Willamette Valley Medical Center

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Willamette Valley Medical Center
Capella Healthcare
Willamette Valley Medical Center.JPG
Main building in 2009
Location McMinnville,, Yamhill County, Oregon, United States
Coordinates 45°11′56″N 123°09′53″W / 45.198974°N 123.164678°W / 45.198974; -123.164678Coordinates: 45°11′56″N 123°09′53″W / 45.198974°N 123.164678°W / 45.198974; -123.164678
Care system Medicare/Medicaid/Charity/Public
Hospital type General
Affiliated university None
Emergency department Level III trauma center
Beds 80
Website http://www.wvmcweb.com/
Lists Hospitals in Oregon

Willamette Valley Medical Center is a for-profit Level III acute care hospital in McMinnville, Oregon, United States. Opened at a different location as McMinnville Community Hospital, the four story medical center has 80 licensed hospital beds. Adjacent to the McMinnville Airport on Oregon Route 18, the facility is owned by Capella Healthcare.


In 1904, the hospital was established in McMinnville.[1][2] Known originally as McMinnvile Hospital, it was expanded in 1931, 1957, and 1968 before it was purchased by Hospital Corporation of America in 1971.[2][3] At the time, it had 56-beds and was located on South Baker Street in downtown near Linfield College.[4] The facility had grown to 78 beds in 1975 when it planned to add 9 more beds.[5] By 1985 the hospital was renamed as McMinnville Community Hospital.[6] In September 1987, Hospital Corporation of America sold the hospital and 101 other medical centers to Health Trust, a company created by the employees.[7]

In 1994, owner Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation approved the construction of a new campus near the city’s airport.[3] Built on the 35 acres (140,000 m2) the new facility cost $45 million to build[3] and was more than twice as big as the former hospital.[4] The new 67-bed campus opened in March 1996[8] and was constructed by McDevitt Street Bovis.[9] The hospital was then renamed as Columbia Willamette Valley Medical Center.[8]

The hospital was named one of America’s 100 Top Hospitals in 1995 by Mercer Health Care Provider Consulting and HCIA, Inc. out of 3,400 hospitals nationwide.[10] A occupational medicine clinic was added in 1999.[11] In 1999, Columbia/HCA created two subsidiaries and sold the hospital to Triad, one of those two spin-offs.[12]

In 2001, the hospital had revenues of $88.3 million and an operating profit of $10.5 million.[12] In October 2002, a 8,000-square-foot (740 m2) cancer treatment center was opened at a cost of $5.5 million.[3] Community Health Systems purchased Triad in a $6.8 billion deal in July 2007, acquiring the McMinnville medical center.[13] In March 2008, the hospital was one of nine facilities sold by Community Health Systems to Capella Healthcare.[13]


The exterior of the four-story is faced with mauve colored brick and blue tinted windows.[3] The medical centers main building contains 164,150 square feet (15,250 m2) of space.[4] Willamette Valley Medical Center is the only hospital in the city of McMinnville, with the next closest medical center in Newberg at Providence Newberg Medical Center.[14]

Willamette Valley Medical offers a variety of medical services including critical care, acute care, a 24-hour Level III emergency room, diagnostic imaging, cancer treatment, dialysis, cardiac care, a birth center, occupational medicine, operating rooms, and laboratory services among others.[15] Located directly behind the hospital building, is the 8,000-square-foot (740 m2) cancer treatment center.[16] The center’s building includes a water fountain made of copper, a kitchenette for patients, an enclosed walkway to the main building, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an exterior courtyard.[16] Inside, the facility offers radiation treatment, chemotherapy, and a linear accelerator.[16] The cancer center also offers outpatient treatments.[17]

In 2006, the hospital had a net profit of $14 million on gross patient revenues of $161 million.[18] In 2007, the center staffed 67 hospital beds and had 108,573 visits of which 20,204 were emergency room visits.[19] That year there were 1,303 surgeries and 749 babies born at the hospital.[19] The medical center is accredited by The Joint Commission, employees 592 people, and has a total of 150 doctors with access.[15]

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  1. ^ “Voices - Milestones in Yamhill County history”. News-Register, January 1, 2000.
  2. ^ a b "Corporation buys McMinnville hospital". The Oregonian. October 15, 1971. p. 20. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Dietz, Diane. “In McMinnville, it's been like a fairy tale; Health”. The Register-Guard, February 9, 2003, p. A1.
  4. ^ a b c “Work under way on 408-apartment complex on Blanton near Tualatin Valley Highway: McMinnville to get new $32 million hospital”. The Oregonian, June 2, 1994, West Zoner, p. 7.
  5. ^ "Health panel will convene". The Oregonian. January 13, 1975. p. B10. 
  6. ^ Timberlake, Cotten (April 2, 1985). "Big merger in health industry announced". The Oregonian. AP. p. D9. 
  7. ^ ”Buyout plan approved for hospital corporation”. The Oregonian, March 16, 1989, Business, p. E16.
  8. ^ a b “Medical center opens its doors for a public peek”. The Oregonian, March 15, 1996, West Zoner, p. B2.
  9. ^ Section: Pulse; Contracts and Low Bids. Oregon Engineering News-Record, November 7, 1994, Vol. 233, No. 19; Pg. 62.
  10. ^ “McMinnville hospital named one of country’s top 100”. The Oregonian, December 21, 1995, West Zoner, p. 6.
  11. ^ Oberst, Gail. “Hospital opens occupational medicine clinic”. News-Register, March 27, 1999.
  12. ^ a b Triad’s track record; Health. The Register-Guard, February 9, 2003, p. A8.
  13. ^ a b Murray, Barbra. “Acute Care Portfolio Trades in $315M Deal”. cponline.com, March 3, 2008.
  14. ^ Tims, Dana. “Medical offices replacing shopping”. The Oregonian, April 18, 2002, Southwest Zoner, p. B2.
  15. ^ a b Fact Sheet. Willamette Valley Medical Center. Retrieved on August 29, 2008.
  16. ^ a b c Hughey, Ray. “Briefly: HomeStreet Bank certified as being ‘elder friendly’”. The Oregonian, September 26, 2002, Southwest Zoner, p. 6.
  17. ^ Schwarzen, Christopher. “Hospital seeks to enhance cancer services; Monroe”. The Seattle Times, January 24, 2007.
  18. ^ Hospital Financial and Community Benefit Reporting: Financial Data, 2006. Oregon Health Policy and Research. Retrieved on August 29, 2008.
  19. ^ a b Nemer, Jerry. Databank 2007. Oregon Health Policy and Research. Retrieved August 29, 2008.

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