Patient Stories

Patient Stories

  • New mom Amanda Har

    Helping moms and babies thrive

    New moms gain breastfeeding confidence with the CMH Lactation Program By Sarah Bello, Marketing & Communications Coordinator When her son lost a little too much of his birth weight and had a significant tongue tie, first-time mom Amanda Harlacker worried she couldn’t successfully breastfeed him.  She visited nurses and lactation consultants Laura Brown and Kelsey

    Categories: Health Compass, Patient Story, Pregnancy, Women's Health
  • Jeff Chow and Damon Skogseth

    Community pharmacist returns to Seaside

    Jeff Chow found his calling as a pharmacist in serving the members of his community well By Sarah Bello, Marketing & Communications Specialist If you ask David McCarthy, CMH Pharmacist Jeff Chow, PharmD, saved his life.  Several years ago, Chow was working for Rite Aid in Seaside when McCarthy ran out of nitroglycerin and had

    Categories: Health Compass, Patient Story
  • Chad Rankin, Kellan Patterson, and Howard Rub

    Tackling concussion

    CMH helps student-athletes play it safe By Felicia Struve, Marketing & Communications Coordinator The headache was instant and so severe that it brought tears to his eyes.  Kellan Patterson, a junior at Astoria High School, had just experienced his second concussion in less than two weeks. It would take him six more weeks to return

    Categories: Health Compass, Patient Story
  • A group of nurse leaders from CMH visited the Lost Art of Nursing Museum and its curator, Melodie Chenevert, in late June 2019.

    Patient letter about total knee replacement

    Melodie Chenevert opted to have her surgery at CMH, rather than go to Portland April 16, 2019 Dear Columbia Memorial Hospital,  As Nurses Week approaches, I’d like to give a heartfelt thank you for the excellent care I received when I had a total knee replacement November 27th. I was in the post office last

    Categories: CMH News, Patient Story
  • Fernanda Alvarez playing basketball

    Warrenton athlete rehabs sprained ankle with CMH’s Chad Rankin

    Senior basketball player returns to finish season By Sarah Bello Warrenton senior post Fernanda Alvarez’s basketball season was nearly derailed in December 2018 when she sprained her ankle in warmups before a game. The injury was a “high” ankle sprain, requiring a longer healing time than most simple ankle sprains. With the help of CMH’s

    Categories: CMH News, Patient Story
  • Russell Maize

    Patient raves about experience with CMH provider

    Russell Maize, 56 recently attended his first appointment with Dr. Anisa Richardson in Astoria Primary Care. Maize was born and raised in Warrenton, left to travel the world, and has now been back in the Long Beach area for 18 years.  Maize is a recent amputee with health issues stemming from a fall. He’s seen

    Categories: CMH News, Patient Story
  • Ken Ulappa

    Mindfulness in a mug

    Coffee mugs prove to be thought provoking By Sarah Bello, Marketing & Communications Specialist When he gets up in the morning, Hammond resident Ken Ulappa likes to drink coffee from his mug, do yoga and meditate while listening to Japanese music.  He thinks about the thousands of people who passed away in the previous day.

    Categories: Health Compass, Patient Story
  • Pediatrician Visit

    The Jasper family’s day at CMH

    Local family experiences CMH for a day Christa Jasper wanted to share her recent daylong experience with Columbia Memorial Hospital. Christa says with a son scheduled with a morning appointment, nurse Brooke Duncan took special care to get things moving quickly — even though it wasn’t her responsibility. Medical technologist Carol Langston helped, too. Christa

    Categories: CMH News, Patient Story
  • New mothers praise lactation support

    CMH Lactation Program wins award and praise from moms By Sarah Bello, Marketing & Communications Specialist Local moms Krista Hicks, Jessica Barrett and Kathryn Olson agree – without the help of the Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) Lactation Program, they might have given up on breastfeeding their babies. As first-time moms who gave birth at CMH,

    Categories: CMH News, Patient Story
  • radiation therapy

    My Cancer Story

    Marilyn’s story of resilience “I was the first person on the CT scanner, and I asked if I could autograph it.” A lifetime of working a farm has shaped Marilyn Anderson’s outlook and made her resilient in the face of cancer. In March 2016, Marilyn was in severe pain, so she went to the CMH emergency

    Categories: Health Compass, Patient Story
  • Stroke victim makes great recovery thanks to Columbia Memorial Hospital's telemedicine program and the quick action of his wife.

    Quick action saved this Astoria man’s future

    Telemedicine brings neurologist to the patient  Ron Paapke was transported by ambulance to Columbia Memorial Hospital in September 2017. He was experiencing a massive stroke. Through the CMH Emergency Department’s telemedicine robot, Paapke was assessed remotely by Dr. Stewart Weber, of OHSU. A Life Flight helicopter transported him from CMH to OHSU, where a nearly

    Categories: CMH News, Patient Story
New mom Amanda HarJeff Chow and Damon SkogsethChad Rankin, Kellan Patterson, and Howard RubA group of nurse leaders from CMH visited the Lost Art of Nursing Museum and its curator, Melodie Chenevert, in late June 2019.Fernanda Alvarez playing basketballRussell MaizeKen UlappaPediatrician Visitradiation therapyStroke victim makes great recovery thanks to Columbia Memorial Hospital's telemedicine program and the quick action of his wife.

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