Aim High Academy of Martial Arts, a Beaverton nonprofit, received a $5,000 donation from Biamp Systems of Beaverton.

This donation will help Aim High increase its self-defense course curriculum with the purchase of the new second generation FAST Defense Predator Armor suit. This gear permits students to “flip the switch” and acquire firsthand experience of how to control and focus the power of adrenaline into the full-force ballistic power necessary to survive a real assault.

Classes geared around this training have also been a source of empowerment and healing for people who have been through a traumatic experience — giving them the tools to feel safe and more in control of a self-defense situation.

The donation will also be used to get additional training in self-defense class management for instructors.

Legacy Meridian Park earns first chest pain certification in nation

Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in Tualatin is the first hospital in the nation to receive a new disease-specific Gold Seal of Approval certification for chest pain from the Joint Commission.

Meridian Park earned this recognition for demonstrating compliance with the commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The chest pain certification combines the disease-specific certifications Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) and Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS).

Meridian Park underwent an on-site review in September during which it was evaluated for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

Water district taps Mike Britch as chief engineer

Tualatin Valley Water District recently named Mike Britch as chief engineer. Britch fills the vacancy created when Mark Knudson was promoted to chief executive officer in June.

Britch has 22 years of experience as a civil engineer that includes five years as senior engineer with the water district. Prior to joining the team in 2008, he worked for engineering consultants Brown and Caldwell and Tetra Tech. His background has primarily been focused on the design and management of large diameter pipeline projects and other related infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest, but mainly in the region. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from Oregon State University and is currently completing his master’s of public administration at Portland State University.

“There were a number of exceptional candidates, and Mike’s experience at the district will serve him well in his new position,” Knudson said. “I am confident he will be a valuable resource to the district and our customers.”

Kona Kids offers candy buy back program

Kona Kids Dentistry in Tigard will be participating in the National Halloween Candy Buy Back Program in conjunction with Operation Gratitude.

The dental office at 11455 S.W. Summerfield Drive will collect candy from Nov. 1 to 15.

Kona Kids will exchange every pound of candy brought in for one dollar. All of the candy collected will then be sent overseas as a thank you to U.S. military troops for all of their hard work.

Johanson hire sales, logistics coordinator

Johanson Transportation Service, a leading third-party supply chain solutions provider, hired Taylor Yelton as sales and logistics coordinator in the Tigard office. Yelton graduated from Portland State University with a bachelors of science degree in advertising and marketing with a minor in speech communication. He comes to JTS with seven years of transportation experience.

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