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Quick stroke recognition pays off for McMinnville man

Quick stroke recognition pays off for McMinnville man Story from Oregon Health & Sciences University April 24, 2018- Lars Ward was in for a routine medical appointment at his primary care physician in McMinnville when something seemed off. “My left arm started just having a brain of its own,” the 49-year-old site development contractor recalled.

52 Years of Service

We  are so happy to see Lucille Kuhn back in the unit that she originally opened many years ago, Short Stay. Although she is not back as a nurse, she has joined the WVMC Volunteers Guild and will be helping out in the unit a couple times a week. She has never been one for

“You care about me?”

" You care about me?" It was chilly fall evening when a patient presented to the ER via police, for concern of inability to care for herself after her boyfriend was arrested. Previous encounters with this patient lead staff to believe that she was choosing to be homeless, as it was reported that she walked

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

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

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

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

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

Why I Chose the Orbera Balloon

Why I Chose the Orbera Balloon for MY Weight Loss Journey by Heidi Henry- Patient Testimonial from current Willamette Valley Medical Center Weight Loss Surgery For the past two years I have been watching the Orbera Balloon FDA trial outcomes in the US. For years, I have tried exercise and special diets to lose weight, but

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 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

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

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.-

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 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

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