By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Joint Replacement Institute earns gold

Willamette Valley Medical Center’s Joint Replacement Institute in McMinnville has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission. That certification demonstrates compliance with the commission’s comprehensive national standards for joint and hip replacement surgery.

A rigorous on-site review was conducted in April. During that time, an expert from the commission evaluated the program for its performance in meeting the needs of patients and families, exercising effective infection prevention and control, and displaying sound medication management.

“Joint Commission accreditation is evidence that we are working hard to provide the very best care for patients who come to us for hip and knee replacements,” said hospital CEO Dan Ordyna.

Natalie Reed, coordinator of the hospital’s joint replacement program, said she regarded achieving Joint Commission certification “a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

Core areas addressed include compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement.

In surveys of patients, 94 percent rated their experience at 9 or 10 out of 10.

Officials said 79 percent said they were able to go home immediately after surgery and 86 percent reported returning to normal activities, without pain, within three months. They said no patients experienced complications in the hospital.

For more information, call the hospital at 503-472-6131.



The McMinnville Downtown Association is one of three Oregon Main Street associations winning accreditation from the National Main Street Program for meeting established national performance standards, joining Corvallis and Albany.

The MDA’s performance is evaluated each year by Oregon Main Street, which works in partnership with the national group to identify the local programs that meet ten specific performance standards, such as developing a mission, fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing a strong operating budget, tracking economic progress and preserving historic buildings.

Ron Pomeroy, president of the MDA board said, “It serves to reaffirm that what we are doing to revitalize, maintain and support downtown McMinnville is positive, and that the hard work of our staff and volunteers is impacting our town in a positive way.”

For more information, contact Manager Cassie Sollars at 503-472-3605 or



A Mother’s Day tea for moms and their daughters is slated for 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Emeritus at Osprey Court, 320 S.W. Hill Road. It will feature a selection of teas and desserts.

Participants are invited to discuss how their mothers shaped their lives. Those who have lost their mothers are also welcome to participate.

Admission is free. To RSVP or get more information, call 503-472-3509.



Business After Hours for the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce will be held from 5:15 to 7 p.m. at Key Bank, 342 N.E. Third St. It will feature food and door prizes.



Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has a greeters scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at French Prairie Gardens, 17673 French Prairie Road in St. Paul.


Molly Walker, the News-Register’s business editor, can be reached at or 503-687-1272.

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