Aug. 6 community briefs
Hearts of Gold, an annual event at Providence Newberg Medical Center, will be live streamed instead of in person this year in recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"This live stream event will shine a light on behavioral health care in the Newberg area – the needs, the resources and some growth opportunities," a release from Providence said.
Set for 1 to 2 p.m. Aug. 12, the event will benefit behavioral health services at the medical center, especially the Better Outcomes thru Bridges program. The "BOB," as it's known at PNMC, employs psychologists, social workers and peer support specialists in connecting with behavior health patients after they are discharged from a hospital, the release said, adding they offer support and professional counseling plus essentials, such as hygiene kits and meal vouchers.
"These services are making a tangible difference for many at-risk people," the release said.
Panelists for the live stream event include Jeri Turgesen, a clinical health psychologist at Providence Medical Group Newberg; Becky Wilkinson, outreach manager for the BOB program; Elise Yarnell, senior manager for clinic operations at Providence Medical Group Newberg. Emcee for the event will be Mike Donahue, the longtime anchor at KOIN-TV, a Newberg resident and board member of the Providence Newberg Health Foundation.
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