Blog Posts in 2021

  • Welcome Natalie Andersen, Dental Hygienist

    Welcome Natalie Andersen! Natalie is our New Dental Hygienist joining our Dental Team at our Wahluke Clinic! Natalie was raised in Royal City, WA. She grew up working in the orchard and on the farm with her family. After graduating high school, she enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Texas for 2 years as a Medic. She later enrolled in the Dental Hygiene program in El Paso, Texas. ...

  • Keeping the Columbia Basin Healthy

    Our staff went to Columbia Basin College (CBC) in Tri- Cities and administered 119 COVID-19 Vaccines to the Tri-Cities Community. “We weren’t expecting over 100 people to show up”, said Maria Elena, COVID-19 Outreach Coordinator at CBHA. “It was nice seeing that more people wanted to receive the vaccine!” CBC reached out to us to discuss the possibility of traveling ...

  • Answering your COVID-19 Questions with Dr. Mengyi (Zed) Zha

    Our first priority is the health and safety of our communities. We have listened to our community and have heard your concerns, questions and hesitancy on receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine, and we want to answer some of those questions for you. Hesitation Statement: “I plan to wait and see if the vaccine is safe.” More than 170 million Americans have been fully vaccinated, and on August ...

  • Welcome Megan Pryce, Dental Hygienist

    Welcome Megan Pryce!! Megan is our new Dental Hygienist joining our dental team at our Wahluke Clinic! Megan grew up in Pasco, WA and attended the Oregon Institute of Technology in La Grande, OR. After receiving her Dental Hygienist Degree she went straight to a private practice. “I’ve had a passion for dentistry since I was in high school and have been working in the dental field for ...

  • First Female Finisher - 2021 CBHA 5K Color Run | Run For A Cause

    Alice Strumski was our first female finisher at our 2021 5K Color Run! She was the 4th finisher overall finishing the race in 26 minutes! She has been running since the pandemic started. “Running was a way for me to be able to get out of the house and stay active,” says Alice. She has ran 4 other marathons this year. Alice is from Moses Lake, WA and was excited to be able to ...

  • First Male Finisher - 2021 CBHA 5K Color Run | Run For A Cause

    Frank Lopez was the first male finisher at our 2021 5K Color Run! He ran the 3.1 mile race in 23 min and 47 seconds! Frank is a 19 year old college student attending Washington State University in Pullman. “I’m training for the Marines, so I have been doing a lot of running recently with my brother,” says Frank. He has been coming to our Color Run every year since the beginning, ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Maria Mendoza

    Join us in congratulating Maria Mendoza for receiving Firestarter! Maria is a Charge Nurse at our Othello Clinic. She is a leader for the charge nurse group and has trained and mentored many staff on the nursing team. She seeks opportunities to learn and improve on her skills every chance she gets. Maria has worked her way up in the nursing department. She is committed to making CBHA excellent and ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Pablo Melo

    Join us in celebrating our Firestarter Pablo Melo, Business Analyst. Pablo has been with CBHA for 22 years total, and has helped create a more efficient system of data entry. Pablo is an amazing co-worker, and builds great communication with his peers to accomplish projects with his team. He organizes technical solutions that support our clinical and administrative operations. He does a great job ...

  • Welcome Ana Torres, Behavioral Health Consultant

    Join us in welcoming Ana Torres, Behavioral Health Consultant, to our Behavioral Health Team! Ana grew up in Othello for the majority of her life and first started with CBHA as a Case Manager in our Family Services Department. She wanted to further her education in Behavioral Health, so she attended Eastern Washington University and received her Master’s Degree in Sociology. “I saw a ...

  • Welcome Dr. Richard Jimenez, D.M.D

    Dr. Jimenez grew up in a small town just outside of Centralia, WA. To give you an idea of just how small it really is, his graduating class only had 18 people! He attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, receiving his Bachelors in Molecular Biology. After, he completed his D.M.D at UCONN School of Dental Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut. Dr. Jimenez decided to go for dentistry ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Elsa Rodriguez

    Join us in celebrating our Firestarter Elsa Rodriguez, Pharmacy Technician! Elsa has been at CBHA for 30 years and during her time here, she has created so many positive memories not only with the staff but also with patients. When patients see her their expressions are priceless. She remembers each of them by name and makes sure they always feel welcomed. Elsa demonstrates respect to all who she ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Maria Alatorre

    Let’s give a big shout out to our Firestarter, Maria Alatorre! Maria is a Pharmacy Technician at our Othello Clinic. She is an exceptional employee who makes her patients her first priority. She goes out of her way to update patients while they are waiting for their medications and answer any questions or concerns they may have. Maria does well in completing tasks as soon as they are given ...

  • Nine Ways to Take Care of Your Eyes

    Have you come in for your annual eye exam yet? During the month of May, we want to bring awareness to Healthy Vision in our community! Eye exams are so simple, yet so important for our vision. They should be a priority, just like eating healthy and physical activity. Let’s talk about eye care and how often you should be seeing your optometrist.‚Äč HEALTHY EYES FOR ALL AGES The best way to stay ...

  • Childrens Mental Health with Tamara Campbell, RN

    Every year in May, we celebrate Childrens Mental Health Day! Our Behavioral Health Registered Nurse, Tamara Campbell, helped us answer some common questions that parents, teachers or care givers may have about Child Mental Health. WHAT IS CHILDRENS MENTAL HEALTH? First, let’s start with defining mental health. Mental health is the way a child thinks and feels about themselves and the world ...

  • Vaccines Bring Us Closer Together

    You have the power to protect yourself and your family against serious diseases through on-time vaccination. World Immunization Week is celebrated every year the last week of April. This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. Vaccines bring us closer to people, special moments and milestones that we care about the most. More people are ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Emanuel Munos

    Join us in congratulating Emanuel Munos on his Firestarter Award! Emanuel is a Medical Assistant - Phlebotomist at our Wahluke Clinic. He is a very polite and caring coworker. He is always willing to help in any place that he is needed. He is someone who will go above and beyond and will stop what he is doing to help another co-worker with whatever task they are working on. Every patient that ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Maria Arceno

    Congratulations to our Firestarter, Maria Arceno! Maria is a Patient Service Representative in our Call Center at our Othello Clinic. She is 100% customer focused and always makes sure our patients questions are answered before the end of the phone call. She is always lending a helping hand, and loves to take on new challenges in the work environment. Maria is constantly keeping up with the high ...

  • CBHA Research Team Presents Impact of N95 Masks

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC advised that everyone wear a mask when they go out into public to reduce and prevent the spread of COVID-19. At the start of the pandemic, CBHA put together a COVID-19 Task Force that included a CBHA Medical Provider Dr. Mengyi (Zed) Zha, MD as the clinical liaison of the Task Force and Jude Alsarraj, PhD as a clinical team member of the Task Force. ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Yaritza Garcia

    Yaritza Garcia is a Patient Service Representative II at our Connell Clinic! She is our lead PSR and has managed to train her coworkers in an efficient and timely manner. Yaritza goes above and beyond to make sure patients get the best care with us. She is a very accountable employee and will come into work for any shift she is needed for, with no questions asked. Yaritza is added great value to ...

  • CBHA Diabetes Prevention Program Receives Full Recognition from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention!

    CBHA is honored to receive full recognition from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for our Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)! This program focuses on promoting healthy lifestyle changes to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Our DPP team uses peer-to-peer learning and a coaching model to promote a healthier life and overall wellbeing for our patients. Meet the Team: Left to Right: ...

  • Heart Disease Can Happen to Anyone at Any Time

    Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year? That’s approximately one woman every minute! Heart disease doesn’t affect all woman in the same way, and symptoms that are seen in men will not be seen women. We put together the symptoms for heart disease in women, and some ways to stay healthy and prevent heart disease. Signs and ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Joe Vela

    Joe is an MA-C at our Othello Clinic! He is great with all of our patients and he shows constant respect towards everyone. He is someone that you can always count on at work, and is appreciated by all his coworkers. Joe is always helping with training and lending his coworkers a helping hand. He’s quick to answer questions for his coworkers and his patients. He demonstrates a positive ...

  • Glaucoma - The Silent Thief of Sight

    The leading cause of blindness for people over the age of 60 is Glaucoma. But, that doesn’t mean that it only affects them. Glaucoma can affect people of all ages, it doesn’t matter the age! Early detection is important, and seeing your optometrist yearly is highly recommended. What Is Glaucoma? Glaucoma, also known as The Silent Thief of Sight, is a group of eye conditions that damage ...

  • Firestarter Spotlight - Devyn Lynch

    Congratulations to Devyn Lynch for receiving the Firestarter Award! Devyn is an Executive Assistant at CBHA and was chosen as Firestarter for many reasons including her accountability, demeanor and work ethic. She goes above and beyond in her work and conducts herself in a professional manner at all times. Devyn has learned to anticipate what her co-workers need and is prepared for all situations ...

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