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Eugene, Oregon
February 2014

In Memorium of Lois O'Connor 1919-2014.

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Eugene, Oregon
2013

Serenity Lane Health Services Second Annual Community Service Awards Breakfast.

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Eugene, Oregon
October 2013

Mike Dyer Named Serenity Lane's President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mike Dyer

Mike Dyer, CPA, a past board member who has served most recently as Vice-President of Finance and Administration, is now our President and Chief Executive Officer. He takes the reins from Peter Asmuth, who has retired but is working on special projects.

Mike joined Serenity Lane's staff in 2010. Before that, he served on the board of directors for 15 years. He is a licensed CPA and brings a wealth of experience to his new position.

After receiving his degree from the University of Oregon in accounting in 1976, he has spent 35 years as a number cruncher for Eugene-area businesses. "It's never boring," Mike says. "I've worked in a number of different industries, from being corporate controller at International King's Table to CFO at Eugene Sand & Gravel." He was also corporate controller for Obie Media and worked for Coopers & Lybrand. He was Emerald People's Utility District's first controller.

Mike was born in California and, except for high school in Salem and military service, has lived in Eugene all of his life.

His wife, Marianne, is retired after a career in human resources. Mike's stepchildren are grown and live in Seattle and Eugene. He and Marianne have two cats – Lenny, who is fat and lazy; and Luci, who was rescued from the pound and thanks Mike by bringing him lots of mice.

Mike is a huge U of O sports fan. As a childhood member of the "Knothole Gang," he got into games for 25 cents. He remembers watching football at Hayward Field and games at Autzen back when no one wanted seats. In fact, his former parking spot is at home plate in the new baseball stadium! He enjoys UO football, basketball and softball – "Anything but soccer" – and tries to find time for golf and hanging out with friends.

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Eugene, Oregon
September 2013

Dustin Stapleton Joins Serenity Lane as new Chief Financial Officer.

Dustin Stapleton

In mid-September 2013 Dustin Stapleton, CPA, joined the staff as our new Chief Financial Officer.

Dustin was with Moss Adams LLP's Eugene office for more than 14 years. Most recently, he has been a senior manager working with contracters, which will be helpful as we move forward on building the Coburg campus. He is a graduate of North Eugene High School and the University of Oregon. He got his start in accounting at the U of O Bookstore and has served on numerous professional committees.

A Eugene native, Dustin was nicknamed "Spider" when he was a tall, skinny kid. He and his wife, Christie, met when they lived in the same apartment complex. Dustin's mom did a nice bit of matchmaking when she gave him Christie's phone number. The family expanded earlier this year with the birth of daughter, Kaylee. As time goes on we look forward to learning more about Dustin, meanwhile we know his favorite movie is "Gladiator" and in his spare time he likes golfing and camping – but be sure to ask him about playing Frisbee Golf in college.

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Eugene, Oregon
October 2013

Larry Bradley Joins Serenity Lane as Vice-President of Development.

Larry Bradley

Another exciting change occurred on October 1st, 2013 when Larry Bradley joined our staff as Vice-President of Development. As a graduate of our program and long-time board member, Larry was named Board President 2 years ago. In addition Larry has served on the Foundation's board since it was organized and chaired the Marketing Committee for many years.

Larry has also been a regular speaker for the inpatient program and all around advocate of our programs. Larry has a background in sales and entrepreneurship and is very excited to now be a staff member. For the past several years Larry has been building his chocolate empire, inventing new products to the line of handmade confection, opening a second Chocolate Decadence retail outlet in Eugene and growing the business exponentially.

Larry has some ambitious goals around fund raising for Serenity Lane, and his energy and commitment are all encompassing. Consequently he has sold his Chocolate Decadence. His office is located in Eugene and his phone number is (541)284-8609. Email: lbradley@serenitylane.org

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May 3, 2013
Eugene, Oregon

Serenity Lane Celebrates 40 Years of Service!

May 3, Serenity Lane celebrates 40 years of service to the community. From very humble beginnings, Dr. Tom Kerns, members of the business community and friends of recovery helped get Serenity Lane established. Since then over 55,000 addicts and alcoholics have come through those doors asking for help. Their successes, and the ripple effect spilling over to family, friends, co-workers and fellow citizens has helped make the world a better place.

Congratulations to all those in recovery and to those who seek it. You are not alone. There is hope.

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September, 2012
Eugene, Oregon


The Joint Commission Awards Accreditation to Serenity Lane

Serenity Lane has received accreditation again by The Joint Commission. This is Serenity Lane's eleventh three-year accreditation by the Commission, each time for the maximum length offered. Accreditation by The Joint Commission is considered the gold standard of the health care industry.

Serenity Lane is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Only 4 percent of the nation's facilities seek and earn dual accreditation.

Serenity Lane is a private, not-for-profit treatment center for alcohol and other drug dependencies. Serenity Lane operates a specialty hospital in Eugene and nine outpatient clinics throughout Oregon. More information on Serenity Lane is here on our website www.serenitylane.org and on Facebook

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October 24, 2012
Eugene, Oregon

Citizens Honored for Service to Addiction and Recovery Community

At a community breakfast this morning, 16 people received Community Service Awards for their work in the addiction and recovery field. The first-ever awards ceremony was organized by Serenity Lane Health Services and co-sponsored by Cascade Title Company, PeaceHealth and AADACO (Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors of Oregon).

The honorees and their categories are:
Bob Richards, M.A., NCACII, CADCIII; Addiction Professional Award
Dave Mertz, Camp Harlow – First Baptist Church; Community Leadership Award
Scott Forrest, Forrest Paint; Human Resources/Employee Assistance Program Award
Sheriff Deputy Dave Silano, Legal Professional/Uniformed Service Award
Jarret and Bethany Smith, Community Youth Leadership Awards

"Unsung Hero" awards were given to Jeanne Gillard, Vern Langan, Diane Rogers, Mark Baker, Fred Davidson, Scott Dean, Colleen Smith, Rip Sawyer, Fran Coughlin and Lori Jacobson.

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December, 2010
Eugene, Oregon

SERENITY LANE BLOG hits the web.

Staff writer Jerry Gjesvold has a lot to say about alcohol and drug issues. Many of you have read his monthly articles in the Register Guard newspaper, where his columns have been featured since 1996. There's so much information in these columns that we decided to offer them in the form of a blog. There's a search function too, so you can find articles of interest easily.

Go to: http://serenitylane.org/blog/

Straight Stuff Blog from Serenity Lane

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Eugene, Oregon
July 1, 2010

Mike Dyer Named Serenity Lane's Chief Financial Officer.

Mike Dyer

On July 1, 2010 Mike Dyer was named Serenity Lane's chief financial officer. Mike replaces Dennis Blaine, who served in this position for 19 years and retired June 30. Mike knows accounting. After receiving his degree from the University of Oregon in accounting in 1976, he has spent 35 years as a number cruncher for Eugene-area businesses. He has worked in a number of different industries, from corporate controller at International King's Table to CFO at Eugene Sand & Gravel. He was also corporate controller for Obie Media and worked as a CPA for Coopers & Lybrand. He was Emerald People's Utility District's first controller and for 10 years, Mike served on the Eugene Water and Electric Board.

Mike was raised in Eugene and, except for high school in Salem and service in the U.S. Air Force, has lived in the Emerald Empire all of his life. Mike's experience, his values and his personality are a perfect match for his new position with Serenity Lane. We welcome him to the staff side of Serenity Lane.

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Eugene, Oregon
April 2010

Vancouver Facility Opens

Serenity Lane has opened its Vancouver, Washington outpatient facility. The facility is Serenity Lane's first Washington state site.

Located at 4305 NE Thurston Way, Suite E, Serenity Lane-Vancouver provides assessments and outpatient treatment for alcohol and other drug dependencies. Treatment includes up to 24 months of recovery support as part of the intensive outpatient program. The non-profit meets requirements for Washington's deferred prosecution program.

The staff includes Shirley Madison, CCDC, CDP, a longtime Washington substance abuse treatment professional; Renee Ulrich, CADC II, CDP, Intensive Outpatient Counselor; Karen Willock, CADC II, Director of Outpatient Services for Portland and Vancouver; and Maggie Ledum, BA, CADC II, CDP, Clinical Administrator.

Serenity Lane-Vancouver will be open Monday - Friday during normal business hours, plus some evening hours. For more information, call 360-213-1216.

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Eugene, Oregon
September 2009

The Joint Commission Awards Accreditation to Serenity Lane

Serenity Lane has been accredited again by The Joint Commission. This is Serenity Lane's tenth three-year accreditation by the Commission, each time for the maximum length offered. Accreditation by The Joint Commission is considered the gold standard of the health care industry.

Serenity Lane is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Only 4 percent of the nation's facilities seek and earn dual accreditation.

Serenity Lane is a private, not-for-profit treatment center for alcohol and other drug dependencies. Serenity Lane operates a specialty hospital in Eugene and nine outpatient clinics throughout Oregon. More information on Serenity Lane is at www.serenitylane.org and on Facebook.

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Eugene, Oregon
May 28, 2009

Dr. Ron Schwerzler Certified by New Addiction Medicine Board
First in Lane County, Among First in Country

Ron Schwerzler M.D., director of medical services for Serenity Lane, is among the first physicians in the United States to be certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, a new independent medical specialty board. He is one of several physicians in Oregon with the new certification and the only one in Lane County.

The American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) has begun to certify addiction medicine physicians from several specialties. Dr. Schwerzler is board certified in both family and addiction medicine.

Previously only a psychiatrist could earn an addiction-related board certification. ABAM sets standards for physician education, assesses physicians' knowledge, and requires and tracks life-long continuing education.

Dr. Schwerzler is president of the Oregon Society of Addiction Medicine and a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is a member of the Oregon Academy of Family Practice, the American Academy of Family Practice, the Oregon Medical Association and the American Medical Association. Dr. Schwerzler has worked in the addiction field since 1988.

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Eugene, Oregon
May 22, 2009

Man's Drug Recovery Brings Hope To Family

Drugs can tear a family apart and it can take years of healing to recover.  Jake is one of Serenity Lane's graduates and tells his story to KPTV. He now works as a drug and acohol counselor for Serenity Lane. "It's worth making the steps to get clean."

Click here to view Jake's story on KPTV.com »

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Eugene, Oregon
October 6, 2008

Larry Lombard Hired by Serenity Lane.

Larry Lombard

Larry Lombard is now Serenity Lane's quality assurance manager.  He also serves as the treatment facility's HIPAA compliance officer.

He holds degrees in pharmacology and the history of medicine, is licensed as a chemical dependency professional and is a National Certified Addiction Counselor (Level II).

Lombard previously worked at Hazelden Springbrook as the supervisor of health information and compliance, and has experience as a hospital pharmacist. He is a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

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Roseburg, Oregon
March 2008

Serenity Lane has built a brand new 5,500 square foot outpatient clinic in Roseburg, Oregon.

As an expression of our continued commitment to provide quality chemical dependency treatment, Serenity Lane has built a brand new 5,500 square foot outpatient clinic in Roseburg. The building sits on a hillside overlooking the town to the south. The address is: 2575 NW Kline Street, Roseburg. Serenity Lane has treated thousands of men and women from Douglas County since we opened our clinic in early 1990 on Garden Valley Blvd. Construction of our new building was completed in early January '08 when we transitioned our continuing patients to their new treatment groups. Management and clinical staff welcome new patients to the intensive outpatient program and DUII services as we continue our work of saving lives and helping put families back together.

Read more about our Roseburg outpatient clinic

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Portland, Oregon
January 2008

Serenity Lane has opened a third outpatient facility in the Portland metro area.

In addition to our clinic on S.W. Barbur Blvd and our east-side location at 12780 S.E. Stark, we are pleased to bring services to Washington County. The new clinic at NW 167th and Cornell is easily accessible from Aloha, Hillsboro and Beaverton. Patient feedback has made it clear that traveling long distances across Portland traffic is a potential barrier to treatment, so we are very pleased to now have three options for our future patients. It is our intention to open a fourth clinic later this year in south Portland.

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Portland, Oregon
October 2007

Serenity Lane partners with OHSU Nursing Program

We are proud to announce a new partnership between Serenity Lane and the Oregon Health Sciences University Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program.  Serenity Lane will be a new practicum site for the program. The partnership will start by hosting one student two times a week for a period of five weeks. Students will be involved in both observation and participation in health physicals, evaluations and assessment, detox, and group therapy.

In addition, Dr. Ronald Schwerzler will be considered adjunct faculty at OHSU and will provide lectures to their School of Nursing students. This is an excellent opportunity to help educate future practitioners in addiction and treatment which is poorly addressed in medical education.

Serenity Lane has 9 facilities throughout Oregon: two in Portland, three in Eugene, and in one each in Salem, Albany, Roseburg, and Bend.

Treatment facilities in Eugene, Portland, Salem, Albany, Bend, and Roseburg, Oregon and Vancouver Washington
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