Blog Posts in 2020

  • National Immunization Month

    You have the power to protect yourself and your family against serious diseases through on-time vaccination. August is National Immunization Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. Here are some recommended vaccines that children, pregnant moms and every adult should be taking, and when they should be going in for their ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Yvonne Martinez

    Congratulations to Yvonne Martinez for winning the Firestarter Award! Yvonne is a MA-C at our Wahluke Clinic. She was chosen as a Firestarter for her professionality, organization skills, and respect towards others. She demonstrates teamwork by being a high performer at Wahluke Clinic. She is constantly recognized by her co-workers for all the help that she offers. She is also very responsible and ...

  • Small Towns and Rural Areas Hit Hard by Opioid Crisis

    Once associated with wholesome adventures and built-in innocence, rural America has been a place people want to raise their children. Populated with tight-knit families and trusted neighbors, small towns have symbolized open doors, potluck dinners, high school sporting events, Fourth of July parades, and gossip. These rural communities cultivated peace of mind. A place where mothers and fathers ...

  • Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

    Although school may not look the same this year, it is still important to schedule well-child visits for your children. August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, and we want to ensure that your child’s eyes are going to be in perfect condition this year for all the zoom calls and online learning they will be doing. The best way to stay up to date with your child’s eye ...

  • Tips For Your Child's Next Wellness Exam

    There are many ways to help your child stay healthy so that they can play, learn and grow! Our team is here to help answer all your questions and check in with your child to make sure that they are growing in a healthy way. Here are some tips to help the next time your child needs to go in for a checkup: Preparing Yourself You might want to write down some questions before the appointment to help ...

  • Consejos Para El Cuidado De Uno Mismo Para Mamas Que Lactan

    La lactancia materna requiere paciencia y práctica. Para algunas mujeres, aprender a amamantar puede ser frustrante e incómodo. También puede parecer más difícil, especialmente si su bebé nació temprano o si tiene ciertos problemas de salud. ¡La buena noticia es que será más fácil, y el apoyo para las madres que amamantan ...

  • Self-Care Tips For Moms Who Are Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding takes patience and practice. For some women, learning to breastfeed can be frustrating and uncomfortable. It may also seem more difficult, especially if your baby was born early or you have certain health problems. The good news is that it will get easier, and support for breastfeeding mothers is available! HEALTHY EATING Many new mothers wonder whether they should be on a special ...

  • ¿Por Qué Es Importante La Lactancia Materna?

    Hay muchas razones para amamantar. Algunas de esas razones son la cercanía alegre y el vínculo con su bebé, la nutrición específica que sólo usted puede proporcionar, el ahorro de costos y los beneficios de salud para la madre y el bebé. Tenga en cuenta que alimentando a su bebé es una habilidad aprendida. SU PRIMERA LECHE ES ORO ...

  • Why Is Breastfeeding Important?

    There are so many reasons to breastfeed. Some of those reasons being the joyful closeness and bonding with your baby, the specific nutrition only you can provide, the cost savings, and health benefits for mother and baby. Keep in mind that feeding your baby is a learned skill. YOUR FIRST MILK IS LIQUID GOLD. It’s called liquid gold for its deep yellow color, colostrum is the thick first milk ...

  • Welcome Flower Star, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

    We would like to welcome Flower Star, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, to our dedicated team of Nutritionists here at CBHA. Flower spent the majority of her childhood in California. She later moved to Washington and lived in Port Angeles for a few years. She attended Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA and received her Master’s Degree in clinical nutrition in 2015. Her appreciation towards ...

  • Provider Of The Year: Dr. Sonia Idrogo, DMD

    We would like to congratulate Dr. Sonia Idrogo, DMD, in receiving the 2019 Provider of the Year award! We gave out five awards this year at our 2019 Virtual All Staff event and Dr. Idrogo received this award for her leadership, problem-solving techniques, and providing excellent patient satisfaction. Dr. Idrogo grew up in Lima, Peru. She attended Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University and completed ...

  • Supervisor of the Year: Joshua Bunch, CFO

    We would like to congratulate Joshua Bunch, CPA, CHFP in receiving the 2019 Supervisor of the Year award! We gave out five awards this year at our 2019 Virtual All Staff event. Josh is our Chief Financial Officer and responsible for managing the fiscal affairs of CBHA. He received this award for his ability to improve processes, develop talent and manage financial resources. Josh grew up in Moses ...

  • Employee of the Year: Jose Rincon, Patient Service Representative

    We would like to congratulate Jose Rincon, Patient Service Representative, on receiving the 2019 Employee of the Year award! We gave out five awards this year at our 2019 Virtual All Staff event and Jose received this award for his honesty, integrity, dependability and positive attitude. Jose Rincon grew up in Mattawa, Washington. Back in 2016 he was presented with the opportunity to work at CBHA. ...

  • Provider of the Year: Dr. Jason Bleazard, OD

    We would like to congratulate Dr. Jason Bleazard, Optometrist, in receiving the 2019 Provider of the Year award! We gave out five awards this year at our 2019 Virtual All Staff event and Dr. Bleazard received this award for his leadership, excellent patient care and team work and collaboration. Dr. Bleazard grew up on a farm in a little town North of Pasco called Eltopia. He attended Pacific ...

  • Provider of the Year: Nathan Spinelli, Pharmacist

    We would like to congratulate Nathan Spinelli in receiving the 2019 Provider of the Year award! We gave out five awards this year at our 2019 Virtual All Staff event and Nathan received this award for his leadership, innovative ideas and excellent patient care. Nathan grew up in Spokane, Washington and has been a “Washingtonian” for the majority of his life. After High school, he moved ...

  • CBHA recognized as Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2020

    CBHA is proud to have been selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has really challenged the healthcare system to get creative in everything we do, from delivering care to our patients to creating a safe environment for our employees. Promoting a culture of safety at CBHA has been a priority pre-COVID-19 and it has helped us ...

  • Welcome Luis Alcalde, PA-C!

    We would like to welcome Luis Alcalde, PA-C, to the CBHA Team! Luis will be joining our Family Practice team at our Wahluke Clinic. Luis grew up in Mazatlán, Sinaloa in Mexico. He received his degree in Medicine at the National Polytechnic Institute – Superior School of Medicine in Mexico City, Mexico. After moving to the United States, he entered the PA Program at UC Davis in ...

  • CBHA Donates 2019 Color Run Funds to Connell Parks and Rec

    Our CEO, Nieves Gomez, presented a check of $5,000 to the City of Connell, along with the Mayor, Lee Barrow, and the City Administrator, Maria Pena. The funds came from our 2019 5K Color Run: Run for a Cause event. “We’re excited to give this to the cities that our clinics serve, and we can’t wait to see how they use them towards the community,” said Nieves. We want to show ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Zelene Tapia

    Congratulations to Zelene Tapia on receiving Firestarter! Zelene Tapia was chosen as a Firestarter because of her excellence, positive attitude and her active participation. Zelene works in the coding department as a coder. “She is always looking to gain more knowledge by asking questions, staying up to date with policies and learning new things from her peers,” said her nominator, ...

  • CBHA Donates 2019 Color Run Funds to Mattawa Parks and Rec

    Recently, we decided to donate the proceeds from our 2019 Color Run event to the Parks and Recs Departments of the cities our clinics serve. We took a trip down to the City of Mattawa and met with Juan Ledezma, the Parks and Recs Coordinator for Mattawa. Our CEO, Nieves Gomez, presented him with a check for $5,000 as a donation from CBHA for the City of Mattawa to use in a way that encourages ...

  • 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 ...

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