Monday, April 27, 2015

April is Organ donation month

April is Organ Donation month. Here are a few facts to keep you informed.

**Did you know that every year more than 1700 children are saved by organ donation?

**Did you know that there are more than 2000 children waiting for an organ donation?

Organ and tissue donation saves lives—and gives sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, new faces or new hands to those who have had terrible accidents. It’s a donation that literally changes everything for the recipient; it’s a donation that gives life and hope in the truest way possible.
But there aren’t enough donors. While every day about 79 people of all ages receive an organ donation, every day 21 people die while they wait for one.
Organ donation isn’t always easy to talk and think about—because while some donations (such as bone marrow or kidney donations) come from people who are alive and well, most (such as heart or lung donations) come from someone who is dying. Nobody wants to think about that.
But we all do need to think about it—because there may come a time when the unthinkable happens and a doctor will come and ask us about organ donation. Time is of the essence when answering. That’s why it’s better to think about it and never have to answer the question than to not think about it and waste precious, life-saving time.

Did you know that 8 lives can be saved by one donor?

That’s a lot of lives to save. It doesn’t make the tragedy of losing someone we love any less—but saving lives is a beautiful way to honor our loved one, and let something good come of something unspeakably horrible.
To learn more about organ donation, and register to be an organ donor yourself, visit

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dog Safety Reminders for Children

With summer approaching quickly we thought we would remind you of some great safety tips with dogs. Have a wonderful and safe Spring!

  • Always ask permission to pet a dog that is not your own
  • If you have permission, walk slowly and let the dog sniff the back of your hand before you try to pet it.
  • Do not stare into the eyes of a dog. They think you might hurt them when you do this
  • Pet dogs under the chin or the side of the face until they are comfortable with the attention
  • Never tease a dog when playing with them
  • Never try to play with a dog if they are sleeping, eating, or caring for their young
  • Never approach or tease a dog that is tied outside or in a fenced area
  • Never approach a stray dog
  • Tell and adult if you see a stray dog wandering around
  • Do not pot and assistance dog (assistance dogs sometimes wear special vest) Assistance dogs work hard to keep their owner safe and should not be distracted

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Welcome to our Medical Home Coordinators!

Introducing our Medical Home Coordinator team!

What is a Medical Home Coordinator? A medical home coordinator is someone who helps our office in finding resources for parents. It is a link for the families to the physicians. They do everything from help find resources for Mental health issues, special needs resources, social groups, of finding a specialist doctor for your child. They also help with referrals, prior authorizations and a various other reports and education for our patients. Both of our Medical Home Coordinators are also Lactation Consultants. We love having them at our office and want you to know a little more about each of them.

Noemi (Left in picture)

Noemi has worked at Willow Creek for 1 1/2 years. She loves helping parents find resources for their children. She also is a lactation educator and helps newborns with feeding issues. Noemi is a mom of four and can relate with the challenges of motherhood. She received her bachelors in nursing degree at the University of Utah. She worked at the Emergency Room for 2 years and then moved to the OBGYN department. She spent 10 years in postpartum and nursery and loved working with new mom's and babies.  In her free time she loves to read, hike, travel and participates in triathlons. She also has a ballet background and teaches dance in her spare time. She is from Hungary originally and she speaks Hungarian but unfortunately doesn't use it much at work but we love to hear her talk this beautiful language. Noemi did such a wonderful job in our office that we added Mary to our team. We love Noemi and her love of life and enthusiasm she gives to our office. Welcome Noemi!

Mary (right in the picture)

Mary has worked at Willow Creek for the past 6 months. Mary has lived in the West most of her live and loves living in Utah! She has lived in Southern California, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. She entered nursing school after graduating college in Ohio. She has always known she wanted to be a RN and care for babies and children. She has worked in Special Care Nurseries, Labor and Delivery, NICU, PICU, Clinical Coordinator at PCMC for Division of Pediatrics  and also a Lactation Educator.  Her favorite free time activities include hiking with her family, mountain biking, yoga, pilates and swimming. She enjoys ethnic cooking, entertaining and traveling with her family. We love having Mary as part of the team.

Noemi and Mary can be reached at our office 801-942-1800