Virginia Mason Memorial offers no-cost cooking class for local chefs

Calling all Yakima Valley restaurant chefs for a no-cost, plant-based
cooking workshop at Virginia Mason Memorial hospital

YAKIMA — Virginia Mason Memorial is inviting local restaurant chefs to a no-cost, hands-on workshop that focuses on plant-based cooking. This workshop is being held in conjunction with Food Day, a day set aside each year to inspire Americans to make healthy changes to their diets and food policies.
The workshop will be held Monday, Oct. 23, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. until noon. Chefs are requested to come only with an open mind and willingness to adapt a plant-based menu item.

The typical American diet is contributing to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems that are prevalent nationally and here in the Yakima Valley. Those problems cost Americans more than $150 billion per year.
Evidence shows that eating a plant-based diet has health benefits. This impacts professional cooks as customers with special requests are now seeking establishments where they can obtain a whole-food, plant-based option on a regular basis or on a catering menu. Virginia Mason Memorial’s workshop aims to offer chefs the tools to bring these customers into their dining establishments.

The workshop will be held at Virginia Mason Memorial hospital. To register, contact Virginia Mason Memorial’s Executive Chef Jason Patel by Oct. 6 by calling 509-249-5357 or via email at jasonpatel@yvmh.org. Space is limited.

Classes and Events This Week

Events for September 17 – 23
Sun
Sep 17
Love’s Travel Stop’s CampaignAug. 25 – Sep. 30
Visit a participating Love’s Travel Stop to purchase a CMNH iCon balloon and donate to the CMNH program at Memorial. Participating locations are:

1512 UA-97
Ellensburg, WA 98926

700 Wine Country…

Walmart’s CampaignAug. 28 – Oct. 1
Visit a participating Walmart to donate to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program at Memorial. Participating Walmart locations are:

East Valley Yakima
West Valley Yakima
Sunnyside
Richland

1:00 pm Childbirth Education, Sunday 2-day class (Day 2)
Memorial 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:…
Mon
Sep 18
Love’s Travel Stop’s CampaignAug. 25 – Sep. 30
Visit a participating Love’s Travel Stop to purchase a CMNH iCon balloon and donate to the CMNH program at Memorial. Participating locations are:

1512 UA-97
Ellensburg, WA 98926

700 Wine Country…

Walmart’s CampaignAug. 28 – Oct. 1
Visit a participating Walmart to donate to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program at Memorial. Participating Walmart locations are:

East Valley Yakima
West Valley Yakima
Sunnyside
Richland

11:30 am Lamplight Bible Study/Support Group
North Star Lodge
Ends @
1:00
Learn how the bible can help you navigate your cancer journey
12:00 pm Food for Life: Foods for Weight Management
Memorial Cornerstone Medicine -Diabetes Education Classroom
Ends @
1:00
Food for Life: Foods for Weight Management
Learn how to prepare affordable, low fat foods during this 4 week course taught by Ineke Ojanen, Registered Dietitian. She will demonstrate 3 delicious and…
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.
5:00 pm ACT! Un Programa de Estilo de Vida Saludable
Yakima YMCA
Ends @
6:30
¿Listo para actuar ahora?
Para inscribirse se requiere la referencia de un proveedor de salud
(puede ser doctor, enfermera registrada (enfermera de la escuela),
nutricionista registrada o cualquier…
6:00 pm Pre-natal Yoga
Memorial 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…
6:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:30
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
Saludable de por vida -Zumba bilingüe
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:30
Porque queremos que estén sanos para todo lo que ofrece la vida, Virginia Mason Memorial y Kohl’s Cares se han unido para ofrecerles el programa Healthy For Life, un programa dedicado a ofrecerle clas…
Tue
Sep 19
Love’s Travel Stop’s CampaignAug. 25 – Sep. 30
Visit a participating Love’s Travel Stop to purchase a CMNH iCon balloon and donate to the CMNH program at Memorial. Participating locations are:

1512 UA-97
Ellensburg, WA 98926

700 Wine Country…

Walmart’s CampaignAug. 28 – Oct. 1
Visit a participating Walmart to donate to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program at Memorial. Participating Walmart locations are:

East Valley Yakima
West Valley Yakima
Sunnyside
Richland

9:00 am Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Morning Zumba
Studio Z
Ends @
10:00
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
Memorial walking group -NEW TIME
Kissel Park
Ends @
10:00
Welcome to the Memorial walking group.  Our goal is to provide a weekly opportunity for physical activity and socialization. The walking session will be supervised by a certified trainer from Memorial…
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 Hospital Classrooms (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…
12:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Gentle Chair Fitness (age 60+)
Southeast Community Center
Ends @
1:30
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:00
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Gentle Yoga
YOCO
Ends @
7:00
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
Saludable de por vida -Zumba bilingüe
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:00
Porque queremos que estén sanos para todo lo que ofrece la vida, Virginia Mason Memorial y Kohl’s Cares se han unido para ofrecerles el programa Healthy For Life, un programa dedicado a ofrecerle clas…
Wed
Sep 20
Love’s Travel Stop’s CampaignAug. 25 – Sep. 30
Visit a participating Love’s Travel Stop to purchase a CMNH iCon balloon and donate to the CMNH program at Memorial. Participating locations are:

1512 UA-97
Ellensburg, WA 98926

700 Wine Country…

Walmart’s CampaignAug. 28 – Oct. 1
Visit a participating Walmart to donate to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program at Memorial. Participating Walmart locations are:

East Valley Yakima
West Valley Yakima
Sunnyside
Richland

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 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…
5:00 pm ACT! Get up, Get Moving -Healthy lifestyle for kids
Yakima YMCA
Ends @
6:30
Ready for a healthy change? Looking for ways to help your child eat well and
be more active? ACT is a 12 week healthy lifestyle program for overweight
children/teens 8-14 years of age and their…
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…
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Yoga
YOCO
Ends @
7:00
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:00
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
Saludable de por vida – Yoga bilingüe
YOCO
Ends @
7:00
Saludable de por vida – Yoga bilingüe
Una práctica simple de yoga que combina la respiración consciente y el movimiento. Con instrucción en inglés y español.
• Miercoles y jueves (6:00 a 7:00 p.m.)
•…
Saludable de por vida -Zumba bilingüe
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:00
Porque queremos que estén sanos para todo lo que ofrece la vida, Virginia Mason Memorial y Kohl’s Cares se han unido para ofrecerles el programa Healthy For Life, un programa dedicado a ofrecerle clas…
6:30 pm Successful Breastfeeding
Memorial Education Center
Ends @
9:00
Before your baby arrives give yourself a head start by learning helpful breastfeeding techniques and solutions for common breastfeeding issues.

Register for classes here

Thu
Sep 21
Love’s Travel Stop’s CampaignAug. 25 – Sep. 30
Visit a participating Love’s Travel Stop to purchase a CMNH iCon balloon and donate to the CMNH program at Memorial. Participating locations are:

1512 UA-97
Ellensburg, WA 98926

700 Wine Country…

Walmart’s CampaignAug. 28 – Oct. 1
Visit a participating Walmart to donate to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program at Memorial. Participating Walmart locations are:

East Valley Yakima
West Valley Yakima
Sunnyside
Richland

9:00 am Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Morning Zumba
Studio Z
Ends @
10:00
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
12:00 pm Cancer support -Women supporting women
Wellness House
Ends @
1:00
From the first day of cancer diagnosis and for the rest of your life- you are a survivor!  Find hope, encouragement and connection with other women survivors.
Grief Recovery Workshop
Cottage in the Meadow
Ends @
1:00
This 8-week course is centered in personal discovery and homework-style exercises designed to help you focus on grief recovery.
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…
12:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Gentle Chair Fitness (age 60+)
Southeast Community Center
Ends @
1:30
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Yoga
YOCO
Ends @
7:00
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
Saludable de por vida – Yoga bilingüe
YOCO
Ends @
7:00
Saludable de por vida – Yoga bilingüe
Una práctica simple de yoga que combina la respiración consciente y el movimiento. Con instrucción en inglés y español.
• Miercoles y jueves (6:00 a 7:00 p.m.)
•…
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…
Childbirth Education 4-Week Series (Thursdays 1 of 4)
Memorial 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:…
Fri
Sep 22
Love’s Travel Stop’s CampaignAug. 25 – Sep. 30
Visit a participating Love’s Travel Stop to purchase a CMNH iCon balloon and donate to the CMNH program at Memorial. Participating locations are:

1512 UA-97
Ellensburg, WA 98926

700 Wine Country…

Walmart’s CampaignAug. 28 – Oct. 1
Visit a participating Walmart to donate to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program at Memorial. Participating Walmart locations are:

East Valley Yakima
West Valley Yakima
Sunnyside
Richland

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…
Sat
Sep 23
Love’s Travel Stop’s CampaignAug. 25 – Sep. 30
Visit a participating Love’s Travel Stop to purchase a CMNH iCon balloon and donate to the CMNH program at Memorial. Participating locations are:

1512 UA-97
Ellensburg, WA 98926

700 Wine Country…

Walmart’s CampaignAug. 28 – Oct. 1
Visit a participating Walmart to donate to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program at Memorial. Participating Walmart locations are:

East Valley Yakima
West Valley Yakima
Sunnyside
Richland

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Upcoming Events for September 24 – 30
Sun Sep 24 Love’s Travel Stop’s CampaignAug. 25 – Sep. 30
Walmart’s CampaignAug. 28 – Oct. 1
Mon Sep 25 12:00 pm Food for Life: Foods for Weight Management (Memorial Cornerstone Medicine -Diabetes Education Classroom)
1:30 pm Scrapbooking (North Star Lodge)
4:00 pm Diabetes Prevention Program orientation (Memorial Education Center)
5:00 pm ACT! Un Programa de Estilo de Vida Saludable (Yakima YMCA)
6:00 pm Pre-natal Yoga (Memorial Education Center)
6:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Saludable de por vida -Zumba bilingüe (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Valley Parents -Sunnyside support group -ON HOLD
Tue Sep 26 9:00 am Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Morning Zumba (Studio Z)
Memorial walking group -NEW TIME (Kissel Park)
12:00 pm North Star Knitters (North Star Lodge)
12:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Gentle Chair Fitness (age 60+) (Southeast Community Center)
5:00 pm Grupo de Apoyo de Padre a Padre en Español -Sunnyside
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Gentle Yoga (YOCO)
Saludable de por vida -Zumba bilingüe (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Wed Sep 27 12:00 pm Breastfeeding Support (Memorial Maternal Health)
Cancer support for Men, Women and families (Wellness House)
Food for Life: Weight Management (Memorial Cornerstone Medicine)
Living with Loss Support group (Cottage in the Meadow)
5:00 pm ACT! Get up, Get Moving -Healthy lifestyle for kids (Yakima YMCA)
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Yoga (YOCO)
Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Saludable de por vida – Yoga bilingüe (YOCO)
Saludable de por vida -Zumba bilingüe (Washington Avenue Event Center)
6:30 pm Baby Basics (Memorial Education Center)
Thu Sep 28 9:00 am Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Morning Zumba (Studio Z)
11:00 am Family & Friends Cancer education/support (Wellness House)
12:00 pm Grief Recovery Workshop (Cottage in the Meadow)
Sound Sleep-Sound Rest -Intro and Full Session (North Star Lodge)
12:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Gentle Chair Fitness (age 60+) (Southeast Community Center)
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Yoga (YOCO)
Saludable de por vida – Yoga bilingüe (YOCO)
6:30 pm Childbirth Education 4-Week Series (Thursdays 2 of 4) (Memorial Education Center)
Fri Sep 29 2:30 pm Solo para mamografías—rayos X de senos. (‘Ohana Mammography Center)
Walk-in Clinic for Screening Mammograms (‘Ohana Mammography Center)

View the entire calendar online

 

The Oncology Care Model

North Star lodge is one of only three practices in Washington state participating in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Oncology

Care Model (OCM). The cancer center hopes that participation in this demonstration project will result in positive changes in cancer-care delivery.

Participation in this project will result in positive changes and ensure that our care delivery model is patient focused and cost effective while delivering the best possible advanced care.

North Star Lodge was recently featured in the trade publication, Oncology news.  Read the full article here »

July is UV awareness month.

Central Washington is known for an abundance of sunshine that lifts the spirit and encourages outdoor activity.  Research shows that daily exposure to sunlight is important for proper absorption of vitamin D. However, overexposure to damaging Ultra Violet rays from the sun can put you at risk for multiple health concerns from skin damage in the form of dryness, sun spots and wrinkles, to melanoma; the deadliest form of skin cancer.

How much do you know about UV safety?  Take the “Fact or Fiction?” quiz below.

  1. There is no risk free way to get a tan (unless you use a self-tanning product).
  • FACT:  In the past, society associated health and vibrancy with tanned skin, however a tan is a form of damage to the skin and a risk to your health.  If you are outside for more than a few minutes, you should take steps to protect your skin.  Remember, tanning bed lights are just as damaging as UV rays from the sun.
  1. I don’t need to worry about skin cancer because I don’t get sunburned.
  • FICTION:  Even occasional over-exposure to UV rays will increase your risk of melanoma cancer. The sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you should limit your sun exposure during these hours.
  1. Sunscreen should be applied to babies as soon as they are born.
  • FICTION:  Most pediatricians recommend waiting to apply sunscreen until babies are at least six months old because the chemicals used may be too harsh for baby’s sensitive skin.  Keep baby safely in the shade or dressed in protective clothing including a face shading hat.
  1. You only have to worry about sun damage in the summer.
  • FICTION:  Ultra violet rays are the same year round and can cause the same damage.  It is more likely to have exposed skin when the temperature is warmer.
  1. Red haired people with freckles and blue eyes are most likely to develop skin cancer.
  • Fact: In general, fair-skinned people with freckles, those with light colored hair and those with light colored eyes burn the easiest.  The damage from burning puts them most at risk for developing skin cancer or other long-term effects of UV exposure.
  1. Using a higher Sun Protection Factor (SPF) sunscreen offers more protection from the sun.
  • FACT:  However, SPF is an approximate way to measure a sunscreens ability to prevent UVB damage.  For example SPF 15 will block 93% of UVB rays and SPF of 50 will block 98% so a significantly higher SPF doesn’t equate to significantly higher protection.  It is best to use water-resistant broad spectrum sunscreen to protect against both UVA and UVB rays.  All sunscreens should be reapplied every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
  1. You must have exposure to the sun in order to get Vitamin D.
  • FICTION:  You don’t need to increase your risk of sun cancer to get Vitamin D.  Most of the required amounts of Vitamin D can be found in fortified milk, cheeses and yogurt, fortified cereal, and oily fish like salmon and tuna. Small amounts of sun exposure in your daily life will make up the rest of the need.
  1. Certain medications can increase your sensitivity to the sun.
  • FACT:  Some common medications are photosensitive, causing an allergic reaction such as rashes and other unpleasant skin conditions. Photosensitivity can also make you more prone to sunburn and a reaction may not be evident until several hours after exposure.  Talk to your physician or pharmacist to see if your medications may put you at risk and enjoy the sunlight from a shaded viewpoint.
  1. The only reason people wear sunglasses is to look cool.
  • FICTION:   Strong sunlight and UV rays can damage your eyes and the sensitive skin surrounding them. Check to see if your favorite shades block both glare and UV rays.  Consider wearing wraparound sunglasses as they offer the most protection as well as look cool.
  1. The best way to protect your skin outside is wearing long sleeved shirt and pants, a broad brimmed hat, wraparound sunglasses and SPF 15 (or more) broad spectrum sunscreen on any exposed areas.
  • FACT!

 

Virginia Mason Memorial hosts Baldrige Examiner Training Class in 2017

YAKIMA— In partnership with local leaders, Performance Excellence Northwest (PENW) offers Examiner Training in communities across the Pacific Northwest to bring information, resources, knowledge, and best practices to organizations, communities and the region. Participants in this training class will experience a one-of-a-kind professional development and networking opportunity, and the chance to make a meaningful contribution to their organization’s improvement.

When: July 25-26
Where: Virginia Mason Memorial’s 16th Avenue Campus, 1470 N 16th Ave, Yakima, WA 98902
Cost: $300

Join us and become leader in service to your organization, your community and your country.

For information on the 2017 Examiner Training Schedule and to register visit performanceexcellencenw.org

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About Performance Excellence NW
PENW educates organizations in performance excellence management and administers the only state awards and recognition program for performance excellence in the Pacific Northwest (WA, OR, ID). We partner with Pacific Northwest organizations dedicated to improving their performance. Our main areas of focus are:

• Helping organizations achieve best-in-class levels of performance,
• Identifying and recognizing role-model organizations, and,
• Identifying and sharing best management practices, principles, and strategies.

PENW recognizes and awards organizations that have demonstrated exceptional performance excellence. These organizations are seen as models for organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest and the nation who seek outstanding results.

About the Baldrige Program
The Baldrige Program is the nation’s public-private partnership dedicated to performance excellence.

The Baldrige Program
• Raises awareness about the importance of performance excellence in driving the U.S. and global economy
• Provides organizational assessment tools and criteria
• Educates leaders in businesses, schools, health care organizations, and government and nonprofit agencies about the practices of best-in-class organizations
• Recognizes national role models and honors them with the only Presidential Award for performance excellence

Learn more at nist.gov/Baldrige

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Are you struggling to cope with breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery?

Are you struggling to cope with breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery?  Do you wish you could talk to experts about your challenges and share with others who may feel the same way?  The June 14th Breast Cancer Support Group meeting will focus on options and successful strategies that may help you learn to find ways you can cope better.  You are invited to join Betsy Medrano RN-C, nurse navigator at ‘Ohana Mammography Center and guest Douglas T. Gray MSW, LICSW for discussion from 5:30-6:30pm.

This support group meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month from and is free of charge.

Orthopedics Northwest affiliates with Virginia Mason Memorial

Orthopedics Northwest affiliates with Virginia Mason Memorial

YAKIMA – Orthopedics Northwest (ONW), which provides adult and pediatric orthopedic and sports medicine care, is aligning with Virginia Mason Memorial (VMM) through a service agreement aimed at streamlining patient care and supporting the long-term availability of orthopedic services in the Yakima Valley.

Under the new alignment, Orthopedics Northwest will continue to staff and operate the clinic as an independent organization, while Virginia Mason Memorial will have other strategic responsibilities. Patients at Orthopedics Northwest will see no change to the process for making appointments and receiving care. The same staff will provide care in the same location, 1211 N. 16th Ave.

“The alignment is an affirmation of our relationship and signifies the investment both organizations make to provide high quality orthopedic care for our community,” said Todd Orvald, president of Orthopedics Northwest. “This new relationship also confirms our efforts to ensure the local long-term sustainability of these services in the Yakima Valley.”

“Health care affiliations are becoming more commonplace as providers work to maintain high-quality services, improve access to specialty care, advance physician recruitment and expand financial, clinical and information systems resources,” said Virginia Mason Memorial President and CEO Russ Myers. “Ultimately, these collaborations benefit patients and communities they serve.”

All Orthopedics Northwest physicians are board certified specialists who provide the highest level of expert care. A team approach allows ONW to provide a broad spectrum of specialty care including state-of-the-art diagnostic services, general orthopedics, spine care, wrist/hand care, sports medicine, arthroscopy, ankle/foot care, and joint replacement and reconstruction.

Orthopedics Northwest encourages anyone with questions to contact the office at (509) 454-8888.

About Virginia Mason Memorial
Part of the Virginia Mason Health System, Virginia Mason Memorial 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.

What you can do to manage your blood pressure. 

By living a healthy lifestyle, you can help keep your blood pressure in a healthy range and lower your risk for heart disease and stroke.  This includes eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy appropriate weight.  Make sure you are getting 150 minutes of deliberate physical activity per week, limit your alcohol use and if you use tobacco, quit.  Need resources?  Learn more here. https://www.yakimamemorial.org/medical-services-community-education.asp

High blood pressure usually doesn’t have any symptoms.

High blood pressure is sometimes called the “silent killer.” Most people with high blood pressure don’t have any symptoms, such as sweating or headaches. Because many people feel fine, they don’t think they need to get their blood pressure checked. Even if you feel normal, your health may be at risk because high blood pressure, is a leading cause of stroke.  Learn more about hypertension here. https://yakimamemorial.netreturns.biz/HealthInfo/Topic.aspx?TopicID=a4fb09c1-8068-4bb1-814f-26fa8fff6d1f

May 21-27 is National Emergency Medical Services Week

To all EMS workers: “This year we were the 2nd busiest ED in Washington State. We couldn’t have done it without the excellent care you provide to our community in the field!!! Thank you for your continued commitment to excellent care for all of our patients”
–Kim Bersing, Emergency Department Manager.

Together we do great things! In the past year, Emergency Medical Services helped provide care for over 230 of our patients who had a heart attack- including 178 emergent PCIs, and almost 200 patients who had a stroke. Our partnership with EMS ensures that Virginia Mason Memorial will continue to be the leading provider of care for both Heart Attack and Stroke in Yakima County.

Virginia Mason Memorial is a member of the Washington Emergency Cardiac & Stroke System, a Level I Cardiac Center
and a Level II Stroke Center.