowsiness to ...

  • A Letter For Our Patients - Updated Info On The Coronavirus

    March 9, 2020 Dear CBHA Patient, The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has many people worried, with all of the news, information and misinformation creating an environment of uncertainty. At CBHA, the health and safety of you and our staff remains the top priority in everything we do. Be assured that we are taking every measure possible to provide the best care to every patient. We are in regular ...

  • COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) - Latest updates for our served communities

    Keeping the workplace safe Encourage your employees to… Practice good hygiene Stop handshaking use other noncontact methods of greeting Clean hands at the door and schedule regular hand washing reminders by email Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly Increase ...

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