February 8, 2011 -
Bobby Beeman, a six-year employee with Olympic Medical Center, recently earned her graduate degree in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University.
Beeman’s capstone thesis, required for graduation from the program, applied agenda setting theory in a study of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill to determine how newspaper media chose to cover the incidents, ultimately reviewing how the coverage potentially influenced public perception of the events.
“It is a laudable accomplishment to earn a graduate degree while working full time. Bobby is a highly valued employee who is recognized for her personal initiative,” says Rhonda Curry, assistant administrator of strategic development. “This independent endeavor is a true benefit to her employer and we congratulate her on this accomplishment.”
Beeman, who has worked in the Strategic Development department since January 2005, also recently received a new title of communication and health promotions coordinator. She now co-chairs Olympic Medical’s wellness committee, and will be actively involved in the development of wellness activities among Olympic Medical employees and in the community. Additionally, Beeman has co-chaired the successful employee-driven United Way and Olympic Medical Center Combined Fund Drive campaign for the last three years.
Beeman graduated from Port Angeles High School in 1996, Peninsula College in 1998 and received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Western Washington University in 2000.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. OMC is a sole community hospital and rural referral center. It provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.