Blog Posts in 2020

  • 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 ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight | Elizabeth Gonzalez

    Elizabeth Gonzalez was eager to work for CBHA as a part-time pharmacy assistant at the Connell Clinic in 2016. A year later she transferred to the Othello Clinic when a full-time position became open. She was assigned to a special project between the call center and pharmacy where, if a patient called in needing a prescription refill, she could take those calls and help accomplish that for the ...

  • IT Presents to Wahitis Elementary in Othello

    "I had the distinct honor of speaking to 4 th, 5 th, and 6 th grade Wahitis Elementary students about my profession here at CBHA. I got the chance to try and instill some of the lessons that I wish someone had told me when I was growing up and didn’t see at the time. It was an interesting dynamic to be on the other side of the table as a teacher rather than a student. Their teachers ...

  • CBHA Connell Clinic Receives Business of the Year

    On February 7th the Greater Connell Chamber of Commerce recognized the Educator of the Year, the Senior of the year, Man and Woman of the year, and the local Business of the Year. Each of these awards was given to members of the community who have made outstanding contributions to both the Connell Chamber of Commerce and the community at large. Connell Chamber of Commerce Manager Lauren Smith ...

  • Grocery Shopping with CBHA Dietitian Karlee Kerr

    The cupboards are bare and it’s time to replenish your food supply. It can sometimes be a daunting task. Where to begin? Let’s assume you’ve taken a few minutes to sit down and plan what you’re going to cook for your family this week. With your shopping list in hand, you head out with a firm resolve to buy only what is on your list. You walk into the store, grab a cart, and ...

  • Uptick in Confirmed Cases of Flu in Connell

    Fever? Body aches? Congestion? Fatigue? It could be influenza, commonly known as the flu. Fall and winter are common times for the flu to hit, and this year is no different. Both influenza A and influenza B have been making their way through central Washington, and people of all ages have been affected. According to Jesstine Kane, PA-C at Columbia Basin Health Association (CBHA), ...

  • Glaucoma Awareness | Safeguard Your Eyes

    Chances are, if you have glaucoma, you don’t even know it. And the consequences of not detecting it can be serious. Glaucoma affects more than three million Americans according to the American Optometric Association. Over half of these people don’t even know that they have it, according to Prevent Blindness American. “Glaucoma begins by attacking peripheral vision,” Dr. ...

  • When Grief and Loss Consume Us

    When Grief and Loss Consume Us Grief is a healthy, perfectly natural response to a loss. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief. Queen Elizabeth II once said that grief is the price of love. And that makes sense. After all, we tend to grieve that which we’ve truly loved, but lost. We often associate grief with the death of a loved one, but there are many other losses ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Crisol Martinez

    Crisol Martinez began working at CBHA in Nov., 2011 as a dental assistant. Crisol is a detail oriented person by nature and she liked her job from the beginning. She takes pride in making certain all the staff have what they need to take care of the patients - supplies in order, easily reached and returned to their original spot making it easy for the next person to quickly find what they need. ...

  • Important Update on the Coronavirus

    Important Update on the Coronavirus You may have heard of the 2019 Coronavirus that has been spreading to other locations around the world from Wuhan, China. There have been a handful of reported cases in the U.S. and no fatalities in this country from the virus. However, health authorities are monitoring it closely because it’s a new strain and can cause pneumonia.‚Äč Up-to-date information ...

  • Welcome Manuel Jimenez, DDS

    CBHA welcomes Dr. Jimenez to its dedicated team of dental providers. Manuel Jimenez is returning to his roots, having been born in Othello, and raised in the Tri-Cities. After graduating from Pasco High School, he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology degree with minors in biochemistry and chemistry from Eastern Washington University. Dr. Jimenez worked as a substitute teacher for ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Edna Hymas

    Edna Hymas has worked full-time at CBHA for 13 years; she was a medical assistant when she started, then a medical assistant- phlebotomist and now she’s a medical assistant – certified. She has found her niche in the Walk-In Clinic. “I work there full time,” she said. “I love working with people. I know my patients and the providers they like to see. I do everything I ...

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