Beaverton Intercultural Council, St. Vincent Medical Foundation to benefit from concerts
The Beaverton Intercultural Council is a new non-profit group formed to work with Beavertons Sister City Advisory Board. Together, they hope to encourage cross-cultural understanding and to promote educational interest in and tourism between Beaverton and its six (so far) sister cities around the world Birobidjan, Russia; Cheonan, Korea; Cluses, France; Gotemba, Japan; Hsinchu, Taiwan; and Trossingen, Germany.
According to ISing Choir Conductor and Artistic Director Stephen Galván hes the chair of the BIC and also serves on Beavertons Sister Cities Advisory Board they have many goals and projects in the works.
Among those are the possibility of building a Korean garden in the area to honor the relationship with Cheonan, Korea, and hopes to host an international art festival that would include representatives from all of Beavertons Sister Cities and Friendly Cities in after the opening of the citys proposed Performing Arts Center.
The Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation is also close to Isings heart after choir member Kirk Hansen had a large brain tumor removed at Providence St. Vincent in September, and later, Providence Health & Services helped cover some $300,000 in Hansens medical bills (for more on Hansens story, see the April 28 edition of the Beaverton Valley Times).
This is kind of exciting, said Joel Kelly, Director of Development for the Providence Brain and Spine Institute and the Providence Orthopedic Institute. First of all, its going to be a terrific program just to draw people in so were excited to have an opportunity to get our story out. Were always looking to educate and engage people in the mission of Providence and of the Brain and Spine Institute and all our programs.
Kelly shared that one of the most exciting recent developments at the Brain and Spine Institute has been the addition of an intraoperative MRI.
Its probably the most advanced MRI system for neurosurgery there is and I believe we are still the only system in Oregon that has it, Kelly said. Its here at St. Vincents, and were the only one in the Providence system throughout six states that has one so that allows us to do the highest levels of neurosurgery.
Further, Providence St. Vincent is also in the process of opening a new neurosurgery center that will bring together all the hospitals resources in that arena.
Were opening a new center ... that will bring all of our neurologists together in a kind of central location and facility and enhance that, Kelly added.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT