Warrenton, Gearhart voters

approve tax options for fire districts

Voters in Warrenton and Gearhart on Tuesday approved five-year local tax options for rural fire protection districts.

The Warrenton option would raise a maximum of $280,000 over five years for the fire district. The estimated tax rate is $0.51 per $1,000 of assessed property value in the first year.

The ballot measure was approved 68% to 32%.

The Gearhart option would raise an estimated $135,000 to $152,000 a year for the fire district. The tax rate is $0.33 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

The ballot measure was approved 58% to 42%.

Columbia Memorial to open

Seaside clinic in January

SEASIDE — A Columbia Memorial Hospital primary care and urgent care clinic at the Seaside Outlet Mall could open on Jan. 6.

The new clinic will follow the model of Columbia Memorial’s Warrenton clinic, offering primary care, urgent care, X-rays and labs.

Erik Thorsen, Columbia Memorial’s CEO, told the City Council he anticipates 25 to 30 new full-time family wage jobs will open up through the clinic.

Columbia Memorial has a 10-year collaboration with Oregon Health & Science University, which provides cardiology, emergency, urology and general surgery care.

Lower Columbia Hispanic Council hires new executive director

The Lower Columbia Hispanic Council has hired Jenny Pool Radway as the new executive director.

Pool Radway moved from Denver, Colorado, where she founded and directed Diverse Communities LLC, which designed and implemented programs for international and national organizations to encourage inclusion and address systemic and institutional inequity.

She replaces Jorge Guttierez, who resigned in July.

The Astorian

Ocean Beach Hospital

resolves survey issues

ILWACO, Wash. — A regular audit of Ocean Beach Hospital revealed problems with hospital documentation, equipment use and staff training.

The audit, completed by the state’s Department of Health in March, resulted in the loss of the hospital’s chemotherapy services. Other findings have since required hospital leadership to update its policies.

“We don’t look at this process as punitive. We look at it as educational,” said Larry Cohen, the hospital’s CEO. “The surveyors are very helpful.”

The state surveys Ocean Beach Hospital roughly every 18 months. The March survey lists 22 deficiencies.

The hospital was required to submit a correction plan to address the deficiencies. None of the deficiencies put patients in immediate risk, said Jessica Baggett, the Department of Health’s external communications supervisor.

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