Columbia Basin Care: Additions & Achievements
Columbia Basin Care, a not-for-profit nursing home offering long-term care and short-term rehabilitation in The Dalles, is happy to share good news:
THERAPIST EARNS EXPERT CERTIFICATION
Lucy Dahl, a Physical Therapist based at Columbia Basin Care, recently earned a rare distinction: Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults. She’s one of just 1,000 physical therapists in the nation to earn this credential from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.
The process to attain the credential required completion of intensive and interactive education, participation in supervised and mentored skills development, three written exams, and one practical exam.
Dahl holds undergraduate degrees in Exercise Physiology and Psychology from Hope College in Michigan, and a doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University in Pennsylvania. She is employed by Consonus Healthcare, which partners with Columbia Basin Care to offer a team of highly skilled and licensed Physical, Speech and Occupational therapists.
Dahl blends patience with persistence.
“When patients say ‘I’m too old to exercise,’ that’s not true,” she says. “Whether it’s aerobic, balance or resistance training, it’s important to understand how to find a balance in how much you can push while still be safe. In reality, at any age you will get some gains if you train at an appropriate level.”
NEW MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Dr. Stephen McLennon has been named Medical Director of Columbia Basin Care. For over 25 years, McLennon has worked as a physician in The Dalles, with a focus on family medicine, occupational medicine and urgent care. In addition to his work at Columbia Basin Care, he serves as Medical Director for the Deschutes Rim Clinic in Maupin, Hearts of Hospice in Hood River, and is attending physician at Oregon Veterans’ Home.
McLennon is a drummer with two local bands, and has facilitated hundreds of drum circles for fun and stress reduction. He and his wife, Heidi, enjoy hiking, gardening and cooking.
TENNISON LEADS NURSES
Leana Tennison, Director of Nursing, joined Columbia Basin in September. She manages the clinical needs of over 60 residents and provides leadership to a team of caregivers. She earned a nursing degree from Columbia Gorge Community College and has a unique depth of health care experience, working her way from certified nursing assistant to medical records, to staffing coordinator, to resident care manager, to assistant director of nursing, to director of nursing.
OLMSTEAD HEADS FACILITY
Aubree Olmstead was named Executive Director of Columbia Basin Care in Spring 2016. An Oregon native, she is a graduate of Oregon State University where she earned a degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Management and Policy, and a minor in Business. Born and raised in Hood River, she lives in The Dalles. With a staff of over 80 employees, Columbia Basin Care is one of The Dalles largest employers, and is both medical facility and home to more than 60 residents.
Situated on nearly five acres, Columbia Basin Care is located in the sunny climate of The Dalles, just over an hour east of Portland. Founded in 1964, the facility has been in service to the community for over 50 years. Columbia Basin Care is located at 1015 Webber St., The Dalles, Ore. 541-296-2156, www.colbasin.com
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Columbia Basin Care
1015 Webber St
The Dalles, Or 97058