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Nurse recalls grad speech, looks ahead

Nurse looks back at graduation and ahead to next challenge “How hard can it be?” That thought, plus a big breath helped Legacy Salmon Creek nurse and working mom, Courtney Christoffers, BSN, R.N., get up the courage to speak at her graduation last year in front of 4,000 people at Seattle's Key Arena after completing her BSN degree. Christoffers recalls, “So I got up there, adjusted my microphone, took a deep breath and did it. My mouth was sooo dry before I was going to be introduced, but than

Columnist remains grateful for care

Columnist remains grateful for her care following coma While in a coma after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a ski accident in 2011, Elizabeth Hovde had dreams of menacing Star Wars characters, but awoke to find “good people” caring for her. “I woke up knowing I was in a hospital and thinking the doctors, therapists and nurses were good people who were there to help me.” Treated initially by the team of experts in traumatic brain injuries at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, she was later

Kindergarten friends reunited at Legacy clinic

Kindergarten friends together again at Legacy clinic When three kindergarten girls met at St. Clare School in Southwest Portland, they probably would never have guessed that years later they would land in the same profession and work together in the same clinic. But when Annelise (Annie) Petersen recommended her friends for jobs in her Northwest Portland clinic, that’s exactly what happened and the trio was reunited. Petersen works as a medication technician (pharmacy tech) at Legacy Medical

From patient to advocate: One woman's cancer journey

In 2018 at 38 years old, Libby Mongue ran her first relay race from Mount Hood to the Oregon Coast last year, raising almost $30,000 for the American Cancer Society's Fighting Cancer to the Coast event with a group of family and friends. She’s come a long way from December of 2000, when she first discovered symptoms that eventually led to her diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, stage two. After her treatment paused her college career, she transferred schools from Clark College to Washington State

Pair together again with employee referral program

Michelle du Bois and Caitlin Brown work together side-by-side at the Legacy Devers Eye Institute where they help patients with retina issues. Brown and du Bois met three years ago while working for another eye clinic, so when du Bois anticipated another opening with Legacy, she encouraged Brown to apply. Du Bois says she knew Brown would be a great fit. “What I picked up initially was that she was a super-fast learner with a great attitude and very sweet and kind to patients,” du Bois said. B

Lacrosse sparks friendship and referral to Legacy

When Lauren Skaggs, R.N., and Janelle Lorts, R.N., first met, Skaggs was just a high school freshman of 14 and playing lacrosse with the Sunset High School in Beaverton. Lorts had gotten involved with lacrosse when her kids played at the school and has continued to volunteer with the Sunset Lacrosse Club. Skaggs went away to school in Baltimore. When she wanted to return to Portland, she did her homework. Remembering Lorts was an R.N. at Legacy, she contacted her to learn about the company and

Bike commuter has no fear of traffic jams

Legacy nurse and bike commuter not afraid of traffic mess The headlines about Portland’s traffic “Carmageddon” don’t scare one Legacy employee. Adam Wright, R.N., has been commuting about 33 miles round trip from Oregon City and back to his job at Legacy Emanuel on and off for the past five years. Wright is Legacy Health’s clinical practice specialist and nursing educator for vascular access. The ride adds only about 10 minutes on to what his car commute to work would be, and is about the same

Father, son make dynamic duo at Legacy

Less than a year after graduating high school, Akash Prasad, 18, started working at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in March. Seeing how hard he worked and knowing that he’d been trained by his father in their family cleaning business, boss Tamera Bedgood was excited to bring dad to Legacy as well. Ram Prasad, 56, started two months later in May, but still runs the family business during the day and on weekends. Ram came to America 19 years ago, the year before his son was born. Lunch box

Friends reunited at Unity Center

A couple years ago, Haley Choi, R.N., and Amanda Piraino, R.N., worked side by side at another local hospital and have supported each other as friends and coworkers. “We kind of hit it off,” says Haley. So, when Haley went to work at Unity Center for Behavioral Health, she thought of recommending Amanda because of her strong leadership skills. “She was quick on her feet,” says Haley. “I thought she’d be great.” They now work as nurses on opposite shifts and on different floors at Unity Center,

Legacy referral helps unite old friends –

Edna Kimmons grew up with Russell Taylor not far from Legacy Emanuel. They could see each other's houses from across an empty field in the Alberta neighborhood. “Our mothers and fathers were friends. We played kickball together, went to church together, ran around the neighborhood.” Both fathers did landscaping. When Taylor’s father died, he and his brother continued working in landscaping, but when he looked for something new, she encouraged him to come to Legacy. She knew he’d be a hard worker

Oregon Zoo's Baby River Otter 'Mo' Getting Swimming Lessons

The Oregon Zoo’s baby otter “Mo” is getting swimming lessons from his mom “Tilly.” The two river otters are named for Oregon rivers, Mo for Mollala and Tilly for Tillamook. Zookeepers explain that otters are not born knowing how to swim. Until recently, the pair was kept in a private area, but are now in a public exhibit area. Though Tilly is a first-time mom, zookeepers say she’s “doing all the right things” in teaching Mo to swim. Mo is the first river otter born at the Oregon Zoo. An el

Reports Of Shooting At Reynolds High School

Here’s the latest we are hearing from a 12:15 press conference: Police confirmed that there was one gunman at the scene of the shooting today at Reynolds High School and that the shooter is dead. There was also one victim who has not yet been identified. A teacher was also injured. Scott Anderson, Troutdale’s police chief, said that the teacher was treated at the scene. Anderson said that a rifle was the weapon that was recovered from the scene that was used by the shooter. Another gun was f

'Two Bulls Fire' Keeping Bend On Edge

Some schools are closed and a community meeting is planned at 6 p.m. at Bend High school as firefighters work to contain the Two Bulls fire which broke out Saturday. Kristian Foden-Vencil is in Bend and will have updates. The Deschutes National Forest has instituted an area closure as a result of the Two Bulls Fire west of Bend. The area encompasses Forest Roads 4601 West of Tumalo Creek, 4606, 1612, 590, 480, 113, 110, 377, 900, 1620, 1628 and 370 North of Todd Lake. This area closure is borde