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  • "MyChart" Helps Patients Manage Their Health Online, Anytime
    9/10/2013

  • Occupational Medicine Department Has Relocated
    9/9/2013

  • Three East Wenatchee Physicians Complete 10-Year Recertification Process
    8/15/2013

    Three family medicine physicians at Confluence Health’s East Wenatchee Clinic— Susan Westerlund, MD, Debra Lapo, MD, and Shawn Nixon, MD—have successfully completed a 10-year process to recertify with the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM).

    The maintenance of certification involves 300 hours of continuing medical education, along with a computerized office record review and a comprehensive recertification exam. Throughout the process, the physician is assessed on his/her professionalism, lifelong learning, cognitive expertise and performance in practice.

    Founded in 1969, the ABFM is the second largest medical specialty board in the United States. Through its certification and maintenance-of-certification programs, the ABFM provides assurance to the public that certified family physicians possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide quality care to the individual, family and community.

    Dr. Westerlund has been with Confluence Health (previously known as Wenatchee Valley Medical Center) for 28 years. She received her medical degree from the University of Washington and completed her family medicine residency at Swedish Hospital Medical Center in Seattle.

    Dr. Lapo has been with Confluence Health for 18 years. She received her medical degree from the University of Washington, which is also where she completed her residency in family medicine. Her clinical interests include comprehensive healthcare for the entire family and preventive care.

    Dr. Nixon has been with Confluence Health for four years. He received his medical degree from the University of Washington and completed his family medicine residency at Tacoma Family Medicine. His clinical interests include sports medicine and preventive care.

  • WVMC Anticoag Department Named “Center of Excellence”
    6/15/2013

    The Anticoagulation Department at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center was recently named a “Center of Excellence” by the Anticoagulation Forum.

    With over 5,000 members representing over 1,800 anticoagulation clinics throughout the world, the nonprofit Anticoagulation Forum seeks to improve the quality of care for patients taking antithrombotic medications and promote strategies for prevention and treatment of thromboembolic disease.

    For more information about WVMC's anticoagulation services, please click HERE.

  • East Wenatchee Clinic Physician Completes AAFP Renewal
    4/10/2013

    Family medicine physician Debra Lapo, MD, from the East Wenatchee Clinic (part of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center) has successfully completed 150 hours of continuing medical education to retain her membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

    Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians was the first national medical specialty organization to establish continuing education requirements for its members. As the only medical society devoted solely to primary care, the AAFP currently represents 105,900 physicians and medical students nationwide.

    To maintain AAFP membership, Dr. Lapo is required to complete a minimum of 150 hours of accredited continuing medical education every three years. This recurring process ensures she is up to date with the latest treatments, technologies and medical research.

    Dr. Lapo is certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, which is also where she completed a three-year residency in family medicine. Her clinical interests include providing comprehensive healthcare to the entire family and helping her patients receive ongoing preventive care.

  • WVMC Selects NextGate EMPI and Provider Registry
    1/30/2013

  • WVMC’s Chief of Cardiology Earns Medical Management Certification
    1/9/2013

    Dr. Gregory Eberhart, Chief of Cardiology at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, recently achieved board certification in medical management, earning him the title of “certified physician executive” (CPE).

    The prestigious CPE designation was granted by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management, which is a not-for-profit corporation established by the American College of Physician Executives to serve as the national certifying body for physicians specializing in medical management. Dr. Eberhart was awarded the status of certified physician executive based on his educational achievements, superior levels of professional excellence as a physician, experience in the field of medical management, and his successful completion of a CPE certification program.

    Dr. Eberhart has been a member of the Cardiology Department at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center since 2007. He is board certified in cardiovascular diseases, nuclear cardiology, clinical cardiac and internal medicine, and his clinical interests include physician management and sudden cardiac death prevention.

  • WVMC Opens a Clinic in Waterville
    11/1/2012

    On November 1, 2012, Wenatchee Valley Medical Center (WVMC) began providing healthcare services at “Wenatchee Valley Medical Center: Waterville” located in the same facility that previously housed the Waterville Clinic. Derek Whitehall, PA-C, has been hired as the primary provider and will serve the Waterville community full time. Additionally, physicians from WVMC will continue seeing patients in Waterville on a regular basis.

    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and the Douglas County Hospital District #2 entered into an agreement for WVMC to provide healthcare services in Waterville. This decision came after the hospital’s board of commissioners spent several months looking at alternatives to allow continued provision of primary care and urgent care services in Waterville, given the previous operations’ significant financial losses. Although the hospital district is funded in part by tax dollars, the Waterville Clinic had been impacted by changes in the healthcare industry, as well as low patient counts. Without a change, healthcare services in Waterville would have ceased by the end of 2012.

    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center had a longstanding relationship with the Waterville Clinic, and this provided an opportunity to expand on that partnership and offer additional services to the community. In addition to the services previously offered at the Waterville Clinic, pharmacy, digital x-ray, vaccinations and infant care are now available with the opening of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center: Waterville. The goal is to make primary health care services easily accessible and convenient for residents of the Waterville area. The Douglas County Hospital District will continue to run the ambulance services, as they are currently.

    Dr. Peter Rutherford, Chairman and CEO of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center said “Over the years, the goal of WVMC has been to build a regional healthcare network that delivers high quality, safe, efficient and cost-effective care for the residents of North Central Washington. We felt it was important for the residents of Waterville to continue having access to primary health care and a pharmacy, without needing to travel for that care.”

    Contact:

    Steph Grubich
    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center
    Marketing Director
    (509) 663-8711 ext. 5528
    sgrubich@wvmedical.com

  • WVMC Responds to Nationwide Meningitis Outbreak Related to Steroid Injections
    10/8/2012

    Wenatchee, WA - October 8, 2012 - There has been a recent significant meningitis outbreak across the nation, due to contaminated steroid preparations from a company in Massachusetts. The patients affected have all previously received epidural steroid injections for spine (neck/back) pain with steroid from the above mentioned company. It is not transmitted person to person. There have been several deaths and many hospitalizations.

    In light of this situation, Wenatchee Valley Medical Center wants to reassure our patients that we have never done business with the compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts that shipped the contaminated steroid injections. WVMC performs epidural steroid injections daily for patients with back and/or neck pain. WVMC does not receive any steroid preparations or any other supplies from the above mentioned company. WVMC purchases steroid injections from a manufacturer that meets good manufacturing practices as defined by the FDA, as well as USP797 standards, which is the gold standard for U.S. Pharmaceuticals. The manufacturer of the steroid preparations is not a standard "manufacturer", but rather is a compounding company.

    To reiterate, WVMC patients who have received steroid injections for spinal pain should not be at risk.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it does not appear that any contaminated products were shipped to facilities in Washington or Oregon.

    http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-facilities-map.html

    For more information, please contact:

    Steph Grubich
    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center
    Marketing Director
    (509) 663-8711 ext. 5528

  • Wellness Place Has a New Home
    9/27/2012

    Wellness Place has moved to 609 Okanogan Avenue in Wenatchee (on the Colonial Vista campus). Although its location has changed, Wellness Place continues to provide free services and compassionate support to individuals and their families dealing with cancer.

    The ongoing support and services provided by Wellness Place include:

    • Free wigs and head coverings
    • Travel assistance (referral required)
    • Lodging assistance
    • A room at Colonial Vista for patients receiving cancer treatment (referral required)
    • Free/discounted prosthetics and undergarments
    • Community education
    • Nutritional supplements (referral required)
    • A support group for women surviving cancer (takes place the first and third Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m., with lunch provided).

    For more information about Wellness Place or its services, please contact Ellen at (509) 888-9933.

  • Top-10 Frequently Asked Questions About Health Risks of Wildfire Smoke
    9/23/2012

  • Emergency Department Has Changed to Walk-in Clinic
    8/5/2012

    In an effort to provide our patients with continued access to convenient, high quality, low cost healthcare, the Emergency Department at Wenatchee Valley Hospital changed to a walk-in clinic on August 5, 2012. The new hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week, including all holidays with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas. The hours of operation for the East Wenatchee walk-in clinic remain Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

    Our walk-in clinics throughout the region—including East Wenatchee, Moses Lake, Omak, Tonasket and Wenatchee—provide cost effective family healthcare when patients need prompt medical attention for non-emergent conditions. The walk-in clinic is not an emergency room.  To protect their health, patients should call 911 or go to an emergency room for serious or potentially life and limb threatening problems such as chest pain, possible stroke (abrupt numbness, weakness, visual abnormality, etc.), seizure, shortness of breath, severe burns or wounds, complications of pregnancy and any problem that requires ambulance transport or is potentially life or limb threatening. 

    This change is being made independently of the upcoming affiliation with Central Washington Hospital. Dr. Peter Rutherford, Chairman and CEO of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, stated: “Nationwide, there is an effort underway to prevent unnecessary visits to the emergency room and ensure that patients have access to high quality, cost-effective health care in a convenient manner. Through this change, we will be able to better accommodate patients who need immediate attention for non-emergent health issues.”

    Contact:

    Steph Grubich
    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center
    Marketing Director
    (509) 663-8711 ext. 5528
    sgrubich@wvmedical.com

  • Dr. Utley Attends Invitation-Only Course on Robotic Surgery
    6/25/2012

    Dennis Utley, MD, recently attended a special invitation-only Master’s course on the da Vinci robot held in Celebration, Florida. The da Vinci is a state-of-the-art surgical robot that has several advantages over traditional “open” surgery, including less pain, less infection, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times.

    Taught by two of the highest volume da Vinci surgeons in the United States, the course was exclusively for medical practitioners who have performed a minimum of 100 procedures using the da Vinci robot. Through a mixture of lectures and a cadaver lab, the course examined the cutting edge of technology, new and advanced surgical techniques, and new methods for using the da Vinci to perform highly complex, minimally invasive procedures. Additionally, there was a discussion about the types of procedures often done via open surgery that instead could be performed more efficiently with the robot. 

    Dr. Utley is a key member of the OB/GYN Department at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and has been with the organization for nearly 30 years. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and specializes in robotic surgery, high-risk pregnancy and operative endoscopy. He was also the first surgeon in North Central Washington to receive official recognition from the manufacturer of the da Vinci robot (Intuitive Surgical, Inc.) and to be included on its international list of recommended surgeons who can perform operations using the da Vinci system. 

  • Wenatchee Valley Medical Center Opens a New Clinic in Brewster
    6/1/2012

    On June 1, Wenatchee Valley Medical Center opened a new clinic in Brewster. Over the years, the goal of WVMC has been to build a regional health care network that delivers high quality, safe, efficient and cost-effective care for the residents of North Central Washington. It is important for that care to be delivered in the right place, which in many cases is the patient’s hometown. In Brewster, the current primary care physician clinics have provided high quality care to the community; however, Dr. Linda Niehaus, owner of Main Street Health Associates, has decided to close her practice and leave the area. 

    The Board of Directors of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center was concerned that the closure of Main Street Health Associates would leave a significant shortage of primary care physicians in Brewster and make it difficult for patients to access safe, effective care locally. As such, Wenatchee Valley Medical Center entered into an agreement to purchase the building and supplies from Dr. Niehaus following the closure of her practice. The doors of Main Street Health Associates closed on May 31, 2012, and the "Wenatchee Valley Medical Center: Brewster" office opened on June 1, 2012.  Bethany Lynn, MD and Grace Larsen, ARNP, along with most of their staff, have joined Wenatchee Valley Medical Center to continue serving the Brewster community.   

    Dr. Peter Rutherford, Chairman and CEO of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center said “Dr. Niehaus and her husband, Brad, have been committed to the Brewster community by providing high quality health care to all residents for many years. Our plan is to continue and build upon that tradition.” 

    Dr. Linda Niehaus added: “As we considered the options about what to do when closing the business, it was natural to think of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center because we have always had a good relationship over the years, and were confident they would provide excellent care for our patients.” 

    During this time of change in the delivery of health care in the region, this allows Wenatchee Valley Medical Center to provide continuity of care for the residents of Brewster.  We look forward to the opportunity to serve the residents of Brewster and meet their health care needs.   

    For media inquiries, please contact Wenatchee Valley Medical Center Marketing Director Steph Grubich at (509) 663-8711 ext. 5528 or sgrubich@wvmedical.com 

    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center: Brewster
    Address: 418 W. Main St. Brewster, WA 98812
    Phone: (509) 689-8900
    Fax: (509) 689-9031
    Hours: Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Changes at Cashmere Medical Center
    5/29/2012

    As of May 29, Dr. Valerie Kolokoff has relocated her practice from the Cashmere Medical Center to the medical office building located at 933 Red Apple Road in Wenatchee. Please note that her practice is limited to primary care for women, children and OB. Her hours and contact information are as follows:

    Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (her office is closed on Fridays)
    Phone: (509) 667-7304
    Fax: (509) 667-7324

    On June 4, Dr. Kelly Gillespie will relocate his practice from the East Wenatchee Clinic to the Cashmere Medical Center, where he will be joined by Jill Larue, ARNP (who is currently at the Cashmere Medical Center).

  • EMS/Trauma System Spotlighted in YouTube Videos
    5/25/2012

    Now available on YouTube is a series of lighthearted videos that talk about the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Care System in North Central Washington. Each of these videos spotlights one of the components of the emergency system and discusses its vital role in public safety by getting the right patient to the right hospital in the right amount of time.

    To visit the EMSstories page on YouTube, please click HERE.

  • Access Your Medical Information Anytime, Anywhere with a Free "MyChart" Account
    5/1/2012

    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center is pleased to offer our patients—including those at our eight regional clinics throughout North Central Washington—a safe and secure way to access their medical information anytime, from anywhere. All you need is a free “MyChart” account.

    What is MyChart?

    MyChart is an online patient portal that gives you instant access to your health information from any computer, smartphone or Web-enabled device. If you have children, MyChart also enables you to sign up for proxy access so you can manage their medical records.

    Benefits of MyChart

    • View your personal health summary
    • Get lab or test results
    • Renew prescriptions
    • Request or cancel appointments
    • Contact your care team
    • Manage your children’s health information (with proxy access)
    • And more!

    How to Sign Up

    1. Click the red “MyChart: Secure Sign-in” button in the upper-right corner of this page, which will connect you to MyChart.
    2. To create a MyChart account for yourself, look for "Are You a New User?" on the right side of the page, then click on "Download Our Sign Up Form."
    3. To set up MyChart accounts for your children, or to establish an account for an adult to whom you provide care, go to the section titled "Request Access to the Health Information of..." and click the appropriate link.
    4. Print and fill out the forms, then fax them to (509) 667-7448 or mail them to: Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, Medical Records Dept., 820 N. Chelan Ave., Wenatchee, WA 98801.
    5. An activation code will be mailed to you. After you receive it, go to https://mychart.wvmedical.com (or visit www.wvmedical.com and click the red MyChart button in the upper-right corner), then click on “Enter Your Activation Code.”
    6. When you log into your new MyChart account for the first time, you will be asked to create a unique MyChart ID and password.
  • Wenatchee World Article on Haiti Help from WVMC Medical Staff
    4/5/2012

  • Wenatchee World Article on Retirement of Central Washington Hospital's CEO
    3/26/2012

  • Four from the Medical Center Elected to Regional Chapter of WSSMA
    3/2/2012

    Recently, four certified medical assistants from Wenatchee Valley Medical Center were elected as officers for the North Central Washington chapter of the Washington State Society of Medical Assistants. They are:

    Congratulations!

  • WVMC Partners with Wenatchee Wild for Bone Marrow Drive
    2/22/2012

    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center is partnering with the Wenatchee Wild and Wellness Place to find a bone marrow donor for Matt Lewis, who is the 25-year-old brother of Wenatchee Wild goalie Greg Lewis.

    When Matt was only 7 years old, he was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. He has received bone marrow transplants from his brother, Greg, and was in remission until a few months ago. Currently Matt is receiving an aggressive regimen of chemotherapy and numerous blood and platelet transfusions. He will need another marrow transplant once he reaches remission, but his doctors will not allow Greg to donate bone marrow to his brother for a third time. That’s where our community can help. 

    During the Wenatchee Wild game on Saturday, March 17, volunteers from the Wild and Wenatchee Valley Medical Center will be available to help people register for “Be the Match,” which is the national registry for bone marrow donors. The process is quite simple. If you are between the ages of 18 and 60 and are healthy, you are eligible to donate and can be tested. All you need to do is fill out a registration form and have your cheek swabbed. That’s it!

    If you are interested in helping Matt, please fill out a registration form (see below) and bring it to the game or drop it off at the Wenatchee Wild’s office in the Town Toyota Center. If you think you are already registered with Be the Match but are not sure, you can check your status by visiting www.marrow.org

    Thank you for supporting the Lewis family in their fight against cancer.

  • Dr. Lundgren's Research Published by Journal of Vascular Surgery
    2/2/2012

    The Journal of Vascular Surgery recently published research from Rachel Lundgren, M.D. (WVMC's Vascular Surgery Department). The focus of her study was blunt aortic injury, which is a fairly rare traumatic injury with an extremely high mortality rate. More of these injuries are being detected than ever before (mostly due to the use of CT scans to aid in a diagnosis), but what has been lacking is an effective method for determining who needs surgery and how quickly it should be done. Patients with blunt aortic injuries often have several other injuries, so prioritization of their treatment is vital.

    In an effort to help develop guidelines, Dr. Lundgren analyzed 140 patients over a nine-year period, tracking their treatment and outcomes. She discovered that all patients fell into one of four types of blunt aortic injuries, and each group had different outcomes. Undoubtedly this data will be a significant contributor to both the advancement of vascular surgery and the enhancement of patient care nationwide.

  • WVMC Cardiology Department Has Relocated to Central Washington Hospital
    1/23/2012

    Effective January 23, 2012, all Wenatchee Valley Medical Center cardiology appointments now occur at our newly remodeled space on the second floor of Central Washington Hospital (in the former surgical area). The quickest way to get there is to go through the hospital’s main entrance, turn left, go down the hall past the gift shop, then take the elevator to the second floor.

  • Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and Virginia Mason Begin Cardiac Affiliation
    12/5/2011

    For more information, please read the press release below.

  • Winner of WVMC's Christmas Card Contest
    12/2/2011

        

    Congratulations to Zakary Chavez—a student in Mrs. Seipman’s 4th grade class at Columbia Elementary in Wenatchee—for being selected as the overall winner of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center’s 2011 Christmas card contest. Zakary’s artistry was honored during an awards ceremony at his school on November 28 and will be featured on the front of WVMC’s Christmas cards this year.

    Also recognized were the winners and runners-up for each grade (winners are bolded):

    Kindergarten
    David (Mrs. Elias’ class)
    Ivette (Mrs. Lynch’s class)
    Alfredo (Mrs. Lynch’s class)

    1st Grade
    Ana (Mrs. Cuevas’ class)
    Lizeth (Mr. Draggoo’s class)
    Jacqueline (Mrs. Cuevas’ class)

    2nd Grade
    Juliana (Mrs. Kniveton’s class)
    David (Mrs. Kniveton’s class)
    Diego (Mrs. Bentsen’s class)
    Celeste (Mr. Ells’ class)
    Marlene (Mrs. Bentsen’s class)

    3rd Grade
    Johana (Mrs. Saltsman’s class)
    Rachelle (Mrs. Saltsman’s class)
    Keria (Miss Heffron’s class)

    4th Grade
    Jazmin (Miss Johnson’s class)
    Andrew (Miss Johnson’s class)
    Andrea (Miss Johnson’s class)

    5th Grade
    Brianna (Mr. Woolsey’s class)
    Jisell (Ms. Haug’s class)

  • Dr. Esnard Earns Board Certification in Neurology
    11/30/2011

    Enrique Esnard, M.D., has been certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a member of the Neurology Department at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and has been with the organization since 2010.

    As a neurologist, Dr. Esnard diagnoses and treats disorders of the nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) and muscles. To become board certified in this specialty, he had to meet a series of accredited medical training requirements and complete a rigorous examination process.

    Dr. Esnard received a general medicine degree from the University of Havana in Cuba and a medical doctorate from St. Georges University in Grenada. This was followed by an internship at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, a residency in neurology at the State University of New York in Brooklyn and a fellowship in movement disorders at the University of California in San Diego.

  • Wenatchee Valley Medical Center is now tobacco free
    11/17/2011

  • Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and Central Washington Hospital Plan to Affiliate
    9/16/2011

    Please read the press release below for more information.

  • Dr. Bermingham Earns Board Certification in Ophthalmology
    9/13/2011

    Michelle Bermingham, M.D., has been certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. She is a member of the Ophthalmology Department at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and has been with the organization since 2010.

    To qualify for certification, Dr. Bermingham had to meet a series of accredited medical training requirements in ophthalmology. Further, she completed a rigorous evaluation process including written and oral exams.

    Dr. Bermingham earned her medical degree from Laval University in Quebec City, Canada, and subsequently completed a residency in emergency medicine through Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners in affiliation with Michigan State University. This was followed by a ophthalmology residency at Louisiana State University/Ochsner Health System in New Orleans.

    In addition to her newest credential, Dr. Bermingham is certified in emergency medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

  • Physical Therapist Cathy Van Lith Earns Certification in Vestibular Therapy
    8/23/2011

    Cathy Van Lith, MPT, OCS, has been credentialed as a competency-certified vestibular therapist through the American Physical Therapy Association in conjunction with Emory University. Cathy is a member of the Physical Therapy Department at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and has been with the organization since 2002.

    Vestibular rehabilitation therapy is a form of physical therapy that helps people with dizziness and balance disorders regain their gaze and gait stabilization through specialized exercises. As a certified vestibular therapist, Cathy is equipped with advanced training and techniques to help this patient population. To achieve the certification, she had to complete a combination of lectures, practical exams and written exams totaling 37 hours.

    Cathy’s newest credential complements her existing certification as an orthopedic specialist and her master’s degree in physical therapy from Eastern Washington University. Along with her specialties in vestibular rehabilitation and orthopedics, she has a clinical interest in sports medicine.

  • Dr. Timiras Earns Second Board Recertification in Geriatric Medicine
    7/28/2011

    Mary Timiras, M.D., has been recertified in geriatrics by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Timiras is the head and founder of the Geriatrics Department at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center.

    For over 20 years, Dr. Timiras has taught or practiced geriatric medicine. She earned her initial subspecialty certificate in geriatrics in 1990, and her first recertification occurred in 2000. She is also board certified in internal medicine and hospice/palliative medicine. 

    Dr. Timiras received her medical degree in 1982 from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Subsequently she completed a residency in internal medicine at Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, California, then stayed in the same city for a fellowship in geriatrics at Mount Zion Hospital. In 2009, she was recruited by Wenatchee Valley Medical Center to launch a geriatrics program at its Wenatchee campus.

  • Two Wenatchee Valley Hospital Nurses Earn Certifications
    7/15/2011

    Recently two registered nurses from Wenatchee Valley Hospital—part of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center—received advanced certifications in their field.

    Linnea Barrett, RN, (WVH Surgery Center) passed the Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) exam for perioperative nurses. The CNOR credential is the gold standard for excellence in practice and commitment to continuing education. It is documented validation of professional achievement of identified standards of practice by an individual registered nurse providing care for patients before, during and after surgery.

    Stacey Erickson RN, (WVH Emergency Department) passed the Certification Examination for Emergency Nurses (CEN). Emergency nursing certification promotes professionalism and assures the public that the Certified Emergency Nurse possess essential knowledge to deliver care competently.

  • Spotlight on Chelan/Douglas "Relay for Life" Co-Captains
    6/24/2011

    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center would like to recognize two of its employees—Mary Jayne Melby and Connie Barnhart—for their outstanding contributions and leadership as co-captains of the Chelan/Douglas Relay for Life team. Over the years, the team has raised more than $60,000 for the American Cancer Society and has served their communities in other ways, such as donating to local food banks.

    Mary Jayne’s participation with Relay for Life spans seven years, with the past five spent as the team’s captain. The catalyst for her involvement came from having family members touched by cancer and from the amazing patients she has served during her 27 years in the Radiation Oncology Department.

    “Our patients go through so much with chemo and radiation,” said Mary Jayne, “Their courage and strength to continue through the treatments and to keep going is inspirational. Hope is very strong!”

    One of those inspirational patients happens to be longtime WVMC employee Connie Barnhart, who is a breast cancer survivor. Connie was diagnosed in 2006, and it was during her radiation treatments that she got to know Mary Jayne and the other Relay for Lifers. Shortly thereafter, Connie joined the team and has been a key member for the past four years (and co-captain for the past two).

    For Connie, the most touching part of her involvement is the survivor lap during the relay event.

    “When I do the survivor lap, I am amazed to see the different ages of people who have been affected by cancer,” said Connie. “Some people are using walkers, some are in wheelchairs, some are assisted by caregivers and are giving it their all just to do that special lap. Half way around the track, family members join you. I always get teary when I see my daughters waiting for me and so many other people waiting to join their loved ones.”  

    It is this type of unforgettable moment that makes Mary Jayne and Connie appreciate how much Relay for Life matters to people as well as how much support exists in Chelan and Douglas Counties—especially at WVMC.

    “We have a great team made up of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center employees and their families,” said Mary Jayne. “This is truly a group effort.”

  • Erin Wilson, RN, Earns CNOR Credential
    6/17/2011

    At Wenatchee Valley Hospital's Surgery Center, Erin Wilson, RN, recently passed the Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) exam for perioperative nurses.

    The CNOR credential is the gold standard for excellence in practice and commitment to continuing education. It is documented validation of professional achievement of identified standards of practice by an individual registered nurse providing care for patients before, during and after surgery.

  • Results of Bike Competition Between WVMC & Central Washington Hospital
    5/27/2011

    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and Central Washington Hospital recently completed a friendly competition as part of “National Bike to Work Week” to determine whose staff was most willing to ride their bikes to work. The competition was proposed by the Regional Bike Advisory Board as a way to encourage more people in the Wenatchee Valley to commute to work via bicycles.

    Participants were asked to log their commute miles on a staff-only website accessible by both organizations. There was no minimum distance or number of days, and the only requirement was that the mileage be commuting miles only (no recreational riding). The competition was close at times, and the final numbers were impressive. But WVMC triumphed in the end, taking the top spot in the categories of overall mileage and super commuter.

    Combined Totals for Both Organizations

    • 58 participants
    • 1,447 miles ridden
    • 70,000 calories burned
    • 1,400 lbs. of carbon saved
    • $293 saved on auto fuel

    Top Awards

    • Overall mileage and staff participation—WVMC
    • WVMC super commuter—Fred Schuenemann (5 commute days, 118 miles)
    • CWH super commuter—Cora Sturzl (5 commute days, 100.5 miles)

    WVMC Results

    • 31 total riders
    • 785 total miles
    • 38,000 calories burned
    • 798 lbs. of carbon saved
    • $159 saved on auto fuel

    WVMC Top Riders

    • Fred Schuenemann—118 miles
    • Wally Gibbons—80 miles
    • Don Lester—60 miles
    • Dave Miller—56 miles

    CWH Results

    • 27 riders
    • 662 total miles
    • 32,000 calories burned
    • 673 lbs. of carbon saved
    • $134 saved on auto fuel

    CWH Top Riders

    • Cora Sturzl—100.5 miles
    • Daniel Yant—77.5 miles
    • Scott Connelly—60.7 miles
    • Mike Sorenson—60 miles
  • May is National Stroke Awareness Month
    5/23/2011

     

    A stroke is a brain attack that occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain—causing brain cells to die. It can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age. There are many risk factors, some of which are controllable (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking and drug use), while others are uncontrollable (age and family history).

    One reason that stroke incidence is so high in the United States is that public awareness is very low. For that reason, the National Stroke Association received a presidential proclamation recognizing May as “National Stroke Awareness Month.”

    Recognizing symptoms and acting quickly to get medical attention can save a life and limit the disabilities caused by strokes. The signs of stroke can be easy to remember if you think F.A.S.T.

    F = FACE
    Ask the person to smile. Does one side of his/her face droop?

    A = ARMS
    Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

    S = SPEECH
    Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does his/her speech sound slurred or strange?

    T = TIME
    If you observe any of these signs, then it’s time to call 911.          

    To learn more about strokes, please visit www.stroke.org.

  • Foothills Magazine Spotlights Drs. Pitts and Schulz
    5/11/2011

    In the April/May 2011 issue of Foothills, an article titled “Playing Doctors” discusses medical professionals in North Central Washington who tend to patients and to their own artistic callings—including two from WVMC: Dr. Kevin Pitts (OB/GYN) and Dr. John Schulz (Ophthalmology).

    To read the article, please CLICK HERE.

  • National Hospital Week: May 8–14, 2011
    5/10/2011

    Special thanks go out to all of our tremendous staff and providers at Wenatchee Valley Hospital!

    The celebration of National Hospital Week began in 1921 when a magazine editor suggested that more information about hospitals might alleviate public fears about the "shrouded" institutions of the day.

    Today, National Hospital Week is our nation’s largest healthcare event, celebrating the history, technology and dedicated professionals that make our facilities beacons of confidence and care.

    The annual event provides advantages throughout the year including better departmental interaction, a more satisfied workplace and increased awareness throughout the community.

  • Lilly Oncology on Canvas—Art Competition & Exhibition
    5/8/2011

    Oncology on Canvas honors the journey of those whose lives have been affected by cancer. Their stories are told through art and narrative to provide hope and inspiration to others.

  • Treat Your Feet During "Foot Health Awareness Month" This April
    4/16/2011

    Did you know that in a lifetime the average person walks enough to travel the world over five times? That’s more then 125,000 miles! Even an average day of walking can deliver a force equal to several hundred tons bearing down on your feet.

    Not only are your feet more prone to injury than any other parts of your body, but foot ailments are some of the most common health problems. To help raise awareness of foot-related issues, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has deemed April to be Foot Health Awareness Month.

    While most people are diligent about brushing their teeth and performing other routine health maintenance, they often pay little attention to their feet until a problem occurs. Taking care of your feet is more important than you might think, especially since they spend much of their time encased in hot shoes and walking on hard surfaces.

    Although some foot problems are hereditary, many stem from years of neglect or rough treatment (often due to poorly fitting shoes or boots). Studies show that most Americans experience foot problems at some point in their lives but ignore the discomfort or pain because they think it is normal. This is potentially dangerous, since a number of systemic diseases can be first detected in the feet—such as diabetes, circulatory disorders, anemia and kidney problems. Also, arthritis (including gout) often attacks foot joints first.

    If you begin to experience foot problems, it is important to seek professional help. Doctors of podiatric medicine (DPMs) are trained in all aspects of care for the feet and lower limbs and play a critical role in helping people and their feet stay healthy, active and productive. Wenatchee Valley Medical Center has two DPMs: Dr. Brandon Child in Wenatchee (Smith Building) and Dr. Solomon Wu in Moses Lake.

    For a helpful top-10 list of foot-health tips from the American Podiatric Medical Association, please download the PDF below.

  • April is "Occupational Therapy Month"
    4/15/2011

    Occupational therapy focuses on enabling people to live better lives with injury, illness or disability by training them how to care for themselves independently. Occupational therapists evaluate problem areas and implement treatments that may include strengthening, coordination activities, adapted techniques, adaptive equip, manual therapy, visual therapy, cognitive retaining or safety training. 

    Do you know someone who has any of the following problems? 

    • Low vision
    • Poor hand strength/function from arthritis or injury
    • Trouble taking care of themselves
    • Recurrent falls or unsafe home setup
    • Trouble with swelling
    • Coordination deficits from neurological problems
    • Phantom pain

    These are some of the common problems the occupational therapists at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center can address through hospital-based inpatient and outpatient occupational therapy services. Each of our therapists has over a decade of experience in occupational therapy.


    Becky Mahon, OTR/L, has worked in acute care, acute rehab and skilled nursing facilities, and her area of particular interest is the neurologically involved patient. Tamara Wells, OTR/L, CLT, and Stephanie Mikkelsen, COTA, CLT, both have inpatient and outpatient experience and are well established in the community as lymphedema specialists.

  • Four Members of WVH Surgery Center Earn CNOR Credential
    4/2/2011

    Four registered nurses from Wenatchee Valley Hospital's Surgery Center recently passed the Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) exam for perioperative nurses. They are Darian Frank, RN, Michelle Harris, RN, Stacy Pogue, RN, and Lisa VanSlyke, RN.

    The CNOR credential is the gold standard for excellence in practice and commitment to continuing education. It is documented validation of professional achievement of identified standards of practice by an individual registered nurse providing care for patients before, during and after surgery.

  • Dr. Mares’ Son Presents WVMC with a Piece of History
    3/31/2011

    On May 31, Mr. Bob Mares—son of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center founder Dr. L. Martin Mares—and his daughter, Lois, visited Wenatchee to present the medical center with the shovel used in the groundbreaking of the Mares Building in 1958. The shovel is painted with the names of the physicians who were here at that time.

    During his visit, Mr. Mares had lunch with members of the WVMC administration team and some retired physicians who had worked with his father, followed by a tour of the Mares building (at which point Lois identified Dr. Pazona’s office as the one her grandfather had formerly occupied). 

  • Four from WVMC Elected to Regional Chapter of WSSMA
    3/31/2011

    Recently, four certified medical assistants from WVMC were elected as officers for the North Central Washington chapter of the Washington State Society of Medical Assistants. They are:

     

  • Judy Black Schmidt, ARNP, Completes Colposcopy Mentorship Program
    3/15/2011

    Judy Black Schmidt, ARNP, from Wenatchee Valley Medical Center’s OB/GYN Department, recently completed the Colposcopy Mentorship Program offered by the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP). The program is a three-tiered process designed to improve a colposcopist’s skills in understanding the disease processes of the lower genital tract.

    The first tier involves a major course of study through an accredited basic colposcopy course or an accredited residency program. The second tier is a mentorship training period in which the colposcopist performs examinations and receives guidance from an experienced mentor. All of this culminates in the third tier, which is a rigorous exit examination.

    Judy has been with Wenatchee Valley Medical Center for nearly 13 years. She has a master’s degree in nursing/family nurse practitioner from Gonzaga University and is certified in family practice by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Her clinical interests include all aspects of women's healthcare.

  • Kathy Schweitzer, RN, is WVMC's New Breast Care Coordinator
    3/9/2011

    The new breast care coordinator at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center is Kathy Schweitzer, RN. She has been with the organization for nearly 18 years and has an extensive background in nursing. As the breast care coordinator, Kathy meets with patients and supports them throughout their experiences at WVMC, guiding them through each step of the process. Kathy is also available as a resource for staff and referring doctors and nurses.

  • Bio Med Manager Jody Marz Featured in National Magazine
    3/1/2011

    In the March 2011 issue of TechNation—the leading biomedical/clinical engineering magazine distributed to over 12,000 medical equipment service professionals and managers each month—the subject of the “Professional of the Month” feature is Wenatchee Valley Medical Center's Biomedical Engineering Manager, Jody Marz.

    To read the article, please click the link below.

  • Dr. Feinman and Dr. Lodhi Earn Board Certifications
    2/15/2011

    Gail Feinman, M.D., and Saba Lodhi, M.D., recently earned subspecialty certifications from the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Feinman has been certified in hospice and palliative medicine, and Dr. Lodhi has been certified in critical care medicine.

    Dr. Feinman is a member of the Internal Medicine Department and has been with WVMC since 2004. That is also the same year she earned a board certification in internal medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine. That certification was a prerequisite for seeking the advanced credential in hospice and palliative medicine, which is a specialty focusing on the care of seriously ill and dying patients. Dr. Feinman earned her medical degree in 2001 from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She also has a master’s degree in bioengineering and a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering.

    Dr. Lodhi is a member of the Pulmonary Medicine Department at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center. In addition to her recent board certification in critical care medicine, she is certified in pulmonary medicine and internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Lodhi earned her medical degree from Aga Khan University Medical College in Pakistan and completed an internal medicine residency at Indiana University. Shortly before joining WVMC in 2010, she completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Florida, where she was named chief fellow for the pulmonary/critical care/sleep medicine division.

  • Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Marks Its 10th Anniversary
    2/4/2011

  • WVMC's Community Contributions for 2010
    1/20/2011

  • Former WVMC Employee Jane Hoxsey (Daughter of Dr. Robert Hoxsey) Patents a Process for Detoxifying Soil
    12/18/2010

  • Winner Selected in WVMC's 2010 Christmas Card Contest
    12/9/2010

       

    Congratulations to Christian Ramirez Romero, a student in Ms. Haug’s 5th grade class at Columbia Elementary in Wenatchee for his winning entry in WVMC’s 2010 Christmas card contest. Christian’s design was honored during an awards ceremony at his school on November 29. Also recognized during the school assembly were the runners-up from each grade level:

    Kindergarten: Bryan Mendoza (Senora Lynch’s class)
    Grade 1: Cesar Gomez (Mrs. Cuevas’ class)
    Grade 2: Araceli Mendoza (Mrs. Bentsen’s class)
    Grade 3: Kenne Cruz (Miss Heffron’s class)
    Grade 4: Stephanie Lopez Cervantes (Miss Johnson’s class)
    Grade 5: Gabriel Cantero (Ms. Haug’s class)


  • Certified Therapists Complete Advanced Training
    11/24/2010

    Two members of the Physical Therapy Department at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center recently received advanced training and education in their specialties.

    Jennifer Hamsher, PT, OCS, ATC, completed a three-day continuing education course given by the American Physical Rehabilitation Network in Seattle. Titled "Take the Next Step," the course included an advanced biomechanical review of the lower extremities, a video gait analysis and an examination of lower extremity conditions/injuries (with an emphasis on treating runners and cyclists, along with insights about the latest ankle and foot surgical interventions and rehabilitation).

    Jennifer is a certified athletic trainer and a certified orthopedic specialist, focusing on orthopedics (with an emphasis on manual therapy), sports medicine and pelvic floor dysfunction. She has two Bachelor of Science degrees from Eastern Washington University—one in physical therapy and the other in physical education/sports medicine—and has been with Wenatchee Valley Medical Center since 2003.

    Tamara Wells, OTR/L, CLT, attended the International Lymphedema Conference in Orlando, Florida, where she immersed herself in the latest research, treatment and products concerning lymphedema (a condition in which swelling generally occurs in the arms or legs due to a blockage in the lymphatic system).

    In addition to being on staff at the medical center’s Physical Therapy Department, Tamara is a member of the Rehabilitation Center at Wenatchee Valley Hospital. She is a certified neurodevelopment therapist and a certified lymphedema therapist, and her clinical interests include neurorehabilitation, general upper extremity orthopedic treatment and low vision treatment. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has been with Wenatchee Valley Medical Center since 1998.

  • Free Preventive Healthcare Services for WVMC Patients
    11/11/2010

  • Dr. Joseph Pazona Named International Expert in Robotic Surgery
    10/27/2010

    Joseph Pazona, M.D., of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center has been named to an international list of expert robotic surgeons recommended by Intuitive Surgical—the manufacturer of the da Vinci surgical robot. The list (available at www.davincisurgery.com) is a complimentary service provided by Intuitive Surgical to help connect potential robotic surgery patients with practicing da Vinci surgeons. 

    The da Vinci is a state-of-the-art surgical robot that produces less pain, less infection and shorter hospital stays than traditional “open” surgery. As a result, patients’ total recovery times are often cut in half.

    In addition to robotic surgery, Dr. Pazona excels in minimally invasive procedures, including laser surgery and no-needle/no-scalpel vasectomies. Further, he is the only provider in the Wenatchee Valley to be approved by American Medical Systems for the use of the GreenLight Laser in prostate ablations.

    Dr. Pazona is certified by the American Board of Urology and received his medical degree in 2002 from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago—where he also completed a six-year residency in the Department of Urology. He has been a member of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center’s Urology Department since 2008.

  • WVMC Hosts Educational Workshop for WA Cancer Registry and WA Tumor Registrar's Association
    10/14/2010

        
    Dr. Thomas Carlson                    Sharmen Dye

    On October 14 and 15, Wenatchee Valley Medical Center hosted an educational workshop for the Washington State Cancer Registry and the Washington State Tumor Registrar's Association. Attendees came from across Washington State, Oregon and Idaho.

    During this event, WVMC’s American College of Surgeons cancer liaison physician, Thomas Carlson, M.D., presented an educational talk on radiation modalities for cancer patients. In addition, Sharmen Dye—WVMC’s tumor registrar and president of the Washington State Tumor Registrar's Association—provided updates and led a roundtable discussion.

  • Dr. Dennis Utley Recognized as “da Vinci” Surgeon for North Central Washington
    9/15/2010

    Dennis Utley, M.D., of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center is the first surgeon in North Central Washington to receive official recognition from Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (the manufacturer of the da Vinci surgical robot).

    Dr. Utley has been included on Intuitive Surgical’s international list of recommended surgeons who can perform operations using the da Vinci system. This list (available at www.davincisurgery.com) is a service provided by the company to help connect potential da Vinci surgery patients with practicing da Vinci surgeons.

    The da Vinci is a state-of-the-art surgical robot that produces less pain, less infection and shorter hospital stays than traditional “open” surgery. As a result, patients’ total recovery times are typically cut in half.

    Dr. Utley is a key member of the OB/GYN Department at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and has been with the organization for over 25 years. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and received his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham—where he also completed a residency. In addition to robotic surgery, Dr. Utley specializes in high-risk pregnancy and operative endoscopy.

  • Dr. Joseph Pazona Receives Board Certification in Urology
    9/10/2010

    Joseph Pazona, M.D., of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center has been certified by the American Board of Urology.

    To qualify for board certification, Dr. Pazona was required to complete a minimum of five clinical years of postgraduate medical training in urology and various types of surgery. Further, he had to pass a comprehensive written examination on urologic knowledge and practice, followed by an oral examination administered by current and former trustees of the American Board of Urology and qualified guest examiners.

    One of Dr. Pazona’s specialties is state-of-the-art robotic surgery, which produces less pain, less infection and shorter hospital stays than traditional “open” surgery—often resulting in patients’ recovery times being cut in half. He also has a clinical interest in minimally invasive surgery, including laser surgery and no-needle/no-scalpel vasectomies.

    Dr. Pazona joined Wenatchee Valley Medical Center in 2008 and is a member of its Urology Department. He received his medical degree in 2002 from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, which is also where he completed a six-year residency in the Department of Urology.

  • Wenatchee Valley Medical Center Founder Dr. Lloyd Smith Passes Away
    9/7/2010

    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center founder Dr. Lloyd Smith passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, September 5, 2010 at age 100. A service will be held on Friday, September 10, at the Thomas Robinson Funeral Home in Selma, California.

    If you would like to read about Dr. Smith’s life and career, please click the link below to view a newspaper advertisement that ran in the Wenatchee World a few months ago. It was part of a series of ads created by Wenatchee Valley Medical Center to celebrate both its 70th anniversary and its founders.

  • Dr. Petr Slapnicka Passes Internal Medicine “Maintenance of Certification” Exam
    7/26/2010

    Petr Slapnicka, M.D., of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center has passed the Maintenance of Certification exam and has been recertified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Slapnicka joined WVMC in 1999 and is a key member of its Internal Medicine Department. He received his medical degree in 1985 from the University of J.E. Purkyne in Brno, Czech Republic, and in 1999 he completed a four-year residency in internal medicine at the Polyclinic Medical Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

     

    The American Board of Internal Medicine established the Maintenance of Certification process (commonly referred to as “recertification”) to promote lifelong learning and the enhancement of the clinical judgment and skills essential for high quality patient care. Every 10 years, internists and subspecialists certified in or after 1990 must renew their certificates. To achieve recertification, a physician must complete a self evaluation, have his/her credentials verified, and pass the rigorous Maintenance of Certification exam.

     

    The exam is designed to evaluate the extent of a physician’s knowledge and clinical judgment in the areas in which internists should demonstrate high levels of competence. Expertise is assessed in the broad domain of internal medicine and the diagnosis and treatment of both common and rare conditions that have important consequences for patient.

  • Christie Bruno, PA-C, is Recertified as Physician Assistant
    6/25/2010

     

    Christie Bruno, PA-C, of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center has passed the Physician Assistant National Recertifying Exam (PANRE) and has been recertified as a physician assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. 

     

     The PANRE exam must be taken during the fifth or sixth year of a six-year certification maintenance cycle, and a minimum score of 379 must be achieved. Christie exceeded that minimum in impressive fashion with her score of 503.

     

    Christie works in the walk-in clinic at the Omak Clinic (a part of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center) and has been with the organization since 2006. She holds a Certification of Physician Assistant from the University of North Dakota, an Associate Degree in Nursing from Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Washington, and an LPN from Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Washington. Her medical interests include pediatrics and family medicine.

  • Dr. Jeffery Clarke Elected to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians
    6/18/2010

     

    Dr. Jeffery S. Clarke of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center has been elected to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians (ACP), which is a national organization of internists specializing in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults. The ACP is the largest medical specialty organization and the second largest physician group in the United States. Its membership of 129,000 includes internists and internal medicine subspecialists, along with medical students, residents and fellows.

     

    Dr. Clarke works in the Internal Medicine Department at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and has been part of the organization since 1997. He is certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Internal Medicine, is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and has an M.D. from the St. Louis University School of Medicine.

     

    Becoming an ACP Fellow is a significant achievement in Dr. Clarke’s career. As a member, he is tasked with upholding the ethics of medicine as exemplified by the standards and traditions of the College, and he is asked to participate in College-related activities ranging from sponsoring a qualified physician for Fellowship to helping influence Congress on issues impacting internal medicine.

  • Dr. Robert Weston Reappointed Clinical Instructor
    6/4/2010

     

    Dr. Robert Weston of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center has been reappointed as clinical instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The reappointment is effective July 2010 through June 2011.

     

    Dr. Weston works in the Family Medicine Department at the Omak Clinic and has been part of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center since 2006. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and holds an M.D. from the University of Washington School of Medicine.

     

    In his role as clinical instructor, Dr. Weston contributes to the goals of WWAMI, which is a partnership that has existed for 35 years between the University of Washington School of Medicine and the states of Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. The program's purpose is to provide access to publicly supported medical education across the five-state region, giving medical students an opportunity to learn medicine where it is practiced—in the community rather than only in urban, academic hospital settings. A significant part of the students’ education occurs in communities where teachers like Dr. Weston serve either in a full-time or volunteer capacity.

  • Dr. Shawn Kelley is Recertified in Internal Medicine
    2/23/2010

    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center's Shawn Kelley, MD, has been recertified in internal medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine.  Dr. Kelley works in the Hospitalists Department and has been with WVMC since 1999.

     

    Dr. Kelley’s previous experience includes serving as chief medical resident of internal medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, from 1998 to 1999; and an internal medicine residency at the same facility from 1992 to 1998.  She holds an MD from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and a BS in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Dr. Carolina See Receives Board Certification in Sleep Medicine
    2/16/2010

    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center's Carolina See, M.D., has been certified in sleep medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.  This complements her existing board certifications in sleep medicine from the American Board of Sleep Medicine and critical care medicine, pulmonary medicine and internal medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine.

    Dr. See joined WVMC in August 2006 after completing a fellowship with the University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital.  Her special interests include COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma, pulmonary hypertension, critical care and sleep medicine.

  • Dr. Hwang Earns Gastroenterology Recertification
    1/11/2010



    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center's Inku Hwang, M.D., recently passed his gastroenterology recertification exam with the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Hwang works in WVMC's Gastroenterology Department and has been with the medical center since July 2008.

    Dr. Hwang is also a clinical associate professor with the University of Washington Department of Medicine. He achieved his fellowship in gastroenterology and nuclear medicine through Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He is board certified in internal medicine, nuclear medicine and internal medicine/gastroenterology.

  • Dr. Dodge Earns Recertification In Interventional Cardiology
    1/7/2010



    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center's Ted Dodge, M.D., has recently achieved recertification in Interventional Cardiology through the American Board of Internal Medicine, scoring in the top 10 percent on the exam.

    Dr. Dodge works in WVMC's Cardiology Department and has been with the medical center since October 2009. Dr. Dodge was a Research Fellow in Medicine at Harvard University and completed a Fellowship in Cardiology and a Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He is certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology.

  • WVMC's 2009 Christmas Card Design Winner
    12/3/2009



    Contratulations to Margarita Villa, a student in Mrs. Weaver’s 4th Grade Class at Columbia Elementary School in Wenatchee for her winning design for Wenatchee Valley Medical Center's 2009 Christmas card. Margarita and other students who submitted top enteries were recognized during an awards ceremony at their school.
  • WVMC Advances MRI Capabilities
    12/3/2009

    A new, state-of-the-art MRI has arrived at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, providing a more powerful and more comfortable experience for patients. In addition, with the coming arrival of a new Breast Coil, the MRI will provide more advanced breast imaging capabilities at WVMC.

     

    The new MRI weighs 13,000 pounds and replaces two older magnets from 1995 and 2000. The new single machine operates faster than both of the old MRIs together. It also provides a larger imaging area for a more comfortable patient experience.

     

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. MR imaging uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures.

     

    WVMC’s new Breast Coil, which will be arriving soon, is a signal receiver that works with the MRI unit to create images. The new equipment will allow advanced treatment capabilities to be provided by WVMC’s breast imaging specialists Anna A. Hansen, MD and Ryan Kirwan, MD (arriving January 2010). Breast imaging with the MRI and Breast Coil will be available beginning Jan. 25, 2010.

  • WVMC Achieves Breast Ultrasound Accreditation
    11/30/2009



    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center's Ultrasound Department in Radiology has been granted accreditation in Breast Ultrasound from the American College of Radiology.

    This is in recognition for the achievement of high practice standards recognized after a peer-review evaluation of the practice conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

    Designed to be educational in nature, the ACR Accreditation Programs evaluate qualifications of personnel, equipment performance, effectiveness of quality control measures, and quality of clinical images. It is believed that these are primary factors that affect the quality of clinical images and ultimately the quality of patient care.
  • WVMC's Central Processing Department Achieves a Higher Standard
    10/13/2009


    The Certified Wenatchee Valley Hospital Central Processing Team

    High-quality healthcare begins with a highly skilled team. And every member of our Central Processing staff at Wenatchee Valley Hospital is meeting – and exceeding – this core principle by passing the rigorous regimen to become Certified Registered Central Service Technicians.

    The seven employees in Central Processing meeting this high standard are (pictured above, l-r): Bruce Frank, Andrew Guzman, Justin Gault, Christopher Monsey, Kimberly Bell, and Raul Rodriguez, as well as Michael Beieler (not pictured).  

    It’s a remarkable achievement, especially considering that the state doesn’t require Central Service Technicians to be certified. In fact, while legislation is pending in a few states, the entire nation, with the exception of New Jersey, does not require certification either.    

    But we do.  

    “We have a commitment to quality, and this is one way to show it,” says Central Processing Manager Kelly DeWolf, RN, CNOR, who set the goal to have everyone in the department certified. The Central Processing Department, sometimes called Central Supply, plays a crucial role in the hospital. It’s their job to decontaminate, clean, process, assemble, sterilize, store and distribute all the medical instruments needed during surgery. It requires a talented staff, and their behind-the-scenes skills are needed every time a patient enters the operating room.  

    To be certified, each employee had to accumulate 400 hours of hands-on experience, take an online course through Purdue University, and then pass a critical exam testing their knowledge in Central Services (including medical terminology, regulations, complex surgical instruments, tracking systems, safety) and Infection Control (including microbiology, decontamination, disinfection, sterile packaging and storage, high and low temperature sterilization). It was a stringent process that took about 3 ½ years to get everyone through.

    And it doesn’t end here. All Central Processing employees must maintain their certification through continuing education and ongoing training sessions. Again, it’s not because we’re required to do so, but because we choose to do so. It's another example of our commitment to provide high-quality healthcare and service in a friendly and caring atmosphere.

  • WVMC Employee Earns Accreditation in Case Management
    10/7/2009



    Congratulations to Laurie Bergman, RN, who recently passed the American Case Management Association Certification exam. Laurie is now an Accredited Case Manager (ACM), a certification specifically for hospital case management professionals. The examination addresses Case Management in the hospital setting and tests core knowledge, competency and critical thinking skills.

    Laurie is a Quality Improvement Coordinator in the Quality and Education Department and has been with WVMC since 2007.
  • Dr. Bates Completes Recertification in Family Medicine
    9/30/2009

     

     

    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center physician Barbara Jean Bates, MD, has recently achieved recertification by the American Board of Family Medicine. The recertification examination, completed every seven years, covers several disciplines including: adult medicine; care of newborns, infants, children and adolescents; maternity and gynecological care; and care of the older patient.

     

    Dr. Bates has been with WVMC since 1985. She is also certified in Advanced Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring and Obstertrical Ultrasound and is a Fellow with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Her special interests include women’s health care.

  • Cancer Care with Dr. Garrison: A New Blog From A WVMC Specialist
    9/11/2009

  • Dr. Bergman Elected To Society For Vascular Surgery
    8/12/2009



    Dr. R. Thomas Bergman of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center was recently elected as a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery. Dr. Bergman is certified in general and vascular surgery and has been with WVMC since 2006.

    Founded in 1947, the Society for Vascular Surgery is made up of 3,000 members who have achieved high standards in medical treatments, research and continued education in new science, medical procedures, and surgery. It is the largest professional society dedicated to the advancement of excellence and innovation in vascular health.

  • Dr. Hwang Appointed As Clinical Associate Professor
    7/22/2009



    Inku Hwang, MD of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center was recently appointed a clinical associate professor in the University of Washington Department of Medicine. Dr. Hwang is board certified in internal medicine, nuclear medicine and gastroenterology and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology. Dr. Hwang has been with the Medical Center since July 2008. 

  • Charlene Nelson Named Omak Clinic's Employee of Second Quarter 2009
    7/20/2009



    The Omak Clinic has named Charlene Nelson Employee of the Second Quarter 2009. Charlene has been with the Omak Clinic since 1999 and is a Certified Medical Assistant in the Family Medicine Department.

    Her colleagues says that "she's an awesome medical assistant and is always giving 100 percent to her patients and coworkers," and "Charlene is always happy and upbeat no matter how frantic the day is." Congratulations Charlene!
  • WVMC Staff and Patient Guests On Local TV Talkshow
    7/17/2009

       
    Dr. Grosse, Susan Howell and Debra Connelly

    WVMC's Dr. Scott Grosse, Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation, Susan Howell, WVH Rehab Admissions Coordinator, and Debra Connelly, Hospital Manager, were recent guests on a television program where they discussed WVMC's Rehabilitation Center. They were joined by former patient John Rummel as guests on the Toast & Coffee Show with Chris Hansen, a daily live local television talk show that airs on KWCC, The Wenatchee Community Channel (Charter Cable channel 19 and PUD Fiber channel 12). They discussed WVMC's Rehabilitation services during the 90 minute program, which included a video presentation about Mr. Rummel's experience at WVMC. The program aired on July 14.

    The video presentation, from Twin Rivers Productions (a part of the volunteer program at Aging and Adult Care of Central Washington), will be rebroadcast on Charter Cable's community access channel 98 on July 22 and again on July 29, airing at 10 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on both days. 
  • WVMC Achieves 100 Percent, Shares Surgical Success Strategies
    7/13/2009

           
    From left to right, Jeri Winters, Laurie Bergman, Kelly DeWolf, Deb Andre, and Casey Brown

    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center’s outstanding results in surgical care were highlighted during a recent presentation with the Washington State Hospital Association, which invited WVMC staff members to share their top-rated practices with their peers from other healthcare facilities throughout Washington. WVMC employees taking part in the WSHA Safe Table web conference on June 30 included Jeri Winters, RN, Infection Control Coordinator; Laurie Bergman, RN, Utilization Review Coordinator; Kelly DeWolf, RN, Surgery Manager; Deb Andre, RN, Recovery Room Manager; and Casey Brown, RN, Quality & Education Manager.

    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center's consistent achievement of 100-percent scores on Hospital Compare Surgical Measures is an impressive result of the staff's focus on patient safety,” said Carol Wagner, vice president for patient safety at the Washington State Hospital Association. “Their willingness to share strategies for success with other hospitals as part of the hospital association's learning collaborative will benefit surgical patients across the state.”

     

    Wenatchee Valley Hospital, an integral member of the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center family, has consistently achieved 100 percent on Hospital Compare and Surgical Care Improvement Project measures, making it the best performing hospital in Washington and among the top ranked in the nation.

     

    “This is a wonderful statement of commitment to high quality care by a team of people administrating a very complex process,” said Dr. David Weber, CEO & Board Chairman for WVMC.

     

    Kevin Gilbert, Director of Surgical and Hospital Operations, says the high-achieving success is due to a strong “can-do attitude” shared by doctors, nurses and everyone else on staff. “To them the goal was clear that they were giving our patients the safest and best outcomes healthcare offers.”

     

    The team presented Wenatchee Valley Hospital’s strategies for achieving high-quality care and service, including use of Surgical Checklist and Pre-Operative Order forms and Quality Oversight and Quality Metrics committees. In addition, the following “Keys to Our Success” were also shared:

    •          Patient Safety and Quality Improvement are an integral part of the WVMC culture

    •          Use of multidisciplinary Surgical Care Improvement Project team

    •          Staff and physician education and re-education

    •          Staff driven changes

    •          Surgery management actively involved

    •          Surgical Care Improvement Project is integrated into daily routines

  • Katie Kemble, ARNP, Receives Doctorate Degree In Nursing
    7/10/2009



    WVMC's Katie Kemble, ARNP, a member of the Medical Oncology Department, recently completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Washington.

    The DNP is a new doctoral degree that has three dimensions: advanced practice, practice inquiry, and leadership. The integration of these skill sets enable a doctoral prepared nurse to advance nursing research, influence health policy, and promote quality health care. DNP graduates provide leadership in multiple areas, including quality improvement and systems management.
  • Dr. Weber Elected To Chair American Medical Association Committee
    7/7/2009



    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center CEO and Board Chairman Dr. David Weber has been elected to serve as Chairman of the American Medical Association’s Advisory Committee on Group Practice Physicians.

    The Advisory Committee on Group Practice Physicians advises the American Medical Association Board of Trustees on policy matters relating to group and faculty practices. The committee consists of representatives from 11 group and faculty practices throughout the United States. The Committee meets two times each year to discuss policy matters and activities that bear directly on group and faculty practice plan physicians. Dr. Weber was elected during the committee’s meeting held June 12-13 in Chicago. 
     
    In addition to his selection as Chairman, Dr. Weber was also a presenter for a continuing medical education course titled “Keeping Senior Physicians in Practice: Issues of Competency, Recertification, and the Value of Experience.”

  • Employees Awarded For Outstanding Performance
    6/26/2009


    Tina Gross
    , RN is Moses Lake Clinic’s Employee of the 2nd Quarter for 2009. She has worked for the Moses Lake Clinic in the Medical Oncology Department since August 2006.

    Tina is described as being an excellent nurse who has demonstrated tremendous leadership in transitioning her department through their new computer system. One of her coworkers writes, "Tina has been very patient and helpful with the start-up of the new computer program. She is always courteous and endlessly patient!"

    Tina’s coworkers all comment on her willingness to go above and beyond to make sure they understand and are comfortable with the new system. Her willingness to put in many extra hours to make sure everything ran smoothly has been greatly appreciated. "Through all of this, Tina has kept a smile on her face and made sure the patients were number one," commented another coworker. Tina is a great asset to her department, as well as the entire clinic. Congratulations!


    Pat Lannoye, RN has been named WVMC’s Employee of the Month for June 2009. She has been a nurse with the Medical Center for over 15 years and currently works in Medical Oncology.

    Pat has multiple nursing roles including infusion in Wenatchee, Moses Lake and Omak, oncology case management, and ostomy nursing specialist. It takes a very special nurse to move competently within these roles and Pat excels at all of them. She is praised by those in other departments for her willingness to help troubleshoot a central line, start an IV or work with an ostomy patient. One employee commented, "What a treasure she is. She brings so much knowledge, experience and versatility to the area." Her manager, Mary Gunkel, stated, "The oncology and infusion departments are lucky to have a nurse with Pat’s skill and knowledge and remarkable flexibility. She is a superb team player who is always accommodating and will work wherever she is needed."

    Pat cares deeply for patients and gives them excellent care, always making the extra effort to ensure their needs are met. She gives talks in the community and runs an ostomy support group for Wellness Place. An employee shared the following: "Pat is a wonderful employee and nurse and has been such a blessing to my family. She has helped my father, who is Mom’s caregiver, troubleshoot problems that arise with her health and care. She is there anytime he needs her making sure the job gets done right. I have spoken with many other patients about how much they appreciate the hard work that Pat does for them."
  • WVMC Employees Elected To State Medical Assistant Positions
    6/23/2009

    Two WVMC employees were each elected to state positions at the recent Washington State Society of Medical Assistants conference. Receiving the votes of peers, many of whom have been involved in medical assisting for many years, is quite an honor. 


    Lori VanLith, CMA (AAMA) of the Clinical Research Department was elected as Trustee and Nominating Committee Member.


    Shelley Gingrich, CMA (AAMA), of WVMC's Internal Medicine Department was elected Speaker of the House and Delegate to the National Conference of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) in Houston, Texas in September.

  • WVMC Earns Recognition for Diabetes Education
    5/12/2009



    The prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to Wenatchee Valley Medical Center. The WVMC program was originally recognized in July, 2000. The ADA believes that this program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

    The ADA is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the ADA has an area office in every state and conducts programs in communities nationwide.
  • Moses Lake Clinic Imaging Department Receives American College of Radiology Accreditation
    4/27/2009

    The Moses Lake Clinic Ultrasound Imaging Department recently received notification from the American College of Radiology that they are now accredited. Out of a possible 100% scoring, the Moses Lake Clinic department scored 99.61%.

    The three-year term of accreditation in Obstetrics, Gynecological and General Ultrasound Services is a result of a recent survey by the Amercian College of Radiology (ACR).

    The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR's Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

    The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
  • Moses Lake Clinic Shines Again In State Inspection
    3/12/2009



    The Moses Lake Clinic’s medical laboratory has once again passed its state inspection with no deficiencies. This marks the fourth straight inspection with zero deficiencies for the laboratory at MLC, which is a branch of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center.

     

    State inspections are conducted by the Office of Laboratory Quality Assurance every two years, according to Gregg Fletcher, Moses Lake Clinic Lab Manager. The latest inspection was held on Feb. 27. “They inspect everything we do,” said Fletcher. “And for the past 8 to 10 years, we haven’t had any deficiencies in Moses Lake.”

     

    Moses Lake Clinic, located at 840 E. Hill Avenue in Moses Lake, is a multispecialty medical clinic with more than 20 physicians and 15 mid-level medical practitioners. Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, established in 1940, is a large rural healthcare delivery system serving patients at eight locations in the Columbia Basin and North Central Washington.

  • Dr. Hwang Appointed Clinical Associate Professor
    2/24/2009



    Dr. Inku Hwang
    of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center has recently been appointed as a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Washington Department of Medicine. Dr. Hwang, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, joined WVMC’s Gastroenterology Department in July 2008. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Nuclear Medicine and Gastroenterology.

    Before coming to WVMC, Dr. Hwang completed fellowships in Gastroenterology and Nuclear Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Dr. See Earns Board Certification in Critical Care Medicine
    2/13/2009



    Dr. Carolina Q. See recently received certification for Critical Care Medicine with the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. See, a Pulmonary Medicine physician, joined Wenatchee Valley Medical Center in August 2006 after completing a Fellowship in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine with the University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital. Her special interests include COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Asthma, Pulmonary Hypertension, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Dr. See is also Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Medicine.
  • Dr. Byrd Earns Rheumatology Board Certification
    2/3/2009



    Dr. J. Chad Byrd
    has passed his certification boards for Rheumatology. Dr. Byrd joined the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center Rheumatology Department in June 2008 after completing his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, where he served as Chief Medicine Resident. Dr. Byrd completed his undergraduate work at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he was chemistry major and also earned a B.S. in Health Science from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha. He completed a combined M.D., Ph.D. program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. His Ph.D. is in Biochemistry.
     

    Dr. Byrd and his wife, Carrie, have five children. Dr. Byrd enjoys skiing, hiking, hunting and fishing.

  • Tonya Brazil named North Valley Family Medicine Employee of the Year
    2/1/2009



    Tonya Brazil, RN-Nurse Supervisor, has been named the 2008 Employee of the Year for North Valley Family Medicine, which is a part of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center serving patients in the Tonasket and Oroville region.

     

    Tonya, who has been Nurse Supervisor for more than two years, was nominated and chosen by her coworkers to receive the honor. She spent most of 2008 working diligently with her nursing staff to produce a model that worked for better patient care, more employee and provider satisfaction, and smooth work flow. Tonya enjoys scuba diving, cooking, traveling, shopping and most apparent in her job – making people feel better. She is a valued employee of WVMC/NVFM and we are proud to present her with this award.

  • Physician Hollie Matthews Earns Certification
    10/20/2008

    Hollie L. Matthews, MD recently earned certification with the American Board of Family Medicine...

    Hollie L. Matthews, MD recently earned certification with the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Matthews is a Family Medicine physician at the Moses Lake Clinic. To earn certification she earned 300 hours of continuing medical education and successfully completed the recertification examination, along with maintaining a full and unrestricted medical license.
  • Physician's sister awarded gifts for physician recruitment
    10/16/2008

    Dr. David Weber recently presented Kierstin Hill with a $1,000 charitable donation in her name to the Boy Scouts of America, along with a $500 gift certificate to a local retail store, as part of the physician recruitment program...

    Dr. David Weber recently presented Kierstin Hill with a $1,000 charitable donation in her name to the Boy Scouts of America, along with a $500 gift certificate to a local retail store, as part of the physician recruitment program.

    Kierstin moved to Wenatchee when her husband, civil engineer Courtney Hill, took a position with Chelan County PUD. They liked Wenatchee so much that when her brother Brandon was halfway through his residency at Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, she told him about Wenatchee, and about the Medical Center. That was nearly two years ago.

    Her brother, Brandon Child, DPM, visited Wenatchee, and he liked what he saw. He not only liked the Wenatchee area, but the Medical Center as well. He began practicing at WVMC in July, 2008. He is a podiatrist.

    Dr. Child, his wife Emily, and their three young boys now live only a few minutes away from Kierstin, her husband, and their three -- soon to be four -- children. Both families are excited about living near one another, and having their children growing up together.

    The physician recruitment offer is still good. If you know of a good doctor who might want to move to our area please let us know by calling Marilee Smith-Lorenson, Physician Recruiter at 509-663-8711 ext 5106. If a physician is successfully recruited to a WVMC clinic, you will receive a $1,000 donation to a charity of your choosing, and a $500 gift certificate to a local retail store.


    Brandon Child, DPM; David Weber, MD; and Kierstin Hill

  • Andrew Eichler, DO Earns Certification
    9/25/2008

    Dr. Andrew G. Eichler recently earned Certification with the American Board of Family Medicine...

    Dr. Andrew G. Eichler recently earned Certification with the American Board of Family Medicine. He first earned certification in 1990, and has successfully completed the certification process three times since then.

    Certification in Family Medicine is for a period of seven years. Requirements for certification included maintaining a medical license, earning 300 hours of continuing medical education, and successfully completing the recertification examination.

    Dr. Eichler has been with Wenatchee Family Practice at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center since 1996.

  • Dr. Barbara Bates Receives Degree of Fellow
    9/25/2008

    Barbara J. Bates, MD, achieved the degree of fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The AAFP degree of fellow recognizes family physicians who have distinguished themselves through service to family medicine and ongoing professional development...

    Barbara J. Bates, MD, achieved the degree of fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The AAFP degree of fellow recognizes family physicians who have distinguished themselves through service to family medicine and ongoing professional development. AAFP fellowship entitles the physician to use the honorary designation, “Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians,” or “FAAFP.”

    Criteria for receiving the AAFP degree of fellow consist of having a minimum of six years membership in the organization, extensive continuing medical education, participated in public service programs outside of medical practice, and served as a teacher in family medicine.

    The scope of family medicine encompasses all ages, both sexes and every disease entity. Family physicians provide comprehensive, continuing care to all members of the family.

    Dr. Bates has been with the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center since 1985, at Omak Clinic until 1996, and most recently at the East Wenatchee Clinic.

  • Stephen Hufman, MD Earns Recertification
    9/21/2008

    Dr. Hufman recently earned recertification by the American Board of Family Medicine. The recertification process includes passing an examination given by the board...

    Stephen L. Hufman, MD, recently earned recertification by the American Board of Family Medicine. The recertification process includes passing an examination given by the board.

    The letter from the board said, in part, "By your successful performance on the examination, you have exhibited the cognitive knowledge worthy of recognition as a specialist in Family Medicine."

    Dr. Hufman will remain certified as a Diplomate until December, 31, 2015.

  • WELCOME — New Physician Joseph F. Pazona, MD
    7/30/2008

    Joseph F. Pazona, MD, has joined the Urology department at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center...

    Joseph F. Pazona, MD has joined the Urology department at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center. Dr. Pazona earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, where he was also in the Honors Program in Medical Education. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine Chicago, Illinois, where he also completed his Residency in Urology.

    Dr. Pazona was raised in Suffern, New York. His wife is Nicole. He enjoys Italian and French cooking, along with running, skiing, tennis and baseball.

  • Cancer Treatment Awarded Certification with Commendation
    6/25/2008

    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center’s Cancer Treatment Program has been awarded a Three Year with Commendation certification by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer...

    Wenatchee Valley Medical Center’s Cancer Treatment Program has been awarded a Three Year with Commendation certification by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

    Oncologist Julie Smith, MD, says, “The certification we received represents the cumulative work of many years. We have documented quality control on multiple levels of our cancer program, and were rigorously analyzed against national standards.”

    Wenatchee Valley Cancer Treatment Center is approved as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program and received nine out of nine possible commendations, an achievement attained by only 10 to 15 percent of certified programs in the United States. In Washington, only 27.8 percent of applicants were awarded the ‘Commendation’ rating.

    “We set the goal to become one of the leading comprehensive cancer centers,” says Dr. Smith. “Not only in the state of Washington, but in the entire country.”

    The accreditation recognizes programs that offer the entire spectrum of cancer care, from prevention to diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and supportive care.

    “To receive this certification you must be a comprehensive cancer program and have specific programs in place that benefit the entire community on all aspects of cancer care,” says Dr. Smith. “Not just medical oncology but radiation oncology, surgical oncology, pathology, home heath care and hospice, and tumor registry. Additionally, we’re very involved with the Wellness Place, and provide outreaching educational programs to physicians, and other care providers, and the community.”

    Approval by the Commission is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancers. To meet the standards necessary each cancer program, and the organization that controls it, must undergo a rigorous evaluation process and a review of its performance. In order to maintain approval, facilities with approved cancer programs must undergo an onsite review every three years.

    “We applied for the certification, survey process over a year ago,” says Dr. Smith. We went through the final survey on April 24th - an onsite survey from the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer, where every aspect of the program was reviewed in great detail. As a result of receiving approval, this ensures that patients will receive quality care closer to home, comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment, a multi-specialty team approach, access to cancer-related information, education, and support. The cancer registry will collect data on the type and stage of cancers and treatment results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up.

    The Cancer program at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center will undergo ongoing monitoring and improvement of care. Additional information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options are available to Cancer programs with accreditation through the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.”

    The Wenatchee Valley Cancer Treatment Center Cancer is a member of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance network, a partnership of that unites Wenatchee Valley Medical Center physicians with physicians from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine, and Seattle Children's Hospital.

  • Moses Lake Clinic Radiation Awarded Accreditation for Nuclear Medicine
    6/20/2008

    Moses Lake Clinic Radiology has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in Nuclear Medicine, reports Radiology Department Manager Ray Ownby. The Accreditation is as a result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology...

    Moses Lake Clinic Radiology has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in Nuclear Medicine, reports Radiology Department Manager Ray Ownby. The Accreditation is as a result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology.

    “Accreditation by the ACR shows our commitment to providing the highest quality care to our patients,” says Ownby. “It proves to both the patient and the insurance carriers that exams done here are held to high quality standards.”

    The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. Nuclear Medicine is a branch of medicine dealing with the use of radioactive materials in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

  • Life with an Ostomy
    6/12/2008

    We talked with Pat Lannoye, RN, who specializes in working with ostomy patients. An ostomy (as a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy) is an operation to create an artificial passage for bodily elimination...

    We talked with Pat Lannoye, RN, who specializes in working with ostomy patients. An ostomy (as a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy) is an operation to create an artificial passage for bodily elimination.

    What is an ostomy?
    Pat:
    The true word for ostomy is new opening, so you can have a new opening into any part of your body and it will be called an ostomy, as in tracheostomy is a new opening into your trachea, or a gastrostomy, which is a new opening into your stomach. It’s often with the bowel, some sort of opening into the bowel, whether it is for urine or stool.

    What conditions warrant an ostomy?
    Pat:
    There are many conditions, from infants to adults. Infants have different kinds of atracias, which means there is no opening from the inside to the outside for their bowel or bladder, all the way to adults who have ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, which are diseases of the bowel that wreck the bowel. Crohn’s disease is throughout the whole system from the mouth to the anus. Ulcerative colitis just involves the colon, so when the colon is taken out the disease is gone. There are cancers, like bladder cancer where your bladder needs to be removed to save your life. Bowel obstructions – some require a very temporary ostomy, lasting just a few minutes, six weeks, eight weeks and they’re gone. That’s nice when you don’t have to have an ostomy forever.

    What are some common issues for patients with new ostomies?
    Pat:
    When you get a new ostomy, it’s swollen. When the swelling goes down you need a new size of appliance. Another common problem is the appliance isn’t sticking to your skin correctly – there’s a problem with adhesion. Sometimes the appliances just don’t work for a patient, and we can change to a different size, a different manufacturer, whatever is necessary.

    How to patients get trained?
    Pat:
    Ideally, they are trained ahead of time. In our area, urostomy patients don’t go to the hospital until they’ve seen me. I usually spend an hour teaching them about the appliances and what they will need to do. When the nurse at the hospital teaches them they will have had some training already. They’re only in the hospital for seven days or less, and that’s not really long enough to learn how to do it. I usually send them home with Home Health, so Home Health can transition them.

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