By Molly • Molly Walker • 

WVMC participates in month-long training

The Willamette Valley Medical Center is among 18 Oregon health care providers enrolling representatives in a month-long Lean Yellow Belt and Green Belt certification program, which kicked off Friday, March 1, at the Salem Conference Center.

The Lean program aims to increase value while minimizing waste. It has been effectively used by manufacturing companies for years.

Early adopters among hospital ranks have found the precepts work in health care as well. The aim is to streamline processes, cut costs, improve outcomes and ensure timely delivery of products and services.

Those who complete the classroom sessions will need to implement Lean on a specific hospital project to earn their Yellow-Belt certification. One representative from each facility will continue training for Green-Belt certification, which prepares them to use advanced tools and methods.

All hospital participants will complete improvement projects in five areas. The program is being coordinated by Purdue Healthcare Advisors, a not-for-profit partnership between Purdue University and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. 



The Yamhill Valley Pulmonary & Sleep Center in  McMinnville recently earned accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Directed by Kishore G. Pathial, the center is located at 2397 N.E. Cumulus Ave.

The accreditation is good for five years. To receive it, a sleep center must meet or exceed standards designated by AASM, addressing core areas such as personnel, facilities, equipment, policies, procedures, data handling, patient care and quality assurance.  In addition, the center’s goals must be clearly stated and include components helping to advance the quality of local medical care.

Since 1977, AASM has accredited more than 2,500 sleep centers. Its local review concluded, “The Yamhill  Valley Pulmonary & Sleep Center is a significant resource to the local medical community and it will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders,” according to Dr. Sam  Fleishman, the association’s president.



The Mac Prescription Shop is one of six medical service providers around the state being honored by the Oregon Patient Safety Commission for active participation in Oregon’s Patient Safety Reporting Program. The commission said the McMinnville pharmacy had been especially diligent in reporting negative events.

The Oregon Patient Safety Reporting Program logs adverse events reported by doctors, clinics, hospitals and pharmacies in an effort to help protect patient safety by identifying and addressing potential threats.



Fifty percent of the proceeds from all menu items purchased between 5 and 10 p.m. tonight, March 5, at McMenamins Hotel Oregon will be donated to the Columbus Elementary School PTA. The restaurant is located downtown at 310 N.E. Evans St.



Twenty-five percent of sales between 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Serendipity Ice Cream will be donated to the McMinnville iLead group. They will serve to benefit Juliette’s House and the Yamhill County Gospel Rescue Mission.

Serendipity is across the street from McMenamins at 502 N.E. Third St.



Wilco, an Oregon-based agriculture supply cooperative with outlets in McMinnville and Newberg, has purchased Round Butte Seed Farm Store outlets in Bend and Prineville from the Helena Chemical Company. The change in ownership was effective March 1.

Wilco has been a member-owned cooperative since 1936. Its 22 outlets generate annual sales of $220 million.



Slick’s Big Time BBQ, which offers drive-through, food trucks and catering services, has opened an outlet at 28300 Wilsonville Road in Newberg. 



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters slated to run 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at 4 Elements Yoga Shop & Studio, 424 N.E. Fourth St.

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at J’s Restaurant, 2017 Portland Road.

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


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