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Extreme heat this week prompts Oregon Public Health warning Oregonians should stay hydrated, limit sun exposure as temps top 107 As the

Welcome Dr. Richard Burke

Willamette Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Richard Burke, MD to our medical staff. Richard Burke, MD hails

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My Weight-Loss Surgery

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Why I Chose the Orbera Balloon

Why I Chose the Orbera Balloon for MY Weight Loss Journey by Heidi Henry- Patient Testimonial from current

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Dayton Elementary D.A.S.H. Students Come to Visit   It’s not every day that our hospital gets inundated

NEW Nationally Certified Center

WVMC Weight Loss Surgery Achieves National Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement


Alcoholics Anonymous- Sunday Gratitude Meeting @ WVMC Classrooms (1st floor, across from cafeteria)
Aug 20 @ 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.

Post-Op Bariatric Support Group @ WVMC Classrooms
Aug 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Have you had Bariatric surgery and looking for a little support? Join our group lead by a Registered Dietitian, Lindsay Obermeyer. Our group meets weekly in the Willamette Valley Medical Center Classrooms on the first floor across from the cafeteria. We discuss everything  from diet and recipe ideas, grocery shopping and eating out tips, to society pressures and internal struggles. It is a warm, inviting group that has one mission: to support one another through the good and the bad obstacles of weight loss surgery in order to succeed. We hope you will join us!

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group @ WVMC Classrooms (1st floor, across from cafeteria)
Aug 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

We offer a support group for anyone that is looking at weight loss surgery, or has had weight loss surgery before. Everyone is welcome whether you had your surgery at WVMC or at another facility. We will have our program psychologist at each meeting and cover an array of topics. It is a safe, discrete place to gather information and talk to others. If you have any questions, please call Kristi Amerson, program coordinator at 503-435-6432.

Breastfeeding Support Group @ Birthing Center Classroom
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The breastfeeding support group is a place to receive advice, support and a place for new moms to gather. Sherry Green, RN has been a nurse for more than 15 years and will be able to answer your questions and help both you and your baby get better at breastfeeding.


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Food Poisoning Hit Me Fast
By Zac Woodruff, RN BS

It started about 10pm on Friday. We were just getting ready for bed when my stomach really began to feel uneasy, and man, it came on quick.

Friday was my son’s 12th birthday and we took him and his sister out for both breakfast and dinner, and I’m certain it was something I ate during one of those meals. In the early evening, I had one of those burps that brought up a little substance (you know, they call them vurps), and I thought that was weird, but didn’t pay too much attention to it.

By 10:30pm I was in the bathroom and just hoping that I wasn’t going to throw up, but then I started to notice lots of saliva and burps, which usually means some puke is right around the corner for me.

Yup. I was right.

For the next 2½ hours, it was a roller coaster of vomiting and diarrhea and by 1:00am I was exhausted. I felt like the worst of it was over so I tried to go lay down and fall asleep, hoping I would wake up feeling better.

2:45am, I woke up and had to rush straight to the bathroom. Puke. Diarrhea. Gross.

Again at 4:30am. Argh. That was a terrible night, but my body must have gotten it all out, because I was then able to sleep until noon and I didn’t feel sick at all Saturday afternoon.

I’m guessing you have also lived this story or a version of it.

Somewhere, sometime, you ate or drank something that did not agree with you, and you later spent many hours with your porcelain friend and a wet washrag.

The truth is, the CDC estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 50 million) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.

The CDC reports that eight known pathogens are estimated to account for the vast majority of domestically acquired foodborne illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths. The most common of these include Norovirus and Salmonella.

Here’s what you need to do when food poisoning comes to visit you or your family member.

Rest. Throwing up and diarrhea can be exhausting and take its toll on your body. Do not try to exercise, mow the lawn, or go to a party. You need to lay it down, take it easy, and realize it’s going to take some time for your body to get through this.

Replenish your fluids, if you are able to. The most common complication of vomiting and diarrhea is mild dehydration. When the fluids are coming out both ends, it’s important to realize you are going to have to replace those fluids. This can be challenging if you can’t keep fluids down, so ease back into it slowly and start with small sips.

Be ready to seek medical attention if any of the following signs or symptoms occur (Mayo Clinic, 2017):

• Frequent episodes of vomiting and inability to keep
liquids down

• Bloody vomit or stools

• Diarrhea for more than three days

• Extreme pain or severe abdominal cramping

• An oral temperature higher than 100.4 F (38 C)

• Signs or symptoms of severe dehydration — excessive thirst, dry mouth, little or no urination, severe weakness, dizziness, or lightheadedness

• Neurological symptoms such as blurry vision, muscle weakness and tingling in the arms

The vast majority of food poisoning cases are mild and resolve on their own after a few hours or days, but there are absolutely times when you should seek medical attention. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

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Willamette Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Richard Burke, MD to our medical staff.

Richard Burke, MD hails from the northwest and after being away in the Midwest and California, is ready to come home and enjoy all 4 seasons. Growing up, Dr. Burke enjoyed and excelled in science and math and always had a career in medicine in the back of his mind. After receiving his undergraduate degree he spent a year working as a phlebotomist in Washington. It was at this time that that he decided medicine was the right fit for him. Completing Medical School and his Internship at Creighton University in Nebraska, he moved to Illinois to attend Loyola University for his Radiology Residency. Going one step further, he continued his education in California at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he completed his musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship.

Dr. Burke says that he “particularly enjoys the fields of anatomy, pathology, and technology, which are a large part of what radiology is all about. I chose Radiology because it enables me to be involved in the care of patients with a variety of medical conditions affecting nearly every organ system in the body.” He goes on to say that “while I enjoy helping in the diagnosis of different ailments and assisting clinicians with patient care, my favorite part of practicing medicine remains talking with patients and working to improve their lives.”

Dr. Burke and his wife Laura have a 22 month old son named Adam and are expecting their second very soon. This busy family enjoys picking blueberries, going on hikes, playing dinosaurs, and exploring their new hometown together. Dr. Burke says he is “most excited to become a part of dedicated and caring healthcare community.”

Dr. Burke is joining McMinnville Imaging Associates providing a vast array of diagnostic radiology services including:

Open and Traditional MRI
3D Digital Mammography
Dexa Bone Density tests
CT Scans
Xray, both scheduled and walk-ins

Appointments may be made by calling:
Willamette Valley Medical Center Radiology Services at (503) 435-4540
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