Monthly Archives: April 2017


Scared of Blood Thinners?

Recently I was talking with a friend and he mentioned that his father had just been diagnosed with new onset atrial fibrillation and he was prescribed a blood thinner to help manage the condition. When someone has atrial fibrillation the top two chambers of their heart shake or quiver, and this can cause stagnate blood

Check Your Fingernails

Recently a patient of mine asked me to take a look at his fingernails and had some questions about them. His fingernails were very dry, brittle, and cracked, which is often linked to thyroid disease. Indeed, as he was actually hospitalized for a thyroid issue, but he wanted to know if the condition of his

Straight A’s for Patient Safety

Willamette Valley Medical Center continues to earn  “A’s” for Patient Safety April 12, 2017 – The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide.  Willamette Valley Medical

New Life

I just returned home from a trip with my family to the Bay Area. My wife and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary and we got to meet our 3-week-old niece for the first time. For 3 days, we spent the majority of our time with her and it was wonderful. I would hold her


Earlier this week, my wife and I took our children to Seaside for a few days of spring break fun. We stayed up late and told jokes. We walked on the beach. We flew kites and threw frisbees. We swam and played with beach balls in the water. We walked through the shops and took

NEW Nationally Certified Center

WVMC Weight Loss Surgery Achieves National Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program 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

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