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WVMC has Special Visitors

Dayton Elementary D.A.S.H. Students Come to Visit   It’s not every day that our hospital gets inundated with 30 kindergarten through fifth graders, but when it does happen, it brightens up the entire hospital. This last week WVMC was fortunate enough to host the Dayton Elementary “DASH” program. “Dayton Activities for Students Health” or D.A.S.H,

NEW Nationally Certified Center

WVMC Weight Loss Surgery Achieves National Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program www.WVMCWeightLoss.com Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in

A Future in Medicine starts early

Taylor Vogel can’t decide whether she would rather assist patients directly as a medical practitioner or help develop cures as a medical researcher. So she’s planning to do both. “I like both the social and the science part, so I want to be an M.D. or an M.D./Ph.D.,” said Vogel, who graduated in June from

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. I just returned from an amazing medical mission trip and wanted to share my story with you.  I have always wanted to combine my love of nursing and my love of traveling so I could touch the lives of those without access

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

A Lifesaving Decision

In November 2014 Mike Sandels had his second heart attack. He just happened to be walking by the WVMC emergency room on his way to undergo a CT Scan in Radiology. Mike said, “After experiencing nausea and profuse sweating I decided to immediately walk over to the emergency room and it was a decision that

Real Heroes in Our Community and at WVMC

Did you know that WVMC has a Diabetes Support Group that meets monthly? Its a place to learn every detail you want about diabetes, including facts about podiatry to nutrition and even cooking classes. We cover it all. What you probably didn't know is that it is more than a support group for diabetes. It

A Little Fright That Turned Into a Little Delight

The week of Halloween our six year old daughter Delilah was diagnosed with pneumonia and had to be hospitalized. She was admitted to WVMC on a Tuesday and as the days ticked ...by we realized 2014 would be the first time our little girl wouldn't get to trick or treat. In an effort to lift

We are prepared

The Ebola virus is the topic of discussion on nearly every platform around the country right now. Here at WVMC, we understand the importance of being prepared to care for a suspected Ebola patient, as well as the need to protect the safety of our community members and our staff.Our staff is educated and informed.-

Technology, Skill and Generosity Give Bob Rome the Gift of Voice

Thanks to the combined efforts of the Willamette Valley Cancer Foundation, Speech Therapist Melinda Grady and technology, Bob Rome can speak again. A retired contractor and Vietnam veteran, Rome was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer last year at age 70. He underwent a laryngectomy that removed his larynx and vocal folds, and left him without the

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

“If You’re In Pain, Get it Done Tomorrow,” Says Hip Replacement Patient

Tom Jackson endured terrible pain in his hips for more than two years. He walked with a limp and labored at work, but since both knees were replaced a decade ago, he wasn't keen on another surgery. After a serious fall, he finally sought help at our Joint Replacement Institute. "I fell down deer hunting

It Was Miracle After Miracle After Miracle

Robert Grady, pastor at McMinnville Christian Faith Center, came to Willamette Valley Medical Center with intense abdominal pain. While he was in our emergency department, his blood pressure started dropping. "The blood pressure just kept dropping, dropping, dropping," explains his wife, Denise. Within minutes, he flatlined. Thanks to the quick response of our intensive care

Uninsured McMinnville Couple Receives Free Medical Care

Last year Willamette Valley Medical Center provided $19.2 million in free or discounted care for friends and neighbors in our community. Here's the story of one of those families -- Dave and Nancy Palasky of McMinnville.Last fall, Dave felt weak and struggled with his breathing. When two rounds of antibiotics did not take him down

I’ve Lost Nearly 100 Pounds At a Price I Could Afford

I've had weight problems my whole life. I got to the point where I started having medical issues: Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, aches and pains in my legs, breathing disorders. If you're extremely overweight, that's the beginning of the end. I decided to do something. After trying lots of ways to lose weight, I

I Drove from West Salem to McMinnville for My Joint Replacement

A while ago I received a newsletter from Willamette Valley Medical Center about the Joint Replacement Institute and really liked the testimonials, so I held onto it. Then I started having terrible pain – it felt like a knife going through my hip. So I pulled out the newsletter and called the Institute. I also

  • Your hospital gave my life back!

Our hospital gave me back my life!

About the time I turned 40 my body started falling apart. Over a year and a half I went from being able to work to having such severe hip pain that I couldn't stand to do my job as a physical therapist at our hospital. I was literally sitting on a rolling stool all day

  • Your ER team saved my life

Our ER team saved my life

Every once in a while something so extraordinary happens that begs to be told. Such an experience started for me when my daughter and I took my dog Charlie for a walk. Toward the end of our walk I noticed some pretty strange symptoms in my back and shoulder, strange enough that my daughter rushed

  • If we meet again, I know I'll be in good hands!

If We Meet Again, I Know I’ll Be in Good Hands!

I came to Willamette Valley Medical Center because I felt like five people were in my chest, squeezing as hard as they could, and since they were all standing on my lungs, trying to take a deep breath was next to impossible. From the moment I checked into your emergency department there was protocol and

Thanks to Our Wound Care Center, My Foot is Healed

By Robert Lean, Salishan Resident I have diabetes, and I began to lose circulation in my foot. One of my toes was amputated, and I ended up with a severe infection. My foot was swollen and looked terrible. I was in the hospital for a week on very heavy antibiotics. My wife was worried that