Patient stories

Got appendicitis? Oregon couple had it twice in one year

Dallas High School Principal Steve Spencer and his wife, Lynda, enjoy going to school sporting events, especially with two sons on the Dragons' football team. [Watch the video]

Dallas resident Dale Derouin reflects on the values of local community, services and volunteerism

Dallas resident Dale Derouin has distinguished himself with his longtime volunteerism and community service. [Read Dale's story]

Gregg Brunner's heart stopping survival story is anything but typical

Gregg Brunner lived with heart problems for nearly 20 years. He experienced his first heart attack at 40 years old, his second at 50 and recently at 59 two more−following a stroke. [Read Gregg's story]

West Valley Hospital medical family helps Dallas resident get moving again

After slipping on ice, Dallas resident Cheryl Bradshaw struggled with an injured, sore knee that just wouldn’t heal, making it difficult to get around. This hardship was compounded by the fact that she already had arthritis in her knee, and doesn’t drive a car.  [Read Cheryl's story]

Rehabilitation services get Dallas resident moving again following accident with horse

Life can throw some unexpected curves, as long-time Dallas resident Diane Lyons learned while in Bend to care for a friend’s horse.  A freak accident with the horse led to emergency surgery and then to rehabilitation services at West Valley Hospital. [Read Diane's story]

Steve W. - West Valley Hospital surgery patient

Steve W. talks about his experience at West Valley Hospital. [Watch the video]

Ruth L. - West Valley Hospital breast cancer patient

Ruth L. is a breast cancer survivor, and was treated by Dr. Alison Smith at West Valley Hospital in Dallas, Ore. Ruth had surgery at the facility, plus follow-up care and physical therapy. "I am glad for the care that I received here," said Ruth. [Watch the video]

Mrs. Beers goes to the hospital 

When Marie Beers experienced symptoms that led to gallbladder surgery, her friends' recommendations pointed her to general surgeon Alison Smith, MD, at West Valley Surgical Specialty Clinic. [Read Marie's story]

West Valley Hospital in Dallas is a welcome treat for Salem resident

After years of taking her elderly parents to “many, many trips to the emergency room and surgeries” in Salem, Ann Witherspoon found herself needing a mammogram three years ago. [Read Ann's story

Healthy diet and exercise are part of this active retiree’s busy life

Seventy years young, Dallas resident James Knight, works to eat right and fit exercise into a busy lifestyle. While “retired”, he continues his nearly 30 years of missionary work, most recently spending several months each with churches in Red Cloud, Neb., Mayer, Ariz., and an island west of Juneau, Alaska. He’s learned that stress can build and have its repercussions on health. [Read James story




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