Classes and Events This Week

Events for January 15 – 21
Mon
Jan 16
9:00 am Appetite Control and Dietary Portion Control (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
10:00
Appetite Control – Be in control of what you eat! Learn to identify “the triggers” that contribute to an increase or decrease in your appetite.  In this course, we will learn to distinguish between hu…
11:00 am Appetite Control and Dietary Portion Control (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
12:00
Appetite Control – Be in control of what you eat! Learn to identify “the triggers” that contribute to an increase or decrease in your appetite.  In this course, we will learn to distinguish between hu…
1:30 pm Scrapbooking
North Star Lodge
Ends @
3:30
Enjoy fellowship and creativity as you learn new techniques for scrapbooking, cards and decorations.  All scrapbooking materials are provided at no charge, just bring your own photos.
3:00 pm Appetite Control and Dietary Portion Control (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
4:00
Appetite Control – Be in control of what you eat! Learn to identify “the triggers” that contribute to an increase or decrease in your appetite.  In this course, we will learn to distinguish between hu…
6:00 pm Pre-natal Yoga
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
7:00
Pre-natal Yoga helps decrease tension, improve flexibility and
strength, prepare for the birthing process, and cultivate a connection
between mother and child. No Yoga experience necessary!  If you…
Tue
Jan 17
10:00 am Diabetes Dialog Support Group – Morning Session
Memorial Diabetes Management and Wellness
Ends @
11:00
Diabetes Dialog Support Group Classes are offered twice per month except June, July and August.  Please call to register for March and December programs. (509) 249-5243

Diabetes and My Significant…

Ostomy Support Group
Memorial’s Classroom (A, B, or C)
Ends @
11:00
Memorial’s Ostomy support group meets five times per year to provide support and discussion about issues with colostomies, ileostomies, or urostomies.   Meetings will occasionally feature presentation…
12:00 pm North Star Knitters
North Star Lodge
Ends @
2:00
Cast on to this active, fun-loving group of knitters (many survivors) and learn to knit, crochet and teach others. All the yarn is provided and the laughs are free. Ask your oncologist or nurse about…
Wed
Jan 18
11:00 am Healing Hearts -Cardiac support group
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
12:00
“Improve the quality of your life, and heal your heart again” (W. Berland, Ph.D.)

Healing Hearts is a bi monthly support group for patients who have had cardiac treatment, rehabilitation or heart…

12:00 pm Advanced Care Planning, 5 Wishes Seminar
Memorial Hospital Auditorium
Ends @
1:00
Advance Directives Training: Does your physician know what medical treatment you want – and don’t want – in the event that you’re in an accident or diagnosed with a terminal illness? Does your family…
Breastfeeding Support
Memorial Maternal Health
Ends @
1:30
Do you ever ask?
“Will I be able to breastfeed after my baby is born”?
“Am I doing this right?”
“Is this supposed to hurt like this?”
“Is my baby getting enough to eat?”
You are not alone. All…
5:30 pm Grupo de Apoyo de Padre a Padre en Español
Children’s Village
Ends @
7:00
El Programa de Padre a Padre ofrece apoyo emocional e información a familias criando a niños con necesidades especiales de salud o atrasos en el desarrollo. Los Eventos y las clases patrocinadas por P…
6:30 pm Childbirth Education 4-Week Series (Wednesdays 3 of 4)
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
8:30
Class covers: what to expect during late pregnancy, labor delivery and postpartum. Learn relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures and discuss medication options for delivery. Please note:…
Thu
Jan 19
12:00 pm Sound Sleep-Sound Rest -Intro and Full Session
North Star Lodge
Ends @
2:00
A cancer diagnosis can cause anxiety, stress and sometimes
depression for patients and their caregivers. There are natural
ways to combat these side effects and it’s something anyone
can learn.
An…
Women Supporting Women Through Cancer
Wellness House
Ends @
1:00
From the moment of diagnosis and for the rest of your life you are a survivor!  Within the Support Group find Hope, Encouragement and a Connection with other women just like you!  It does not matter w…
1:00 pm Alzheimer’s Caregivers support group
Living Care Retirement Community
Ends @
2:30
Caring for someone with memory loss? Need support and information? Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups provide a place for caregivers to learn and gain support from others caring for a pe…
6:30 pm Autism Support
Children’s Village
Ends @
8:00
For parents and caregivers of children that experience Autism, Sensory Challenges, Social, Emotional, Communication or Behavioral Concerns. No Autism Diagnosis is needed to attend. If you need childca…
Baby Basics
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
9:00
Diapering, bathing, feeding; there’s so much involved with in caring for a newborn! Learn all the infant basics, what you can do to be organized and gain insight into recognizing baby’s “cues.”

Fri
Jan 20
9:00 am Diagnostic Cardiac Testing AND Men, Women and Heart Disease (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
10:00
Diagnostic Cardiac Testing- This class explores different cardiac tests to include nuclear imaging with radiographic tracers and scanners.  An expert will also discuss echocardiograms, angioplasty, st…
Parent to Parent Crafting Group
Children’s Village
Ends @
11:00
A time for Crafting, Coffee and Chatting with others who are raising children with special needs, in a relaxed atmosphere of support, encouragement and fun.  It is free to attend, and we have scrapboo…
11:00 am Diagnostic Cardiac Testing AND Men, Women and Heart Disease (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
12:00
Diagnostic Cardiac Testing- This class explores different cardiac tests to include nuclear imaging with radiographic tracers and scanners.  An expert will also discuss echocardiograms, angioplasty, st…
2:30 pm Solo para mamografías—rayos X de senos.
‘Ohana Mammography Center
Ends @
4:30
Cuide de lo que verdaderamente es importante – su Salud.

¿No tiene cobertura médica?
‘Ohana tiene información de programas que ayudan a cubrir el costo de este importante examen.
Llame para más…

Walk-in Clinic for Screening Mammograms
‘Ohana Mammography Center
Ends @
5:30
`Ohana, Memorials Mammography center, offers a walk-in clinic for screening mammograms, Fridays, 2:30–5:30 p.m No appointment is necessary and interpreters are available. The name of the doctor receiv…
3:00 pm Diagnostic Cardiac Testing AND Men, Women and Heart Disease (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
4:00
Diagnostic Cardiac Testing- This class explores different cardiac tests to include nuclear imaging with radiographic tracers and scanners.  An expert will also discuss echocardiograms, angioplasty, st…
Sat
Jan 21
9:00 am Childbirth Education -1 day class, Saturday
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
5:00
Class covers: what to expect during late pregnancy, labor delivery and postpartum. Learn relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures and discuss medication options for delivery. Please note:…

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Upcoming Events for January 22 – 28
Sun Jan 22 1:00 pm Childbirth Education, Sunday 2-day class (Day 2) (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
Mon Jan 23 11:30 am Lamplight Bible Study/Support Group (North Star Lodge)
1:30 pm Scrapbooking (North Star Lodge)
6:00 pm Pre-natal Yoga (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
6:30 pm Valley Parents -Sunnyside support group -ON HOLD
Tue Jan 24 12:00 pm Grief Recovery Workshop (1 of 8 week class) (Cottage in the Meadow)
North Star Knitters (North Star Lodge)
6:00 pm Living With Loss, (1 of 8 week discussion course) (Cottage in the Meadow)
Wed Jan 25 12:00 pm Breastfeeding Support (Memorial Maternal Health)
Cancer Support for Men, Women and Families (Wellness House)
2:00 pm NSL Dietitians -Fighting Fatigue with Food (North Star Lodge)
6:30 pm Childbirth Education 4-Week Series (Wednesdays 4 of 4) (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
Thu Jan 26 12:00 pm Sound Sleep-Sound Rest -Intro and Full Session (North Star Lodge)
6:00 pm NSL Dietitians -Fighting Fatigue with Food (North Star Lodge)
6:30 pm Successful Breastfeeding (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
Fri Jan 27 9:00 am Our Toxic Environment (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)
11:00 am Our Toxic Environment (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)
2:30 pm Solo para mamografías—rayos X de senos. (‘Ohana Mammography Center)
Walk-in Clinic for Screening Mammograms (‘Ohana Mammography Center)
3:00 pm Our Toxic Environment (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)
Sat Jan 28 10:00 am Young and Pregnant Teen Childbirth Program (Memorial’s Classroom (A, B, or C))

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Virginia Mason Memorial consolidates services for patients into one convenient downtown location

Virginia Mason Memorial consolidates services for patients into one convenient downtown location

 

 

 

 

 

YAKIMA (Dec. 22, 2016) – Virginia Mason Memorial is relocating three departments serving patients to one centralized location at the hospital’s downtown building, located at 15 W. Yakima Ave. The move will also bring about 200 employees to the downtown core.

Previously, the nonclinical services and business offices – Medical Records, Hospital Business Services and Memorial Physicians Business Services – were housed separately throughout the community.

“After a year of planning and preparation, we are excited to bring our business office and other support service operations to our downtown location,” said Jim Aberle, Virginia Mason Memorial’s chief operating officer. “This new location provides us the opportunity to consolidate services and allows for future growth.  The move will help free up space and parking at the hospital and at our Memorial Physicians administrative building at 3800 Summitview Ave.  We also believe this move is good for both Virginia Mason Memorial and the vitality of downtown Yakima.”

Virginia Mason Memorial purchased the 85,000-square-foot building, once a fruit-packing facility, earlier this year and has been working since then to update and renovate the space.

The services and opening dates, which are staggered, are:

  • Business Services, where patients can pay hospital bills, will open at the new location
    on Jan. 4.

    • The office is moving from 3803 W. Nob Hill Blvd.
    • The phone number remains: 509-575-8255.
    • Patients can also pay hospital bills online at org/payyourbill.
  • Memorial Physicians Business Services, billing for outpatient, most primary care clinics and specialty clinics, opens Jan. 10.
    • The office is moving from 3800 Summitview Ave.
    • The phone number remains 509-972-1140.
    • Patients can also pay these bills at yakimamp.com.
  • Medical Records, where patients can get copies of their medical records, opens Jan. 16.
    • The office is moving from the hospital’s main campus at 2811 Tieton Drive.
    • The phone number remains 509-575-8082.

Hours of operation at 15 W. Yakima Ave. will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Tips for walking around on icy/snowy surfaces

Tips for walking around on icy/snowy surfaces

Snow is one thing, but streets, sidewalks and parking lots coated in sheets of ice are another, as we experienced earlier this week! One hospital employee carries kitty litter in her car, not just for tire traction if needed, but to scatter on icy pathways for walking.

That’s just one way to walk safely on slick surfaces. Below are some tips for walking in icy conditions from the Snow & Ice Management Association, a nonprofit group representing the snow removal industry.

  • Wear proper footwear. Wear shoes with heavy treading and a flat bottom that place the entire foot on the surface of the ground.
    Also, you can attach a pair of Yaktrax Walk Traction Cleats to the bottom of any flat shoe or boot. The slip-on cleats, with steel coils, greatly reduce the risk of falls. Find them online for less than $20.
  • Wear things that help you see and be seen. Wear sunglasses so you can see. Also, bright and reflective clothing help you be seen by drivers.
  • Plan ahead. Walk consciously on icy sidewalks and parking lots. Look up to see where the next icy spots are and be aware of any vehicles near you.
  • Listen. Avoid listening to music or talking on the phone while walking in icy or snowy conditions. Pedestrians need to be able to hear approaching traffic or other noises.
  • Anticipate ice. What appears to be wet pavement may be black ice, so approach it with caution. Ice will often appear in the mornings, so be more aware in the early hours.
  • Take steps slowly. When walking down steps, take them slowly and deliberately. Plant your feet in a wide-legged stance securely on each step and be sure to have a firm grip on the handrail.
  • Enter buildings slowly. The floors of buildings may be covered in melted snow and ice, so check the entrance and try to step on any rugs in the doorways.
  • Avoid shortcuts. A shortcut path may be dangerous because it is less likely that snow and ice removal occurred.

Memorial Hospital rebrands to reflect affiliation with Virginia Mason Health System

November 2, 2016

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Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital rebrands to reflect affiliation with Virginia Mason Health System

YAKIMA — After more than 60 years of serving the Yakima Valley community as Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, the hospital and its primary and specialty care clinics have become Virginia Mason Memorial. This new name and brand reflect Memorial’s affiliation with innovative health-care leader Virginia Mason Health System
in Seattle.
Memorial and Virginia Mason affiliated on Jan. 1, 2016. Ever since, teams from both sides of the mountains have been working to combine and streamline care and services. In choosing the new name it was vital that Memorial continue to have a strong identity as the trusted health-care provider and also a prominent economic engine for the Yakima Valley community and in the Central Washington region.

The creation of a health-care system with a local presence in each community — where patients receive the same high-quality, coordinated care at Memorial in Yakima or Virginia Mason in Seattle — was a primary focus for the integration. Also, the affiliation is bringing more resources (physicians, nursing education, best practices in care, expansion of surgical and specialty care) eastward. Virginia Mason Memorial is also working to adopt the Virginia Mason Production system, the internationally recognized method of quality and service improvement that focuses on patients.

About Virginia Mason Memorial
Virginia Mason Memorial, part of the Virginia Mason Health System, is a 226-bed, acute-care, nonprofit, community hospital serving Central Washington’s Yakima Valley. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow, winner of the Circle of Life Award from the American Hospital Association for innovative palliative and end-of-life care; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit, the only place in Central Washington that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation, a separate 501c(3) organization that raises funds for innovative health care programs in the Yakima Valley (www.memfound.org).
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Visit Memorial online at www.yakimamemorial.org or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/yakimavalleymemorialhospital), Twitter (www.twitter.com/Yakima_Memorial) or Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/yvmh).

Seattle-based Virginia Mason Health System is a nonprofit regional health care system that includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; Virginia Mason Memorial in Yakima; medical centers in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed for people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; and the Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others from around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management methodology for continually improving quality, safety and efficiency. Virginia Mason online: www.VirginiaMason.org

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Alzheimer’s Association Hosts Central Washington Memory Loss Conference on Nov. 2

Alzheimer’s Association Hosts Central Washington Memory Loss Conference on Nov. 2

YAKIMA – Alzheimer’s is the third leading cause of death in Washington state. It is expected to be a major health issue in the years to come as baby boomers retire. But there is help and support available for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

A day-long educational conference Nov. 2 at the Yakima Convention Center will provide tools and encouragement to family caregivers and health-care professionals caring for those with dementia.

Family caregivers will have sessions tailored to their needs, offering helpful tips to address the challenges of caring for a loved one with dementia. Those include relationship changes, communication, keeping them safe and managing difficult behaviors.

The sessions, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be offered concurrently in both English and Spanish, and are free for family caregivers caring for loved ones. A special track for health-care professionals is $50. It offers basic and advanced sessions to address the progression of dementia-related diseases. A complimentary box lunch is provided.

There is also a separate, education program in the evening, which focuses on frontotemporal dementia, for continuing education credits for medical providers. This no-cost program will be held at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.

The conference is sponsored by The Memorial Foundation, The Peggy Schaake Charitable Fund, Highgate Senior Living, Southeast Washington Aging & Long Term Care.

For more information or to register, visit alzwa.org, email MemoryLossConf@alz.org or call 800-848-7097 ext. 8170.

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Dress up as your favorite superhero & run/walk to benefit local kids on Oct. 15

Dress up as your favorite superhero!
and run/walk to benefit local kids on Oct. 15

Ace Hardware is hosting a run/walk on Saturday, Oct. 15, to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero for the “Superheroes for Local Miracles!” 5K.

The event, sponsored by Ace and Les Schwab Tires, will be held at the Ace Hardware Distribution Center, 7702 Duffield Road, Moxee. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the event begins at 9 a.m. The cost to enter, which includes a T-shirt, is $25 for adults and $15 for youth under age 16.

All donations stay local to fund critical treatments and health-care services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Proceeds from this event benefit the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Department at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, as well as programs and services at Children’s Village, which serves Central Washington children with special health care needs and their families.
Memorial is one of 170 nonprofit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that treat severely injured and ill children in the U.S. and Canada.

CWU Dance Marathon to benefit local Children’s Miracle Network hospital

CWU Dance Marathon to benefit local Children’s Miracle Network hospital

Contact: Rebecca Teagarden, Memorial Communications: (509) 577-5051

WHAT: Central Washington University is hosting a dance marathon to benefit Children’s Miracle Network. Students will dance for 5 hours straight for kids who can’t. All money raised locally stays local; going to Central Washington’s only CMN hospital, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.
Donations can be made here: http://events.dancemarathon.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=1085.

WHO: Students at CWU dancing to help area kids.

WHEN: 5 to 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7.

WHERE: Central’s Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom, 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg.

VISUALS: Very tired but determined dancers!

INTERVIEWS: Josh Munson, Development and Communications Director, The Memorial Foundation: 509-576-5794. Dallas Murrey, CWU student and event organizer: 253-678-9854.

BACKGROUND: Proceeds from this event benefit the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Department at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, as well as programs and services at Children’s Village, which serves Central Washington children with special health care needs and their families.

Memorial is one of 170 nonprofit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that treat severely injured and ill children in the U.S. and Canada.

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Five Tips for breast health

There is no guaranteed way to prevent breast cancer.   There are some risk factors such as family history and aging that are unavoidable.  But!  Good news!  There are some risk factors that you can control and they will improve your overall health in the process.   Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Am I at a healthy weight? Obesity or being overweight can increase your breast cancer risk and losing just 7 % of your body weight can dramatically change your health for the better. If your weight is healthy, keep up the good work!
  2. Do I exercise regularly? Studies show that brisk walking just 2 hours per week can reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer up to 18%. Start a new habit, step out with your friends to explore your neighborhood parks and walking paths.
  3. Can I minimize or avoid my alcohol consumption? Women who have 2 to 5 alcoholic drinks daily have a higher risk of breast cancer.  This is especially important for women who have breast cancer in their families.
  4. Do I smoke? -even on occasion?  The risk of many cancers and other health problems increases if you smoke. Research shows that long-term smoking is specifically associated with increased risk of breast cancer.
  5. Do I eat enough veggies? Eating a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables is your best defense for fighting and preventing cancer.  Examples are cauliflower, bok choy, garden cress, brussel sprouts cabbage, broccoli, and other green leafy vegetables.

There are resources in your community to help with lifestyle changes and learning healthy habits.  Learn more here

https://www.yakimamemorial.org/medical-services-community-education.asp