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A Glass of Wine – in Moderation – Can Have Health Benefits

My grandpa always had a glass of wine at 5 o’clock just before supper. Wine was a huge part of his Italian tradition and culture, and many of those who consume a Mediterranean diet swear by one drink a day, whether it’s with breakfast, lunch, or dinner. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to appreciate a

82-Year-Old Credits Cardiac Rehabilitation For His Recovery

If you're driving on country roads near Whiteson, Amity, or Perrydale, you may spy 82-year-old Simon Steely pedaling his recumbent bike on a 20 mile ride. "(I love) riding in God's creation!" he declares. A retired electrical engineer from Albuquerque, N.M., Steely had heart bypass and valve replacement surgery in 2009. Today, he credits his

At 24 Weeks, Yoga is a Lifesaver!

(Amity resident Kendra Lindell is expecting twins in October. She has agreed to write about her experiences here each week.) I am now 24 weeks along in this journey of carrying our two little babes. According to my iPhone app, they are as long as an ear of corn. With taste buds, hearing, and even

Control Your Eating — And Lose Weight — Using Small Plates

The other day I cared for a patient who was interested in losing some weight. It seems that most of my patients have the desire to lose a few pounds. The fact is, 69% of the United States population over the age of 20 is either overweight or obese (CDC, 2013). That’s more than 2

Thoughts About Dads — And Fishing

(Amity resident Kendra Lindell is expecting twins in October. She has agreed to write about her experiences here each week. You can see previous posts at wvmcweb.com.) Like so many people in this country, we spent this past Sunday celebrating Father’s Day. We were able to spend the day with family which Nate and I are both

Elevators Aren’t for Everyone

I’ve always thought elevators were pretty cool. When I was growing up in the Bay Area, we used to go to Union Square in San Francisco and ride the superfast glass elevators at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. They were fun.The other day I was riding in an elevator with a patient who appeared a

Peter A. Hofstetter named CEO for Willamette Valley Medical Center – Experienced CEO is relocating from New Mexico

Peter A. Hofstetter FACHE McMinnville, OR.  June 6, 2014.  Peter A. Hofstetter, FACHE, has been named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Willamette Valley Medical Center (WVMC), effective August 1, according to a joint statement issued today by the hospital’s Board of Trustees and Capella Healthcare, with which WVMC is affiliated. Hofstetter has more

At 20 Weeks a Big Scare

(Amity resident Kendra Lindell is expecting twins in October. She has agreed to write about her experiences here and on our Facebook page each week.) Looking back it doesn't seem quite as dramatic as it felt, but when I was in the middle of it, I was wrenched with anxiety. Last Thursday evening, I noticed I

Oh, Sunlight…

Yesterday was beautiful. My wife and I got loads of yard work done and our children were able to play outside with their neighborhood friends. Towards the end of the evening, I was sitting with my daughter on our front yard bench underneath the Japanese maple tree, and the evening sunlight felt so lovely.I could