Today's speaker was Medrice Coluccio, Regional CEO for Providence Health and Services, Southwest Washington.  Her talk summarized the good work being performed by the Providence network of health care.
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Date:  10/26/15
Meeting Called to order:   President Jack Belmont
Invocation by:    Jim Balz
Pledge of Allegiance led by: Laurie Dolan
Song:  America the Beautiful, led by Gloria Strait (Gloria also announced that additional song leaders are needed; qualifications include being able to carry at least one note)
Four Way Test led by:  Mark Gillispie
Visiting Rotarians:  Bill Conner and Chris Townley of South Puget Sound Rotary Club
Guests of Rotarians:
A guest of Ralph Munro, sounded like it was Kobe Bryant (Lakers??)
Zoe Scuderi (OHS Interact Club)
Ronelle Funk (Allstate Insurance)
Skip Thomson (Wells Fargo Home Mortgage)
Christoph Allen (Owner, Acme Fuel)
Happy Bucks:
Lynn Heinold – Birthday Bucks
Oscar Soule – 75th Birthday Bucks and a successful 3 week tour of the world, including some baseball in Cuba
Gina Carlson – Award Bucks, received two awards from the Olympia Master Builders: Best in Show (Bathroom) and Best in Show (overall).
Amanda Walker (TESC) – Evergreen Bucks: The Evergreen State College celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Longhouse; “Return to Evergreen”, the annual alumni and community event, was 10/24, and incredibly successful; Evergreen hosted the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County on 10/23 for their annual Born to Be Wild fundraising gala and are proud to be a supporter of a great organization in our community.
Lisa Poundstone – Travel Bucks: Had a wonderful two week trip down under, to Australia
Jay Burney – Healthy Bucks: Reported that he survived a mid-august diagnosis of whooping cough, and that the treatment resulted in additional health issues, the most acute being a torn calf muscle. After a two month hiatus from Rotary, is back, and quickly returning to good health!
Wendy Holden – Anniversary/Birthday Bucks: Celebrating 33 years of marriage to John Swannick and feeling much better after what she thought was a stroke. Diagnosed with Bells-Palsy and Vertigo, but is getting better each day.
Nancy Riordan – Congratulation Bucks: Gave kudos and congratulations to the Kiwanians for holding a successful fundraising raffle during Harbor Days, Nancy reported that she won the kayak! Her thought: giving back is good, and sometimes you get more than you gave.
Chuck Fowler – Culture Bucks: Attended the Andy Crow tribute and reported that it was excellent.
Don Chalmers - Sports Bucks: Gave a belated shout-out to the Oregon Ducks win against UW.
Honza (or we just call him John) Exchange Student Update Bucks: Hiked Mt. Rainier, enjoyed a huge potluck and appreciates the resources available to all via the Khan Academy.
Gloria Strait – Travel Bucks: Had a wonderful time in TX and attended the annual Austin book fair – brought a book back for the club collection.
Mo Considine – Travel/Congratulation Bucks: Amazed at Steve Bean’s connection to and knowledge of so many club members; enjoyed her trip to CA where she used the Rotary App to find clubs to visit – notable was the Crescent City Club, they are a club that fines members but didn’t have a Youth Exchange so Mo leveled a fine on them; she also advocated changing the classification talk to a “craft” talk for new members.
Fred Adair – 10/24 was World Polio Day. If you missed the program, you can view a wonderful special polio video at To date, $1.5 Billion+ has been raised by Rotary International to eradicate Polio, and 2.5 Billion children have been inoculated, but there is still work to do! Afghanistan and Pakistan still are not Polio free, but Africa is! Please consider making a donation to support Polio Plus – your gift will be TRIPLE matched by the Gates Foundation.
Kim Dinsmore – Reminded the club to please keep wine donations coming for the Cool Jazz, Clean Water event…and that tickets are still available.
Chris Townley – Visiting Rotarian from the South Puget Sound Rotary Club is at the club selling roses: $25/dozen (red, pink, white, yellow). The Roses will be delivered to any place in Thurston County on November 6. All proceeds will benefit South Puget Sound Rotary club fellowship programs.
Sarah Clinton – Introduced Zoe Scuderi who invited veterans and active military members to join the OHS Interact Club on 11/10 for the OHS Veterans Day assembly and reception. The assembly will being at OHS at 9:30am in the gym, with reception to follow.
Nick Schmidt – Nick gave his classification talk. He currently serves as the Athletic Director of South Puget Sound Community College. He reported to the members on his path to becoming a sports administrator, the changing face of the industry, challenges and opportunities for sports administration and how his passion for seeing both athletes and institutions succeed on and off the field of play makes his job exceptionally rewarding.
Gerald Pumphrey introduced the program: Medrice Coluccio, regional CEO of Providence Health & Service of SW Washington. Medrice gave an update to the club about Providence:
  1. Providence Health & Service of SW Washington is “payer blind” – anyone will be served, regardless of insurance or ability to pay.
  2. Providence was established 158 years ago, initially to serve loggers.
  3. Currently, the Providence system spans 5 states and includes 38 hospitals – they are West Coast focused.
  4. In Southwest Washington, the region Medrice oversees includes 5 counties and 650,000 individuals – there are 893 medical staff, about 3,600 employees and annually about 300 volunteers and two hospitals, Centralia and St. Peters (which is the oldest business in WA after the railroads!).
  5. Providence has a very strong community connection with a Community Board for both the hospitals and the foundation.
  6. Providence Medical Group is a part of the Providence system and includes 40 clinics throughout the region and 220 providers. The goal of the PMG is to boost service throughout all parts of the community.
    1. Primary Care Expansion has been a top goal of the PMG. West Olympia is the newest area to have a clinic. It will include 16 providers and soon have an urgent care staff
    2. St. Peter Family Medicine has a robust 3-year residency program to help recruit and retain doctors to the SW WA area.
  1. Awards and advances: Providence received a magnet award for the nursing program, recently purchased a Da Vinci machine to support less-invasive treatment and is expanding the Telemedicine offerings which are based at St. Peter Hospital.
  2. Providence is committed to building a healthy community and providing/supporting access to all levels of care throughout the community.
Medrice was able to take a few questions following the presentation and was very thankful for the opportunity to join the club and provide an update on one of the largest regional employers.
Mr. Snappy: Won by Sarah Clinton
Meeting adjourned: 1:28pm by President Jack Belmont