Home Care Assistance of Bellevue Welcomes Anastasia Hurtado as New Home Care Liaison

 Home Care Assistance of Bellevue, a provider of in-home care for seniors, welcomes Anastasia Hurtado as their new Home Care Liaison. Anastasia brings over five years of professional experience in home care to her new role. She has a background in health care and has worked as a physician liaison in the Bellevue area. Her strong communication skills and dedication to helping others make her a perfect proponent of the company’s mission to change the way the world ages. Interestingly, Anastasia was also a former police officer and can handle every situation that comes her way!

“At Home Care Assistance, our mission is to change the way the world ages,” said Hurtado. “I am thrilled to be a part of a home care team that is supporting our mission through unique offerings such as the Balanced Care Method™, a holistic approach to care, and the Cognitive Therapeutics Method™, an in-home activities-based program to promote brain health. And as a member of the Bellevue community, I am honored to provide for the growing senior population in our local and surrounding areas.”
Based on the scientific studies of the world’s healthiest seniors, the Balanced Care Method promotes five key lifestyle behaviors correlated with healthy longevity: healthy diet, physical exercise, active social ties, mental stimulation and a sense of purpose and calm. Caregivers are professionally trained to incorporate the Method into daily care to encourage healthy mind, body and spirit. In addition, the Cognitive Therapeutics Method is a research-based program designed to promote long-term brain health and prevent cognitive decline by stimulating the five main cognitive domains with fun and engaging activities.  
As a provider of live-in care, Home Care Assistance staff is available 24/7 to provide experienced, trustworthy caregivers to help with all home care needs for seniors including transportation, healthy meal preparation, companionship, socialization, activities, personal care, medication reminders and dementia care services. Home Care Assistance caregivers are bonded, insured, covered by Workers’ Compensation and screened for criminal backgrounds and driving histories to ensure that clients receive the best care from the most qualified, trustworthy caregivers. 
Professional, compassionate caregivers encourage independence and engage clients in physical, mental and social activities, providing safety and comfort to seniors and respite and peace of mind to their family members.
To learn more about Home Care Assistance of Bellevue, visit www.HomeCareAssistance.com/Seattle, or call 425-452-1015. The office is located at 219 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue, WA.

Marijuana 5K Race to Be Held at Evergreen Speedway in March

A NASCAR track and Cannabis Connection are partnering to put on a historic event for the legalization of Marijuana.  We will run the race track for the 5K and follow that event with an Alternative Health Expo.   The race date is March 12, 2016 at the Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM.

The event aims to improve the public image of marijuana and promote responsible consumption and education.  The event will benefit several charities including ihumanrace (ihumanrace.com) and Washington State Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention (WASAVP.ORG).
Our race will feature five different shirt colors; white for “non users,” blue will be for “occasional users,” green will be for “heavy users,” yellow will be for people who have overcome a serious illness with marijuana and red will be for people who have served time in jail for a marijuana related offense.  This is meant to be a creative visual demonstration for who the marijuana community is.  Our event and our website promotes politically palatable information and promotions.
This race is put on by dedicated volunteers and headed by Crystal Newton, CEO of Phi Consulting.  Phi Consulting is the parent company for Cannabis Connection (Cannabisconnection.us), and the Marijuana 5K (marijuana5k.com).

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Tom Brooks to Sr. Vice President of Operations

Western Specialty Contractors, formerly named Western Waterproofing Company, is proud to announce the promotion of Tom Brooks, Vice President – Operations and Business Development, to the position of Sr. Vice President of Operations, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Brooks has been with Western since 2012.

In his new role, Brooks will oversee marketing, business development, the sealants division and an operations region within Western, as well as assist Western’s Chief Operating Officer. Western has branch offices in Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA; Denver, CO; Washington, D.C.; Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA; Des Moines, IA; Chicago, Peoria and Springfield, IL; Indianapolis, IN; Minneapolis, MN; Kansas City and St. Louis, MO; Charlotte, NC; Omaha, NE; Ridgefield, NJ; Cleveland, OH; Tulsa, OK; Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, TX; and Seattle, WA.
“During his three short years with Western, Tom has exhibited an outstanding ability to maximize resources, achieve project goals and deliver on client expectations,” said Western Specialty Contractors President Jeff Kelley. “Combined with his expertise in teambuilding  and business strategy, Tom has proven to everyone here that he is a leader and deserving of the promotion. We are excited to see where he takes Western from here.”
With more than 20 years of industry experience, Brooks previously worked eight years for Berglund Construction, Chicago, IL, as Senior Project Manager, Vice President – Operations, and Vice President – Business Development. He also previously owned a construction company, Contech, LLC, and worked as Construction Manager for Gough & Gough while residing in Valparaiso, IN. 
Brooks has a degree in Building Construction Management from Purdue University – North Central Campus and an AAS in Electrical Engineering Technology from Southern Illinois University. He is a U.S. Marine and Desert Storm veteran and a graduate of the Military Police Academy. Organization memberships: Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), Construction Users Round Table (CURT) and U.S. Green Building Council.
About Western Specialty Contractors
Family-owned and operated for 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. Western offers a nationwide network of expertise that building owners, engineers, architects and property managers can count on to develop cost-effective, corrective measures that can add years of useful life to a variety of structures including: industrial, commercial, healthcare, historic, educational and government buildings, parking structures and sports stadiums. Western is headquartered in St. Louis, MO with over 30 branch offices nationwide and employs more than 1,200 salaried and hourly professionals who offer the best, time-tested techniques and innovative technology. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

10 Great Examples of Successful Business Partnerships

Entrepreneurship is the new black! It seems that there has never been a better time to start a business. Since 2011 annual start-up rates have increased from 440,600 in 2011 to a record-breaking 581,173 last year, according to the think tank Centre for Entrepreneurs. Next year it is anticipated this number will exceed 600,000! However, when people talk about successful entrepreneurs, the picture of a single (usually male) person is the image which comes into most people’s minds, with Virgin, Topshop and others taking the lion’s share of references.

Our research has shown that many of the businesses which make it are actually founded by more than one person and support the adage that two heads are often better than one! After all, with some of the biggest companies in the world (Google, Microsoft and Apple) starting up with more than one founder, more and more entrepreneurs have seen first hand what could be gained from joining forces with another like-minded entrepreneur and are choosing to use this to their advantage.

But, don’t simply take our word for it; here we list 10 successful business partnerships that prove it true. Living proof that partnerships can lead to profits!

1. NotOnTheHighStreet.com

NotOnTheHighStreet was founded by two award-winning entrepreneurs, Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish. The duo wanted to find the most original items from the best creative small businesses and bring them together in one place, making it easy for people to browse and buy. Founded in 2006 on a kitchen table, NotOnTheHighStreet has since become one the fastest growing e-commerce businesses in the UK.

Nearly ten years later, the company is a huge success with thousands of small businesses on board, a team of over 200 people and sales of over £100m.

Not only have they helped themselves, but the two women have also helped many other entrepreneurs, by providing them with a platform to sell their products, many who have gone on to generate millions in turnover themselves. With a shared love of craft, a great friendship and the same morals, these two women are clearly a great business partnership.

2. Social Chain

The two founders of Social Chain, Steve Bartlett and Dom McGregor, both started out working with different online student communities. Steve had created the online community Wallpark and Dom ran the popular Student Problems page on Twitter. When the two met they became fast friends and then later business partners.

They are now described as a leading a ‘group of twenty-somethings in Manchester taking over Twitter in Britain’ all whilst making hundreds of thousands of pounds in the process.

With similar backgrounds, and laid back personalities (they came up with their business idea under a palm tree in Thailand!), it was obvious from back then that these two would succeed in making a great business partnership. The duo founded Social Chain in 2014 and proved us right as Social Chain has now become the UK’s largest Influencer Marketing Agency.

3. Pret A Manger

Sinclair Beecham and Julian Met
calfe, the two founders of Pret A Manger, worked together on the business for over two decades and recently made themselves at least £50m each after selling the business. The revolutionary business changed the eating habits of millions of office workers across the country after the two stumbled on the idea when they attempted to find a decent place to grab lunch on their break. They spent five years working on the formula together and aren’t the lovers of crayfish and rocket sandwiches just glad that they did!

With the same industry background, once the duo found this gap in the market, they were a force to be reckoned with.

Co-founder Metcalfe has since taken the Pret A Manger formula to start up a new chain of restaurants, Itsuwhich has also become a huge success.

4. WhatsApp

Former colleagues and friends, Brian Acton and Jan Koum left Yahoo to travel around South America. The WhatsApp idea, initiated by Kokum, gained inspiration from the old iPhone App Store. With many teething problems in the beginning, Kokum was close to giving up, but Acton was always there to encourage him to continue. Acton also used his strengths to persuade 5 ex colleague to invest in the business.

WhatsApp now has a user base of over 900 million. Obviously, the duo has different personal strengths, but playing to these is a winning combination. WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for a whopping $16 billion.

5. Mumsnet

Internet phenomenon Mumsnet was founded by two friends, Carrie Longton and Justine Roberts. With humble beginnings, the website started from a back bedroom over ten years ago and has since become one of the most influential forums in the world.

In fact, Mumsnet is the UK’s biggest network for parents, generating over 70 million page views per month.

Many wouldn’t mix business with friendship, but these two took the risk and it has definitely paid off. Both women have stressed the importance of having the right work life balance and clearly this is a key part of their success.

6. Carphone Warehouse

Old school friends Sir Charles Dunstone and David Ross founded Carphone Warehouse back in 1989. Sir Charles Dunstone, invested £6,000 of his own savings and began selling mobile phones from his flat in London.

Now the company has more than 2,400 stores across Europe, is listed on the London Stock Exchange and both founders have become billionaires.

Back in 1989, both men shared a vision of expanding the mobile phone from its current niche market to the mass market. Thanks to this forward thinking from Dunstone and Ross, mobile phones have become an essential part of our lives whereas, previously mobile phones were only for rich businessmen.

7. Yoomoo

The strongest business partnerships are sometimes those not of blood, but the bond of marriage, as is the case with husband and wife team Daniel and Amanda Gestetner. These two stumbled on their business idea on a trip to the US in 2009. The couple saw for themselves how popular frozen yogurt was across the pond and decided to bring the idea back home with them.

Harrods clearly thought the couple were on to something and allowed them to open the first Yoomoo bar in their store. Yoomoo has since become the number one frozen yogurt brand in the UK.

With a shared desire to succeed, their business partnership has no doubt been strengthened by their great personal relationship.

8. Marketing Runners

The fast growing start-up Marketing Runners was founded by two passionate people who have a range of successful business interests and by combining their skills, the two founders wanted to work together to see what they could achieve.

Derin Cag, founder of successful business platform Richtopia and Tim Campbell MBE, first ever winner of BBC The Apprentice hosted by Lord Sugar and founder of Bright Ideas Trust must be pretty pleased with their joint venture, as in a relatively short space of time, Marketing Runners has become a player in the digital marketing, public relations and creative space assisting brands and personalities with the easiest way to generate leads and raise their profile.

9. Bremont

Most family members couldn’t think of anything worse than working with each other, but these siblings have a great business partnership. Bremont founders brothers Nick and Giles were spurred on to sell watches after the death of their father. The two inherited some practical mechanical experience from their father and we’re sure he is incredibly proud of the success they have achieved and who wouldn’t be?

The duo have recently won many awards including, Breakthrough Brand and Watch Brand of the Year.

10. Rocket Internet

Our last company has to be Rocket Internet. Founded in 2007 by three brothers: Marc, Oliver and Alexander Samwer, who all were infatuated with American tech firms, the company has gone from strength to strength and now employs over 30,000 people.

Oliver is considered the driving force behind the company, with full support from both of his brothers. With their productive working relationship, it is no surprise that these brothers have become successful members of the exclusive billionaires club.

In Conclusion

Our research has shown that starting and growing a business could be an incredibly arduous and lonely task, as most people are doing the exact opposite by working hard for others and following someone else’s direction. The 10 great examples of successful business partnerships above show how, through those difficult periods of start-up and growth, having someone who can support, compliment and challenge you goes a big way to creating that formula for business success.

Fall Prevention is Very Important to Help Preserve Older Adults’ Health

By Alice Kim, MD
Contributing writer
If you are an older adult a simple thing can change your life, like tripping on uneven pavement or slipping on a slick surface. If you fall, you could break a bone, like thousands of older men and women do every year. Although a broken bone might not sound bad, it could prompt more serious health issues.
Many things can cause a fall. Your eyesight, hearing and reflexes might not be as sharp as they were when you were younger. Diabetes, heart disease or problems with your thyroid, nerves, feet or blood vessels can affect your balance. In addition, some medications can cause you to feel dizzy or sleepy and make you more likely to fall.

However, it’s important to not allow a fear of falling keep you from being active. Doing things like gathering with friends, gardening, walking or going to the local senior center helps you stay healthy. The good news is there are simple ways to prevent most falls.
Do the right things
If you take care of your overall health, you may be able to lower your chances of falling. Most of the time, falls and accidents don’t just happen. Here are a few tips intended to help you avoid falls and broken bones:
·      Stay physically active. Plan an individualized exercise program that works for you. Regular exercise improves muscle health and makes you stronger. It also helps keep your joints, tendons and ligaments flexible. Mild weight-bearing activities – such as walking or climbing stairs – can help slow bone loss from osteoporosis.
·      Undergo vision and hearing tests. Even small changes in sight and hearing may cause someone to fall. When you get new eyeglasses, make time to get used to them. Always wear your glasses when you need them. If you have a hearing aid, make sure it fits well and wear it.
·      Learn the side effects of any medicine you take. If a drug makes you drowsy or dizzy, tell your provider or pharmacist.
·      Get sufficient restful sleep. Older adult who are tired are more likely to fall.
·      Curtail the amount of alcohol you consume. Even small amounts of alcohol can affect a person’s balance and reflexes.
·      Stand slowly.Getting up too quickly can cause your blood pressure to fall, which can cause someone to feel unsteady on their feet.
·      Use a cane or walking stick if you need help feeling steady on your feet. If your provider tells you to use a walking aid, make sure it is the right size and that it helps you move smoothly. This is important when you’re walking in unfamiliar areas or places where the walking surface is uneven.

Be cautious when navigating wet or icy surfaces. Spread sand or salt on slick areas near your front and/or back door.
·      Wear non-skid, rubber-soled, low-heeled shoes that support your feet. The bottom of your shoes should not be too thin or too thick. Also, avoid walking on stairs or floors in socks or shoes with smooth soles.
·      And always tell your provider if you’ve fallen since your last visit – even if you avoided injury when you fell.
Weak bones
Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens and compromises bones. Many people think osteoporosis is unique to women, but it also affects older men. Even a minor fall can be dangerous among people affected by osteoporosis. This is why it’s important to speak with your provider about being tested for osteoporosis.
Make your home safe
There are many changes that can be made to homes that will help older adults avoid falls and stay safe.
In stairways, hallways and pathways
·      Have handrails on both sides of the stairs and ensure they’re tightly secured. Hold the handrails when you go up or down the stairs. If you must carry something while you’re using stairs, hold it in one hand and use the handrail with the other. Do not allow what you’re carrying to impede your view of the steps.
·      Make sure there is good lighting with light switches at the top and bottom of stairwells and at each end of a long hall.
·      Keep areas where you walk tidy so you are less likely to trip.
·      Check all carpets to make sure they are firmly fixed to the floor. Place no-slip strips on tile and wooden floors.
·      Avoid using small area rugs.
In bathrooms
·      Mount grab bars near toilets and on both the inside and outside of bathtubs and showers.
·      Place non-skid mats, strips or carpet on all surfaces that could get wet.
·      Remember to turn on night lights.
In bedrooms
·      Place night lights and light switches close to your bed.
·      Keep your telephone near your bed.
In living areas
·      Keep electric cords near walls and away from walking paths.
·      Secure carpets and large area rugs firmly to floors.
·      Arrange furniture and other objects so they’re not in the way when you walk.
·      Ensure chairs and sofas are the right height to easily get in and out of them.
·      Do not walk on freshly washed, slick floors.
·      Keep often-used items within easy reach.
·      Do not stand on chairs or tables to reach things that are too high. Instead, use a grabbing tool or ask for help. If you use a step stool, make sure it’s steady and has a handrail on top. It is also recommended to have someone hold the step stool so that it doesn’t wobble.
·      Know where your pet is whenever you’re standing or walking so that you don’t trip on them.
·      Keep emergency numbers in large print on or near each telephone.
Medical alarm
Older adults can also think about getting a home-monitoring system for added safety. Most of them require that you wear a button on a chain around your neck. If you fall or need emergency assistance, you simply push the button to alert the service. Unfortunately, neither Medicare nor most private health insurance companies cover home-monitoring systems. So, be sure to inquire about costs.
Home improvements prevent falls
Many state and local governments have education and/or home modification programs to help older adults prevent falls. Check with your local health department, senior affairs office or area agency on aging to see if there is a program near you.
Just as preventive medicine is helpful to long-term health, there are numerous proactive things older adults can – and should – do to avoid falls. So, if you’re a senior and haven’t done many of these things, I encourage you to prioritize putting them in place sooner rather than later. After all, there is no time like the present, especially when it comes to helping preserve your health.
Alice Kim, MD, is board certified in Primary Care and Internal Medicine. She has a strong interest in Geriatrics and practices at Virginia Mason Issaquah Medical Center (100 N.E. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah, WA 98027; 425-557-8000).
For more information about fall prevention and related health topics, visit these helpful websites:
·      National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (cdc.gov/ncipc)
·      National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modifications (homemods.org)
·      National Institute on Aging (nia.nih.gov; nia.nih.gov/espanol; nihseniorhealth.gov)

LUVO and Russell Wilson Team Up with Hopelink to Donate 900 Meals to Bellevue Food Bank

Luvo CEO Christine Day & Hopelink CEO Lauren Thomas

Luvo Inc., a forward-thinking frozen food company that offers chef-created, nutritionist-approved meals made from high quality ingredients, teamed up with Hopelink, a community action agency serves homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities in the greater-Seattle area, to donate 900 frozen meals to the local Bellevue Food Bank.

Luvo’s CEO Christine Day and several team members were on hand at the Bellevue Food Bank at 14812 Main Street on December 15, to pass out free meals and to provide nutrition education; further supporting the Company’s mission of making it easier for people to eat nutritious meals that taste great and are made from real ingredients like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats raised without antibiotics. The 900 meals were donated on behalf of Luvo and Brand Ambassador Russell Wilson,
quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, in efforts to positively impact food insecurity in the Seattle area with this nutritious donation for the greater good.
“Luvo is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Hopelink and to be able to give back to the Seattle community, which is a special place for Luvo and of course our brand ambassador, and Super Bowl Champion, Russell Wilson,” said Christine Day.  “Russell joined the Luvo team in the summer of 2015 and has helped us to spark a change in the way consumers eat and think about food, by bringing communities affordable frozen meals that offer full-servings of fruits and veggies, with nourishing whole grains and delicious flavors.  Our donations to the Bellevue Food Bank is a great example of these combined efforts.”
Known as a leader on and off the field, Wilson has become an advocate for raising awareness among younger generations about the importance of healthy eating and staying active. In working together, Luvo is dedicated to supporting Wilson’s various volunteer initiatives throughout the year, which includes giving back to the Seattle community in various ways.
“The support and encouragement I have received from the entire Seattle community since joining the Seahawks in 2012 is something I truly cherish and is just one of the reasons why I’m so passionate about giving back,” said Wilson. “With Luvo as a partner, we’re able to teach community members about the importance of nutrition and how eating healthy can positively impact their lives on and off the field,  while also making a difference for those who might not have access to healthy meals, through organizations like Hopelink.”
Hopelink was founded in 1971, and has since grown into one of the largest nonprofits in the area, serving about 65,000 low-income people every year. The organization has a number of different programs that work to serve as a network aimed at helping people get back on their feet. Some programs including emergency and transitional housing, food banks as well as energy assistance are geared towards those needing shorter term assistance in times of crisis, while other programs aim to help people exit poverty for good including adult education, help finding a job, family development programs, transportation services, help with budgeting and finances
“We were honored to have Christine Day and the rest of the Luvo team here at the Bellevue Food Bank to help personally deliver the meals they are donating to those in need in our community,” said Lauren Thomas, CEO of Hopelink. “Our mission at Hopelink is to promote self-sufficiency and to help people make a lasting change in their lives through education and opportunity. This wonderful donation of 900 meals will support these goals and the people we serve in our great community.”
About Luvo
Luvo (www.LuvoInc.com) is creating the next generation of frozen food, with a focus on great taste, convenience and nutrition. The company was founded on a simple idea: To love our food — how it tastes, what it does for our health and how it makes us feel nourished and happy. Luvo develops, manufactures, markets and sells healthy retail food products and frozen ready-made entrees. Luvo works with its suppliers to ensure the quality of its ingredients, giving top consideration to eco-friendly practices that promote sustainability and ethical sourcing and products that are environmentally sound and health sustaining.

AWB Statement on Gov. Inslee Supplemental Budget Proposal

The Association of Washington Business, Washington state’s largest business association representing small, medium and large employers, issued the following statement from AWB President Kris Johnson regarding Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed 2016 supplemental budget:
“We agree with the governor that the two-year budget he signed into law six months ago is a good one, so we’re disappointed he felt the need to go back into it at this point and propose tax increases that have been previously considered and rejected.

“Although the governor characterizes them as ‘modest’ tax increases, the reality is they will cause significant harm to those who are directly targeted. That includes both employers and — particularly in the case of the bottled water tax exemption — consumers and families. In addition, small business owners in border communities will be harmed by the repeal of the nonresident sales tax exemption.
“It’s true that lawmakers have more work to do to address education funding, but the last three legislative sessions have shown us that it’s possible to increase K-12 education spending and even reduce the cost of public college tuition without resorting to tax increases.
“Finally, we share the governor’s concern about the slow growth of the economy and the possibility of another recession ahead. That’s why we believe the better approach is to look for ways to help employers, particularly small businesses, rather than subject them to higher taxes.
“We recognize this supplemental budget proposal is the start of a conversation and we look forward to working with the governor and legislators in the upcoming legislative session.”
About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 7,900 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10.

Two American Mining Projects Honored for Environmental Excellence

American Exploration & Mining Association’s (AEMA) honored two
American mining projects with Environmental Excellence awards at the 121st
Annual Meeting last
week in Spokane, WA.  Rio Tinto’s Legacy Management Group was
recognized for their outstanding work in reclaiming the historic Holden
Mine Site in Holden Village, WA, and Midas Gold Corp. was recognized for
voluntarily reclaiming pre-existing disturbance,
improving water quality and restoring fish habitat at its Stibnite Gold
Project in Valley County, Idaho.

Laura Skaer, AEMA Executive Director said
“AEMA annually recognizes stand out projects like Rio Tinto’s
Holden Mine project and Midas Gold’s Stibnite Gold Project. They emulate
the mining industry’s commitment to sustainable mining practices,
environmental stewardship and community care.”
projects were undertaken, implementing state of the art reclamation
techniques to improve fish habitat and protect air and water quality,
all while keeping the environment,
sustainability and the surrounding community in mind.
Holden Mine Cleanup Project Manager Dave Cline said,
“Rio Tinto’s goal is to complete the remediation of past environmental problems at the old Holden Mine site
safely, cost-effectively,
and in a way that creates a sustainable socioeconomic future for Holden Village and other nearby communities.
the construction of a water treatment plant at the site and on-going
environmental monitoring, Rio Tinto is committed to the project for
the long term. We are
honored to receive this award and appreciate AEMA’s recognition of our efforts.”
Annual Meeting is the second largest annual mining convention in the
U.S., it featured 242 exhibitors, a core shack, over 30 short course and
technical sessions, and
two field trips to area mines, bringing more than 1,700 people to
Spokane, WA.

Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) is a 121-year old, 2,100
member national association representing the minerals industry with
members residing in 42 U.S.
states, seven Canadian provinces or territories, and 10 other
countries. AEMA is the recognized national voice for exploration, the
junior mining sector, and maintaining access to public lands, and
represents the entire mining life cycle, from exploration
to reclamation and closure.


Primary Care Providers Deliver Continuity of Care Over Your Lifetime

By Sara May, MD
Contributing writer
It is common for people – especially young, working adults who are seemingly healthy – to ask themselves at some point whether they need a primary care provider. The answer is yes, you do, because having one will help keep you healthier throughout your life.

Numerous studies in medical journals have confirmed this, including one in International Journal of Health Services, which showed that states with more primary care providers per capita have better health outcomes, including fewer deaths from heart disease, stroke or cancer.

In addition, a different study in the same journal suggested that a sufficient supply of primary care providers is linked to a longer life span and fewer premature deaths.

Primary care providers can significantly impact your health by delivering “continuity of care.” This means you establish a professional relationship with a health care provider, which improves year after year. This provider gets to know you, your health history and health goals, and also helps manage your overall progress. Continuity provides real benefits that have been shown to amount to better health. Examples of continuity include:


In the short term, continuity of care greatly increases the chances that you will receive a correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Primary care providers acquire important information by following a health issue over time and can make treatment decisions as a result. Over time, a provider who knows your personality, tendencies and health history is in a better position to identify signs that might indicate a potential health change. For example, a primary care provider would know that a mole you’re concerned about isn’t a problem since it has remained the same since they began keeping an eye on it years ago.

Point person

If you need to see a specialist, a primary care provider will refer you to someone they know, respect and collaborate with. If you are worried about getting different suggestions from different specialists, your primary care provider can help you decide which recommendation to act on first. Your primary care provider has working relationships with the specialists they refer to and keeps track of your care with them.

Time saver

Establishing a professional relationship with a primary care provider can help you receive care more quickly. Since that person knows more about you and your medical history, they can often help you over the phone or via secure email.


If you see your primary care provider for annual physicals rather than only seeing them when you’re sick, they can educate you about your health and help avoid chronic illnesses in the future. Yearly physicals are a time when your primary care provider can give you information about your unique health needs and goals. Subjects could include high blood pressure, weight loss, STD prevention, alcohol and tobacco use, or stress management and anxiety.

The problem with self-referrals

When people refer themselves to a specialist without first seeing their primary care provider, they have already self-identified a source of the issue and picked a specialist based on that biased, and often under-informed, perspective. Visiting specialists takes time, which can delay your diagnosis, result in over-testing and risks and be accompanied by unforeseen medical costs that can sometimes be avoided. However, when you see your primary care provider, you avoid a narrow approach to your issue – along with unnecessary tests that sometimes accompany that route – since their goal is to care for your overall health and wellness.

Broader picture

Everyone sh
ould have a primary care provider who can take a broad look at their health, especially when a diagnosis is needed. Primary care physicians are trained to keep an open mind, listen carefully and weigh all possibilities.


When seeking a primary care provider, people should look for feeling a sense of safety, rapport, trust, thoroughness and a broad depth of knowledge. Experts also recommend finding a provider who values and asks for your opinion and input.

Types of primary care providers

There are several types of primary care providers people can choose to establish a professional relationship with depending on the type of care needed. The most common primary care providers include:

·      Family medicine or family practice providers care for the general medical, psychological and developmental needs of people and any family members.

·      Internal medicine providers focus on adult medicine and have had special training on the prevention and treatment of adult diseases.

·      Pediatriciansspecialize in child and adolescent health care from birth until age 21.

Whether or not you currently have a primary care provider, I wish you the best of health now and in the years ahead.

Sara May, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine. She specializes in Primary Care and Travel Health and practices at Virginia Mason Issaquah Medical Center (100 N.E. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah, WA 98027; 425-557-8000), which is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about primary care, visit these websites:

·      American Academy of Family Physicians (aafp.org)

·      American College of Physicians (acponline.org)

·      U.S. National Library of Medicine (nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001939.htm)

·      Washington State Medical Association (wsma.org)

·      Virginia Mason (virginiamason.org/primarycare) 

Inslee names Ross Hunter to Bellevue College Board of Trustees

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has named Ross Hunter of Medina, to the Board of Trustees of Bellevue College. The six-member board’s duties include setting the college’s strategic direction, establishing policy for the college and approving budgets.
Hunter currently serves as director of the Washington state Department of Early Learning.  He previously represented the 48th Legislative District for seven terms, serving as the Chair of the House Ways & Means and Appropriations Committees.  Prior to his work in the public sector, Hunter spent 17 years with Microsoft in a wide array of positions, from program manager for Microsoft Access to general manager of the Microsoft Commercial Internet System. 
“Bellevue is fortunate to have such a great supporter of education joining the Bellevue College board,” said Bellevue College President David Rule.  “Ross has always been an advocate for the college, I’m looking forward to his insight and guidance as we move into the future.”

In addition to his work for the Department of Early Learning, Hunter serves on the steering committee for Bellevue Quality Schools and served as a trustee of the Bellevue Schools Foundation from 2001 to 2010 and as a board member of Hopelink, the Eastside’s largest nonprofit human services agency, from 2004 to 2010. 
“Bellevue College is one of the most exciting institutions of higher education in Washington, serving the rapidly growing Eastside community,” said Hunter.  “Bellevue College is critical to our region’s economic growth and to job prospects for thousands of young and not-so-young adults. I’m excited and honored to serve as a member of the board.”

Hunter joins current trustees Steve Miller (chair), Lisa Chin (vice chair), Merisa Heu-Weller, Richard Fukutaki, and student trustee, David Kook.  He is serving a two-year term, running through September 2017.