Monthly Archives: September 2017


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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