Classes and Events This Week

Events for March 18 – 24
Mar 19
11:00 am Food for Life Classes
Memorial’s Education Center
2506 West Nob Hill Blvd.
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Please call Lori to register at 509-249-5317
5:30 pm ACT! Un Programa de Estilo de Vida Saludable
Yakima YMCA
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6:00 pm Pre-natal Yoga
Memorial Education Center
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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 ar…
Mar 20
Dairy Queen’s Free Cone Day
Dairy Queen restaurants will celebrate the first day of spring with free small ice cream cones. Customers are encouraged to donate to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in exchange for their free tr…
10:00 am Cancelled through Winter: Memorial walking group -Fall hours
Kissel Park
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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…
12:00 pm Grief Recovery Workshop (Feb 20 to April 10)
Cottage in the Meadow
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This 8-week course is centered in personal discovery and homework-style exercises designed to help you focus on grief recovery.
North Star Knitters
North Star Lodge
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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…
12:15 pm Gentle Chair Exercise
Henry Beauchamp Community Center
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Gentle Chair Fitness

Designed for people with limited mobility and seniors. Stretch and tone muscles without strain.

2:00 pm Prevent T2 for Diabetes Prevention Program Alumni
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Are you missing the support of a weekly meeting?  Struggling to stay on track with your goals?  Join us!  We are now offering PreventT2, building on lessons learned from the original DPP classes and i…
6:30 pm Successful Breastfeeding
Memorial Education Center
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Before your baby arrives give yourself a head start by learning helpful breastfeeding techniques, solutions for common breastfeeding issues, and the potential health benefits of breastfeeding. Offered…
Mar 21
11:00 am Healing Hearts -Cardiac support group
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
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“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
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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 ACT! Get up, Get Moving -Healthy lifestyle for kids
Yakima YMCA
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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…
Grupo de Apoyo de Padre a Padre en Español
Children’s Village
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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…
Mar 22
11:00 am Family & Friends Cancer education/support
Wellness House
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Education, support and resources for men and women who are facing cancer as well as their support network.  2nd and 4th Tuesdays Monthly
12:15 pm Gentle Chair Fitness Ends @
Gentle Chair Fitness

Designed for people with limited mobility and seniors. Stretch and tone muscles without strain.

Studio Z
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Offered at no charge.
Ages 10 and up.
6:30 pm Childbirth Education -4 wk series (3/1, 8, 15, 22)
Memorial Education Center
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This Childbirth Education class will cover what to expect during late pregnancy, labor delivery and postpartum.  You’ll learn valuable relaxation and breathing techniques and comfort measures as well…
Mar 23
2:30 pm Solo para mamografías—rayos X de senos.
‘Ohana Mammography Center
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Cuide de lo que verdaderamente es importante – su Salud.

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Walk-in Clinic for Screening Mammograms
‘Ohana Mammography Center
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`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…
Mar 24
9:00 am Childbirth Education -1 day class, Saturday
Memorial Education Center
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This Childbirth Education class will cover what to expect during late pregnancy, labor delivery and postpartum.  You’ll learn valuable relaxation and breathing techniques and comfort measures as well…
12:00 pm Kid’s Grief Workshops
Cottage in the Meadow
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Is your child grieving the death of a parent, sibling, or loved one?

Kids Grief Workshops
Saturday / February 24 & April 28 / 2018
11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Cottage in the Meadow / 1208 S 48th…

7:00 pm Mr. SHS (Sunnyside) High School Pageant
See notes for location information
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Mr. SHS pageant will be held at the Sunnyside High School Auditorium. Proceeds benefit children’s healthcare programs at Virginia Mason Memorial and Children’s Village.

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Upcoming Events for March 25 – 31
Sun Mar 25 Rite Aid CampaignMar. 25 – May 12
Mon Mar 26 11:00 am Food for Life Classes (Memorial’s Education Center
2506 West Nob Hill Blvd.
4:00 pm Diabetes Prevention Orientation (Memorial Education Center)
5:30 pm ACT! Un Programa de Estilo de Vida Saludable (Yakima YMCA)
6:00 pm Pre-natal Yoga (Memorial Education Center)
Tue Mar 27 10:00 am Cancelled through Winter: Memorial walking group -Fall hours (Kissel Park)
12:00 pm Grief Recovery Workshop (Feb 20 to April 10) (Cottage in the Meadow)
North Star Knitters (North Star Lodge)
12:15 pm Gentle Chair Exercise (Henry Beauchamp Community Center)
Gentle Chair Fitness
2:00 pm Prevent T2 for Diabetes Prevention Program Alumni (Lakeview)
5:00 pm Grupo de Apoyo de Padre a Padre en Español -Sunnyside
6:00 pm Grief Recovery Workshop (March 27 to May 8th) (Cottage in the Meadow)
7:00 pm Mr. Capitol Pageant (See notes for location information)
Wed Mar 28 12:00 pm Breastfeeding Support (Memorial Maternal Health)
Cancer support for Men, Women and families (Wellness House)
5:30 pm ACT! Get up, Get Moving -Healthy lifestyle for kids (Yakima YMCA)
6:00 pm Food for Life: Kick Start Your Health for Pregnancy and Beyond (Memorial Education Center)
Thu Mar 29 12:15 pm Gentle Chair Fitness
Zumba (Studio Z)
7:00 pm Mr. Ike (Eisenhower) High School Pageant (See notes for location information)
Fri Mar 30 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

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in Yakima

Diane Patterson talks to reporter Alex de Leon about just how important Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners are.

There’s a bill currently in the Legislature supporting training and the work of SANE nurses. Virginia Mason Memorial has 5 of these highly trained nurses who help patients through the trauma and also work with legal system.

Diane Patterson is Virginia Mason Memorial’s chief nursing officer, chief operating officer and senior vice president.


NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Grandview Fire Department: We are grateful!

The crew at `Ohana, Virginia Mason Memorial’s mammography center, want to send out a great big thank you to the Grandview Fire Department!

A few of the crew stopped by `Ohana this week to present staff with a check for $1,000. They raised the money by selling custom T-shirts featuring the fire department’s logo and the pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness.
Don’t forget: `Ohana is open for walk-in mammograms every Friday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.!

“I like preventing sudden death,”

Nash Mazza was used to working long days jam-packed with a hefty load of stress. But this one day, Feb. 26, 2016, (he’ll never forget it) Nash felt a sharp pain in his left arm. Tightness and pain in his chest. Nash, 41 years old, was having a heart attack.

“At my age, you don’t think about that,” he said.

Fortunately, as the director of environmental services for Virginia Mason Memorial hospital, he didn’t have far to go for help. Staff called a Code Blue and, using his office chair as an ambulance, wheeled him directly from his office into the Emergency Department.

Nash made it. However, doctors discovered he was suffering from severe blockage in his coronary arteries. On March 3 he had open-heart surgery, a quintuple bypass.

Nash got the message. “If I had this at home, I probably would have died,” he says.

Then he made a plan. Almost 12 months later he’d lost 70 pounds and became that guy who begins his days with an hour of cardio, heads to the gym after work and plans healthy menus for every meal.

Nash’s cardiologist, Dr. Dave Krueger of the Yakima Heart Center, is passionate about drilling home his message of a healthy lifestyle as the best way to ward off heart health issues. he says.

Major cardiovascular diseases – heart disease and stroke – are the leading cause of death in Yakima County and throughout the United States. High cholesterol, obesity and high blood pressure are the three leading factors.

“We exercise less than we think. We eat more than we think,” says Krueger. “But you really do need to change your life. That means 45 minutes of exercise every day, eating a healthy diet – and absolutely no smoking. I don’t care if you’re 18 or 80! If you exercise every day you’ll feel better, live longer and happier, and, you’ll be more aware of how you feel.”

Of the 1,000 people who die suddenly in America of cardiovascular disease each day, half had warning signs. Nash had a big one in autumn 2015. He went to get a new prescription for his glasses and the exam showed eye trauma. “Hardening of the arteries,” says Krueger. “The back of your eye has small arteries; you can actually see the hardening.”

Mazza knew he should go see his doctor. But he was busy. He had a staff of 90 and hardly enough time to eat. When he did, it was fast food and Coke Cola. He also knew about his family history: A grandmother and two uncles died of heart attacks. His birth mother has diabetes.

Nash stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed 280 pounds. He knew he was overweight, but he still didn’t think he could have a heart attack. But the signs were there. The day before, Nash woke up with a heartburn kind of feeling. The day it happened, he felt “weird.”

But that’s all behind him now, and Nash’s cardiologist, Dr. Krueger, would like everyone to know that even with inherited traits for heart disease, “You can change your life. A healthy lifestyle is the best medicine.”

Why this doctor and his family calls Yakima home…

Dr. Casey Prather first arrived in Yakima during medical school rotations 2009. Casey is from Kentucky, and he really wanted to stay close to home. But rotations are assigned by lottery. He came in last, and out west he went.

“We met a couple weeks after Casey came here,” says Nicole, a Yakima native who grew up in the Barge-Chestnut neighborhood and graduated from Eisenhower High School. “We were engaged in three months and got married less than a year from when we met.”

When you know, you know.

But the rotation ended, and residency awaited back east, in Lancaster, Pa. “When Casey finished his residency in Pennsylvania he got a job at one of the hospitals there,” says Nicole. “We stayed about two-and-a-half years, but I really wanted to come back to Yakima. Casey wanted to come back, too. All my friends are here, I grew up here. We both wanted to get back to friends and the outdoors and the food, the wineries.”

When you know, you know.

“It was kind of a quick thing,” she continues. “My best friend got married last summer, and we came back for the wedding. Casey noticed there was a position open at Virginia Mason Memorial hospital, and I said, ‘Yeah, let’s give it a shot!’ “

Long story short, the Prathers are back (as a family of three with daughter Genevieve, age 5). They moved into their West Valley home on Jan. 20, 2018. Casey started work as an anesthesiologist at VMM nine days later. “It felt like home right away,” Nicole says.

“Since we’ve been here we’ve done so many things with our friends. I’m at the stage now where most of my friends are having babies, so it’s an exciting time to be back. A lot of our friends are working and starting companies. People in Yakima are so friendly. We came back and were immediately connected, which was a far cry from Pennsylvania — we didn’t know anybody.

“I told Casey that when people move here we have to be ones to reach out and make them feel welcome.

“We met. We fell in love. We got married. We had a baby. He got a job. We came home.”

Child and Babysitting Safety Classes coming to Yakima

Do you have an 11-15 year old at home that is looking to start babysitting? Are you 11-15 and want to start babysitting but aren’t sure about how to begin or if you’re ready for the responsibility? Come join us at Lakeview Pavilion for one of our new Child and Babysitter Safety (CABS) Classes. Our ASHI certified instructors will educate you in the basics of first aid, in responsible supervision, in handling emergency situations, and in building your babysitting business. Classes are just $40 and registration is just one click away. Grab a parent and go to to sign up today!