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CFO Appointed to National Board

National Advisory Board of Directors Named for Capella Healthcare

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Welcome Dr. Joanna Zamora, Pediatrician

Welcome Joanna Zamora, MD, FAAP to the WVMC Medical Staff
Willamette Valley Medical Center would like to officially welcome Joanna Zamora, MD, FAAP […Read More]

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Welcome Anne Ziemba, CNM

Willamette Valley Medical Center would like to Welcome Anne Ziemba, CNM to Medical Staff
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Walk With Ease – Education for individuals with arthritis @ McMinnville Community Center
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Newborn Care Class @ Birthing Center Classroom
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

This class is included in the child preparation series but if you would just like a course on newborn care this is the one for you. In this class you learn “the basics” as well as creative solutions to living and caring for your newborn. Includes care safety seat information and inspection.

Walk With Ease – Education for individuals with arthritis @ McMinnville Community Center
Feb 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Safe Sitter Class @ Birthing Center Classroom
Feb 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Geared for ages 11 and up, the class is taught by certified instructors who are RNs from our Birthing Center and will cover basic skills such as first aid, basic childcare, as well as tips on managing behavior. When you leave you will be prepared to babysit with the skills and confidence to be the best babysitter on the block.

Call 503-435-6400 for confirmation of class.


Karson and Lucy are now 16 months old. It is more evident then ever, these little bugs have minds and an autonomy of their own. They're still figuring this out but the wheels are clearly turning in their precious little heads.

Lucy is becoming quite the parrot. The words she repeats back are a distant, muffled version of what she hears but it's clear what she's trying to do. Both her and Karson's favorite word is "Daddy" and they both say it all the time, for many different things.

We have a lot of fun around here. Karson has always pulled out his dance moves at the drop of a note but lately Lucy has been partaking more in the action too. She loves to twirl in circles, often until she gets dizzy and topples over. Karson's current favorite move is the quick feet shuffle, resembling Chris Farley's reenactment of Flashdance.

They love wrestling around and being chased while they scream and giggle. Lucy still always wants to be held but Karson, just as he always has been, is the real snuggle bug.

They've really grown fond of our dog Lulu. I always have to put her in the next room during mealtimes or half the food goes off the high chair tray to feed her. Karson's always the first one to remind me to bring her back out again when they're done. They're getting better at understanding the difference between petting versus just pulling her hair and they even welcome her slobbery kisses. I guess Lulu's kisses are not all that different from the ones Karson and Lucy give me.

Karson is a tank when it comes to food these days. He popped out several molars this past month and he puts them to use. Lucy would rather save room for her favorite foods and likes to hang out in the kitchen so she doesn't miss any of them.

They're getting better at walking and listening to my direction so that I don't need to carry them everywhere. Usually though it feels a lot like herding sheep. Going from point A to point B often takes five times longer than it should since they stop and play every other step. It's a test in my patience but I know this curiosity and want for exploration is beyond their control.

They still need and want me more than ever too but I can see their independence building every day. This brings more fun but also temper tantrums and more demands. It's a lot of exhausting, emotionally draining work but still I'd wish their growing up would slow down. I wish I could freeze every minute and make every cuddle just a little longer. I Iove them more with each passing day and am so thankful for the joy and wonderment they bring us.

Note: Kendra Lindell gave birth to twins, Karson and Lucy on October 5th, 2014 at Willamette Valley Medical Center Birthing Center. She writes about her experience on the WVMC Facebook page. STAY TUNED for more stories from Kendra. See for previous posts.
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I’m getting a ZIT!
By Zac Woodruff, RN BS

Okay. We’ve all been there.

I woke up yesterday morning, went to rub my eyes and face to wake up, and BOOM! I immediately felt some discomfort and knew what was going on.

Before I even hit the mirror up, I could tell some little jerk was cooking up something underneath my skin, right on the tip of my nose.

Have you ever had one of those? A zit in a place that is especially tender, like right inside your ear, or inside your nose, or in my case, smack dab on the tip of my nose. Or worse yet, a just getting started zit that still has a long way to go.

And I hate how it seems like they just literally come out of nowhere. Like the night before, when I went to sleep, I didn’t notice or feel anything. Then I wake up to a ridiculous Rudolph nose and a morning full of wincing and grimacing.

Oh and this was the kind that was deep enough that putting any pressure on it brought zero relief. There was nothing to pop or squeeze. Nope, we weren’t at that stage yet. We were merely kicking off the preliminary round, and I knew I was going to be in for a long battle.

Yesterday was not fun. Mr. Deep Zit, you are not cool.

This morning I woke up, and it really wasn’t that much better. But in the interest of blogging, I jumped online and did a bit of research on how to best handle my precarious situation.

Well, before I jump ahead on how to relieve a deep zit, perhaps we should talk about what a zit is in the first place.

A zit, or pimple, is a small pustule or papule. Zits are small skin lesions or inflammations of the skin - they are sebaceous glands (oil glands) which are infected with bacteria, swell up, and then fill up with pus. The exact cause and timing of them is unknown, but it is believed that hormones known as androgens, stress, hygiene, and a person’s genetics may play a very large role.

Getting rid of a zit deep under the skin requires the help of a warm compress to soften the plug and draw it to the surface. Once it’s at the surface, then the fun can begin. We’ve all been there, and done that.

If you are going to get your squeeze on, WebMD (2015) recommends the following:

1. Don't poke too early. Wait until your pimple has a firm white head. That means the pus is close to the surface and ready to be drained.

2. Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water, soap, and a fingernail brush.

3. Sterilize a straight pin with a match or lighter. Let the pin cool, then wipe it down with rubbing alcohol. Swab the zit with alcohol and pour some on your fingers, too.

4. Dry your fingers and wrap them with a clean tissue.

5. Position your pin. Hold the pin parallel to the surface of your skin, and gently pierce the very tip of the zit's white center.

6. Using your fingers, or a cotton swab, softly squeeze the pimple. Press around (not on) the white tip of the zit. If the pus doesn't come out easily, the pimple isn't ready to be popped. Stop!

7. Apply more alcohol (it will sting) or a very small amount of bacitracin ointment to the now-deflated blemish.

However, many dermatologists recommend resisting the temptation to put the pressure on and erupt the zit volcano. Left alone, a zit should heal itself in 3 to 7 days. Popped improperly, it can linger for weeks or even lead to scarring.

Yeah, good luck with that one.

So there it is, my tale of the Superbowl weekend zit. Too bad it wasn’t Christmas Eve, I could’ve guided Santa’s sleigh for him.

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Has anyone heard of Bariatric Pal? It's a WLS forum that opens conversations up for failures and successes within the bariatric community. I have been a member of it since before my surgery, but have not used it lately. Well, last week I got an email from them offering a free viewing of a documentary on WLS. The movie is called "All Of Me" and is about several woman's journey's through surgery and recovery.

I was conflicted about watching it. Part of me felt like I should and the other part was hesitant because I have been struggling and didn't want to think about the subject. I decided to go ahead and watch it. Although I am glad I did, it was a struggle to get through.

The movie followed a group of overweight woman as some of them went through surgery. What made me sad was watching one of the woman getting the surgery and watching her gain all the weight back as she failed to comply with a new lifestyle. Not only did she not succeed at using WLS as a tool, but also lost some of her closest friends and husband due to emotional struggles. It was heart-wrenching to watch and I became scared that would happen to me. However, there was a happy ending for another woman who lost over 100lbs and kept most of it off.

The documentary was brutally honest about the realities of having WLS. I would recommend everyone thinking about having surgery or those who have already had it to watch it. It is very relatable to what most of us have/are going through. WLS is not the end, but just the beginning of a satisfying but difficult journey towards health. It is nice to know that we are not alone and that there is support out there. I feel lucky to have a supportive family, friends and doctors. Dr Higa and his staff are very nice and is very helpful with every challenge that comes my way.

The monthly support group at the hospital is a great way to meet other patients and get answers to questions. I am also thinking of starting a WLS social group in Salem, where we can build a group of friends that can understand what the WLS lifestyle is like while doing fun activities. Please let me know if you are interested in getting together sometime. It's nice to have someone to talk to that knows what I'm going through. Thanks!
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