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Wellness on The Waterfront Water’s Edge is Open!

A Spa for all Senses Divine Dining

Autumn 2010

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Well Care On The Water Dear Neighbor,


s much as I love my job, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t challenging on a regular basis. That is just the nature of my profession. But the benefits of running a community hospital are so many that those are what stick with me when I leave the office each day. For every challenge I might encounter over the course of a year, there are countless rewards — my daily interactions with outstanding and dedicated employees, physicians and health professionals; the wonderful stories I hear from, or about, patients related to their experiences at MCMC; the opportunities I have to meet with members of our communities in our efforts to improve health throughout the region. And then, every once in a while, an important milestone occurs that makes it crystal clear why I chose my profession. Water’s Edge, MCMC’s new health and lifestyle facility in Lone Pine Village on The Dalles waterfront, represents one of these milestones. There are many reasons for this, and the unique structure itself, with its stunning design, beautiful art, remarkable views and emphasis on resource conservation, is only the most obvious of them. Water’s Edge not only is an impressive piece of architecture, it also is a new source of economic development. Local sub-contractors were used whenever possible during construction; new jobs have been created; and, importantly, Water’s Edge, as a for-profit entity, will add significantly to the local property-tax base. For all of these tangible benefits, though, I am even prouder of what Water’s Edge represents philosophically. Because Water’s Edge is now the most obvious example that we at Mid-Columbia Medical Center are as serious about well care as we are health care. We will, of course, always remain committed to our mission of healing. But the more resources we devote to helping you stay healthy, the fewer resources will be required to return you to health. And that is good for all of us. I hope you enjoy the sight of Waters Edge as you drive past, but you have to stop and walk inside to see what it is really all about. I invite you to do that soon (See Open House invitation on Page 18). It won’t take you long to figure out why I love my job so much.

Duane Francis President/CEO


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Autumn 2010

Inside Scoop A Designated Planetree Patient-Centered Hospital

It is Our Mission …


Wellness on The Waterfront

To lead and act as a catalyst in promoting health for all people.

For many, the path to wellness will begin at Water's Edge, while others will use the state-ofthe-art facility to continue their journey. In this issue, we introduce you to the people, programs and activities you'll find in MCMC's new waterfront health and lifestyle facility.

To recognize the individual as a whole human being with different needs that must be enthusiastically met. To communicate a vision of health, art, education, technology and create a center for healing which will continually upgrade the quality of life in the community environment in which we live.


To empower people to become partners in their health care.


Mid-Columbia Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare organization offering comprehensive services to the Mid-Columbia Region, and is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees: Robert L.R. Bailey Daniel Boldt Paul Cardosi, M.D. Duane Francis Gretchen Kimsey Carina Schmidt Wallace Wolf, Jr., D.V.M. WellAware is published by Mid-Columbia Medical Center 1700 East 19th Street The Dalles, OR 97058 541-296-7545 Photo Credits: Jim Semlor Photography, pages 4, 7-13, 16, 18 Lauri Streaker, Cover, pages 6, 9 (pool), 14, 16 (portrait), 17 Printed with Agri based inks on recycled paper, 10% post consumer. All rights reserved. No information may be reprinted without the written consent of MCMC.

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The Wow Factor The Water’s Edge Health and Wellness Center offers a lot more than ambiance, but oh that ambiance.

Well, Well, Wellness Water’s Edge Health and Wellness Center is for people from all walks of life and all levels of health.

In the Swim The new aquatic center offers a state-of-the-art setting for exercise or therapy.

Together at Last MCMC’s therapy programs come together under one roof.

Divine Dining In The Bistro at Water’s Edge, the view rivals the food.

Relax, Renew, Restore The Spa offers restful resources for mind and body.

A Life of Its Own Water’s Edge just may create more energy than it consumes.

All This and More … Meet the other Water's Edge tenants.

Water’s Edge Calendar 3

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Factor ary Jacobs does not appear to be a person who is often at a loss for words, so it is somewhat surprising she only needs one to describe her first impression of the fitness facilities at Water’s Edge Health and Wellness Center. “Wow!” But Jacobs is just one of the many first-time visitors to the center whose reactions have been equally brief and aweinspired. Previously a member of the fitness center at MidColumbia Medical Center, Jacobs transferred her membership to Water’s Edge when the new center opened in June.


By Jim Hays

“It’s awesome here,” she says. “There’s a workout center, a swimming pool, medical offices, a spa and a restaurant. They seem to have everything. And the people are amazing.” Jacobs and her husband, David, have a couples membership in the Health and Fitness Center at Water’s Edge. It is one of several packages available to anyone who wants to work on their health and well-being in a state-of-the-art facility staffed with nationally certified trainers and supervised by medical professionals. (Continued on page 7)


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The Wow The Water’s Edge Health and Wellness Center ambiance alone has been enough to motivate many people to get their muscles moving. But the highly trained staff and state-of-the-art facilities will keep them coming back. Mary Jacobs walks through a wellness workout with membership director Martina Rizzo.


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By Jim Hays

Well, Well, Wellness Individuals and families from all walks of life, and all levels of health, are joining Water’s Edge Health and Wellness Center, where the focus is on maximizing quality of life.


quick look around Water’s Edge Health and Wellness Center and it becomes obvious why membership has grown so dramatically, so quickly. Besides the pure appeal of the facility, it is obvious the Health and Wellness Center was designed to make just about everyone feel comfortable. In the fitness area, seniors, many with a health professional at their side, work on exercise equipment right next to fitness enthusiasts. In the aquatics center, athletes working on training programs swim laps next to patients with medical concerns working on their recovery programs. This is a place where people from all walks of life, and all levels of health status, can pursue wellness in its many forms. “Our goal is to become a community hub,” says Martina Rizzo,


membership director. “We want this to be a place where people come together in a common pursuit of wellness.” Members of the Health and Wellness Center (which is just one of the tenants of the new Water’s Edge building) can take advantage of stateof-the-art fitness equipment; fully appointed dressing rooms; three sparkling pools for lap swimming and soaking; The Kids Club where members and guests can leave their young ones in complete security while they work out or visit other Water’s Edge tenants; a paved, broad outdoor trail for running and biking that borders the Columbia River; and a restaurant (The Bistro) serving light, healthy meals seven days a week. The center’s fitness equipment includes “technogym” keys. These devices allow users to record their workout reps, weight, time and

distance and then store the information in a secure server for later use. The keys can also help doctors track the workouts of patients. And, of course, few other places anywhere can offer the “workouts with a view” available from both the fitness and aquatic centers. TVs are nice, but how can you beat the

“We want this to be a place where people come together in a common pursuit of wellness.” — Martina Rizzo

spectacular backdrop of the Columbia River, The Dalles Bridge and the ruggedly beautiful landscape of the Washington shore? The Health and Wellness Center is staffed by nationally certified trainers under the supervision of medical director Paul Cardosi, M.D., and Ann Stanley, P.T., D.P.T, director of rehabilitation and wellness. All of the center’s trainers are able to help design fitness and wellness programs not only for patients but other members as well.

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“It’s designed to access the benefits of exercise for a demographic of people who might think their medical problems would keep them from doing it,” Dr. Cardosi says. “People who are overweight or have diabetes, for example, might think exercise is too much for them or that it’s too late to get started. But we know that it’s not.” The center offers three levels of membership — personal, couples and families — which entitle members to use the fitness facilities and also gain discounts on treatments at The Spa, which is open to the public. The memberships are on a oneyear contract basis, Rizzo explains, because significant lifestyle changes can take from six to 12 months to fully implement. People wanting to simply try out the facilities, however, can purchase an inexpensive day pass. In addition, when rehabilitation patients using the facilities complete their outpatient programs, they will be given a two-month free trial fitness membership, giving them both a chance to continue their rehabilitation exercises and time to decide whether to make their membership permanent. “That’s a big motivator for people who want to continue their exercise program after they have completed therapy,” says Dr. Cardosi. Although the center has been open only a few weeks, Dr. Cardosi says plans are in place to continue tailoring its programs to the needs of patients and the community. But the center is already gaining a following. “We’ve received an extremely positive response so far,” Rizzo says. For information on becoming a member, phone Rizzo at 541-506-5779 or go to

The Wow Factor continued from page 5 She swims, walks on treadmills and attends Pilates class. Her husband David, who works for the state forestry department, also is a frequent visitor to the new facility. “I usually just come over there after work and get a good workout,” Jacobs says. “You get a lot of add-ons that are free just for being a member. You really get a lot for a little. Even if you only go down there two Fitness supervisor Meghann Jenkins provides instruction or three times a week, it’s on the wellness center's Technogym equipment. not very expensive.” And the staff? For Jacobs, a longtime school-bus “The people they have hired to put driver in The Dalles-Wahtonka school this together have done a great job,” district, the road to Water’s Edge she says. “(Membership director) started painfully. Three years ago, she Martina Rizzo was just fantastic fractured several ribs when she fell off explaining all of the features and all of a horse while riding on her family’s our options. They teach you about farm south of The Dalles. After healing, listening to your body and doing the she started rehabilitation at MCMC exercises the right way so you get out and decided to continue her workouts of them what you’re supposed to get. after completing her outpatient I love to garden and this is the first year therapy program (now also located at I haven’t been sore afterward. Water’s Edge). “We recommend it to everyone When MCMC closed its campus who asks us.” fitness center and opened the Health You can’t beat “wow” for a and Wellness Center inside Water’s clear recommendation. Edge, Jacobs went along.

“You get a lot of add-ons that are free just for being a member. You really get a — Mary Jacobs lot for a little.”


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Anna Saltonstall, physical therapist

In the Swim By Jim Hays

The aquatic center at Water’s Edge offers a state-of-the-art setting for exercise or therapy. 8

hen Hazel Harding needed aquatic therapy to help ease her recovery from back surgery, she just had to travel to Water’s Edge. Harding, a resident of The Dalles, was one of the first Mid-Columbia Medical Center patients able to take advantage of the new three-pool aquatic center at Water’s Edge. “Water’s Edge is just a beautiful building,” she says. “The whole setup and the people who run it are just wonderful. We’re so lucky to have something like this in The Dalles.” The aquatic center’s three pools are situated in an impressive glassenclosed area that overlooks the Columbia River. “The setting is beautiful,” says Anna Saltonstall, P.T., D.P.T., a physical therapist who works with patients in the therapy pools. “You are so close to the river, you almost feel like you are swimming in it.”

“Water’s Edge is such a beautiful building … We’re so lucky to have something like this in The Dalles.” — Hazel Harding

The center includes a 25-meter, two-lane lap pool; a heated therapy pool and a resistance flow pool. Each is used for different types of therapies, and all are handicappedaccessible through a portable, mechanical lift that can be moved as needed to help patients in and out of any of the pools. Besides their therapeutic use, the lap and therapy pools are also available to members of the Water’s Edge Health and Wellness Center. The lap pool is kept at a temperature in the low 80s and

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“You are so close to the river, you almost feel like you are swimming in it.” — Anna Saltonstall

is used for lap swimming and water aerobics classes. It can also be used for patients unable to tolerate the warmer temperatures of the therapy pool. Water in the two pools is kept clean through a saline-based purification system that minimizes the use of chlorine. The resistance-flow pool is equipped with jets that can be adjusted to the needs of the patient and the requirements of the particular therapy. “It’s a smaller pool with a cooler temperature,” Saltonstall says. “We use it for patients who are more athletic and want to get back to being active.”

Hazel Harding enjoys the benefits of aquatic therapy.

The pools also provide a great environment for orthopedic patients who are limited or unable to bear weight because of a fracture, for example, or a recent surgery that makes conventional physical therapy impossible. The aquatic environment offers an opportunity to begin rehabilitation earlier.

"The concept of a medical fitness facility is really a unique and exciting opportunity for our community," says Saltonstall, referring to Water’s Edge Health and Wellness Center. "The benefits of water exercise are well documented for all stages of life and various lifestyles. It's great that we can provide three different pools to fit each individual’s needs.” For Harding, who uses the pools twice a week, the center is perfectly suited for her therapy. Her late husband, Chuck, was a longtime chairman of the Mid-Columbia Medical Center board. “He would be so proud to see this,” Harding says.


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Together At Last Previously in two locations, MCMC’s outpatient therapy programs come together in the comfortable, convenient setting of Water’s Edge. By Jim Hays


CMC rehabilitation patients who visit the program’s new facilities at Water’s Edge will find that some things are different, while others haven’t changed at all. By combining MCMC’s two outpatient therapy programs under one roof, patients now can enjoy the convenience of working on their rehabilitation while, in many cases, enjoying easy access to their physician’s office in the same building. In addition, patients will be able to use the spacious, beautiful Water’s Edge fitness facilities and highly trained staff. What hasn’t changed is the dedication of the professionals in MCMC’s therapy programs to help patients resume their normal lives. “It’s a wholistic wellness center,” says Ann Stanley, P.T., D.P.T., MCMC’s director of rehabilitation and wellness. “We deal with all aspects of who you are — physical, spiritual and psychological.” The rehabilitation facilities at Water’s Edge offer rehabbing patients the security of working in a medically supervised setting designed for people whose medical conditions might limit their ability to exercise. With a staff of 11 physical therapists, four occupational therapists and a fulltime speech therapist guiding the way, MCMC’s rehabilitation programs treat the


The therapy program offers a comprehensive array of outpatient rehabilitation, including treatment of neurological disorders, orthopedic

“We deal with all aspects of who you are — physical, spiritual and psychological.” — Ann Stanley

Ann Stanley, MCMC director of rehabilitation and wellness whole person in ways designed to fit each patient’s age, condition and therapeutic needs. “We have some of the most talented therapists I have ever come across,” Stanley says. “They work very closely as a team, ensuring each patient gets the best treatment. In addition, at Water’s Edge our patients have access to comprehensive and convenient resources to maximize their rehabilitation.”

conditions, sports injuries, work-related injuries, vestibular rehabilitation and balance therapy; wheelchair mobility; lymphedema therapy; difficulties with speech and swallowing; arthritis management; and acute and chronic pain disabilities. In addition to comprehensive therapy gyms, rehabilitation patients also have access to the Water’s Edge fitness facilities, the aquatic center’s three pools (see page 8), an array of mind-body programs and more. “The center’s therapy pool is kept at a higher temperature than the lap pool and it’s designed for patients with joint and arthritis issues,” Stanley says. “The resistance flow pool is virtually the same thing but at a cooler temperature. (Continued on page 18)

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In The Bistro at Water’s Edge, the only thing that rivals the food and service is the view.

Divine Dining W

hen it comes to enjoying a meal, it is said that presentation counts almost as much as taste. If so, you may be hooked on The Bistro at Water’s Edge before you take your first bite. The Bistro’s views will make your eyes grow wide, and the meals will make your mouth water. Located in the southwest corner of Water’s Edge in Lone Pine Village, The Bistro opened on June 30 and is getting rave reviews from customers, who have already made the restaurant a popular spot for lunch, an early dinner or Sunday brunch.

“We’ve had a great reception so far,” says Chrisalis Stoddard, The Bistro’s head chef. “People are liking the food and it’s a good location on this end of town.” Development of The Bistro was overseen by Bill Hayden, owner of Hayden’s Grill near Portland and a wellknown restaurant consultant. He and Stoddard put together a menu featuring crepes, both savory and sweet, along with flatbread pizzas, salads and hot and cold sandwiches. Whenever possible they use fresh ingredients from local growers and vendors, and they also offer Oregon and Washington wines and microbrews.

“Crepes have very few carbohydrates and are light and delicious,” Stoddard says. The Bistro is a key component of the wellness mission that is at the core of Water’s Edge programs and services. It will be the source not just of healthy, delicious foods but also will be used to teach people how to make healthy recipes at home. The Bistro’s state-ofthe-art kitchen is built to be easily converted to a classroom setting, where Stoddard and visiting chefs will offer classes beginning this fall. (Continued on page 13)

“We’ve had a great reception so far. People are liking the food and it’s a good location on this end of town.” 11

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Relax, Renew F

“I’ve had moms bring in their preteen daughters to learn how to make a habit of taking care of skin and I have clients in their eighties.” — Mary Lively, esthetician

Open to the public. For appointments, call 541-506-5788 For complete spa menu visit:


or centuries, people have been drawn to the Columbia River as a source of healing and nurturance. The Spa at Water’s Edge continues this tradition by blending Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s commitment to treating the body, mind and spirit with the services of a medical day spa. According to the American Medical Association, stress is a factor in more than 75 percent of illnesses. Prolonged exposure can weaken the body’s ability to fight infections and colds and prevent serious diseases including heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Stress hormones can also trigger depression. The Spa at Water’s Edge offers ancient remedies and modern practices such as massage, hydrotherapy, body wraps and facials that help relax, renew and restore the body to balance. Between treatments, individuals enjoy a panoramic view of the Columbia River from The Spa’s meditation room. The Spa’s licensed massage therapists personalize treatments to relieve pain, increase joint mobility and encourage deep relaxation. Hydrotherapy combines water with special minerals, essential oils and other natural plant materials for a customized bath soak to detoxify, relax and renew. The spa’s hydrotherapy suite allows a bather to bask in the warmth of the fireplace and then enjoy a massage without ever leaving the room. Body wraps and exfoliation treatments stimulate circulation and soothe the skin. Each is followed by a Vichy shower — the only one of its kind in the Gorge — which uses seven showerheads to create a gentle rain-like massage. Facials are unique to each patient, Lively adds. "We use a customized blend of different vitamins, anti-oxidants, herbs or serums to target specific areas of concern, whether that be acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation or other signs of aging. I want to be able to help each patient see an improvement in their skin, address their concerns and educate them on how to achieving lasting results." Lively says people are often confused about what works for skin and what doesn’t. “Your skin is the largest organ in your body,” says Lively. “What you eat will show up. Stress will show

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ew, Restore By Lori Russell

up. A facial is not just pampering. It is part of taking care of yourself.” She recommends professional-grade skin care products like those used at Water’s Edge which are more potent than those available for purchase over the counter, “When people use a professional grade product, they can see the results.” Lively takes time before and after a treatment to educate her clients about what products to use for their particular skin type and issues. “I’ve had moms bring in their preteen daughters to learn how to make a habit of taking care of skin and I have clients in their eighties. Skin changes through your lifetime and you need to adapt your routine.” Spa director Barbara Robison says that while many Americans desire a “quick fix” to their health problems, complementary therapies such as those offered at Water’s Edge bring change over time. The Spa offers classes ranging from meditation and yoga to acupuncture and aromatherapy (see calendar). Individuals can integrate the services — and the benefits — that they receive at Water’s Edge into their daily lives. The products used at The Spa are available for purchase as a home prescription treatment.

Head chef Chrisalis Stoddard (right) and her staff prepare delicious fare at The Bistro.

The Bistro at Water’s Edge continued from page 11 “I have helped many chefs get started in their own restaurants and all have said they would be thrilled to help,” Hayden says. “I plan to have about one class each month.” In addition to offering cooking classes, The Bistro will also be providing catering services for conferences, banquets and other events at Water’s Edge. And the restaurant is expected to become a place where members of the Health and Wellness Center and other Water’s Edge visitors can meet their friends for a meal or beverage. Customers can enjoy a daily happy hour and may also take advantage of outside seating on The Bistro’s wind-sheltered patio. Stoddard, a certified cordon bleu chef with extensive restaurant experience, is looking forward to adding dinner entrees to the evolving menu. “We’ll be adding a number of baked items to our menu. And we’ll be having prime rib and salmon,” she says. Hayden expects further revision of the menu as The Bistro’s clientele make their wishes known. “There will be continuous healthy options as we balance our menu in the future,” he says.

Spa director, Barb Robison

“We encourage people to use complementary therapies as part of an overall health plan,” Robison says. “We hope people will make them a tradition and a ritual for health.”

HOURS Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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A Life of Its Own By Dick Baltus

Water’s Edge was designed to minimize use of resources, and the people who work and visit there are helping the cause by creating their own special energy.


eated at a table at the entrance of The Bistro, the stylish new restaurant at Water’s Edge, Robert Gilham looks, for a change, on the verge of relaxed. Over the last several months, as Water’s Edge has risen from the rocks and dust into one of the most impressive buildings in the Gorge, Gilham has been in near-constant motion overseeing the countless details of the project. From helping direct the first architectural sketches to personally selecting every piece of local art for the Water’s Edge interior, Gilham has had his hands full over the past year. But now that the building is open he can afford at least a moment of reflection on what the partnership of his company, Lone Pine Village, Mid-Columbia Medical Center and Integrity Structures has accomplished. “This has exceeded all of my expectations,” Gilham says. “It is a great space and I think, most importantly, it has a great energy. We can already see that it is a building that is going to attract people and that they are going to feel good being here.” That is, of course, owed in part to the fact that the building’s occupants all are devoted to improving the well being of others — the new health and wellness center, with its state-of-the-art fitness center and aquatics center; the beautiful mind-body spa; physicians offices and various other programs of Mid-Columbia Medical Center (see related articles). (Continued on page 16)


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Water’s Edge landscaping also serves as a natural filtration system for run off.


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Duane Francis (left) and Robert Gilham enjoy The Bistro terrace.

Life of Its Own continued from page 14 But there is also the fact that the partners worked so hard to ensure the Water’s Edge structure itself offered an environment that promoted health and wellness. There is no question they succeeded. Water’s Edge was designed to meet the goal of achieving a coveted LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building

documentation has been reviewed. If that happens as expected before the end of the year, Water’s Edge would join The Dalles Middle School as the only LEED-certified buildings in the Gorge. Designing a building to meet LEED standards “adds a new level of complexity” says Gilham. But it seemed an entirely

our financial resources, while creating a space that beautifully complements the wellness mission that is at the core of Water’s Edge.” One doesn’t have to look far inside or outside Water’s Edge to see shades of green. In fact, the first thing a visitor sees is a parking lot where the choicest real estate

“We have been able to maintain good stewardship of both our environment and our financial resources, while creating a space that beautifully complements the wellness mission that is at the core of Water’s Edge.” — Duane Francis, MCMC president and CEO

Council. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system that indicates a facility was designed and built to maximize energy savings and water efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions, improve indoor environmental quality and maintain good stewardship of resources. Water’s Edge has met all the requirements for a Gold LEED certification, but the recognition cannot be given until


appropriate approach for a unique health facility, and so he approached MCMC President and CEO Duane Francis about the idea. It didn’t take much of a sales effort. “Building a structure this green increased the upfront costs in many instances, but we will quickly make up for that in the significantly decreased operating and maintenance costs,” Francis says. “So we have been able to maintain good stewardship of both our environment and

is devoted to carpoolers and owners of fuel-efficient vehicles as well as disabled drivers. Landscaped islands are part of the bioswale system that runs throughout the waterfront property and naturally filters silt and pollution from runoff water. At the building entrance, a gentle pull on the door engages the energy-efficient automatic opener. Then you are inside, but still feeling very much like you are also part of the outside environment. Tall ceilings and

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“I’m proud to be a part of something like this. I hope people understand what a gift Mid-Columbia Medical Center has made to this community … it’s something people throughout the Gorge can be proud of too.” — Robert Gilham, CEO, Lone Pine Village lots of windows create a sense of openness and invite the outside in. Straight ahead, solitary runners work treadmills while treating their senses to the remarkable views. Patients work with health professionals to recuperate from injuries or surgeries. And diners in The Bistro enjoy delicious food and, again, that spectacular view. In the span of about 20 seconds and a 45-degree turn of the head, it is as clear as the window-framed sky what Water’s Edge

“Since this was a health facility we also heavily emphasized the quality of the indoor environment,” Buckley says. “Contractors used low-admitting adhesives and paint, and the entire heating and cooling system was flushed out after construction and before occupancy to ensure the highest air quality.” The contactor also “was very aggressive in recycling building materials and waste,” adds Buckley, who estimates that 95 percent of the construction waste was kept out of land fills.

efficient as it is aesthetically pleasing. It is a comfortable, healthy, easy place to be. Which, of course, explains why Robert Gilham can relax a little now. Gilham had always envisioned some sort of health and wellness facility for his new residentialcommercial development in Lone Pine Village. His goal has been to create a selfcontained community, where people can live or work, and have easy access to shops, stores and vital services.

Above left, a Spa room features a fireplace and world-class view; right, the Water’s Edge facility blends naturally with its surroundings.

is all about — MCMC’s commitment to well care, not just health care. It’s hard to imagine a better venue in which to pursue that goal. The remarkable aesthetics of the building belie the fact that, in the design stage, “We emphasized the importance of form following function,” says consultant Timothy Buckley, A.I.A., who served as LEED project manager for Water’s Edge. So, while all those windows may let in plenty of natural light, they also are designed to reduce glare and maximize energy efficiency. Automatic sensors are programmed to turn off lights when rooms are unoccupied for 20 minutes. Solar panels on the roof help heat the building, and the power used throughout the facility is certified green.

That’s not the only impressive number that will be realized because of the focus on green design and construction. Buckley estimates that Water’s Edge is approximately 44 percent more energy efficient than the standard new building. “That equates to almost $44,000 a year in energy savings. Over the life of this building, the energy savings will be substantial,” he says. Buckley also estimates the Water’s Edge irrigation system will reduce water consumption outside by 62 percent, or 93,000 gallons annually. Inside, water use will be about 41 percent lower than the standard building, which will save another 150,000 gallons a year. Any way you look at Water’s Edge, it clearly is no ordinary building. It is as

A health facility had always been part of the plan, but it wasn’t until Gilham connected with Francis and his MCMC team that the potential for the project suddenly seemed limitless. And, ultimately, that is what Water’s Edge represents. It’s a place where people can go to improve the quality of their lives by exploring, and pushing, the limits of their potential. “I’m proud to be a part of something like this,” Gilham says. “And I hope people understand what a gift Mid-Columbia Medical Center has made to this community by building Water’s Edge. It is something special, and it’s something people throughout the Gorge can be proud of too.”


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All This and More …

Outpatient Therapy continued from page 10

We can treat just about anyone in that pool with or without the resistance flow — from an injured athlete to someone with a spinal cord injury to an elderly person working on his balance.” Therapy patients whose physicians are also located at Water’s Edge will benefit from the

At Water’s Edge the focus is on health, wellness, community and convenience.

“Having everything under one roof really breaks down some of the barriers.”

It is a one-of-a-kind place where people can gather to improve their health, their quality of life, or just enjoy a delicious meal with friends. In addition to the programs and services featured elsewhere in this special issue of Well Aware, here are snap shots of some of the other tenants of MidColumbia Medical Center’s beautiful new facility on the edge of the Columbia River in Lone Pine Village.

— Ann Stanley

convenient access. A patient given a particular therapy program can go from the doctor’s office to the fitness center in a matter of minutes. Likewise, if a program isn’t working or a patient develops problems, their physician is just a short elevator ride away. “Having everything under one roof really breaks down some of the barriers between departments,” Stanley says. “Bringing it all together helps us provide a whole new level of care.”

Come See Water’s Edge For Yourself! Public Open House And Building Tours Saturday, Sept. 11 9 a.m. to noon All are invited. We hope you’ll join us on The Dalles Waterfront in Lone Pine Village, just off Hwy 197. I-84 to Exit 87

The Kids Club Available to members of the Health and Wellness Center as well as those using other Water's Edge services, the Kids Club offers parents up to three hours of babysitting and activities in a safe, secure and supervised environment. Kids Club provides children age 6 months through 12 years the opportunity to participate in various activities that promote physical fitness, socialization, creative expression, safety awareness and much more. All Kids Club staff are CPR certified and have child care experience. Cost is just $2 per hour for wellness center members; $4 per hour for other visitors.

Internal Medicine Associates Water’s Edge is the new home to the offices of internal medicine specialists (left to right in photo) Dr. Maile Anslinger, physician assistant Ben Pate, Dr. Prachi Garodia and (not pictured) nurse practitioner Toni-Corcoran Smith. All four internal medicine specialists provide comprehensive care for adult patients. Formerly in practice on 19th Street, across from Mid-Columbia Medical Center, the three providers all are currently accepting new patients. For Appointments: 541.506.6940. (Continued on page 23)


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Autumn 2010


Core Health & Wellness

All classes are held at Water’s Edge, 551 Lone Pine Blvd., The Dalles, unless otherwise indicated. Pre-registration required; please call 541-296-7319 to register.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic Cardiac Rehabilitation is the next step after a heart attack or heart surgery, a diagnosis of stable chest pain or other cardiac conditions. This 10-week clinic includes supervised exercise, nutrition and education in heart health management. This clinic will help you regain strength, lessen fatigue while learning the tools to reduce cardiac risk factors. Classes are offered throughout the year and covered by most insurance plans.

Pulmonary Health Services The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is designed for patients with chronic respiratory disease (COPD), emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis and other chronic lung conditions. This class explores the relationship between breathing disorders and physical activity. This 10-week clinic will guide patients in lifestyle changes that will help them to improve their endurance and quality of life. Goals within this program include: • decreasing shortness of breath; • improving physical conditioning and exercise tolerance; • improving emotional well being.

Medical Symptom and Stress Reduction Clinic

Managing Your Cholesterol for Life

Next clinic begins Sept. 29

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 3:30 to 5 pm $10 (fee includes one support person) Free to Water’s Edge Health and Wellness Center Members

A wide variety of medical conditions can be improved with this non-medication approach to enhancing overall health. People with chronic pain, illness, autoimmune disorders, headache/ migraines, hypertension, insomnia or other health issues will learn how to better manage symptoms and gain greater control of your life. You will experience gentle meditative yoga and other natural techniques, called mindfulness relaxation practices, to help you activate your own natural healing powers. The practice allows you to achieve: • lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms; • an increased ability to relax; • reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain • greater energy and enthusiasm for life; • improved self-esteem; • an ability to cope more effectively with both short- and long-term stressful situations.

If you have been told by your doctor that you have high cholesterol or you would like to know about the relationship between nutrition and cholesterol, join our dietitian Jennifer Zimmerman and learn how diet changes can be a big part of managing your cholesterol. This clinic will help you to develop a plan that is safe, sane and promotes disease prevention.

Arthritis and Nutrition Monday, Dec. 6, 1- 2 pm $10 (fee includes one support person) Free to Water’s Edge Members Eating healthy is a smart way to manage or prevent disease. Jennifer Zimmerman, RD will discuss the value of eating healthy to better manage the symptoms of arthritis and to feel your best.

Individual Nutrition Consultation By appointment only. Some insurance plans may cover a portion or all of the visit. Meet one on one with our registered dietitian. Research indicates nutrition plays a vital role in health and disease management. Our dietitian will guide you in eating healthy and feeling your best.

Water’s Edge Mid-Columbia Medical Center

at Lone Pine Village

551 Lone Pine Blvd. The Dalles


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WORKSHOPS & CLINICS Freshstart – Tobacco Cessation Classes are held each month Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept 7, 9, 14 & 16 Oct. 5, 7, 12 & 14 Nov. 2, 4, 9 & 11 4 sessions, 6:30 to 8 pm $75 (many insurance plans cover the cost of tobacco cessation program) There’s never been a better time to quit smoking or using tobacco than right now. Freshstart provides you with the structure and support you need to help you quit and stay quit for good. Four one-hour classes are designed to help you discover the keys you need to leave tobacco behind for good. Classes are offered every month. To register, call 541-296-7319.

Healthy Weight Solutions Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm Begins Sept. 29 This outpatient program is a unique 8-week progressive weight loss and wellness clinic that will provide a safe and supportive environment for weight loss achievement, stress reduction and disease prevention. The program will focus on a holistic solution to weight management. The curriculum will include research-based integrative strategies that are simple, practical and lifelong.

Infant Massage Tuesday, Oct. 19, 5:30 to 7:30 pm $20 Join Judy Shinn, LMT, certified infant massage instructor, and learn loving touch massage for your infant or child ages newborn to 2 years. The class will focus on relaxing massage, colic relief and bonding between parent and child.


Open Community Drumming Thursday, Sept 16, 7 to 8 pm 541-296-7319 Free, but donations to Mid-Columbia Health Foundation are welcome! Bring family and friends and experience the joy of recreational music making. No experience or equipment are necessary, and we guarantee immediate musical success. Join us and build community, laughter and good health.

Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists Tuesdays, 9 to 11:30 am Part 1, Nov. 16 Part 2, Nov. 23 $65 Class size is limited to 6 people. This class will cover essential oil chemistry, therapeutic effects of oils, safety and how to customize blends for massage clients. Instructor: Barb Robison, certified aromatherapist.

Acupuncture Therapy Offered at Celilo Cancer Center or Water’s Edge Call 506-6998 for appointments or for more information. Acupuncture is one discipline taken from the heritage of Chinese medicine. The technique involves the insertion of very fine needles at specific points in the body which have been shown to be effective in the treatment of various conditions.

Repair and Renew After Summer Skin Care Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 to 11 am Free Join Mary Lively, Water’s Edge Spa esthetician for tea and an informative presentation regarding skin care repair and prevention strategies for all skin care types. Topics are: repairing the skin after sun and wind exposure, decreasing brown spots, hydration and keeping a youthful healthy glow.

Keeping Your Skin Healthy Thursday, Oct. 21, 5:30 to 6:30 pm Free Join Mary Lively, Water’s Edge Spa esthetician for tea and learn how to keep your skin healthy no matter what your skin condition. Healthy glowing skin is a lifestyle of good nutrition, sleep, exercise and the right topical care.

Water Spa Therapy (Hydrotherapy) Saturday, Oct. 30. 9 to 10 am Free Since ancient times, people have used the power of water for healing. Join Barb Robison for a lively discussion of how you can create a tradition of bath or shower therapy at home or in the spa that will help you renew and recharge your health. The use of essential oils, bath minerals and relaxation will be discussed. Tea will be served.

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AEROBICS, YOGA & TAI CHI Membership Information; Single, Couple and Family Memberships are currently available. Our new center offers a medical fitness approach to helping members achieve lasting lifestyle changes and optimal wellness. We invite you to call 541-506-5779 to learn about memberships. We offer a comprehensive selection of group exercise classes for all fitness levels. All group classes are included with membership. Non-members are welcomed. Please call for prices. Some class sizes are limited. So, please call to register your spot 7 days in advance or less for each class. Class schedule subject to change, please check the calendar at

Mindfulness & Breath Work Part 1 Wed., Sept. 15 Part 2 Wed., Sept. 22 Or Part 1 Wed., Nov 10 Part 2 Wed., Nov 17 7 to 8 pm Classes are free Learn simple breathing techniques that can lower blood pressure and pulse, decrease stress and anxiety, improve immune function, ease insomnia, improve digestion and speed healing time. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Introduction to Mindfulness Part 1, Wed., October 13 Part 2, Wed., October 20 or Part 1, Wed., December 8 Part 2, Wed., December 15 7 to 8 pm Classes are free Mounting research is showing the health benefits of relaxation practices. In this basic class you will learn the history of mindfulness, the medical benefits and simple relaxation techniques that you can use in your personal plan of good health.

Mindfulness Retreat Saturday, Nov 6, 9 am to noon $25 Join Jill Kieffer, RN, and learn to practice mindful meditation, experience mindful yoga and enjoy a mindful walk and lunch.

EXERCISE CLASSES Ab Blast – 5:30-6 pm

YOGA Chair Yoga – Thurs 9-10 am

Group Cycle – Mon 5-6 pm; Sat 12:30-1:30 pm

A gentle form of yoga practiced while sitting in a chair, or standing using a chair for support.

Tues/Thurs 5:45-6:45 am & 6-7 pm;

Gentle Yoga – Tues/Thurs 7:30-8:30 am

30 minutes of exercises to tone and tighten your torso.

A great way to get a vigorous workout on an exercise bike! Instructors guide the group through varying phases of intensity. Participants determine their own exertion level.

Intro to Strength – Sun 4-4:30 pm This 30-minute class will guide beginners through the basics of building strength.

Pilates – Thurs 8-9 am and 9-10 am This is a mat-based core stabilization class is lead by a certified Pilates instructor. All levels.

Ride and Relax – Fri 7:30-8:30 am

This easy-doves-it class is perfect for beginners or people with limited mobility. Stretch, breathe and ease your way into greater flexibility.

Hatha Yoga All Levels – Mon/Wed 6-7:30 pm This class incorporates props such as mats, blankets and blocks, allowing participants to receive the maximum benefit from each posture.

Healing Hatha Yoga – Mon 3:30-5 pm

Water Aerobics – Mon-Thurs 9-10 am;

This class is tailored to the individual with focus on breath, healthy alignment, core awareness, strength, flexibility and mindfulness. Beginners welcome!

Tues/Fri 6-7 pm; Mon/Wed/Fri 10:30-11:30 am;

Sunrise Yoga – Tues/Thurs 6:30-7:30 am

This class blends cycling, stretching and relaxation to build strength and flexibility.

A low-impact water workout that will improves muscle tone and cardiovascular fitness. All levels.

Zumba – Wed 5:30-6:30 pm Featuring interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms with a Latin flavor are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat.

Breathe, stretch, strengthen and begin your day in a positive way. All levels.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga – Wed 5-6 pm Incorporating pranayama (breath), asanas (postures) and exploring deeper floor poses, this class is for intermediate and advanced students of yoga.

TAI CHI Tai Chi for Balance – Mon 9-10 am; Fri 1-2 pm A great introduction to tai chi, class was developed as an evidence-based fall reduction program. Participants may sit or stand during this class.

Tai Chi Level 1 – Tues 5:30-6:30 pm The first level of Yang Style Short Form. This class is a moderate to high mobility class. New participants are encouraged to sign up for the first class of the month.

Tai Chi Level 2 – Tues 6:30-7:30 pm Participants mastering the tai chi level 1 class will enjoy continuing the Yang Style Short Form.

Circuit Training – Mon/Wed Noon-1 pm Interested in building strength while simultaneously getting a great cardio workout? New participants are encouraged to sign up for the first class of the month.

Personal Training One-on-one sessions with a personal trainer can assist you in developing a training program and reaching personal goals. Trainers can work with your physician, physical therapist and other healthcare specialists to develop safe and effective workouts.


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Now located at Water’s Edge 551 Lone Pine Blvd. 541-506-5779

Living Healthy with Diabetes

Our multidisciplinary approach to outpatient rehabilitation services includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and aquatic therapy.

Mondays: evening class Sept. 13, 20 & 27, 6 to 9 pm Mondays: day class Oct. 4, 11 & 18, 1 to 4 pm The Diabetes Self-Management Education Class is a learning experience for people who are newly diagnosed or have a history of diabetes. In this class, you will learn blood sugar monitoring, nutrition and meal planning, stress reduction, medications and much more. We encourage a support person to attend, at no additional fee. Day and evening classes are available throughout the year. The Diabetes Education program at MCMC is accredited by the American Diabetes Association.

Diabetes Day Thursday, Nov. 11, 11 am to 3 pm Free event Diabetes Discovery Day is an opportunity for anyone with diabetes and their families to receive the latest information on diabetes. Come hear experts in their fields as they discuss the latest advances in research and treatment.

Individual Certified Diabetes Nurse Educator Consultation Schedule a one on one with our registered nurse and learn about the many aspects of blood sugar management. In this visit our nurse will work with and customize the visit to your specific concerns. Covered by most insurance plans.

OUTPATIENT THERAPY SERVICES Rehabilitation Programs Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Neurological Rehabilitation

Our physical and occupational therapists can evaluate and manage conditions/ injuries of the joints and soft tissues for all ages, to include dysfunctions of the hand, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, foot and spine.

Our team is trained to treat a variety of neurological conditions including stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries.

Specialized Programs Physical Therapy Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) Completed by a skilled physical therapist, FCE is used by physicians, case managers, and employers to transition injured workers from disability to function and employment. FCE is the single most reliable measure to determine if a successful return-to-work is possible.

Golf Clinic Proper body mechanics are essential to creating an effective golf swing and preventing injury. Open to golfers of all ages and abilities, this clinic will focus on helping you achieve the best posture, balance, flexibility and muscular endurance. We train your body, the most important piece of golf equipment, for a more powerful, consistent golf swing.

Mobility & Seating Clinic This clinic is designed for individuals who need a power or manual wheelchair for the first time (pediatric, geriatric, athletic); are experiencing current or recurrent issues with wounds; have had recent changes in seating or positioning needs; have equipment that is older than five years or is broken or unsafe.


Individual Diabetes Nutrition Education Our registered dietitian will review your blood sugars in relationship to your nutrition. Together you will customize a healthy eating plan that will support living healthy with diabetes. Covered by most insurance plans.


This program is designed to help individuals recognize risk factors for osteoporosis and how to address them, participate in an exercise program designed to increase bone strength and posture, understand the impact medications may have on bone health, and to make wise food choices to reduce advancing osteoporosis. Following a DEXA or bone density scan your doctor may refer you to the program.

Vestibular Rehab & Balance Therapy Vestibular rehabilitation is an alternative form of treatment involving specific exercises designed to decrease dizziness, increase balance function and increase general activity levels.

Occupational Therapy Hand Therapy and Upper Extremity Appropriate for individuals with upper extremity wounds, scars, damaged tendons or nerves, fractures and amputations.

Lymphedema Treatment and Therapy A therapy program that will help minimize and manage the symptoms of lymphedema.

Speech Therapy Dysphagia Our speech-language pathologists are specially trained in treating swallowing, voice and other language/ communication impairments.

Aquatic Therapy Warm water provides a beneficial environment for the rehabilitation of many injuries and conditions. Aquatic physical therapy is used to improve strength, endurance, blood circulation, range of motion, muscle tone, coordination and balance. Water-based therapies are often effective in the management of pain as the water allows for relaxation and increased ease of movement. Populations that may benefit from aquatic rehabilitation include: Arthritis, back pain, stroke, fibromyalgia, orthopedic problems, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, pre-natal, cerebral palsy and spinal cord injury.

With a physician’s referral, these therapies are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare. We will assist you to determine your insurance benefits.

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Spiritual Care Volunteer Training Six consecutive Wednesdays, 5-9 p.m. Beginning Sept. 15 Free (but space is limited) Call 541.506.6999 Have you been told you have a special gift for helping the hurting? Are you the one your friends turn to in times of need? If you have a listening ear and a heart to serve, Mid-Columbia Medical Center's Spiritual Care Volunteer Visitor Program may be for you. "We offer spiritual support to patients facing major changes in their health and life," explains Susan Shipman, M.Div., director of the hospital's spiritual care department. "Just to have someone to speak to outside the circle of family and friends can bring calm to an otherwise fearful time." If you feel you'd enjoy the opportunity to bring hope and healing to MCMC patients and their loved ones, plan to attend the next Spiritual Care Volunteer Visitor education training. All attending will receive a ticket for free meal.

Lone Pine Village About the Neighborhood


ater’s Edge is the anchor commercial tenant in Lone Pine Village, a waterfront community under development in The Dalles on 60 acres bordered by the Columbia River, Hwy 197 and I-84. With several homes completed or under construction, the mixed-used community ultimately will feature nearly 250 residences and 200,000 square feet of commercial space, eventually housing, in addition to Water’s Edge, professional offices, shops, restaurants, a supermarket and more. The goal of Robert Gilham, CEO of Icon West Developments, is to create a self-contained community where people can live and/or work, with most of the amenities and activities they require within easy walking distance.

Other Tenants continued from page 18

The MCMC Sleep Center Accredited by the Academy of Sleep Medicine, The MCMC Center for Sleep Studies offers a comfortable, state-of-the-art environment for the evaluation of patients with sleep-related disorders. These include snoring and apnea, restless legs syndrome and movement disorders, circadian and shift work-related disorders, narcolepsy, excessive daytime sleepiness and insomnia. The new Sleep Center at Water’s Edge offers comfortable, non-threatening rooms in a beautiful environment and highly trained staff directed by Paul Cardosi, M.D. For more information, call: 541.297.7319

MCMC Outpatient Lab Water’s Edge is home to a full-service outpatient laboratory draw site operated by Mid-Columbia Medical Center, offering a convenient alternative to patients whose providers have ordered a lab test. No appointment is necessary. Open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. For information, call: 541-506-5782.

The designs for the residences at Lone Pine Village are custom fit to each unique lot. Homes feature a contemporary urban design, and incorporate natural materials and finishes for seamless cohesion with their natural environment. Each residence is oriented to emphasize the spectacular views from the village. For information about living or leasing in Lone Pine Village call 541.386.1204 or visit

Mind and Body Programs, Activities and Classes All the comprehensive offerings of Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s Mind and Body Medicine Program are now located in the comfortable, convenient setting of Water’s Edge. From yoga and meditation classes to tobaccocessation and weight-loss programs, you’ll find access to a wide array of resources to help you on your path to more complete wellness. Mind-Body offerings also include the popular core clinics: Cardiac Rehabilitation, Medical Symptom Reduction, Pulmonary Health and Living Healthy With Diabetes. For complete information, please see the Calendar section of this Well Aware.


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A Designated Planetree Patient-Centered Hospital 1700 E. 19th St., The Dalles, OR 97058

Planetree Health Resource Center Health Lecture Series — Fall 2010 Informative Discussions on Your Good Health All lectures are free and open to the public. Please join us in our new location at Water’s Edge. Lectures will be held in the Dechutes Room on the second floor at Water’s Edge, 551 Lone Pine Blvd., The Dalles. All programs are from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Your on-time arrival is appreciated. Phone 541-296-8444 to pre-register. We look forward to seeing you.



Are We What We Eat?

Grief and Loss:

The Role of Nutrition and Lifestyle in Cancer Prevention

There is no easy way around the pain of grief but there can be life on the other side of devastating losses. This presentation promises to both comfort and inspire anyone who is living through a time of loss — including the many “deaths” that occur in the normal course of living. Join Dr. Richard Groves of the Sacred Art of Living Center as he shares how people move from grief to a place of healing and new possibilities.

Many factors affect cancer risk, including family history, environment, and lifestyle. Research shows that diet and exercise play a strong role in our health. But what roles do healthy nutrition and exercise play in cancer prevention and our body’s ability to deal with cancer cells? Join Dr. Sam Taylor, oncologist at Celilo Cancer Center, as he discusses the connection between cancer prevention and nutrition and lifestyle.

Transforming the Suffering of Loss



Can We Talk?

Oh, My Aching Back! Treatment and Prevention of Low Back Pain Do you, like many Americans, live with low back pain? Relief can be difficult to achieve, and living with the pain can certainly impact your quality of life. Dr. David Russo of Columbia Pain Management will talk about the causes, diagnosis, latest treatments and best practices for back pain, including future treatment possibilities that are on the horizon.

An Open Discussion on Dating and Sexuality for Moms and Daughters Talking about sexuality and dating can be awkward and uncomfortable for both moms and daughters. However, sex is everywhere on TV and in the magazines — there’s no avoiding it. Parents can set the stage for a lifetime of healthy sexuality. Dr. Miriam McDonell of The Women’s Center, and a panel of local medical and mental health providers, invite moms and daughters to join an interactive discussion on dating and sexuality to get the conversation started and help keep it going. Light refreshments will be served.

200 East 4th Street, The Dalles, OR 97058 541.296.8444

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