Sweeter Dreams

Published: May 25, 2016
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Winning Skin

Published: May 25, 2016
With mostly Irish and Norwegian in her blood, Mary Beth Thouvenal wasn’t exactly possessed of the skin type that screamed Coppertone model. But for a lot of years she lived a life befitting one. Read More ›

The Future is Taking Shape

Published: May 23, 2016
When The Dalles General Hospital opened on 19th street in 1959, it marked a new era of healthcare in the Mid-Columbia region. Read More ›

Community Spotlight: An Advocate for Children

Published: May 21, 2016
Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a non-profit organization that recruits, trains and supports volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of children
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MCMC Providers Swap Offices

Published: May 20, 2016

Two groups of MCMC providers have relocated to better serve their patients.

Effective immediately, the pediatric specialists who formerly practiced at the family medicine clinic on 12th Street are now located in the Columbia Crest building at 1935 E. 19th St, Suite 100. 

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6 Tips for Safe Winter Running

Published: February 16, 2016

A little bit of wintry weather won’t stop most avid runners. But before you head out into the rain, sleet or snow take steps to ensure your safety. These six to be exact. 

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Keeping the Beat

Published: February 16, 2016
With a history of heart problems hanging over his head, Bradley Bowen thinks of the small device he now has under his skin as something akin to “my insurance policy.” Read More ›

The New 70

Published: February 16, 2016
It used to be pretty easy to describe a typical 70-year-old grandmother, even without seeing her. But if you rely on the old quilt-and-rocking-chair stereotypes these days, there’s a good chance you’re mental image is going to be pretty sketchy. Read More ›

No. 1 Nurses...Again!

Published: February 14, 2016

The outstanding quality of MCMC’s nursing care is highlighted once again with four new Oregon Nurse of the Year awards. 

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Stroke Care Close to Home

Published: February 12, 2016
With telemedicine technology now available in MCMCclinics, patients receiving follow-up stroke care no longer have tomakerepeattrips to Portland. Read More ›

Partnering to Feed Those in Need

Published: February 10, 2016
Area healthcare providers partner with gorge grown Food Network to ensure low-income residents have access to healthy fruits and vegetables. Read More ›

New Physician Expands Local Cancer Resources

Published: February 03, 2016
The diverse array of care options available to Gorge-area residents at Celilo Cancer Center recently expanded even more with the addition of medical oncologist Alice Forsythe, M.D. Read More ›

When Words Can't Explain

Published: February 02, 2016
Children with speech and language conditions or difficulties are learning to communicate better with help of MCMC pediatric therapy specialists. Read More ›

Relief at Last

Published: September 28, 2015

A short stay in MCMC’s inpatient rehabilitation unit helps restore dignity and health to Mount Hood woman with lymphedema. 

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One-of-a-kind Caring

Published: September 25, 2015
TJ Miles and Misty Martin learns Celilo not only offers comprehensive cancer treatment capabilities but also a staff that takes compassionate care to a new level. Read More ›

Stronger, Faster, Healthier!

Published: September 22, 2015
This summer many local athletes preparing for school sports benefited from an intensive program intended to make them a little stronger, a little faster and less prone to injury during competition. Read More ›

Arresting Development

Published: September 15, 2015
A rare cardiac arrest that could have easily ended in death instead shined a bright light on the teamwork and professionalism of the Mid-Columbia Medical Center staff. Read More ›

Healthy Edge: Healthy News from the Health & Wellness Experts at Water's Edge

Published: September 13, 2015
A Water’s Edge fitness center membership, made possible by a Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, gives Max Jaques the chance to leave his wheelchair and take advantage of water therapy. Read More ›

A Guide to Breast Health

Published: September 03, 2015
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While the mammogram is still considered the best tool for diagnosing breast cancer at it earliest stages, many women still avoid getting theirs because they fear the results. Read More ›

Breathing Freely

Published: September 02, 2015
There’s some life-saving going on in Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program – or at the very least, quality-of-life-saving. Read More ›

To Refrigerate or Not to Refrigerate?

Published: July 22, 2015
Storing fruits and veggies can be daunting. How many times do you come home with grocery sacks of fruits and vegetables, only to find later in the week that your "crisper" has actually turned into the "sogger"? Ah, the eternal question.....To refrigerate or not refrigerate?

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Community Spotlight: A SMART Investment In a Child's Future

Published: June 14, 2015

Knowing third graders who have difficulty reading are four times more likely to drop out of high school was all the motivation Mike Wacker needed to volunteer to read to young students. 

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Music as Medicine

Published: June 11, 2015

Using the healing powers of music, Anna Fiasca helps patients, their loved ones and others in their most difficult times. 


Safety First

Published: June 07, 2015

Exceeding the state’s patient safety reporting requirements has become an annual event at MCMC, demonstrating the hospital’s commitment to the highest quality care.

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Keeping Charitable Gifts Local

Published: June 03, 2015

Dedicated individuals find their own creative ways to help Mid-Columbia Health Foundation raise funds to improve community health. 

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Tops in Her Field

Published: June 01, 2015

The March of Dimes honors Sarah McQuade as one of its 2014 Nurses of the Year marking the fourth straight year an MCMC nurse as received the award. 

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10 Healthy Eating Strategies

Published: April 06, 2015

Eating healthy doesn't have to be complicated. You can start small by implementing these strategies at your own pace.  Remember to make changes where you are likely to be successful--go for the "low hanging fruit"!

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Community Spotlight: LINK DIal-a-Ride

Published: March 02, 2015
In each issue of Well Aware, we will feature an organization or individual from the area performing or involved in an important community-related service or cause. In this issue, we are pleased to recognize LINK Dial-a-Ride. Read More ›

Dear Neighbor: Letter from the CEO

Published: March 02, 2015
Another year has flown by, and as I look back on our activities at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in 2014 it seems hard to believe so much could have happened in 12 short months. As we enter 2015, we do so with a lot of momentum behind us. The most significant milestone of 2014, and perhaps any year in this organization’s history, occurred Read More ›

Stair Wellness: Art Encourages Employees to Climb Stairs for Health

Published: March 01, 2015
Local artists Shelley Toon Lindberg and Mark Nilsson helped brighten up MCMC's stairwells and entryway Read More ›

I Will Do Anything to Lose Weight...Except Diet and Exercise

Published: February 24, 2015
Barbara Robison, director of MCMC’s Mind and Body Medicine program and The Spa at Water’s Edge provides insight into why people gain weight and ways to lose it. Read More ›

MCMC Responds to Faulty Infection Rate Report

Published: February 17, 2015
It was appalling for us at Mid-Columbia Medical Center to learn that the unjust and inaccurate measuring method of a recent study conducted by the federal agency that operates Medicare had resulted in MCMC receiving an inadequate ranking in the “2014 Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC) Report.”  Read More ›

New Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist and his Family Are happy to call The Dalles Home

Published: February 02, 2015

Dr. Daniel Cannon, an ear, nose and throat specialist (otolaryngologist) joined Drs. Steven Olsen and Matthew Proctor in the Columbia Gorge ENT and Allergy Clinic last July. It is his first practice after medical training, and he says he couldn’t be happier he and his family landed in The Dalles.

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Mommy Wellness

Published: January 24, 2015

Called Mommy Wellness, the program is led by Clark but also involves a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals who specialize in women’s issues, including physicians, pelvic and breast health therapists and staff from MCMC’s Mind-Body Medicine program.

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Back in the Saddle

Published: November 17, 2014

When Patty Burnet returned from a trip to the Mediterranean with her girlfriends, she knew that it was time to do something about the severe knee pain she'd been experiencing for years.  

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Quinoa Enchilada Casserole & Tahini Burger Recipes

Published: November 10, 2014
We're excited to share our featured recipes from the Health and Fitness Fair this year! Feel free to post questions about these recipes for our Dietitian, Tracy Dugick and Bistro Chef, Carrie Royal below in the comment section.
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No Pain, More Gain

Published: October 22, 2014

Taylor Darden is a young woman on the go.
A three-sport athlete at Dufur High School who has won several state track-and-field championships, Taylor is usually at the top of her game. One thing the senior doesn't have time for is pain. But during sophomore year of high school, there it came.

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Therapy’s a Kick

Published: October 22, 2014
Young soccer fan Diego Castilla has advanced his recovery from brain surgery a longway since he entered MCMC’s pediatric therapy program. Read More ›


Published: October 17, 2014

Mid-Columbia Medical Center takes Ebola preparedness very seriously. We are currently working with Wasco County Public Health, Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, the Oregon Nurses’ Association and community agencies to ensure we are prepared should a patient with Ebola present for care at MCMC.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Ebola

Published: October 02, 2014
Frequently Asked Questions about Ebola from Oregon Health Authority & Multnomah County Health Department. Dated: October 1, 2014 Read More ›

Information about Ebola for People with Family and Friends in West Africa

Published: October 02, 2014
Important messages to share with your family and friends in West Africa. Read More ›

Skin Tips for the End of Summer

Published: September 29, 2014
Our skin does incredible things to keep us feeling good and we may often take for granted its protective capacity.  There are many simple things that can prevent skin problems and help to heal injuries quickly. Read More ›

MCMC Again Named One Of Oregon’s Best Employers

Published: September 26, 2014

The Top Workplace list is based solely on the results of employee surveys conducted in businesses throughout the state by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement.

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Published: August 25, 2014
El Distrito de Salud Pública del Norte Central ha notificado la confirmación de laboratorio de tosferina a dos residentes de edad escolar de dos comunidades distintas en nuestro distrito en las últimas dos de semanas. Read More ›

PSA: Whooping Cough

Published: August 25, 2014
North Central Public Health District has been notified of two school-age residents from separate communities in our district with lab confirmed pertussis (also known as whooping cough) over the past couple of weeks. Read More ›

MCMC Health & Fitness Fair

Published: August 14, 2014
MCMC Health & Fitness Fair
Saturday, Sept. 27, 10am – 2pm
FREE Admission
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Free Youth Sports Physicals

Published: August 11, 2014

Free Youth Sports Physicals At Mcmc Sports Medicine And Orthopaedic Surgery.

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MCMC Announces Details Of New OHSU Affiliation

Published: August 05, 2014
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Residents of the Mid-Columbia region will have greater access to primary and specialty care as a result of a new affiliation between Mid-Columbia Medical Center and Oregon Health & Science University that includes recruiting additional physicians to The Dalles.

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The Persistent Pain Education Program - Spring 2015

Published: July 25, 2014
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The Persistent Pain Education Program is a series of eight presentations that educate people in a comprehensive pain management approach. Each 90-minute talk is led by a different healthcare professional and is designed to help people with chronic pain learn self-management skills that can help them decrease their pain and improve quality of life. Read More ›

FAQ: Wildfire Smoke & Public Health

Published: July 18, 2014
When smoke levels are high, even healthy people may have symptoms or health problems. The best thing to do is to limit your exposure to smoke. Depending on your situation, a combination of the strategies below may work best and give you the most protection from wildfire smoke. The more you do to limit your exposure to wildfire smoke, the more you&a Read More ›

Public Health PSA: Wildfire Smoke Inhalation Prevention Information

Published: July 18, 2014
Several fires are burning in and around Oregon and County health officials are providing the following information to help local residents proactively avoid illness from wildfire smoke inhalation. People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children, are advised to stay indoors. Poor air quality conditions are a health threat and shou Read More ›

COMUNICADO PÚBLICO: Tome precauciones durante el calor extremo

Published: July 17, 2014
Con los pronósticos de la semana que predicen 90 grados y más para muchas regiones del estado, el Distrito de Salud Pública del Norte Central recuerda a las personas para que tomen precauciones para evitar enfermedades relacionadas con el calor, tales como calambres por calor, insolación y agotamiento por calor. Read More ›

Manage Your Healthcare Online with myMCMC

Published: July 17, 2014
At Mid-Columbia Medical Center we are committed to providing you with the information you need to be the leader of your own personal healthcare team. myMCMC gives you a powerful tool to help you manage your own health, or the health of a loved one, regularly, and easily. Read More ›

myMCMC Su Conexión En Línea al Bienestar

Published: July 17, 2014
En Mid-Columbia Medical Center nos comprometemos a proporcionarle a usted la información necesaria para encabezar su propio equipo de salud. myMCMC le da una poderosa herramienta para ayudarle a manejar su propia salud, o la de un ser querido, con regularidad y facilidad. Read More ›

Water's Edge Fit Program

Published: July 15, 2014
Have you ever struggled with losing weight, eating healthier, moving more and feeling better? Would structure, accountability, support and information help you achieve your goals? Read More ›

Take Precautions During Extreme Heat

Published: July 14, 2014

North Central Public Health District Advises People to Take Precautions during Extreme Heat. Residents are advised to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed.

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Beating Expectations

Published: May 22, 2014

The rapid growth of MCMC Cardiology speaks to the value of having a comprehensive local resource for heart care tied to OHSU, the state’s only academic health and research university.

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Change Becomes Women's Center

Published: May 22, 2014

New physicians fit right in with the existing team at Columbia River Women’s Center to provide even more options for those seeking comprehensive women’s care.

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Good Eats at The Bistro Waterfront Cafe

Published: May 22, 2014
Carrie Royal revises The Bistro menu with her eye on health and is showing customers just how good food that is good for you can taste. Read More ›

Sun Kissed or Sun Smacked?

Published: May 22, 2014

What seems like a blessing today — having fun in the sun — could be a curse tomorrow if you aren’t protecting your skin. In the following informative articles, The Dalles dermatologist Melinda Riter, MD, PhD, and Barb Robison, director of

The Spa at Water’s Edge, tell you how to maximize your sun enjoyment whileRead More ›


It's Not Cancer

Published: May 21, 2014

Women hoping to maintain optimal breast health have access to comprehensive resources such as stereotactic biopsy through MCMC’s unique Center for Breast Care.

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Calling All Golfers

Published: May 01, 2014
The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation is now accepting registration for teams and sponsors for the Tournament of Tradition Golf Benefit. Read More ›

National Bike Month

Published: May 01, 2014
National Bike Month is celebrated in communities from coast to coast. However, I would bet most of those communities do not have the beautiful bike routes that we have here locally. It is a great time to pump up the tires, put on your helmet and get out there. Read More ›

It's National Zucchini Bread Day! Enjoy this recipe.

Published: April 25, 2014
It's National Zucchini Bread Day! Enjoy this healthy, delicious recipe. Read More ›

Managing Chronic Pain: Narcotic & Non-Narcotic Medications

Published: April 17, 2014
Dr. Eric Holeman discusses the intricacies of managing chronic pain with the many medications (both over the counter and prescription) that are available today. Read More ›

Female & Fabulous Fair | Sat, May 31 | Water's Edge | FREE

Published: April 10, 2014
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Many women spend so much time taking care of everyone else that they forget to take care of themselves. That’s why the women’s healthcare professionals of Mid-Columbia Medical Center have designed this special and free event just for you! Join us and you’re sure to feel fabulous all day.

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Summer Farro Salad with Tomato, Cucumber & Basil

Published: March 19, 2014
"Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right" is the theme for National Nutrition Month 2014. Consumer research confirms that taste tops nutrition as the main reason why one food is purchased over another. While social, emotional and health factors also play a role, the foods people enjoy are likely the ones they eat most. This year's key messages for <a ti Read More ›

Managing Chronic Pain: Meditation

Published: March 05, 2014
Our own Jill Keiffer is a yoga and meditation teacher, she walks us through the steps to alleviating our experience of pain through meditation. Read More ›

From Russia, With Love

Published: February 24, 2014
Her journey began in Russia, went through New York City and ended in The Dalles. Every step was an important one for Dr. Nona Niculescu, but now she says it’s nice to be settling down. Read More ›

Healthy Weight Solutions

Published: February 24, 2014

In this program you will be guided by a fitness trainer/wellness coach, registered nurse and mindfulness teacher and registered dietitian. Together, our team will get you motivated to move your body in a safe and fun way, learn ways to reduce stress by practicing mindfulness, and boost your metabolism in a smart, healthy way!

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Hometown Heroes

Published: February 24, 2014
LaVelle Underhill’s journey to find the critical healthcare services she needed was a long and winding road that ended up almost in her backyard — within a few miles of her Dufur home, at Mid-Columbia Medical Center. Read More ›

How to Reach Your Goals

Published: February 24, 2014
Once you’ve picked a goal, whether it’s general or specific, share it with people. Sharing your effort with family and friends makes you accountable, adds motivation and allows others to be supportive. It may even help you by attracting people engaged in similar eff orts. For example, running or walking with an exercise Read More ›

Nurse of the Year

Published: February 24, 2014
It didn’t take Connie Jubitz, R.N., very long to leave her mark on the nursing profession. Read More ›

Sometimes the Best Laid Plans...

Published: February 24, 2014
Just when you think everything in your life is figured out — ducks in a row, t’s crossed i’s dotted — a bunch of college kids on the other side of the room start cutting up skin samples and, suddenly, your whole life changes. Read More ›

Stop the Spread of Germs When Caring for Kids

Published: February 24, 2014
If you have little ones at home, you know it can be difficult to keep them well through the winter. But there are steps you can take to make sure you stay well enough to care for them. Read More ›

Weight Loss for Kids And Much More

Published: February 24, 2014

The nation’s leading weight-management program for children and adolescents is now offered by MCMC at Water’s Edge. Called SHAPEDOWN, the program was developed by faculty members of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine with the input of experts in nutrition, exercise physiology, endocrinology, psychology, f Read More ›


Women At Work

Published: February 24, 2014
With two new physicians and a new partnership with Mid-Columbia Medical Center, Columbia River Women’s Center is better prepared than ever to care for Gorge-area women. Read More ›

Winning by Losing - Chronic Pain

Published: February 21, 2014

Suffering from chronic pain, poor fitness and low self-esteem, Michelle Wilson decided enough was enough.

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Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Published: February 20, 2014
Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts recipe by MCMC Dietitian, Tracy Dugick. Read More ›

Healthified Chocolate Espresso Cake with Berries

Published: February 17, 2014
Healthified Chocolate Espresso Cake with Berries recipe by MCMC Dietitian, Tracy Dugick. Espresso powder and chocolate make a great combination in this lower fat version of a chocolate treat! Read More ›

Medicine is a Family Affair

Published: February 13, 2014
When Dr. Dorothy Sherwood was growing up in Geneva, Ohio, a small town near Cleveland, she used to walk the hospital floor with her physician father. But it wasn’t until she was in college that she decided to follow her father’s footsteps into a medical career. Read More ›

Letter to the Community - 2013 Wrap-up

Published: February 12, 2014
It was a very productive year that saw a lot of growth in existing programs as well as the addition of several new services and health professionals to further expand the health and wellness offerings available to you locally. Read More ›

Strong Willed: Power lifter pushes through cancer

Published: February 12, 2014
Power lifter uses her own inner strength and the help of MCMC’s treatment team
to overcome a breast-cancer diagnosis and quickly regain her former life. Read More ›

Rosemary Chickpea Soup Recipe

Published: February 04, 2014
A version of this rosemary chickpea soup will be served at the Civic on Go Red Day. You can purchase soup, a roll and a bottle of water for a great $3 lunch. It's a flavorful, vegetarian soup option that is low fat and high in fiber. Can easily be vegan by using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. Read More ›

NFL Super Bowl XLVIII Seafood Dip Recipe

Published: January 28, 2014
Break the mold of the usual chips and dip for your Super Bowl Party! This seafood dip is low fat and tasty.
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Flu Activity Level is High

Published: January 24, 2014
Oregon is reporting widespread influenza and influenza-like illness. The state-wide report for outpatients seen for these types of illness is above the state’s seasonal average. A majority of cases are testing positive for H1N1 Influenza A virus. The current flu vaccine is a good match for this virus. Read More ›

Heart Healthy Tips

Published: January 24, 2014
Go Red for Women's Heart Health is all about learning how to love your heart and reduce risk factors for heart disease.  Heart disease is the number one killer of women and also men.  One way to live a heart-healthy lifestyle is to add activity into your day. Here's a realistic t Read More ›

Influenza is here; you don’t need to get it!

Published: January 17, 2014
You may have heard, influenza is here, in Oregon and in the Gorge. There have been cases of influenza reported to North Central Public Health District in recent weeks, and there are respiratory illnesses with fever in circulation throughout the community. To be clear, Influenza, also known as “the flu,” is primarily a respiratory illnes Read More ›

Passionate About the Gorge, Passionate About Physical Therapy

Published: December 20, 2013
Gina enjoys her new career as a physical therapist in this scenic destination. Specifically, Gina is passionate about treating conditions related to women’s health, such as urinary incontinence. She also enjoys caring for women during and after pregnancy. Read More ›

Persistent Pain Education Program (Winter 2014)

Published: December 20, 2013
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The Persistent Pain Education Program is a series of seven presentations that educate people in a comprehensive pain management approach. Each 90-minute talk is led by a different healthcare professional and is designed to help people with chronic pain learn self-management skills that can help them decrease their pain and improve quality of life. Read More ›

Go Red for Women's Heart Health 2014

Published: December 17, 2013
It's time to get your red out at the 2014 Go Red for Women's Heart Health event. Learn how to love your heart with three days of heart healthy education, fun, and activities. Read More ›

Interview with Marti, Celilo Patient

Published: December 12, 2013
We'd like to introduce you to Marti. She is one of 249 women who have received a free screening mammogram through the Breast Health for Strong Families Program since its beginning in June of 2011. Read More ›

Festival Of Trees – A Kick Off To The Holiday Season

Published: December 01, 2013
Mid-Columbia Health Foundation staff is busy preparing for the Festival of Trees.  “This is probably my favorite event” stated Foundation Executive Director, Celeste Hill-Thomas, “for me, it’s the kick-off to the holiday season.”  The Festival of Trees, in its 18th year will take place at The Dalles Civic Aud Read More ›

State of the Heart Results

Published: October 22, 2013

With its recent national accreditation, MCMC’s Echocardiography Lab gets an official Seal of Approval.

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Diabetes, Schmiabetes!

Published: October 21, 2013
Still full of vim and vigor at age 78, Anne Marie Smith says the secret to living successfully with diabetes is showing the disease who’s boss. Read More ›

Help for Chronic Pain

Published: October 21, 2013
Many people living with chronic pain have found relief through MCMC’s pain-management program. Read More ›

Playing it Safe

Published: September 30, 2013
Playing sports is a great way for young athletes to have fun, stay in shape, learn the value and benefits of team play and much more.  But there are, of course, risks involved in almost any sport, and concussions are among the most common of them. Read More ›

Among the Elite

Published: September 28, 2013

Once again, MCMC’s Celilo Cancer Center has received the highest possible rating from the independent organization that surveys and evaluates cancer centers nationwide, The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons.

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Telemedicine technology helps MCMC ER doctors

Published: September 19, 2013

Telemedicine technology helps MCMC ER doctors confer long-distance with OHSU specialists at the bedside to benefit stroke patients like Clarence Renno.

When an ambulance delivered Clarence Renno to Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s emergency department on a Friday night last February, the 65-year-old was having trouble speaking and fel Read More ›


MCMC Receives Breast Imaging Center of Excellence Accreditation

Published: September 13, 2013
2013 has been an incredible year for our Mammography Services department whose staff has accomplished something almost unheard of for most rural communities. They are now accredited for stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound breast scanning and biopsy making Mid-Columbia Medical Center (MCMC) a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. Read More ›

Upcoming Flu Shot Clinics and Information

Published: September 11, 2013
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death. Anyone can get the flu, and vaccination is the single best way to protect against influenza. Even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu and spread it to family and friends. Read More ›

Community Drug Take Back

Published: September 06, 2013
DID YOU KNOW...? Most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends. You could be a drug dealer and not even know it. Read More ›

Planetree Health Resource Center Health Lecture Series – FALL 2013

Published: September 05, 2013

All lectures are free and open to the public, and are held in the Deschutes Room on the second floor of Water’s Edge, 551 Lone Pine Blvd., The Dalles. (Childcare is available for all lectures for $3 per child. To reserve a place call 541-296-8444.) All programs are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Your on-time arrival is appreciated. Call 541-296-8444& Read More ›


Limited Offer on Lab Tests

Published: August 30, 2013
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MCMC Health & Fitness Fair

Published: August 30, 2013
Take advantage of a variety of health screenings and information for the whole family
including cholesterol and blood glucose, Doc Talk lectures, flu shot clinic, nutrition and
cooking demos, community drug take back and much more for men, women and kids. Read More ›

FAQ & Resource Links for Air Quality and Wildfires

Published: August 21, 2013
Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can irritate your eyes or your respiratory system and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. How much and how long you are exposed to the smoke, as well as your age and degree of susceptibility, play a role in determining whether or no Read More ›

The Gorge Gains its First Certified Hand Therapist!

Published: July 30, 2013
We’re proud to announce that Kimberly Birk-Fitzjarrald has earned her certification in hand therapy (CHT). Kimberly is an occupational therapist who specializes in hand therapy at Water's Edge Health & Wellness Center in The Dalles, Oregon. Currently she is the only Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist practicing in the gorge area Read More ›

Mind Your Mind

Published: July 29, 2013
We know that chronic stress is bad for our health and we should strive to manage it. Yet, is it possible to find some peace of mind in our hectic, busy lives? Read More ›

Leslie Reagan Becomes the First Certified Lymphedema Therapist in the Gorge to be LANA Certified

Published: July 26, 2013
Certified Occupational and Lymphedema Therapist Leslie Reagan recently obtained her Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) certification making her the only LANA certified therapist in the gorge. Read More ›

The Echocardiography Lab at MCMC Receives Echocardiography Accreditation by the IAC

Published: July 24, 2013
The MCMC Echocardiography Laboratory Hospital located in The Dalles, OR has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in the areas of Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Read More ›

MCMC and OHSU to Pursue Alignment of Services to Improve Efficiency and Expand Healthcare Services for Gorge Residents

Published: July 09, 2013
Mid-Columbia Medical Center and Oregon Health & Science University announced efforts to explore aligning medical and administrative services to improve efficiency and expand access to care. Read More ›

Biomechanic Bicycle Fit Program

Published: July 01, 2013

With a dry climate and a multitude of quiet country roads, The Dalles offers excellent bike riding opportunities for all types of cyclists.  As a result, cycling in our community is on a rise.  Proper bicycle fit is imperative for injury prevention, performance and comfort on the bicycle.  In response, Water’s Edge physical& Read More ›


Hydrotherapy - Just Add Water

Published: July 01, 2013
And when mixed with therapeutic botanicals, minerals and luxurious body scrubs, the results are dramatic. Read More ›

The Fore Amigos

Published: June 29, 2013
Four long-time friends are bonded by their love of golf and their experience with cancer. Read More ›

Getting to the Points

Published: June 26, 2013
MCMC’s new acupuncture provides relief for patients with an array of symptoms by targeting trigger points that tell the brain where the body needs attention. Read More ›

Meet MCMC Physical Therapist of the Month Andy Roof, M.P.T., O.C.S.

Published: June 25, 2013
Andy Roof is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist with a master’s degree in physical therapy from Emory University. Working at Water’s Edge allows Andy to fulfill his passion for treating musculoskeletal ailments and athletes through out the gorge. He also teaches a class that helps patients understand the role pain plays in their l Read More ›

New Materials at Planetree Health Resource Center

Published: June 20, 2013
Every month the PHRC receives new books and materials for a variety of health topics. Below is a list of new materials available for checkout. Come visit us at the PHRC or call 296-8444 to request materials. Read More ›

MCMC Pharmacist Earns National Credential in Pain Management

Published: June 19, 2013
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MCMC Pharmacist Eric Holeman has specialized in pain management for 15 years. His recent national credential as a Pain Practitioner by The American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM) has further prepared him to bring consistent and effective patient care to The Dalles community. 

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Mid-Columbia Health Foundation Raises $22,000 for Local Breast Healthcare Services

Published: June 19, 2013

Every year Mid-Columbia Health Foundation (MCHF) hosts the Tournament of Tradition golf event that raises money for local breast healthcare services. This year they raised $22,000 that will go to community members in need.

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Bienvenidos Food Drive - this week!

Published: June 17, 2013
Harvest begins soon and we have been asked once again to partner with One Community Health (formerly LaClinica) in their welcome food drive for our seasonal workers. Read More ›

MCMC Summer Speed, Agility and Strength Camp

Published: June 11, 2013
Mid-Columbia Medical Center and MCMC Sports Medicine are committed to supporting youth athletics in the Columbia Gorge region.  As part of this commitment, we are pleased to announce a new summer program of Sports Performance Training.  This is a free 6 week program working on speed, agility, strength, and injury prevention. Read More ›

MCMC Awards Hospital Staff for a Combined 1330 Years of Service

Published: June 05, 2013
Every year our hospital staff is brought together to celebrate those who have completed 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of employment at MCMC. Read More ›

Nurses' Week Celebrations at MCMC

Published: May 10, 2013
This week we celebrated National Nurses Day with a luncheon sponsored by the nursing leadership team.  As you may have guessed our theme was MASH - "Best Care Anywhere"! Read More ›

Cathy Ruggles named Oregon Home Therapist of the Year

Published: May 07, 2013
A member of the Mid-Columbia Medical Center Home Health staff has been named Oregon Home Therapist of the Year. Read More ›

Free Youth Sports Physicals

Published: May 07, 2013
Get your sports physical at no charge for student athletes grades 6-12This clinic will focus on requirements for student athletes.
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Men's Cancer Support Group | April 17th

Published: April 05, 2013
This is an informal meeting for men (patients, family members, and caregivers) where questions are welcomed and the atmosphere is relaxed.  At each meeting, we invite experts to discuss topics that are important to you. Our hope is that this group will be a source of accurate, relevant information for you. Read More ›

Free Reiki Treatments Available

Published: March 25, 2013
MCMC Volunteer Reiki Practioners are available each Tuesday from noon to 2pm in the Celilo Meditation Room on the Celilo first floor and individuals can just drop in. Read More ›

MCMC Recognized as Leader in Patient Safety

Published: February 28, 2013
Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s commitment to ensuring the safest possible environment for our patients has been recognized by the state agency responsible for reducing the risk of serious incidents in Oregon’s healthcare organizations. Read More ›

Fit at Fifty

Published: February 05, 2013

At age 50, Keri Byers is on track. And she plans to stay there.

The kindergarten teacher at Covenant Christian Academy has steadily lost 50 pounds in the last few years. But the weight loss is just part of her success story, she says.

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Health & Wellness Center Earns Rare Accreditation

Published: February 05, 2013

The Health and Wellness Center at Water’s Edge has earned the distinction of being officially certified as a medical fitness center—a sign of excellence in the health and wellness industry.

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Outstanding in Their Field

Published: January 25, 2013

When it comes to quality healthcare, sometimes the best comes in small packages.

For proof, consider that three of the 16 individuals honored as 2012 Nurses of the Year by the March of Dimes work at Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

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Human Interest

Published: January 24, 2013

There’s a signature moment in Dr. Patrick Archie’s earliest experience at Mid-Columbia Medical Center, an instant when the young doctor first realized he had discovered a special place to practice a truly different, deeply personal brand of patient care.

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You Can Go Home Again

Published: January 24, 2013

Since she returned to The Dalles last summer, after many years away, family nurse practitioner Johanna Nesse has received lots of warm welcome homes.   

It’s been nice, she says, if not just a little surreal, since she hasn’t been remembering most of the people who have recognized her. Nesse did, after all, leave Th Read More ›


Healthy Edge

Published: January 16, 2013
Heart Disease is Not Just for Men
If you’ve been thinking heart disease is mainly a manly thing, then here is some news that may jolt you. The rate of heart disease in women in the U.S. is not only higher than men, it is also more likely to go undiagnosed until later stages of the ill Read More ›

Fluid Delivery

Published: December 19, 2012
MCMC becomes the first hospital in the region to offer water birthing, which is gaining popularity among mothers seeking a more natural delivery. Read More ›

The Jock Doc

Published: December 19, 2012

As the newest member of the MCMC | OHSU Orthopedics medical/surgical team, sports medicine specialist Dr. Cullen has not only devoted his career to getting athletes back into the game after a sports injury, he also truly enjoys watching any sport played.

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Totally Joint Replacement

Published: December 17, 2012

MCMC becomes only the third Oregon hospital to achieve the rare Gold Seal of Approval for its Total Joint Replacement Program.

Tammy Swearingen’s laughter comes much easier today than it did a short year ago. Chronic pain consumed much of her life back then, the result of an eroding hip joint.

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A Note to Health Net Patients

Published: December 10, 2012
Mid-Columbia Medical Center and our primary care physicians and providers still contract with Health Net.  So if you are enrolled in a Health Net HMO, PPO, POS or individual plan your in-network coverage is still available in The Dalles. Read More ›

Fitting Right In

Published: September 12, 2012
Nathan Ullrich, M.D., feels fortunate to live and practice medicine in the Gorge, where he says the medical community has priorities that are in line with his own. Read More ›

For the Agony of the Feet

Published: September 12, 2012
Considering that the average American will over the course of a lifetime walk about 115,000 miles, or the equivalent of about four laps around the Earth, it is no wonder that three-quarters of us will experience at least one foot problem somewhere along the journey. Read More ›

You Can Go Home Again

Published: September 12, 2012
The two families were both visiting the popular Eastern Oregon recreational spot not long after Dr. Gingrich had set up his practice in The Dalles. That set the stage for a chance meeting between the new doctor and the 9-year-old future doctor that years later would heavily influence Dr. McAllister’s decision to return home to practice medici Read More ›

No Safer Place for Surgery

Published: September 11, 2012
With most surgeries now performed on an outpatient basis, MCMC offers the ideal combination of experienced staff, personalized experience and on-site back up help if ever needed. Read More ›

MCMC | OHSU Cardiology Opens Echocardiography Lab

Published: March 29, 2012

We are pleased to become just the second medical facility in Oregon to offer Gorge-area heart patients the benefits of bubble echocardiography technology.

Echocardiography is a test that uses sound waves to create moving pictures of the heart.  The pictures show the size and shape of the heart and allow physicians to visualize how w Read More ›


Welcome Dr. Kevin Wei

Published: March 29, 2012

Dr. Wei is a general cardiologist with specific expertise in an important diagnostic technology called echocardiography. In fact, he is, in one colleague’s words, “an internationally recognized leader in echocardiography.”

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Mommy Wellness at Water's Edge Health & Wellness Center

Published: February 21, 2012

If you’re a new mom, you know that it takes a lot of energy to take care of your baby—let alone make time for yourself to exercise, eat right or even read a few pages of a book.

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Picking Up The Pace

Published: February 21, 2012

After suffering a heart attack or other heart-related event, patients often find increasing their level of physical activity to be an exercise in anxiety.

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A Full Monte

Published: December 14, 2011

The way Monte Johnson sees it, if you are going to blow out a knee skiing it ought to be the result some kind of equipment-flying, head-over-heels, Dagwood-Bumstead-style calamity. 

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Quality Staff at Mid-Columbia Medical Center = Quality Care

Published: December 12, 2011

From the lab to diagnostic imaging, MCMC has a highly trained staff committed to delivering the highest-quality, most up-to-date care. In fact, MCMC encourages all staff to pursue advanced training in their fields.

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Positive Reflections

Published: November 15, 2011

Many women in ongoing treatment for cancer often feel guilty devoting time to their appearance instead of focusing their complete attention on their disease.

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Congratulations to our Oregon Nurse of the Year!

Published: November 02, 2011

We couldn’t be prouder that the March of Dimes has named MCMC’s own Shelley Reynolds-Wacker as one of its 14 Oregon Nurses of the Year for 2011.

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Cancer Care Condensed

Published: October 02, 2011

When Linda Thompson was considering her options for treating the breast cancer she was diagnosed with in November 2009, convenience wasn’t at the top of her list of “must haves.”

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Up Close and Personal

Published: July 21, 2011

Sarah Schumacher is used to caring for patients, not being one. But her own experience has left her feeling better than ever about the comprehensive care and services MCMC offers area orthopedic patients.

A skier can’t venture very far down a trail on Mt. Hood without seeing a sign announcing some sort of hazard.

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Water's Edge Turns One

Published: June 01, 2011

For Camille Weimar, a rancher from Dufur, Ore., life was painful. She could barely walk, let alone ride her horse—the thing she lived for. Yet after only four months at Water’s Edge, she’s living pain-free and without medication.

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Breast Care Center at Mid-Columbia Medical Center

Published: May 22, 2011

MCMC has become the only hospital in Oregon, and just the third on the West Coast, to earn national accreditation for its breast care center.

MCMC's new Center for Breast Care was surveyed in late September by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), whose chairman, David Winchester, M.D., remarked afterward.

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Walking Tall

Published: April 11, 2011

She was diagnosed with polio at age 10, and for more than 60 years Earline Matson has lived with its many after effects.

Twenty-four surgeries and multiple hospital stays later, The Dalles resident is now feeling better than she has in years. Just a few weeks removed from surgery to replace her painful right knee, Matson was up and about Read More ›


Surgical Precision at Mid-Columbia Medical Center

Published: April 10, 2011

Mid-Columbia Medical Center continues to rank among the nation’s top hospitals when it comes to surgical safety and infection control.

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Heart Help in a Hurry

Published: January 09, 2011

When a patient comes through the double doors at Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s Emergency Department complaining of chest pain – even just discomfort, a squeezing, pressure-filled sensation – the staff doesn’t mess around. There’s no paperwork to fill out first. There’s no hesitation at all, but no rushing eith Read More ›


Holiday Market & Tree Lighting

Published: December 02, 2010
Kick off the holiday season with the annual Holiday Market & Craft Fair, Wednesday, December 2, 10:00am – 6:00pm, Medical Center Office Plaza, 1810 E 19th Street, The Dalles.
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2009 Diabetes Discovery Day

Published: November 11, 2010
People with diabetes can gain helpful information about managing their disease during Diabetes Discovery Day, a free event co-sponsored by Mid-Columbia Medical Center and Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital,  Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles. Read More ›

Diabetes Discovery Day Set For November 9

Published: November 09, 2010
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Coming Soon, Tobacco Free MCMC

Published: January 01, 2010
Effective January 1, 2010, the Mid-Columbia Medical Center campus will be 100 percent tobacco free.  Smoking and the use of tobacco products will be prohibited on the entire campus. Read More ›

New MCMC Breast Care Center Earns Rare Accreditation

Published: October 12, 2009
MCMC has become the only hospital in Oregon to earn national accreditation for its breast care center.
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Expert Heart Care Close to Home

Published: August 05, 2009

David Guarraia, M.D., the first cardiologist to practice full-time in the Mid-Columbia region, has devoted the last 12 years of his life preparing to care for patients with heart-related conditions.

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Columbia River Women's Clinic Welcomes New Doctor

Published: August 01, 2009

After a year long search, Columbia River Women's Clinic in The Dalles, Ore., has announced that a new physician is joining its ranks. Brian MacArthur, M.D., a graduate of Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, will fill the vacant position left when longtime The Dalles physician David Mack retired earlier this year.

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Wellness on the Water

Published: June 18, 2009

New MCMC facility at the edge of the Columbia River is a positive sign of the changing tide in healthcare. If there is a little more dust in the wind down at Lone Pine Village these days, that's just a sign of an exciting new MCMC development getting off the ground.

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New Book Tells Story of MCMC's Planetree Transformation

Published: June 11, 2009

Since the early 90s, numerous media reports have told the story of Mid-Columbia Medical Center's efforts to change for the better the way patients experience hospitals.

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Tournament of Tradition Golf Benefit to Support Next Century Campaign

Published: May 24, 2009

The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation's 24th Annual Tournament of Tradition Golf Benefit presented by Xiologix will be held Monday and Tuesday, June 8th and 9th at The Dalles Country Club. There are still openings for players and teams to register for this event.

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MCMC Sponsors Mount Hood Cycling Classic Kids Race

Published: May 18, 2009

MCMC Sponsors Mount Hood Cycling Classic Kids Race.

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MCMC Participates in Cascadia Peril Emergency Preparedness Drill

Published: April 24, 2009
Beginning Friday, April 24, 2009 MCMC will participate in the statewide drill, Cascadia Peril, coordinated through the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. This drill is designed to test disaster preparedness and the region's readiness to respond to a massive natural. Read More ›

Medical Group Attracts Two New Providers

Published: February 23, 2009

Mid-Columbia Medical Group continues to enjoy success in its ongoing efforts to recruit new primary care professionals to the area.

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Tradition of Compassion Award Winners Announced

Published: February 09, 2009

Individuals and organizations that have distinguished themselves through philanthropy and service in the region will be honored at the third annual Tradition of Compassion Philanthropy Awards, Thursday, March 5, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

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Third Annual Tradition of Compassion Philanthropy Awards

Published: January 06, 2009

Nominations are now being accepted for the 3rd Annual Tradition of Compassion philanthropy awards presented by the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation. These awards seek to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations throughout the Mid-Columbia who demonstrate the art of giving and truly make a difference in our community.

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MCMC Collaborates with OHSU to Increase Local Access to Specialized Care and Expertise

Published: December 28, 2008

Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, Ore., has announced that it is now working with Oregon Health &amp; Science University to expand the availability of specialty physician and medical/surgical care in the Mid-Columbia region.

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Mid-Columbia Medical Center to Build New Riverfront Facility

Published: November 23, 2008

Mid-Columbia Medical Center has announced that it has entered a joint venture partnership to construct a state-of-the-art medical building on The Dalles riverfront.

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Dr. James Stoller Joins Surgical Specialists in The Dalles

Published: October 26, 2008

Dr. James Stoller in August brought to five the number of surgeons at Mid-Columbia Surgical Specialists, 1810 E 19th Street, The Dalles.

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Festival of Trees Supports Advances in Local Health Care

Published: October 26, 2008

The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation has announced that Columbia River Bank will be the presenting sponsor again for this year's annual Festival of Trees.

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Dr. Ann Harris Joins Surgical Specialists in The Dalles

Published: August 29, 2008

Dr. Ann Harris has accepted a position as one of five general surgeons at Mid-Columbia Surgical Specialists, 1810 E 19th Street, The Dalles. She began seeing patients in August.

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Mid-Columbia's First Neurosurgeon to Practice in The Dalles

Published: August 29, 2008

Mid-Columbia patients needing surgery or treatment for back problems and other conditions requiring neurosurgical expertise will be the beneficiaries of a new agreement between Mid-Columbia Surgical Specialists (MCSS), Mid-Columbia Medical Center and The Center: Orthopedic & Neurosurgical

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Health Foundation Announces New Board Members

Published: August 25, 2008

Mid-Columbia Health Foundation (MCHF) welcomes two new members to its board of directors, Paula Lee-Valkov, M.D. and Linda Trautz, R.N.

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Dr. James Edwards Begins Medical Practice in The Dalles

Published: July 28, 2008

Dr. James Edwards, after recently completing his medical residency at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Portland, is taking new patients in The Dalles.

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MCMC Again Named Among Oregon's Best for Quality Measures

Published: June 01, 2008

Mid-Columbia Medical Center's ongoing commitment to meeting and exceeding the highest standards in patient care and safety has been recognized with two awards from an independent quality measurement agency.

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Celilo Quality and Expertise Recognized Again With Award

Published: April 30, 2008

Last June, when the retired physician who surveyed Celilo for the Commission on Cancer (CoC) met with hospital personnel to summarize her findings after a day putting the cancer center staff and records through the white-glove treatment, she wasn't stingy with her praise.

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Primary Care Provider Returns to Columbia Hills Family Medicine

Published: March 24, 2008

Physician assistant Shay Murphy, P.A.-C., has disproved the notion that you can't go home again, much to the delight of patients of Columbia Hills Family Medicine.

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Go Red For Women's Heart Health - February 1, 2008

Published: January 03, 2008

Heart Disease is the number one killer of women.  But you can change that. Starting right now, How?  Go Red.  Any way you want. On Friday, February 1, wear a Red dress, Red lipstick or cary a fabulous Red handbag.

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New Physician Assistant Expands Access to Internal Medicine Care

Published: December 31, 2007
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New Physician Assistant Expands Access to Internal Medicine Care

Published: December 31, 2007
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Diabetes Discovery Day Set For November 9

Published: November 06, 2007
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Columbia River Bank to Sponsor 2007 Festival of Trees

Published: November 05, 2007
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Planetree Names MCMC One of its Elite Hospitals

Published: October 31, 2007
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Mid-Columbia Medical Group Welcomes New Medical Director

Published: October 30, 2007
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East Cascade Physical Therapy Joins MCMC Family

Published: October 01, 2007
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Popular Women's Physician Returns to Practice

Published: October 01, 2007
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National Journal Publishes Results of Celilo Cancer Study

Published: September 28, 2007
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Well Aware magazine - Fall 2007

Published: August 31, 2007
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Medical Group's Recruiting Success Continues with New Provider

Published: July 23, 2007
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Mid-Columbia Medical Group Welcomes New Physician

Published: July 16, 2007
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Well Aware magazine - Summer 2007

Published: June 25, 2007
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MCMC Wins Award for Commitment to Patient Care Excellence

Published: May 25, 2007
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Mid-Columbia Medical Group Welcomes New Executive Director

Published: April 20, 2007
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MCHF Golf Tournament Will Support Palliative Care

Published: April 18, 2007
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Health & Safety, It’s a Family Affair

Published: April 09, 2007
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Health Foundation Offers Annual Nursing Scholarships

Published: March 22, 2007
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Dr. Paul Cardosi Appointed to MCMC Board of Directors

Published: February 20, 2007
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New Pediatrician Joins Columbia Hills Family Medicine

Published: February 01, 2007
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Randy Rood Memorial Scholarship Applications Available Now!

Published: February 01, 2007
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Well Aware Magazine Winter 2007

Published: January 29, 2007
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New Primary Care Provider Now Accepting Patients

Published: January 18, 2007
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Hematology/Oncology Expert Joins Celilo Staff

Published: December 06, 2006
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New Columbia Hills Providers Increase Primary Care Options

Published: December 06, 2006
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Mid-Columbia Health Foundation Festival of Trees

Published: December 05, 2006
The Festival of Trees has its own stories; stories of those remembered through donated trees, stories of those touched by those lives, and stories of those helped through funds raised from this event. These stories and the beauty found in the 'landscape' of the Civic Auditorium are the draw for the hundreds of guests who experienced the Festival.. Read More ›

Mid-Columbia Health Foundation Festival of Trees

Published: December 05, 2006
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A Note to Health Net Patients

Published: December 10, 2012
If you are member of a Health Net health insurance plan, then you have heard that that, effective Jan 1, members will not be covered by Providence or its affiliated providers. Read More ›