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Baseball player. Linfield graduate. Husband. ICU nurse.   Why are you a nurse? "I want to help people who are at their most vulnerable. In the intensive care unit the patient becomes the family, with their own dynamics. The best thing I've found is listening and letting them express themselves. Less talking and more just


MEET ERIC SANDELS-WEST, RADIATION THERAPIST/BACKUP PACS ADMINISTRATOR: He bikes to work as part of his exercise routine, rain or shine. He enjoys spending time with his family and supporting his kids in all of their activities. In his free time, he enjoys riding motorcycle, reading, and playing video games. "Why do you love working at


MEET RIGO GARIBAY, RN: Loves family road trips. Gardens. Runs the 216-mile Cascade Lakes Relay with his wife.     "I knew a little English when we moved to the states from Mexico. Whenever my relatives needed some help communicating with doctors, I was the one who went with them to help." "At first I


MEET KRISTEN KIRSCH, ER NURSE: Graduate of Newberg High and PCC. Loves travel, shopping and pedicures. Married with 3 kids Why do you work at WVMC? I started here in emergency admitting and then worked as a unit secretary. I always knew I wanted to be a nurse, but it took some time working up


MEET WEBSTER CASS, PACS administrator and radiology assistant manager: Born in North Miami, Florida. Married to Jenna Cass, who works in radiology/cath lab. Wedding photographer. Home improvement enthusiast. Father of 4-month-old daughter. What do you like most about working at Willamette Valley Medical Center? My job is exciting with lots of variety every day. With

Portion Control and Preparation

Like you I’m sure, I’ve known about portion control for a long time. There have been times in my life where I’ve been very good about being conscious of how much and what I’m eating, and conversely there have been many times where I could care less about the size or the content. Over the


Two nights ago, a bunch of us neighbors were hangin out in our cul-de-sac. It was the perfect summer night. All the kids were running around playing with squirt guns, the blazing heat was finally tapering off, and the sunset was picture perfect. Sounds lovely right? Well it was…. Up until the dang mosquitos showed

A Father’s Love

My dad set the bar high as far as dads go. He's the epitome of a family man. He's worked hard all his life to give us opportunities and a rich upbringing. He taught us the importance of hard work, an education and doing the right thing. He's been a devoted and loving partner to

International Picnic Day

Today is International Picnic Day which celebrates gathering together with friends and family to enjoy a tasty meal. Picnics are a great opportunity to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, cold salads, and your favorite BBQ protein. With hot temperatures and lack of refrigeration, it is especially important to keep food safety in mind. Try these

“The Daily Challenges”

On days when one baby wakes up far ahead before the other and their schedules are not in sync, I get to have a little one on one time. The ease of it makes me think about the question every twin mom can't help but ponder: What would it be like to have just one

What To DO About Heat Exhaustion

Today my son played in two games at our city’s baseball tournament and midway through the second game, one of the players from the other team had to exit the game because he was overheating and began feeling very sick. Just from overhearing what the coach was saying to the umpire, it was clear the

National Dairy Month

Low fat and non fat dairy products are essential as a part of a healthy diet. Intake of dairy products like milk, yogurt, cheese, cream cheese, and cottage cheese can be beneficial to bone health, heart health, and maintenance of a health weight. • Bone Health – Studies show that dairy food nutrients like calcium,

We have hit the 8 month mark!

We're at eight months now and having a blast. Each month seems to become more and more fun. In the past month Lucy has matured a lot. She's beginning to understand the way the world works. She holds her arms up for me to pick her up, she cries when I'm done reading a book

Farmer’s Markets are BACK!

We have recently been seeing the sun more which means that nicer weather will be here soon to stay for a bit. I love to see the sun this time of year because it means more and more farmer markets will be popping up in your community. My favorite things to purchase at farmers markets

Stand Up!

If you are sitting down reading this right now, you should stand up. No really, you should stand up now and probably a whole lot more than you usually do in your day-to-day life. A recent report of 47 studies in the Annals of Internal Medicine states that more than half of the average person’s

So many questions???

Now that the babies are getting a little older and not demanding to be fed at every seeming moment, getting out and about is a little easier. Excursions usually disrupt our nap schedule but it's almost always worth it to be able to venture out and get a change of scenery and maybe even a

Desserts: To Eat or Not to Eat?

One question that I commonly get as a Registered Dietitian is, “Am I ok to eat desserts?” Most people associate guilt with eating desserts because they are often high in calorie, large portions, contain high calorie ingredients, and often add calories over someone’s daily caloric needs. But as a Dietitian, I never label foods “good”

Hospital Visitors

By Zac Woodruff, RN BS I just spent the last two days with my mom and it was fabulous. She flew up from the Bay Area to go to my son’s first baseball tournament and her visit really made us all feel good. Her visit got me thinking about the topic of “visiting” and how

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