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WVMC Named Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital

WVMC Named as 2017 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital March 8, 2017- Willamette Valley Medical Center (WVMC) was recently named one

Occupational Medicine Clinic has MOVED

February 27th, 2017- Occupational Medicine Clinic has moved location out of the WVMC building and across the street. 254 NE Norton Ln. McMinnville,

2017-2018 Healthcare Education Applications are open

In the past twelve years, the WVMC Volunteers have given $247,400 in awards to Yamhill County residents studying for a career in

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A Future in Medicine starts early

Taylor Vogel can’t decide whether she would rather assist patients directly as a medical practitioner or help

Project Compassion- An Unforgettable Experience

WVMC's Lori Cutrell, RN donates personal time to travel with "Project Compassion" providing medical care to countries in need.

Leading the Nation in Quality

Willamette Valley Medical Center Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition from the Joint Commission for

Calendar

Mar
25
Sat
Child Preparation Series – All Day Class @ Birthing Center Classroom
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Prepare for your baby’s arrival with calm and confidence in this 6 week course. Learn about the many choices you can consider as you near the end of your pregnancy: nutrition, comfort during late pregnancy, physical and emotional experiences of labor for mothers and partners, comfort techniques (breathing, relaxation, massage, etc) for labor and birth, medications and medical procedures, postpartum care for mother and baby, and so much more! Class includes a full class dedicated to breastfeeding and one to newborn care. Also a birthing center tour, videos and handouts will be provided.

Mar
26
Sun
Alcoholics Anonymous- Sunday Gratitude Meeting @ WVMC Classrooms (1st floor, across from cafeteria)
Mar 26 @ 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.

Mar
28
Tue
New Moms Group @ Birthing Center Classroom
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Moms with babies up to two years old are welcome to join us each week for this very informal session. You’ll meet with other new moms and a registered nurse to discuss infant development, health and social issues, breastfeeding and other important topics. Siblings and toddlers are welcome!

New Moms Group @ Birthing Center Classroom
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Moms with babies up to two years old are welcome to join us each week for this very informal session. You’ll meet with other new moms and a registered nurse to discuss infant development, health and social issues, breastfeeding and other important topics. Siblings and toddlers are welcome!

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Find Your Motivation
By Zac Woodruff, RN BS

Weight loss is impossible if you are not motivated to achieve your goals. You can not simply hope or wish that you will become healthy. You have to put the work in, and to do so; you have to find your motivation.

Without motivation, you will never fully commit to what you truly want, and you will not live your life to its maximum potential. So the question becomes…. How do you find your motivation?

The answer is very simple. Goals.

Setting goals is key to finding your motivation. In fact, the best way to get the ball rolling is to start with one simple goal and let it snowball from there.

Start with a goal; one single, solitary, specific goal. Maybe it’s to walk one mile. Maybe it’s to clean your kitchen or call your mom. It doesn’t really matter; you just need to pick something that you know you need/want to do, and then you need to go do it, immediately. Don’t wait or procrastinate.

As soon as you finish with that one, pick the next one. And then, keep doing that.

Completing a goal gives you momentum, and motivation and momentum go hand in hand. You could tread water and swim in circles forever if you didn’t know what direction you were heading. Once you pick a goal and stay making progress towards it, eventually you will get there. If you know where the shore is, and you keep swimming in that direction, eventually you will get there.

After you start to complete some goals, a beautiful thing called motivation begins to emerge. You may not have thought that you were motivated at all when you picked that first goal, but after a few successful goal accomplishments, your brain starts to crave more success.

This month, we’ve been talking about bariatric surgery and there is a common misconception that surgery is the quick and easy fix, and those that get it lack the motivation to lose the weight on their own.

Oh how wrong that assumption would be. Patients who undergo bariatric surgery have to be incredibly motivated individuals, because they must endure a rigorous 3 – 6 month preparation period, prior to ever having surgery. They have to be mentally focused, physically prepared, adhere to a strict diet and meet certain weight loss goals before any surgeon will perform the surgery.

One other thing that I’d like to touch on is that if you want to effectively tackle your goals, you have to be a mental space that is not distracted by too much going on. You can’t stay focused on what you are trying to accomplish if you have 85 million other things going on in your life. If you want to lose weight, you can’t have so much going on that you have no time to invest into that goal, or you will never lose the weight.

If you want to find your motivation, start by setting some goals.

Cheers.
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