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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

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

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

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

Eye Damage After the Eclipse

What is Solar Retinopathy? The name given to eye damage which has been caused by looking directly at the sun is solar retinopathy. Your eye has an opening at the front (pupil) and a lens which adjusts to focus images you are looking at onto the retina at the back of the eye. The retina

EXTREME heat, hear the WARNINGS

Extreme heat this week prompts Oregon Public Health warning Oregonians should stay hydrated, limit sun exposure as temps top 107 As the state’s temperatures break into the triple digits this week, health officials are recommending Oregonians take steps to prevent heat-related illnesses that can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. “Heat exhaustion and heat

Welcome Dr. Richard Burke

Willamette Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Richard Burke, MD to our medical staff. Richard Burke, MD hails from the northwest and after being away in the Midwest and California, is ready to come home and enjoy all 4 seasons. Growing up, Dr. Burke enjoyed and excelled in science and math

FREE Varicose Vein Screening Clinic

Do you have achy or unsightly legs? Let us help. Free Vein Screening Clinic August 4th 8am-12pm 254 NE Norton Lane. McMinnville CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH DR. STEVEN GISS at (503) 434-6060 Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be blue, red, or flesh colored. They are often raised above the skin on

New Nephrologist Joins Medical Staff

Welcome Amy Hackett, MD- Nephrologist Dr. Amy Hackett, board certified Nephrologist has joined the Willamette Valley Medical Center’s (WVMC) Medical Staff. She works for Oregon Kidney & Hypertension Clinic (OKHC) which has numerous offices around the state. Although her main location will be in the Tigard location, Dr. Hackett will also be caring for patients

Laugh Your Way Through Labor

Since the mid-1800s, Nitrous Oxide or “laughing gas” as it is more commonly referred to, has been used for pain relief, but most associated with a visit to the dentist. However, in the early 20th century, women in the United States often used “laughing gas” to take the edge off of labor pain before its

The Longest Day

Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.   Alzheimer's and dementia basics Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to

I Look Like A Surgeon

On the April 2017 cover of The New Yorker , 4 woman surgeons were pictured through the eyes of the patient. It has taken the country by storm, including our very own Operating Room (O.R.). Women surgeons across the country are replicating the photo with the #ILookLikeASurgeon Drs. Celina Sears, OBGYN, Brandi Spence, OBGYN, Heather Abe,

McMinnville Surgical Associates has Moved

Office of Sandeep Kumar, MD, Steven Giss, MD, and Guillermo Higa, MD May 22, 2017- McMinnville Surgical Associates (MSA) has moved across the parking lot. The NEW office of Dr.’s Sandeep Kumar, Steven Giss, and Guillermo Higa is now adjacent to the McMinnville Internal Medicine (MIM) clinic located on the Chemeketa Community College McMinnville Campus.

NEW Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Joins Medical Staff

  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon joins WVMC Medical Staff May 15, 2017- McMinnville, OR- Willamette Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of a new physician to our medical staff, Dr. Manuel Gigena, a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Growing up in Argentina, Dr. Manuel

We are 688 STRONG

National Hospital Week celebrates hospitals; Willamette Valley Medical Center wants to celebrate the women and men who support the health and well-being of our community through dedication and compassionate care from the heart. Thank you! We are #688STRONG

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,

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 Nationally Certified Center

WVMC Weight Loss Surgery Achieves National Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program www.WVMCWeightLoss.com 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

WVMC Named Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital

WVMC Named as 2017 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital March 8, 2017- Willamette Valley Medical Center (WVMC) was recently named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “This achievement is very gratifying and validates our daily commitment

Occupational Medicine Clinic has MOVED

February 27th, 2017- Occupational Medicine Clinic has moved location out of the WVMC building and across the street. 254 NE Norton Ln. McMinnville, OR 97128 Located inside the McMinnville Internal Medicine Clinic DON'T FORGET TO UPDATE THE NEW CONTACT INFORMATION IN YOUR RECORDS ALSO. NEW Phone: 503.687-3351 Fax: 503.435.6555 Email: WVMC.OccMed@capellahealth.com  Hours: Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. -

2017-2018 Healthcare Education Applications are open

In the past twelve years, the WVMC Volunteers have given $247,400 in awards to Yamhill County residents studying for a career in health care. Our Healthcare Education Committee is now accepting Healthcare Education Award applications for the 2017-2018 school year. If you are a Yamhill County resident and have been accepted into or are currently

Loss of a great community Physician, Dr. Stephen Teal

Dr. Stephen Teal 1943 - 2017 Steve was born in Champaign/Urbana, Illinois, to Ray and Marion Teal, who moved with their two young sons to Corvallis in 1950. It was an idyllic time for growing up years as Steve and friends could roam the neighborhood looking for after-school ball games. His interest in sports stayed

FREE Health Seminar- RSVP TODAY

Dr. Craig Kiser will be presenting a 4 night FREE healthcare seminar centered on "Creating Better Health & Happiness Through Better Nutrition." We hope you will RSVP today and join us!

New Year, Check your REAR!- Part 2

Colonoscopies? Where to Start? By Zac Woodruff, RN BS Last week, I started a month long blog series on colon cancer and what we all need to know about it. The single most important thing we can do to prevent colon cancer is to get a colonoscopy when we reach age 50 (sometimes at a

Cervical Health Awareness Month

HPV is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. It’s also a major cause of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV. Many people with HPV don’t know they are infected. The good news? The HPV vaccine (shot) can prevent HPV. Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests