By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Mac, Newberg hospitals termed top performers

Both the Willamette Valley Medical Center and Newberg Providence Medical Center have been named HealthStrong top performers by iVantage Health Analytics.

According to the iVantage website, designations are based on data available from public sources, such as Medicare cost reports, Medicare claims and Hospital Compare.

iVantage develops 66 different performance indicators for each of more than 4,000 hospitals. It scores them in percentile terms in 10 different categories — competitive strength, competitive intensity, market size and growth, population risk, cost, charge, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives and financial strength.

“This is a fantastic achievement,” said Rosmari Davis, interim CEO at WVMC. “This would not be possible without the contributions of every one of our physicians, employees and volunteers.”

“This recognition is a direct reflection of the outstanding, high-quality and compassionate care our employees provide every day,” said Providence CEO Lori Van Zanten. At Providence Newberg, we’re committed to continually improving our quality and providing safe care in an environment that’s focused solely on our patients. I’m proud of our caregivers and the high caliber of service they provide our patients each and every day.”

MVMC was also listed last year.



Carlton Farms received its own section in Steven Shomler’s recently published book, “Portland Food Cart Stories: Behind the Scenes with the City’s Culinary Entrepreneurs.”

The section, “On Many Food Cart Menus: Carlton Farms,” praises John Duyn, president and CEO, and Jake Burns, vice president of operations.

Shomler first noticed a Carlton Farms credit at the Burger Guild cart. As the year progressed, he noticed other food carts in Portland were also touting reliance on local Carlton Farms products.

“Food carts were doing this to make it clear to their customers that they were using top-shelf meat from a superb local producer,” Shomler wrote. “It was one of the ways that a food cart could set itself apart and convey that it used first-class ingredients. I could taste the difference, and whenever I saw that Carlton Farms was on the menu, I knew that I was in for a great meal.”

Shomler had the opportunity to visit Carlton Farms. He noted, “When they say ‘handcrafted,’ they are serious, and you can taste that difference in every bite. In my opinion, the food carts that feature Carlton Farms on their menus are making a very wise business decision.”



First Federal will re-open its annual community rewards program Thursday.

It is designed to help the bank’s customers earn funds for the nonprofit groups where they volunteer their time. For every hour the customer volunteers at a Yamhill County nonprofit, First Federal will contribute $2 to that organization, up to a maximum of $500.

 In all, the bank is pledging $20,000 to the program. It will continue until 10,000 volunteer hours have been submitted, thus depleting the fund.

 To get more information or register, go to or contact Pam Watts, community relations coordinator, at 503-435-3214.



The Yamhill Valley Farmers Network will offer “Body Mechanics for Farmers” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Farmers Plate & Pantry, 119 W. Main St. in downtown Carlton.

It will be led by Talina Corvus, a physical therapist and licensed massage therapist, whose aim is to help participants learn how to avoid injury.

A snacks and mingling period will precede the main session at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Beth Satterwhite at 503-724-9384 or



Dutch Bros., a coffee drive-through chain based in Grants Pass, will be celebrating Drink One for Dane Day this Friday.

Coffee locations in seven states, including the Yamhill County locations, will donate all profits that day to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the world leader in fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS.

ALS Awareness Month will be kicked off in honor of the co-founder, Dane Boersma, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2005 and died of the disease in late 2009.

ALS affects the parts of the nervous system that control voluntary muscle movement. Most sufferers die within three to five years.

“We are eternal optimists, and believe one day there will be a cure for ALS,” said Travis Boersma, Dane’s co-founder and twin brother. “The families facing this disease are so vital, and we are pleased to support those families.”

Dutch Bros. contributed a record $271,500 to MDA last year. Since Dutch Bros. launched the campaign in 2007, it has donated more than $900,000.

There are three outlets in McMinnville and two in Newberg. To find the nearest location, visit



A cut-to-length thinning tour is being organized by the Yamhill County Small Woodlands Association. Participants are being asked to bring a hard hat.

The tour will kick off at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at a location between Sheridan and Willamina. It will be conducted by Mark Dreyer of Lone Cedar Consulting.

Space is limited. Those interested in participating are asked to RSVP with Hall Hagglund at or 503-843-2173.



Dean Williams, a retiree from Amity, has been honored as an Earth Day Hero by Waste Management Inc. for the zeal with which he has approached its bicycle recycling program.

An accomplished bike mechanic, Williams has rescued 1,600 bikes from the company’s Riverbend Landfill and restored them through its Pedal Power Partnership. The company donates them to needy children and adults.



The seasonally adjusted jobless rate for Yamhill County was 6.9 percent in March, up slightly from February’s revised rate of 6.7 percent, according to information provided by the Oregon Employment Department. The statewide rate was also pegged at 6.9 percent for March.

Non-farm employment was up 610 over March 2013. The private sector gained 680 jobs and the public sector lost 70.

The manufacturing component added 430 jobs on the year, reflecting 7 percent growth. The construction sector adding 60.

From February to March, the county added 310 jobs, all but 20 of them from the private sector. The county average’s a gain of 320 jobs in March.



The Merri Artist, an art supply company founded in 2004, has moved to 421 N.E. Third St., former location of Pacific Frame & Gallery. It had previously occupied space on Baker Street.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters set for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Jimmy John’s, 1421 N.E. Highway 99W.

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has A-dec lined up to host one set for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at 2601 Crestview Drive.


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


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