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Foundation director to step down


After serving the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation for four years as its executive director, Christine Rontal will step down in July.

During Rontal’s tenure, the foundation — which is connected to the Cornelius-based Virginia Memorial Health Center — raised more than $7.4 million from local foundations, individuals and corporations.

The foundation also brought 22 community members onto its board of directors; increased its largest major gift from $70,000 to $500,000; produced 15 major events and launched its first broad-scale marketing program. 

Rontal was honored with the Portland Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” award in 2011.

Over the next three months, the foundation board will conduct a search for its next executive director.

Since 1975, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center has provided comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary health care to Washington and Yamhill counties with a special emphasis on those with barriers to receiving care. Currently, Virginia Garcia serves more than 35,000 patients each year at four primary care clinics, three dental clinics, four school-based health centers and a mobile clinic.

To learn more about Virginia Garcia and the recruitment process for this position, visit virginiagarcia.org.

Tuality wins second stroke care award

Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro has received a second Gold Plus stroke award from the American Heart Association. The 2013 award, called the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, follows a similar Gold Plus award in 2012 and Silver Plus award in 2011.

“What the string of awards means is Tuality Healthcare and its stroke team provide the highest standard of stroke care, which reduces death and disability and improves the lives of stroke patients,” said Amber Rasmussen of Tuality. The award honors the stroke team for 85 percent or higher adherence on 10 quality stroke achievement measures over a 24-month period.

“This was a team effort,” said Dr. Daniel Friedman, head of Tuality’s stroke team. “I have a whole lot of people to thank — physicians, pharmacy, administration, nurses, emergency department. There really are dozens of people who are responsible for this award.”