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Hospital To Lead Multi-Modular Exam Partnership

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Tillamook County General Hospital and the Tillamook Service Center for the Northwest Regional Education Service District (NWRESD) are pleased to announce that the Hospital will be taking the lead role in coordinating Tillamook County’s multi-modular preschool exam program. This vital program, offering a comprehensive array of health and school readiness screenings free of charge to Tillamook County residents ages 3 to 6, recently celebrated its 40th year of service with more than 20,000 children served.

It takes a County-wide team of partners working together with resources from around NW Oregon to present the 3-day multi-modular preschool exams that serve about 300 children each Spring at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds. For the past 10 years, Helen Armstrong, local NWRESD administrator and her staff have coordinated this vital screening program.

"I want to thank my staff, the volunteers and the community for their support during the last 10 years that NWRESD has been coordinating the multi-modular program," stated Armstrong. "I am very excited about the Hospital stepping up to take the coordinating role. My staff and I look forward working with Hospital staff during this year of transition."

At the 2011 event held April 13-15, free screenings were provided to 266 preschool-aged children in the areas of developmental concepts, speech, motor development, hearing, vision, dental, medical, behavior and nutrition. Immunization updates and fingerprinting were also provided at no charge. Referrals were made for children to follow up with local health care providers and educational professionals when screening results indicated this may be needed.

Marlene Putman, Tillamook Health Department Administrator and Commission on Children and Families Executive Director stated, "The Health Department looks forward to a renewed, strong partnership with the Hospital and the NWRESD to continue providing this valuable service to preschool children and their families in Tillamook County."

Past partners in this program include: Tillamook County General Hospital, OHSU, Tillamook County Schools, Tillamook County Head Start programs, Tillamook Health Department, Tillamook Vision Center, Tillamook County Transportation, The Commission on Children and Families, Health Services Academy and the Tillamook County Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation program.

County Commissioner Mark Labhart, a strong supporter of the multi-modular program, shared, "The Hospital and its CEO Larry Davy deserve a huge thank you for stepping up to the plate and keeping this most valuable program strong in Tillamook County. Special thanks also goes to the NWRESD for their years of leadership in this service to our County’s young residents."