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Hands-Only CPR

 Hands-Only CPR Saves Lives  By Zac Woodruff, RN BS A few weeks ago, I was watching a movie with my 8 year old when someone started performing CPR on someone who had drowned. Two breaths, two compressions, two breaths, two compressions (ps they were doing it totally wrong.) My daughter says, “ew, there is no

Healthcare Education Scholarships are OPEN

Between 2004 and May 2017, the WVMC Volunteers have given $287,650 in awards to Yamhill County residents studying for a career in health care. Our Healthcare Education Committee has OPENED the application process for the 2018-2019 scholarship season. The link to the application can be found below. If you are a Yamhill County resident and

Severe flu season continues

Severe flu season continues Story Credit: News Register. By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • January 29, 2018 Influenza cases in Oregon, as in much of the nation, are above anything seen in recent years. The predominance of one of the more virulent strains of the virus, that has meant an especially severe flu season this year. Two children, both younger

YES for Healthcare in Oregon

HOSPITALS GRATIFIED BY MEASURE 101 VICTORY! News Release from Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) Lake Oswego, OR- Feb. 23, 2018 -- The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) issued the following statement celebrating the passage of Measure 101 tonight. OAHHS, which represents all of Oregon's 62 community hospitals, was a

Flu Flu Everywhere

Flu Flu Everywhere It’s been all over my Facebook timeline this week. It’s all over the Internet and the news. It was the topic of conversation when we went for Chinese food on Wednesday night. Many of my family members have gotten it, some even twice! Every year we all prepare for the flu season,

When are your kids  too sick to go to school

We have all been there, asking ourselves when should we send our kids to school and when should we keep them home? Students should be excluded from school if they exhibit: Fever greater than 100.5 degrees Vomiting Stiff neck or a headache with fever Any rash with or without fever Unusual behavior change, such as irritability, lethargy,

The Flu Hits Oregon Hard

Story from Statesman Journal More than 120 Oregonians were hospitalized for flu-related ailments the week ending Dec. 23. That's up from 85 cases the week prior. Oregon is one of 36 states nationwide reporting high levels of a flu outbreak, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. It doesn't help that this year's flu vaccination has not

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

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

“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

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

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

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