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Monthly Archives: November 2015


Welcome Dr. Amy Kalina- Hospitalist

Welcome Dr. Amy Kalina to the Medical Staff November 25, 2015- McMinnville, OR- Willamette Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce the joining of Dr. Amy Kalina to their medical staff. She is the newest addition to the Willamette Valley Hospitalist team. Willamette Valley Medical Center utilizes a hospitalist program to provide dedicated inpatient care.

Why We Sweat or Don’t Sweat

Why We Sweat or Don’t Sweat By Zac Woodruff, RN BS Yesterday, my wife and I punished ourselves with 90 minutes of rigorous exercise to make up for our indulgences on Thanksgiving and during the Civil War. Oh man, we pushed hard. We did our regular upper body workout and cardio workout, but then my

We Have A Walker

We Have A Walker! This past week Karson started walking. He's still pretty wobbly but he's definitely got it. Seeing him tall and upright, moving across the room is a wonderful sight to behold. Now that we've finally reached this milestone I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off me in the worry department. I've

Eat Your Brussel Sprouts

Eat Your Brussel Sprouts By Zac Woodruff, RN BS The other day, I was talking with a patient about how to order their food using our recently unveiled room service option. He thought it was great that he was able to order his own food, on his own schedule. We got to talking about different


WARNING SHELTER ANNOUCEMENT- Due to the expected freezing weather conditions, 2 weather sheters will be opened in McMinnville. *FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 390 NE 2nd St. McMinnville OPEN from 8:00pm - 8:00am Wednesday, Nov. 25 Thursday Nov. 26th *FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 125 SE Cowls St. McMinnville OPEN from 8:00pm - 8:00am Friday, Nov. 27th Saturday, Nov.

Nursing Beyond a Year

I can't believe I'm still nursing Karson and Lucy, I really didn't think we'd make it past a year. I'd love to be done but I know how great my milk is for my babies, and what it provides in terms of nurturing and nutrients. I don't have any excuses or reasons not to keep

Thanks Charlie Brown

"THANKS CHARLIE BROWN" I grew up a Disney kid, but my wife grew up with Peanuts. The specials, the comic strips, the characters… They were a big part of her childhood. ... I’ve passed on my love of Disney onto my kids and wife and she has also passed on her love of Peanuts to

Leading the Nation in Quality

Willamette Valley Medical Center Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition from the Joint Commission for the Fifth Consecutive Year McMinnville, November 17, 2015 – Willamette Valley Medical Center (WVMC) announced today that it has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of

YCSO Deputies Begin Carrying Naloxone to Combat Overdoses

On November 13th the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies began carrying a dose of the drug Naloxone (also known as Narcan) in their patrol vehicles to assist in drug overdose prevention. The Sheriff’s Office recently applied for and received a community grant through Wal-Mart to start the program. This was then aided by Willamette

Week 21 Already?

It's Week 21 It’s been almost five months since my surgery and reality is not what I pictured in my head. I thought at this point I would be close to my goal weight and running half-marathons. I guess I had an unrealistic view of what life would be like after surgery. The good news

WVMC Receives National Honor

 Willamette Valley Medical Center Receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in Quality and Outcomes McMinnville, OR, November 12, 2015 – Willamette Valley Medical Center today announced it has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Quality and Outcomes, reflecting top quartile

13 Month Update on these Cuties

Time keeps flying by as these two little ones grow in front of my very eyes. At 13 months now, we seem to hit new milestones every day and I'm in constant awe of all they're learning. Lucy is shuffling all over the place, arms flailing out and up, wobbling to and fro. Karson is

No-Shave November…I’m in!

 Alright folks. I’m going to do it. Something I’ve never done. Ever since my patchy beard started to grow in, I’ve kept it neat and trimmed. This month…. Things change. I, along with thousands of people around the world, am taking part in No-Shave November. I’m already 8 days in (my neck is starting to

Diabetes Support Group-cancelled

The monthly Diabetes Support group has been cancelled for the November 10th and December 8th class. Classes will resume in 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you would like more information about the group and future dates of classes please contact Joe at Joseph.Oleksiak@capellahealth.com or you can call him at 503-472-5749

Halloween Gloom

In my book, Halloween has always marked the official entry into the gloomy season of Oregon's winter. Anyone who tried to go trick-or-treating this past weekend may say the same. We had the excitement of a power outage and spent the later evening by fire and candlelight. Fall may still be upon us, but those

Mommy Economics

Yes, I'm a stay at home mom. No, I don't actively play with my children all day long. They get plenty of engagement from me but sometimes I need a few moments for daily logistics. It's then that I count on the babies to play and entertain themselves, not always an easy feat. Sometimes it

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad

My parents met when they were 18 at a roller skating rink. After some shy exchanged glances during the couple's skate, my dad hung out in the parking lot, hoping to catch my mom on her way out and get a shot at a date. Needless to say, he got the date and the rest

The Comfort of a New Outfit V.S. Yoga Pants

For the last year, my life's focus has been taking care of these two little ones. During this time, my own self care has gone out the window. Sure I manage to eat well and make time for myself to exercise but I'm talking about the superficial kind of self care. The kind that makes

We Made it To 1 Year!

We made it to a year! Happy Birthday to our sweet little pumpkins. What a year it's been and what a wonderful blessing these two are in our lives. We had a wonderful weekend celebrating. They were baptized on Saturday, we had a birthday party on Sunday and on Monday (their birthday) we got to

It Takes a Village

We are swiftly approaching the big O-N-E! What a whirlwind of a year it has been. It feels like the fastest, most incredible year, full of ups and downs and so much learning. Here are the top twenty things I learned while surviving my first year with twins and my advice to those whose journeys

Pajama Drive- Help Change the Life of a Child

United Way of Mid-Willamette Valley- PAJAMA DRIVE NOVEMBER 9TH-20TH WILL YOU HELP US CHANGE THE LIFE OF A CHILD? Did you know that once a child enters foster care they are given a LIFETIME stipend of $100 for clothing expenses? $100!!! Can you imagine how fast $100 goes? Can you imagine being in a new

Treat Yourself to ONE More Hour of Sleep

If you’re like me, you loved getting one extra bonus hour of sleep last night. My wife told me a few days ago that daylight savings time was happening this last weekend, and it felt like getting a Christmas present. Woohoo! Extra Sleep! Yes! Treat Yourself! The idea of a free bonus hour of sleep

October is Apple Month

Did you know.... October is National Apple Month, did you know? Yesterday, I attended a field trip with my son Henry’s class to an Apple Farm in Beaverton, Oregon. The kids had a great time. We learned that there are over 100 varieties grown in the United States. The students were able to taste test

Better Safe Than Sorry

Recently, my wife and I went on a trip to Disneyland with our sister and brother-in-law. We were so excited to have a weekend away together and it was my brother-in-law’s first time to the happiest place on the earth. Before we flew out of PDX, my brother-in-law mentioned that his right abdomen was giving

Confession time…

Two days ago it was time for my regular dentist check up and I felt pretty good going into the appointment. Earlier this year, my wife and I switched from our SonicCare toothbrushes (we loved them, but after several years the batteries drained out so we decided to try some cheaper options) to electronic Oral

I Hate Calling in Sick to Work

Argh. Recently, I came down with nasty bug that knocked me out for a few days. My throat was on fire, I couldn’t stop coughing, my nose was running like a river, I had a fever, and I couldn’t sleep for two nights. I had to call in sick to work. ... The thing is,

Why Are You Wearing That?

Why are you Wearing that?? Here’s something to think about… Our hospital is the one building in our community where patients with every type of virus and bacteria come to get help. Regardless of how the illness is transmitted, people in need come to our hospital and we are committed to providing care to all

The Holidays are Coming

The Holidays are coming... Well it is now officially turkey season and then Christmas! I am excited for Thanksgiving and the holidays, but today I want to talk about Halloween. This year, I had the opportunity to participate in a murder mystery dinner fundraiser for Aumsville Community Theatre. This year we did four performances of

My Fight Song

The lights went down, the beat began and Rachel Platten appeared. She began singing the lyrics "Like a small boat on the ocean, sending big waves on the ocean.." and I began to tear up because she was performing "Fight Song". This simple, but powerful song was and still is my inspiration for my weight

WVMC Brings Allergy Specialist to McMinnville

James Sweet, MD Board Certified Allergist-Immunologist McMinnville, Oregon –Allergist-Immunologist James Sweet, MD has joined the medical staff at Willamette Valley Medical Center to address increasing community need for allergy care. With more than 20 years of experience as a board-certified allergist in both private practice and at a multi-specialty clinic, Dr. Sweet treats children and