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STCU replacing Bonner County Branch

STCU is building a new home for the branch it opened 10 years ago in Ponderay, Idaho and has begun construction on a 'mountain contemporary' style building, at 477123 Hwy 95, on the route to Schweitzer Mountain Resort. The new site, three miles north of Sandpoint at U.S. Highway 95 and Kootenai Cutoff Road, previously was home to Payless ShoeSource, which closed in 2017. The existing branch will remain open during construction of the new location, set to open in mid-2019. It will be a move of less than 300 feet to the new building.

At 4,112 square feet, the building designed by ALCS Architects is nearly double the size of the existing branch location to better serve STCU's North Idaho members, and those from other credit unions that participate in shared branching. The new building will have two drive-through lanes; the existing branch location has none.

STCU also is expanding in the Tri-Cities region where the Southridge Financial and Home Loan Center recently opened in Kennewick. Also in Tri-Cities, STCU will host a ribbon-cutting at the new Queensgate Financial and Home Loan Center in Richland, and will open a Pasco location later this year.

Meridian Construction is the contractor for the Bonner County project. The company most recently built STCU's Airway Heights Branch, and oversaw an extensive project to turn an existing building into STCU's Argonne Home Loan Center in Spokane Valley.

Visit Spokane hires new President & CEO

Visit Spokane is has announced that Meg Winchester, CMP will take over as President & CEO of the destination marketing organization. Prior to joining Visit Spokane, Meg was the Director at the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau in Galveston, Texas. She brings decades of convention sales and marketing experience to her role with Visit Spokane.

During her tenure in Galveston, Meg led her team through Hurricane Ike in 2008, a hurricane which devastated the Galveston region. She was instrumental in rebuilding and increasing tourism revenue and visitation year over year. She is a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP), Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) and volunteer with various organizations in the Galveston community.
Meg's first day will be January 22.

HSSA Announces 2019 'Access to Care' Grants Awards

The Health Sciences and Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane County just announced the organizations who will receive nearly $300,000 in total grants in 2019 for the important access to health care work they do. HSSA said it received well over $700,000 in grant requests for its Access to Care grant funds, the highest amount ever requested.

In a unique 'Coordinated Health Initiative' promoted by HSSA, three local organizations: Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP), Pioneer Human Services and Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington, will collaborate to provide community health workers to meet the needs of homeless households presenting for services across these agencies. The three will share a $120,000 grant from HSSA.

Partners with Families and Children will receive $75,000 in 2019 to help it keep meeting the needs of our community's most vulnerable populations, children who are victims of physical and/or sexual abuse. The funding supports specialized pediatric examinations and physician training.

YWCA Spokane will receive from HSSA $52,927 to grow its mental health services capability for victims of domestic violence.

Spokane Prescription Assistance Network will receive $30,000. It is one of the most cost effective programs HSSA has funded in that it has provided more than $21 million in donated prescribed pharmaceuticals in the Spokane region to those who otherwise could not afford their medications, for an 18 to 1 return on investment.

Priority Spokane's Ryan Oelrich said his organization will use its $15,000 grant for women currently enrolled in the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program who need housing and support services.

HSSA's grant competition helps to meet one of its strategic goals that is to increase access to health services in Spokane County for at risk populations and represents a fund of about 15 percent of annual revenues designated for this purpose. More information about all HSSA grants may be found at www.hssaspokane.org.

St. Luke's adds two Specialty Rehabilitation Doctors to Physiatry Practice

St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute welcomes rehabilitation doctors Alicia Fuhrman, M.D., and Michael Goodman, D.O., to their physiatry team. Treating the full spectrum of patients recovering from disease, injuries or disorders, St. Luke's Physiatry Practice is recognized with a comprehensive approach to recovery.

As a physiatrist, Dr. Fuhrman integrates her passion for quality, meeting patients for the first time for a new chapter in their life and enjoys celebrating all the wins along the rehabilitation journey. Dr. Fuhrman completed her undergraduate degree at Baylor University in Waco, TX. Upon graduation with honors, she attended the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. Dr. Fuhrman was a transitional year intern at Indiana University Methodist Hospital. After becoming a resident physician in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington, she was appointed the role of co-chair for the Housestaff Quality and Safety Committee.

Dr. Goodman served as medical director of Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson, AZ prior to relocating to Spokane and joining the St. Luke's team. He completed his bachelor's degree from University of Arizona and obtained his medical degree from University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA. Dr. Goodman has extensive experience in neurological, amputee and general medical rehabilitation. Working with a team of professionals to enhance and restore every patient's quality of life is why Dr. Goodman chose the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Coffman Engineers adds Bridge Engineering to their Structural Department

Coffman Engineers has announced the hiring of Harvey L. Coffman, PE, SE to lead their newest endeavor, bridge engineering. Harvey will lend his 35 years of bridge engineering knowledge to the structural team in Spokane.

Harvey Coffman is a graduate of the University of Washington where he earned both his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering. He is a licensed structural engineer and is certified as a bridge and a tunnel inspector with an extensive history of bridge engineering and preservation work. Before joining Coffman Engineers, Harvey worked for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for 35 plus years, starting as a Bridge Engineer I in 1984 and completing his tenure as the Bridge Preservation Engineer for the State. As the Bridge Preservation Engineer, Harvey directed the statewide Bridge Preservation Program by developing and implementing strategies, policies and programs for the preservation and risk reduction of 7,253 bridges and other major transportation structures in Washington State.

Harvey has developed a deep knowledge and experience base throughout his career which includes designing, detailing, inspecting, rehabilitating and repairing bridges, supporting construction projects by working closely with project engineers and contractors, and managing groups of people, including an office of 74 employees.

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