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McMinnville, OR, Aug 20, 2015- Willamette Valley Medical Center today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® […Read More]

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Willamette Valley Medical Center would like to welcome Dr. John Young to the medical staff

John Young, MD knew he wanted a career in medicine but he didn’t decide on a specialty until medical school where he […Read More]

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Families Living with Cancer @ H.R. Hoover Cancer Center (WVMC Campus)
Sep 2 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

This group is available for family members and caregivers of individuals with cancer. For additional information, or to register for the group, call (503) 435-6590 x8740.

Individuals Living with Cancer @ H.R. Hoover Cancer Center (WVMC Campus)
Sep 2 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

A general cancer support group available for individuals in all stages of cancer including survivors. For additional information, or to register for the group, call (503) 435-6590 x8740.

Weight-Loss Surgery Information Course @ WVMC Classrooms (1st floor, across from cafeteria)
Sep 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

If you are considering weight loss surgery, we encourage you to attend a free informational weight-loss session. These sessions will give you an opportunity to get to know Dr. Higa and Dr. Diamond, our board certified bariatric surgeons. Also you will be introduced to our bariatric program coordinator and registered dietician that will accompany you on your journey to a new life free from the weight. If you have any questions about the session, or any other questions about weight-loss surgery, please call Kristi Amerson at 503-434-6432

Alcoholics Anonymous- Sunday Gratitude Meeting @ WVMC Classrooms (1st floor, across from cafeteria)
Sep 6 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

We now have a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous every Sunday. This is an open meeting for all who are interested in recovery from alcoholism through the 12 Step program, including ambulatory patients and staff. For more information, call Robert (H) 503-835-1042 or (C) 971-259-9145.


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Photographs are cherished more than almost anything. We proudly hang them on our walls. They're plastered on our social media sites. They once filled our wallet sleeves but now they greet us on our phone screen. We're able to carry digital albums with us everywhere, and can show them off whenever we'd like. They bring a smile to our face and remind us of the love and joy we carry.

Pictures capture more than just fleeting moments. They capture the feelings inside those moments. They help us hold on to memories, and even go a little further for often, the memory is almost always a little sweeter.

Camera phones make it so easy to always be ready to capture a moment. I might go a little bit overboard with all the pictures I take, but I promise I'm not always looking through a lens. It will be a few years before Karson and Lucy will be able to snap a picture and they won't remember these times so it's up to me to be a memory keeper. Whether that means filling up my phone and computer with thousands of images or finding people to take pictures for us, recording these memories is important to me.

In most families, the mom carries the job of the primary photo taker/gatherer/collector. And since moms are generally the ones taking the photos of their brood, they tend to get left out of the picture. I have a million photos of my babes but only a handful of decent ones with me in them. So when we finally got around to taking professional family photographs, I wanted the focus to be on us as a family.

Photo day was a fun affair. Jodi Stilp our photographer was great to work with. She brought along her daughter to help out with the babies which are always a handful. The babies did well considering they were up past their bedtime.

Of course I think the pictures turned out adorable but like all the other pictures I keep, their worth won't be fully realized until 15 years or so from now when Karson and Lucy will laugh at their silly little selves (and our outdated fashions).

Yes, someday, I will love these pictures even more than I do now. They will remind me of this sweet time and how it just seemed like yesterday when I could hold both these little ones in my arms.

In another someday, Nate and I will be old and worn. We will have been married for much longer than the short span that we currently hold. Karson and Lucy will be grown. They will have kids of their own. Their kids will wonder what it was like "back when." These pictures I keep will be a window to the past. They will show the love Nate and I hold for each other and our family.

Just as I have cherished pictures hanging of my grandparents when they were young, our future tribe may do the same with these pictures of us. Photographs will be part of the physical legacy I leave behind for my family.

You don't ever hear anyone say, "Gee, I have too many baby pictures." You certainly won't hear Karson and Lucy saying that.

Note: Kendra Lindell gave birth to twins, Karson and Lucy on October 5th, 2014 at Willamette Valley Medical Center Birthing Center. She writes about her experience on the WVMC Facebook page. STAY TUNED for more stories from Kendra. See for previous posts.
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We are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. David Staneck, Urology to our Medical Staff and to our community!
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