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Pesky Spider Bite on Christmas

This morning I woke up and immediately felt a bump on the back of my neck. Man oh man, some pesky spider must have got me in the middle of the night. Not only did that mean that a spider was in our bed last night (ew gross!), but it meant that I don’t know

1-800-273-8255, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

I don’t exactly know what to write down. Without getting into much detail, an extended family member, who looked out for me my entire life, took his own life a few days ago. I was in the car pulling into the driveway when my sister called and let me know what happened. I was really

What’s up with this Ridiculous Eye Twitch!?!?

Earlier this week I was in a meeting with some coworkers when one of them mentioned they had an eye twitch that wouldn’t go away. Then another friend said it was “eye twitch season” and that all her friends were getting them too! Immediately, I thought…. Perfect blog idea! So why do we get eye

NEW merger in Medical Clinics

Willamette Valley Occupational Medicine Clinic Merges with McMinnville Immediate Health Care   McMinnville, December 1, 2017 – Willamette Valley Occupational Medicine (WVOM) is happy to announce that as of Friday, Dec 1st they have merged with McMinnville Immediate Health Care (MIHC) and been renamed to “McMinnville Immediate Health Care & Occupational Medicine” For more information

Where Did My Voice Go?

I woke up this morning and my voice was gone! Of course there is a reason why this happened, but this morning I’ve been wondering exactly what happens when we lose our voice and what’s the best way to get it back. So last night a bunch of us nurses and our spouses went to

It’s That Flu Shot Time of Year

Every year around this time I write a blog about the flu shot. This is not a blog to try to convince you whether or not you need to get it. Most people have pretty firm beliefs on whether or not they chose to get vaccinated. This is just a blog to present you with

Orbera and a Weight Loss Success Story

March 2017, Original Weight 239 LBS August 2017, Lost 40 LBS October 2017, Lost 54 LBS 21 weeks after having  Orbera  placed, I have lost about 54 pounds. I have six weeks before balloon is removed and still have another 10 pounds to hit my goal. The focus

Disease Outbreak in Disneyland!?!?!

Yesterday, we had just arrived to the airport after spending the last 3 days in Disneyland when my sister-in-law texted us to ask if we knew about the disease outbreak in Disneyland. What!?!?!?!? No, we hadn’t heard anything, but I immediately went to the news to find out what she was talking about. I googled

Surgery soon? Why can’t I eat or drink?

If you've ever had surgery or known someone who has had surgery, your probably familiar with the idea that you are not supposed to eat or drink anything after midnight, the night before your surgery. As a nurse, I’ve taken care of countless patients preparing for surgery, and many of them have had questions about

“A” Grade Again for WVMC

Willamette Valley Medical Center Receives an “A” for Patient Safety in Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in

Yesterday my son told me he was going to live 10 years less than me

With Halloween just two days away, the topic of conversation in our household has been candy, and how we don’t need to go crazy over sugar on Tuesday. Over the years, we’ve agreed to enjoy the fun of Halloween and let our kids indulge a few pieces of their favorite candy, but everything else they

Nova Battles on…To Acupuncture or not, that is the question?

To Acupuncture or not, that is the question?- Alternative ways to help yourself through Cancer and Chemotherapy As you embark on your breast cancer journey there are endless options. There are many different ways to fight cancer and many different beliefs and practices. Each person must pick the journey to battle cancer in the way

1st Degree Burns and More…

We’ve all done it. Bumped the over door when you are taking out the pan of freshly baked cookies. Grabbed the curling iron that you thought wasn’t on. Splashed some boiling water on your hand when you were draining your pasta. I’m talking about unexpected burns. No matter how careful we are, these things happen.

Nova Continues her Breast Cancer Battle…Blog #2

The Releasing of the Hair to the Mermaids-Creating Traditions, Memories and Hope           The minute you hear chemo you instantly ask "Will I loose my hair?" (I did!) It's what we imagine when we think of cancer and chemo. We have either known someone who has battled Breast Cancer or we are

Whoa Subconjunctival Hemorrhage!

Friday morning I noticed the outside of my wife’s eye looked red. I mentioned it to her and she said she hadn’t noticed. Of course she went to the mirror and examined her eye. “Whoa!!!” she said, “What happened to my eye?!?!” I looked closer and it looked like there was a tiny moon shaped

10 years of Mammograms…and then the diagnosis

~10 years of Mammograms and Monthly Breast Exams~ By Nova, WVMC Breast cancer patient sharing her story as she fights the battle of her life For ten years I religiously practiced as much preventive care within my power. Yet, I have now become that 11%, weeks before my 45th birthday! The 11% of breast cancer

Donate Blood in Bad Times and in Good Ones

Last Sunday, our country experienced a horrific event in Las Vegas. As the information came in, I was shocked and deeply saddened about what happened. I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing on the news, and unfortunately, it’s a feeling we are all experiencing far too often. But in our darkest hours, we see

Helping with Hurricane Relief

Dr. Tom Cronin, an ED Physician was deployed on September 16th to Orlando, FL to provide aid for hurricane victims. He was deployed with the DMAT OR-2, a part of the National Disaster Medical System. They are a federal uniformed service team that goes out to provide medical care in potentially austere conditions. We normally

Healthy Pumpkins

Welcome to October, the month of the pumpkin. Over the last few months, we have been growing our very own pumpkin patch in our garden, and as I've watched the pumpkins grow, I’ve often found myself wondering about how to properly eat a pumpkin and what are the health benefits of pumpkins. I mean, we

Living with Fibromyalgia

Recently, a dear friend of mine told me that they had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It wasn’t a great surprise to me because for years they had been talking about living with constant pain. For them, getting the “diagnosis” has really helped them take control of their situation, learn more about their illness, and discover

Welcome Dr. Chandni Merchant

Willamette Valley Medical Center and McMinnville Internal Medicine are pleased to welcome to our community, Chandni Merchant, MD. Dr. Merchant is an Internal Medicine Physician joining the McMinnville Internal Medicine clinic. As an Internist, Dr. Merchant is trained to care for patients with multi-system diseases, as well as perform general health examinations and consult on

Could Wi-Fi Be Bad For Us?

Recently, my son came home from one of his first days of middle school and he had an interesting question for me. “Dad, is Wi-Fi bad for us? One of my classmates was saying the wireless waves we can’t see could be damaging us way more than we realize,” he said. For a moment, I

FREE Bumps & Bruises Sports Medicine Clinic is back

Dr. Derek Rains from Willamette Valley Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is once again offering his fall FREE Bumps & Bruises Sports Medicine Clinic. Offering 8 clinic dates from 8am-10am at Willamette Valley Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic located inside Willamette Valley Medical Center (2700 SE Stratus Ave. McMinnville, OR) on the 3rd floor in suite

Improving Outcomes in Nationally Accredited Joint Replacement Institute

In June 2010, Willamette Valley Medical Center (WVMC) opened the Joint Replacement Institute of Oregon (JRIO) as a program dedicated to the care of patients undergoing total hip and total knee replacement surgery. WVMC is an 88-bed acute-care, full-service facility, fully accredited by The Joint Commission, and RCCH HealthCare Partners has contributed resources and support

How Bad Was That Smoky Air?

Last week, we all saw the same smoky sky. As thousands of acres of our beautiful Columbia Gorge burned, the air quality in the Pacific Northwest changed drastically. When I walked out of the hospital on Tuesday evening, I remember looking at the sky, smelling the air, and thinking to myself, this can’t be good

Welcome Dr. Steven Maxfield to the WVMC Medical Staff

Willamette Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce the new addition to our medical staff, Dr. Steven Maxfield, a Board Eligible Ophthalmologist. Dr. Maxfield recently completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Maxfield was born in Seattle and grew up in Richland, Washington. He received a full tuition academic scholarship to

The Rip City Relay is coming to McMinnville

RIP CITY RELAY IS COMING TO McMINNVILLE Willamette Valley Medical Center is excited to partner with the Portland Trail Blazers and Moda Health to present a FREE family-friendly day of basketball, healthy activities and games for all ages. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH from 4:00-6:00pm behind McMINNVILLE CITY HALL (230 NE. 2nd. Street) Come meet some of our

Friction Blisters & How to Care for Them

So the other night I was cutting up a large carpet remnant for an area in my garage, when all of a sudden, I noticed I had developed a blister on my middle finger. The kind of blister that once you notice it, you realize, this hurts! I was using some heavy-duty shears to make

The Disease Affecting 8-12 Million People in the United States

  September Named Peripheral Arterial Disease Awareness Month   McMinnville, OR- September 1, 2017- Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a condition that develops when the arteries that supply blood to the internal organs, arms and legs become completely or partially blocked as a result of atherosclerosis. There are many possible side effects of atherosclerosis including

McMinnville Immediate Health Care under New Ownership

McMinnville, September 1, 2017 – McMinnville Immediate Health Care (MIHC) is proud to announce that as of September 1, 2017, it will be under the new ownership of Willamette Valley Medical Center (WVMC). MIHC is very excited to be able to continue the operations in McMinnville providing immediate, convenient health care to its community. There

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