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SUMMER ROAD TRIP

Summer road trips call to mind car games, stopping at scenic vistas for a photo op and the iconic question, "Are we there yet?" A road trip with two nine month old teething babies is a different story. Vacation is always fun but the thing about being a mom is even when you're on vacation,

On the road again…

Today I write this blog to you from highway I-5, near Ashland, while my beautiful wife is driving. We just finished up a four day trip to California to visit my family and had a fabulous time. On the drive down I was trying to brainstorm some ideas to blog about in relationship to traveling.

Pizza: Healthy or Not?

I recently went to a birthday party of one of my son’s friends. It was held at one of those inflatable bouncy house places with loud music and lots of excitement. Overall, the kids had a great time at the party and I’m sure all of the parents agreed that their little ones took great

At the Zoo with a Twingo

If you take a walk into our living room, the tornado of toys, play mats and bouncers easily reveal that we are blessed with babies. I wouldn't say I have gone overboard with baby stuff but I definitely jump at the offer of something that promises to make my life a little easier. My most

So you’re nervous?

This week, my son auditioned for a play and the night before the auditions was really tough on him. He kept telling us that his stomach hurt in the evening and then when it was bedtime he couldn’t sleep. It seemed clear to me that he was nervous about the auditions, and after I got

Week 2 – FOOD, FOOD, FOOD!!

FOOD, FOOD, FOOD!! I am so excited to finally start eating pureed and soft foods. Ever since the surgery, I have been extremely sick of protein shakes. Today is my two week surgeversary and so I am allowed to eat soft, pureed foods. I assume that now that I am eating food, my weight loss

“Snack-Wise at Work”

One question that I often receive as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is “what are healthy snacks options for me at work?” Snack can be part of a very healthy diet as it keeps us full and prevents overeating at meals, maintains blood sugars within normal limits, and gives us needed energy during a busy work

MEET CAROLYN LASH

Chief Quality Officer/Ethics & Compliance Officer Carolyn was born in Frankfurt Germany, but moved to California as a baby and spent all but one year of her life there until moving to Oregon in 2008 and falling in love with the McMinnville area. She loves the weather and ability to experience 4 seasons, the green

MEET PATTY STEELE, RN

Shows Yorkshire Terriers. Loves grandchildren. Started at WVMC 27 years ago. Employee of the year. I'm very competitive, so I love to compete with other hospitals to make sure we have the very highest core measures and patient satisfaction scores. I know that if we do, that means we have outstanding patient care. As a

MEET SAMANTHA RYNEARSON, CNM:

MEET SAMANTHA RYNEARSON, CNM: What do I love about being a mid-wife? As a certified nurse-midwife, I love being a resource, a kind ear, a health coach, and a witness to the amazing journey that is life as a woman. I want women to feel empowered and capable of change and growth. Women’s health is

MEET BETH MOLINE, FNP-BC

MEET BETH MOLINE, FNP-BC: The First Certified Medical Examiner in Yamhill County. Proficient in Spanish. Nurse practitioner. Practicing occupational medicine since 1986. What is a Certified Medical Examiner? Licensed commercial motor vehicle drivers must complete a physical examination every two years. Beginning this year, those examinations can only be performed by Certified Medical Examiners who

MEET KELLY DE KAR, PHLEBOTOMIST

MEET KELLY DE KAR, PHLEBOTOMIST: Crochets blankets for her grandbabies. Favorite vacation: Snowed in at Klamath Falls - Running Y Ranch Patients love her! I draw blood all day long. People are scared when they come in, and I can make them feel secure. With kids, sometimes we sing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat". It's

MEET NATALIE REED, JRIO

MEET NATALIE REED, JRIO Program Manager/Coordinator and Physical Therapist: Loves hiking, cooking, wine tasting and reading. Married with 2 kids. Has a twin sister. Ran a half marathon last year. HUGE U of O athletics fan (not just football). Why do you work at Willamette Valley Medical Center? My job is to help patients have

MEET DON BARD

Baseball player. Linfield graduate. Husband. ICU nurse.   Why are you a nurse? "I want to help people who are at their most vulnerable. In the intensive care unit the patient becomes the family, with their own dynamics. The best thing I've found is listening and letting them express themselves. Less talking and more just

MEET ERIC SANDELS-WEST

MEET ERIC SANDELS-WEST, RADIATION THERAPIST/BACKUP PACS ADMINISTRATOR: He bikes to work as part of his exercise routine, rain or shine. He enjoys spending time with his family and supporting his kids in all of their activities. In his free time, he enjoys riding motorcycle, reading, and playing video games. "Why do you love working at

MEET RIGO GARIBAY, RN

MEET RIGO GARIBAY, RN: Loves family road trips. Gardens. Runs the 216-mile Cascade Lakes Relay with his wife.     "I knew a little English when we moved to the states from Mexico. Whenever my relatives needed some help communicating with doctors, I was the one who went with them to help." "At first I

MEET KRISTEN KIRSCH, ER NURSE

MEET KRISTEN KIRSCH, ER NURSE: Graduate of Newberg High and PCC. Loves travel, shopping and pedicures. Married with 3 kids Why do you work at WVMC? I started here in emergency admitting and then worked as a unit secretary. I always knew I wanted to be a nurse, but it took some time working up

MEET WEBSTER CASS, PACS

MEET WEBSTER CASS, PACS administrator and radiology assistant manager: Born in North Miami, Florida. Married to Jenna Cass, who works in radiology/cath lab. Wedding photographer. Home improvement enthusiast. Father of 4-month-old daughter. What do you like most about working at Willamette Valley Medical Center? My job is exciting with lots of variety every day. With

DNA Sequencer

Courtesy of News Register Staff Writer: Nicole Montesano Willamette Medical Center acquires DNA sequencer Whooping cough has been popping up around the county this summer, but patients and physicians have gotten a break in their battle with it: Definitive test results can be obtained in a matter of hours rather than days, thanks to new

Portion Control and Preparation

Like you I’m sure, I’ve known about portion control for a long time. There have been times in my life where I’ve been very good about being conscious of how much and what I’m eating, and conversely there have been many times where I could care less about the size or the content. Over the