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<ul><li><p>2012 Kent</p><p>A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT PUBLISHED BY THE KENT REPORTER</p></li><li><p>2 tBusiness in the Valley_,FOU3FQPSUFS_XXXLFOUSFQPSUFSDPN t"VHVTU</p><p>665816</p><p>The Kent Fire Department would like to intro-duce you to the FDCARES program. FDCARES stands for Fire Department Community Assis-tance, Referrals and Education Services. The program is designed to help prevent injury and illness for members of our community. The assis-tance provided is intended to help people before a medical emergency takes place and designed so the fire department may interact directly with members of our community. There are many is-sues facing the increasing population of older Americans. Often, members of our community have medical needs that could have been pre-vented by recognizing and solving these issues before they become an emergency. This is what the FDCARES program does while saving thou-sands of dollars for our residents by reducing their medical expenses.</p><p>This direct intervention will help prevent the need for future emergency services for the in-dividuals involved. Emergency service preven-tion has a ripple effect. It will help reduce emer-gency transportation, emergency room visits, and associated costs to both the individuals and insurance providers. This prevention can also help keep emergency medical service providers available for more calls for assistance as well as keep hospital emergency rooms from being overcrowded and alleviate the need for patients to be diverted from a hospital to one that is far-ther away.</p><p>PROGRAM HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENTPrior to FDCARES, the Kent Fire Department </p><p>had two programs which dealt with these health issues. One, addressed fall prevention and was under the Public Education unit and the other was the recurrent customer assistant program, under the departments Emergency Medical Services Officer.</p><p>The fall prevention program was designed to assist residents who had experienced a fall or individuals who were identified as being at risk of falling, while the recurrent customer assistant program addressed the needs of people that were frequently and recurrently in need of the 9-1-1 system. Through these programs we realized that a response by firefighters would address an individuals immediate needs but was unable to </p><p>address the underlying cause of the call. In ad-dition, while these programs would identify and assist some of our residents, we were missing out on opportunities to identify and assist many other members of our community. The concept of combining these two programs into one was developed and services were expanded to assist all of our residents that would benefit from injury and illness prevention. With this, the FDCARES program was born. </p><p>HOW THE FDCARES PROGRAM WORKSAND WHAT IT DOES</p><p>Frequently when a member of our community finds themselves in need of the 9-1-1 system for minor injury or illness (low acuity) assistance, it is because they have nowhere else to turn. An individuals first low acuity medical call to 9-1-1 is often a predictor of future 9-1-1 use. We are finding that people are frequently not aware that there are services available to assist them in addressing their needs. There are many differ-ent social services available ranging from local churches, local government services, county services, to state and federal government ser-vices, all designed to assist people. </p><p>With direct interaction through the FDCARES program, the fire department can identify an indi-viduals needs and be a powerful voice on their behalf. We can continue a patients care beyond the 9-1-1 response by contacting primary care doctors or other health care professionals. We can work with insurance providers to obtain nec-essary medical equipment. We can help obtain and install various fall prevention devices. We can connect members of our community directly to low cost medication programs and to a large number of social services that are available. This type of follow up is having a positive effect on the lives of the individuals we serve. </p><p>WHERE DO OUR REFERRALS COME FROM?Many members of our community are aware </p><p>of the program and have referred themselves to FDCARES for assistance as have family mem-bers, loved ones, friends, caregivers and other health care professionals. The vast majority of our referrals are coming directly from your fire-fighters after a 9-1-1 response. We have created a user friendly tool where firefighters can report directly to the FDCARES staff those residents they feel would benefit from our services. </p><p>HOW IS THE FDCARES PROGRAM FUNDED?Your FDCARES staff are members of the Kent </p><p>Fire Department Regional Fre Authority. How-ever much of what we are able to do is thanks to our relationships with agencies such asAging and Disability Services, sponsorships from members of our business community whichinclude Tri-Med Ambulance, MultiCare, andValley Medical Center to mention just a few, and by the generous support of residents through-out our community. It is with these funds that we have been able to spread the word about our services and how we are able to have a directeffect on the lives of our community members.</p><p>Please visit us at www.fdcares.com or contact the Kent Fire Department FDCARES program at 253-856-CARE (2273)</p><p>FREESenior Wellness Day will be at the</p><p>Kent Senior Center on September 20thfrom 10:00am to 2:00pm.</p><p>Lunch will be provided to the first 350 seniors for $1.00. There will be free flu shots available to the first 200 seniors, approximately 25 se-nior related vendors, raffle prizes, and guest speakers during lunch from noon 1:00pm to encourage healthy independent lifestyles.This 2nd annual event is being held during the week of fall prevention awareness week as proclaimed by Governor Gregoire and is brought to you by FDCARES and yourlocal assisted and retirement living communi-ties: Arbor Village,Stafford Suites, Farrington Court, Weatherly INN, Covington Place,Harrison House.</p><p> Offering you a helping handbefore you have an emergency.</p></li><li><p>"VHVTUt ,FOU3FQPSUFS_XXXLFOUSFQPSUFSDPN_#VTJOFTTJOUIF7BMMFZt3</p><p>t 'BNJMZ0XOFEt -PDBUFEJO,FOU8"</p><p>t 1BQFS4VQQMJFTt 1BDLBHJOH4VQQMJFTt +BOJUPSJBM4VQQMJFTt &amp;RVJQNFOU</p><p>Serving the local community for 82 years</p><p>XXXXDQTPMVUJPOTDPN </p></li><li><p>4 tBusiness in the Valley_,FOU3FQPSUFS_XXXLFOUSFQPSUFSDPN t"VHVTU</p><p>These days, livability and economic vitality go hand in hand. In Kent, our rela-tively low home prices, gorgeous parks, reputable schools and ex-panding job base mean more people than ever are seeking us out as a place to open businesses and spread their entrepreneurial wings. The City of Kent enjoys a vibrant sense of community. It is a place where local government, private citizens and businesses are partners working together to provide innovtive solutions. If you are not a member of the Kent Chamber of Commerce, you are missing the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most infl uential businesses! Make </p><p>that call and become part of anorganization that takes everyopportunity to share resources, information and network all types of businesses. In todays busi-ness environment, it is imperative that the Chamber represents andprotects your business by working hard to support every aspect of doing business in the Kent valley. </p><p>Like many of the cities across the United States, our community has weathered challenging economic times, and yet we remain stead-fast in our determination to move positively toward a better future. The Kent Chamber is the voice and ears of the community, responsive to its ever changing needs andconcerns. We are the largest</p><p>advocate for businesses in the community and continue tosupport them as a conduit for information. We also support economic eff orts designed to strengthen and expand Kent with programs of a civic, social andcultural nature that are designed to increase the functional value of the community.</p><p>At the Kent Chamber ofCommerce, we bring thebusiness community together indynamic, profi table ways. Whethermembers are networking with one another, learning market-ing tips immersing themselves inissues that impact business, ortapping into an array of educationalservices, we give local business owners the tools to help them thrive.</p><p>Contact Kent Chamber at253-854-1770</p><p>or info@kentchamber.comwww.kentchamber.</p><p>665575</p><p>Caren Crowley, Andrea Keikkala, Marge Williams,Charlotte Nitschke &amp; Susan Parker</p><p>665195t&amp;BTU4NJUI4USFFUt,FOUtXXXNFSJEJBOEFOUBMDMJOJDDPN</p><p>Sitting relaxed and comfortable in hisoffi ce, Dr. Mark Walker didn't hesitate to explain what makes a successful dental practice.</p><p>Beginning with family, it's all aboutcontinuity and community.</p><p>I always treat every patient just like I would someone in my family. With that in mind, it is easy to build a relationship based on honesty and trust and after patients experience that, they want to get all their dental care here, said Dr. Walker, taking a brief break between patients at his offi ce at Meridian Dental Clinic on Kents East Smith Street.</p><p>Raised on Kent's West Hill, Dr. Walker knows a thing or two about community. He always has enjoyed Kent, a place his family moved to in 1967. It's the kind of community the good doctor wanted to embrace, a place </p><p>to establish a practice once he fi nished his schooling and training at the University of Washington School of Dentistry.</p><p>Since seeing his fi rst patients in 1982,Dr. Mark (as hes affectionately called by his young patients) and his staff have served three generations of families over the years. He values the trust that his patients have placed in him.</p><p>Joined by Dr. Steven Inaba, Meridian Dental Clinic continues to be one of Kent's best, state-of-art dental centers offering Invis-align, CEREC, teeth whitening and dental care for children, teens and adults.</p><p>Four hygienists and four assistants support Dr. Walker and Dr. Inaba.</p><p>The profession continues to evolve, and Walker and Co. are committed to change with it "through continued education with the latest technology."</p><p>"Continuing my education is important to </p><p>me, so I have been doing a series ofrestorative courses ," Dr. Walker added.</p><p>Dr. Walker extends his expertise elsewhere. He is passionate about giving back to the community. Dr. Walker has helped provide dental care for the Haitian people in remote areas through Medical Relief International in each of the last four years. He alsovolunteers one day a month on the local dental van to treat the underprivileged through Medical Teams International. He has been involved with the Washington Oral Health Foundation and its effort to bring dental care at one of the Boys and Girls Clubs in Seattle.</p><p>Dr. Inaba joined the team in 2005. Heattended the UW School of Dentistry,graduating with a doctorate in dental surgery. </p><p>In addition to his work at the clinic, Dr. Inaba volunteers at the UW School of Dentistrys Urgent Care Clinic, the Medical Teams International mobile dental van, Give Kids a Smile, and the Rainier Boys and Girls Club courtesy of the Washington Oral Health Foundation. He is also part of the offi cial dental team for the Seattle Thunderbirds.</p><p>Meridian Dental Clinic is a three-time "Best of Kent" award winner.</p><p>For Dr. Walker, what's important is offering high-quality care, tailored individually.</p><p>Meridian Dental Clinic is known throughout the Kent, Auburn and Renton communities for its dedication to the latest proven dental technologies, guaranteeing the best care possible for our patients. </p><p>The clinic offers a variety of treatments:</p><p>t1SFWFOUJWFQSPGFTTJPOBMDMFBOJOHTdigital X-rays, exams, sealants andfl uoride application</p><p>t$PTNFUJDEFOUJTUSZUFFUIXIJUFOJOHbonding, porcelain veneers andInvisalign</p><p>t3FTUPSBUJWF4FSWJDFTUPPUIDPMPSFEfi llings, crowns/CEREC (oneappointment crowns), bridges, dentures, root canals, extractions and implants</p><p>t1FEJBUSJDEFOUJTUSZEFOUBMDBSFGPSchildren of all ages</p><p>t1FSJPEPOUBM4FSWJDFTHVNUIFSBQZdeep cleanings</p><p>t"TXFMMBT5.45.+TQMJOUTNPVUIguards, snore guards and oral sedation dentistry</p><p>To learn more, call or visit us online.</p><p>Embracing the community</p></li><li><p>253-852-5466kentlions@gmail.comtXXXLFOUMJPOTDMVCPSH</p><p>Another Kent Lions Event</p><p>Serving Kent Since 1938</p><p>2012 Season</p><p>Want to get involved?Kent Lions Meetings</p><p>'JSTUBOE5IJSE5VFTEBZTQN%PXO)PNF$BUFSJOH</p><p>211 1st Ave Kent 98032</p><p>BIGGER THEN EVER THIS YEARJune 2 - September 29 </p><p>9am - 2pm Every SaturdayFor more information visit us atwww.kentfarmersmarket.com</p><p>Kent Farmers MarketOPEN SATURDAYS</p><p>at Town Square Plaza Park</p><p> More farmers More fresh fl owers More vendors More fresh produce</p><p>A world wide organization of volunteers dedicated to sight and hearing. In Kent, we specialize locally in youth,families, seniors and veterans. We also own and produce Kent Cornucopia Days.</p><p>665200</p><p>"VHVTUt ,FOU3FQPSUFS_XXXLFOUSFQPSUFSDPN_#VTJOFTTJOUIF7BMMFZt5</p></li><li><p>Ringling Bros Barnum Bailey Circus August 31-Sept 3Ladies Night Out Concert vol. 5,w/Blackstreet &amp; more Sept 8KDP Downtown Breakfast Hour&amp; T-birds Preseason Game Sept 14Thunderbirds Home Opener Sept 22 (and 15 more games in Fall 2012)Lynyrd Skynyrd w/Shooter Jennings Sept 27 2012 HiltonHHonors Skate America October 19-21Music Fest w/Marsha Ambrosius &amp; more October 27Disney on Ice, Dare to Dream Nov 7- 11</p><p>Visit www.ShoWareCenter.com for a complete event calendar.</p><p>625 West James253-856-6777</p><p>Where youre part of the experience</p><p>665187</p><p>COMING EVENTSCorporate &amp; GroupEvents Made Easy.And Always Memorable.</p><p>North Americas first LEED GOLD sports &amp; entertainment arena,ShoWare Center in downtown Kent is home to the WHLs Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey Club as well as concerts, family shows, corporate events, tradeshows and other sporting events. Located on James Steet just west of 4th Avenue, ShoWare Center offers guests complimentary parking and is the crownjewel in a well-designed gathering place for the residents of the Puget Soundregion. </p><p>ShoWare Center is the perfect place to host a meeting, banquet, seminar, reunion, corporate gathering, family function - even a wedding! ShoWareCenters exclusive in-house food &amp; beverage provider SAVOR...Catering by SMG provides fine-dining food selections with exceptional service to ensure a successful and memorable event for all our guests. From galas, live andsilent auctions, receptions, company meetings, luncheons and holidaycelebrations, our executive chef, Richard Carlone, offers customized menusto suit all occasions and budgets.</p><p>ShoWare Center Group Sales will make your group leaders job easy by assisting with block ticket purchases, accessible seating for those withspecial needs, bus parking and other important details. Were here to make sure your special event is fun-filled and hassle-free. So, gather your coworkers,neighbors, family and friends and enjoy an entertaining outing right in your own neighborhood. </p><p>To learn more visit ShoWareCenter.com, follow on Twitter@ShoWareCenter or like on Facebook.com/ShoWareCenter or call 253.856.6777.</p><p>6 tBusiness in the Valley_,FOU3FQPSUFS_XXXLFOUSFQPSUFSDPN t"VHVTU</p></li><li><p>"VHVTUt ,FOU3FQPSUFS_XXXLFOUSFQPSUFSDPN_#VTJOFTTJOUIF7BMMFZt7</p><p>Key Mechanic...</p></li></ul>