Anniversary marks celebration, enhancement of renowned women’s health services in south metro
Celebrating its first anniversary, the Gynecologic Oncology clinic now opened at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center will help to serve patients coming from around the region, especially the surrounding communities in the south metro Portland area. Patients and staff alike celebrated the opening with a cake, balloons, and local community support for this new clinic. A dedicated and profoundly caring staff have long made an impact with patients, some who started with their care team and providers at the Legacy Good Samaritan clinic but now will be able to see their care team without having to leave their community. Each of the providers at the clinic brings deep experience, passion and even a few interesting nuggets of trivia into a cohesive and well-respected team. This includes: Will Winter, M.D., Weiya Wysham, M.D., and Jennifer Christiansen, PA-C. Dr. Winter plays in a rock band called N.E.D. composed of other gynecologic oncologists from across the country and Dr. Wysham has worked with Dr. Winter during her medical school tenure where she received many accolades and recognition. Jennifer Christiansen, PA-C, brings focused and dedicated care to her patients with a palpable enthusiasm for the outdoors – that enthusiasm is evident in how she and the entire care team have made a positive impact on patients.
Rebecca Boudon, a patient of Dr. Will Winter, knows this first hand. “Finding an oncology clinic that deals specifically with women’s cancer, here – that’s what I wanted when I found out I had cancer.” Regarding the care team, she goes on to share that, “Everybody up there – they remember you every time you come in. You don’t have to explain things to them over and over again.”
Karen Guntly, a patient of Dr. Weiya Wysham, shares a similar experience, “They make cancer a discussion – an open discussion.” Early in her life, she had some fears and reservations about her health but from the moment of her diagnoses and throughout her care, she has become a strong advocate for her own health. “Why whisper? It’s not what I chose,” she says, “Talk about it [cancer]; ask questions; never instill the fear [about your own health]. You have to be honest with them [doctors]. You’ll get out what you participate in.”
Rebecca agrees, “No matter how much you get on the internet and read about stuff, asking Dr. Winter and the nurses and everybody who work up there and getting a good answer is great. They don’t treat it like a dumb question.” As for closing thoughts, Rebecca shares what prompted her to take action, “The only symptom I had was lower back pain. It never rang a bell until he [Dr. Winter] told me the symptoms.” Karen agrees, “If it can happen, it will. Let’s just plan on it. They should just do it [see their doctor]!” With a wry smile, Rebecca notes, “I’ll be glad when my hair grows back because I don’t like hats.” Inspiring patients supported by an inspiring care team.
The clinic is located on the Legacy Meridian Park campus in Medical Office Building 2, Suite 400. To learn more about the clinic and the care team, please visit: http://bit.ly/2ELMJEs