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New trustee and officers named to Meridian Park Medical Foundation board - 06/14/17

TUALATIN, ORE. -- Meridian Park Medical Foundation is pleased to announce Peter M. York has been elected to its board of trustees. The Foundation advocates and raises funds for Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, part of Legacy Health -- the largest local, nonprofit health care provider in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

York, a retired newspaper publisher, began his career in Klamath Falls, Oregon, after graduating from Oregon State University (OSU). As the publisher of the Longview Daily News in Longview, Washington, the newspaper was awarded the 2002 Newspaper of the Year by Suburban Newspapers of American. In 2007 he joined the North County Times in Carlsbad, California, a position he held until the paper sold in 2012. York is currently a member of the Lake Oswego Rotary Club and serves on the governing committee of his OSU fraternity.

The foundation also elected the following officers to its board of trustees during its meeting on June 1, 2017:

Rodrick B. Cruickshank, chair
Leah D. Murray, vice chair
J. Michael Schultz, executive director (ex officio)
Christopher A. Busby, treasurer and investment committee chair
Todd R. Duwe, secretary
Clyde Farris, M.D., trustee emeriti
Erin L. Miller, trustee emeriti
David A. Thompson, trustee emeriti

The foundation is currently raising funds in support of a Patient Care Expansion project. This $6.5 million capital campaign will increase Legacy Meridian Park's capacity to care for the growing South Metro community with a facility that supports high-quality patient care using the latest technology and best medical practices.

Legacy Meridian Park is the South Metro area's most advanced medical center. Specialty services include neurology, orthopedic surgery, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, cancer care, a nationally recognized stroke program, a nationally accredited breast health center and a chest pain center awarded the nation's first Gold Seal of approval in chest pain by The Joint Commission -- the nation's principal hospital accreditation agency.

For more information about Meridian Park Medical Foundation, contact 503-692-7624 or visit www.legacyhealth.org/giving.

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Columbia Helicopters Employees receive award
Columbia Helicopters Employees receive award
Luncheon raises nearly $163,000 for Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center (Photo) - 06/13/17

TUALATIN, ORE. -- More than 200 community members gathered at the Tualatin Country Club on May 25 to honor the employees of Columbia Helicopters and support Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center's Patient Care Expansion project.

The Pillars of Excellence Luncheon, hosted by the Meridian Park Medical Foundation, raised nearly $163,000 for a new multi-story building on the Legacy Meridian Park campus. The foundation has raised nearly $7 million, surpassing their $6.5 million campaign goal, for this innovative facility that will provide a more family-centered care environment, capable of accommodating additional patients and state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment technology.

During the luncheon, the employees of Columbia Helicopters received the 2017 Pillars of Excellence Award, which recognizes community partners who have made a positive impact on both Legacy Meridian Park and the local community. For 20 years, Columbia Helicopters' employees have honored their founder and cancer survivor, Wes Lematta, who passed away in 2009, by raising funds for the Wes Lematta Cancer Fund at Legacy Meridian Park. Through their annual employee giving campaign, they have contributed $215,000 to help comfort and educate patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Founded in 1957, Columbia Helicopters is a locally-owned, heavy-lift helicopter operation. As the industry's global leader in twin-engine, tandem rotor aircraft, its crews are experts in some of the most challenging heavy-lift missions, from heli-logging to firefighting. "Our community partners are vital to our success," said Allyson Anderson, president of Legacy Meridian Park. "The wonderful people at Columbia Helicopters continue to have a tremendous influence on our community with their tradition of supporting our patients, military families, environmental causes and disaster relief."

Legacy Meridian Park -- a full-service, nonprofit hospital -- is the South Metro area's most advanced medical center. Specialty services include neurology, orthopedic surgery, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, cancer care, a nationally recognized stroke program, a nationally accredited breast health center and a chest pain center awarded the nation's first Gold Seal of approval in chest pain by The Joint Commission -- the nation's principal hospital accreditation agency.

Meridian Park Medical Foundation raises funds to support the programs and services at Legacy Meridian Park. To learn more about supporting Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, call the Legacy Health Office of Philanthropy at 503-415-4700 or visit www.legacyhealth.org/giving.

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