1st NURSE RESIDENCY PROGRAM IN THE STATE In collaboration with the University HealthSystem Consortium and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, St. Joseph Health Center has launched the nationally-accredited UHC/AACN Nurse Residency Program™. It is the only accredited Registered Nurse (RN) residency program in the state, and jumpstarted with 240 applicants from all over the United States for just 16-18 RN residents available. This program is designed to support newlygraduated nurses during their first year as they transition from school into professional clinical practice.
WECU MAKES ‘HEALTHIEST’ LIST DepositAccounts released its 2015 Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America, and Whatcom Educational Credit Union was named for the second straight year. Just 66 credit unions repeated out of 6,655 total federally insured credit unions. WECU stood out in all of the primary evaluation categories, including Texas Ratio, Deposit Growth, and Capitalization, according to spokesperson Patrick Russo at WECU in Bellingham.
BANNER bank’S LARSEN NAMED TO State BOARD Banner Bank announced the appointment of Senior VP and Mortgage Banking Director Ken Larsen to the Ken Larsen, Washington State Banner Bank Housing Finance Commission (WSHFC). Gov. Jay Inslee named Larsen to serve through June 2019. The WSHFC is a volunteer board dedicated to increasing housing access and affordability for the
people of Washington seeking to purchase a home, and to access to bond and tax credit financing with developers of multifamily and nonprofit housing.
PHILLIPS 66’S $166K BOOSTS PUBLIC SAFETY Five Whatcom County nonprofit organizations shared in Phillips 66’s grants supporting a plan to implement four public safety projects. “Safety is one of our core values at Phillips 66,” said Ferndale Refinery Manager Rich Harbison. The contributions: $25,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County; $41,000 to United Way of Whatcom County, and $50,000 each to the Northwest Straits Foundation and the Whatcom Community Foundation. The projects: security systems at B&GC clubhouses; an all-hazards broadcast (AHAB) warning system in Birch Bay by Whatcom Community Foundation partnering with the Whatcom County Sheriff ’s Division of Emergency Management; Northwest Straits Foundation will fund its Derelict Fishing Gear Program; United Way of Whatcom County will use funds from Phillips 66 for programs to reduce and prevent child and spousal abuse, improve access to medical care, and decrease homelessness. The principals at the recipient organizations are CEO Heather Graham at B&GCWC; Kent Catlin, Deputy Director for Whatcom County Division of Emergency; Interim Director Joan Drinkwin.at NW Straits Foundation, and local United Way CEO Peter Theisen.
SATURNA SPONSORING THEATER SEASON The Mount Baker Theatre announced that Saturna Capital is sponsoring the 2015-2016 season underway, featuring 28 shows. Saturna President/Director Jane Carten said, “The theatre ignites the imagination of audiences of all
ages…we are proud to support such a historic landmark and cultural anchor in the heart of downtown Bellingham.” Carten, who serves on the WBA board, is also on the theatre’s board, Saturna Capital has sponsored Mt. Baker Theatre more than 25 years.
WALLACE RISES TO PRESIDENT OF STATE ASSN KEITH WALLACE was sworn in recently as president-elect of the Washington Association of Health Keith Wallace, Underwriters WAHU (WAHU) for a one-year term through July 2016. Wallace is a health-care reform broker who is a principal of Wallace Rice Benefits based in Bellingham. He has served WAHU’s Northwest Chapter on various board and committee positions and is chapter president. He has worked in the insurance industry for more than 25 years.
KINNEY COMPANIES BUY KWKLY The Ben Kinney family of companies that includes Big Fresh and Tech Help, plus Keller Williams Real Estate franchises, recently completed acquisition of Kwkly® from Zillow Group. It was Zillow’s second transfer to Kinney. Kwkly is a text-to-lead service that helps homebuyers connect with real estate agents, enables agents to leverage the explosive growth of mobile in real estate and related industries. Kinney will appear as a keynote speaker at the WBA/Ferndale Chamber of Commerce NW Business & Cross-Border Expo on Oct. 28.
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