Health News Notes

June 01, 2003

Adventist Medical Center Offers New Service to New Moms

Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore., recently opened its Mama Shop to better serve the needs of its maternity patients. The new service, which is conveniently located in the hospital’s Family Birth Place, specializes in breast pumps and nursing bras along with things for new babies and more traditional gift shop items like candy, toys and books. Funded by a gift from the hospital’s Volunteer Auxiliary, the Mama Shop is run by volunteers with Family Birth Place nurses helping out as needed.

Walla Walla General Hospital Offers Free Massage Therapy

Walla Walla General Hospital now offers massage therapy to patients at no extra charge. Individuals admitted to the hospital for surgery or delivery of a baby, are eligible for this special service. According to several clinical studies, massage decreases anxiety, offers an alternative to pain management and may contribute to improved outcomes. In light of this data, the hospital decided to offer the service as an extension of its mission and quality care.

Adventist Medical Center to Add New Surgery Suites

Adventist Health’s Board recently approved a surgery expansion at Adventist Medical Center that will add clinical capabilities and office space to the hospital’s Portland, Ore., campus. As part of a 10-year master plan, the facility will add two new surgery suites, which are slated for completion in the summer of 2003. The new suites will be larger than any of the hospital’s existing surgery areas and will be designed to accommodate the long-term needs of the department. Pending future board approval, the hospital’s master plan also includes a new on-campus physician office building, further surgery expansion and an outpatient services center complete with its own entrance and parking garage.

Tillamook County General Hospital Announces New Web Site

Tillamook County General Hospital recently redesigned its web site to give a brand new look. The redesign is an effort to keep the facility’s web site looking up-to-date and consistent with current Web trends. The Tillamook, Oregon-based hospital also hopes the new look and feel will help users more easily navigate the site. In addition, the new design will allow greater flexibility and efficiency in editing and adding online content.

Walla Walla General Hospital Hosts Teddy Bear Check-up

Walla Walla General Hospital helped area kids overcome hospital fears by hosting its annual “Teddy Bear Check-Up” earlier this year. The event, which emphasized the importance of safety, drew 120 children and their stuffed friends to the hospital’s campus. Not only did their fuzzy companions receive some TLC from pediatric caregivers, the kids were able to visit various departments throughout the facility to better acquaint them with the hospital, meet employees and staff, and collect prizes.

Adventist Medical Center’s Hospice Flourishes in 2002

Adventist Medical Center’s Hospice flourished in 2002 reaching a census of 100 patients on Dec. 9. The growth rate in 2002 was up 67 percent from 2001, and the hospital’s hospice program continues to break records. To keep pace with the growth, the Hospice has hired 18 new staff members. In addition, the annual Angels and Bows event, which offers loved-ones an opportunity to celebrate and remember those they have lost, was attended by more than 120 people and raised nearly $16,000 for the Hospice Patient Care Fund and the Hospice Endowment Fund.