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Business briefs for Dec. 7

Hospital unveils charging stations

Legacy Health is installing Blink electric vehicle charging stations at each of its hospital campuses during the month of December.

Two charging stations was open to public use Monday, Dec. 5, at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, 24800 S.E. Stark St., Gresham. Additional stations will open at Legacy Health institutions in Vancouver, Wash., and Portland by Wednesday, Dec. 28.

Installation services are being completed in partnership with the Arizona-based ECOtality Inc. a provider of clean electronic transportation and storage technologies. It owns and operates the Blink product line of charging stations.

The addition of electronic vehicle charging stations is part of an ongoing commitment to sustainability by Legacy Health, which includes system-wide recycling programs and hospital-based 'Green Teams,' who routinely review new opportunities for sustainability issues.

Legacy Health has also been recognized nationally for its effort in improving energy efficiency and reducing water usage.

The charging stations will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, throughout the year. There is no charge for public use of the stations during the month of December, but in 2012, costs are expected to be approximately $1 per hour.

For more information, visit legacyhealth.org.

Wells Fargo promotes two local residents

Gresham residents Joel'ene Bogle and Preston Salami were recently promoted to new positions with Wells Fargo Bank.

Salami has been named assistant vice president at the Raleigh Hills Branch in Portland. He has been with the company for three years.

Bogle was also named assistant vice president and will oversee branch operations in downtown Portland. She joined Wells Fargo in 2003 and has managed other branches in the Portland area before becoming a business training consultant in 2010.

Garden center receives national nod

Al's Garden Center was recently named among the 'Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers for 2010' by Today's Garden Center magazine.

The award recognizes Al's for being one of the top 100 independent garden centers in the country.

'We're thrilled to receive this award,' said Jack Bigej, owner of the garden center. 'As a family-owned business, we strive to offer the hardiest plants, which we grow ourselves, expert customer service and a real appreciation for our customers.'

Based in Woodburn, Al's Garden Center has been a resource for local gardeners since 1948. They operate locations in Woodburn, Sherwood and Gresham.

For more information, visit als-gardencenter.com.