60 Seconds With Russ 2016

See you at the Benefits Fair on Sept. 30th!

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We come to you today to bring you all things Open Enrollment. You can’t put your medical care in the care of the drug store all the time. You really need a doctor and you really need a health plan. Next month, you can get both! You can get a primary care doctor and you get priority access. I’m going to have Travis tell you how.

Travis: Come and talk to us between October 3 – October 14th. There’s more details in MEMO. But, right now you get that priority access so if you do not have a primary care provider or have a primary care provider outside of the Memorial network, come sign up. We’re here to help you.

But wait, there’s more. Open enrollment for the health plan. We have 3 plans to choose from.

Nick: We have 2 new health plans for this year so we’ll have a total of 3 health plans. Memorial Select PPO plan, Memorial High Value Plan and Memorial Health Savings Plan. Fill out the form and select the plan you want. If you don’t turn the form in to HR by October 14th you’ll be automatically enrolled in the PPO plan, which is the most expensive option.

Want to know more? Come to the Benefits Fair on September 30th.

We’ll be there too!

Find the enrollment form online here >>

DON’T MISS I’M IN – Hear the latest news!

There’s a lot going on at the hospital this week! Not just at home with the kids going back to school and the holidays coming — we are action-packed at Memorial. Russ and I were out taking a walk this morning talking about everything that’s going on.

One of the things going on is I’M IN where we’re going to talk about everything that’s going on. We’re putting VMPS (Virginia Mason Production System) into play, we’re instituting more cooperation between Virginia Mason and Memorial and you want to hear all about that. And in the end there will be some extra great tchotchkes given out this time. I can’t tell you what they are, I almost did!

Anyway, that’s a hint of what’s to come. You don’t want to miss it. Between September 26th and October 4th.

Come down to the Auditorium and other offsite locations where this guy here is going to tell you what’s going on.

Be there, the speaker is great. 🙂

Out & About WE RECYCLE! KNOW WHERE TO THROW

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Why am I standing in this recycling can? I’m standing in the can because I can, and it should be filled with paper; newspapers, papers off the printer – all these go in the recycle can! Why am I standing by these guys? Because they’re holding the other recycling bins for plastic bottles and mixed paper. You have to read a little bit . . . all the recycling bins at the hospital are blue.

Now we’re going to talk to the man, Juan. He’s in charge or going around and picking up all of our recyclables and he’s been doing it for two months.

Juan, are we getting the hang of this?

We are getting the hang of it but we need to make sure that we’re not putting garbage in these bins. We only want recyclables; papers, bottles and cans. Garbage goes to the landfill, not in our recycling bins.

Not only do we accept bottles in this bin, we also accept cans.

And for your secret paper (sensitive information) we have a locked shredder bin. The shedder man comes and turns it into tiny pieces of paper that are then recycled. Win, win.

KNOW WHERE TO THROW!

Our 1st RPIW – Reliable Medication Delivery; Right time, right place

 

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Becky: Standing the hospital’s birch forest today because we have something exciting. With Virginia Mason come many benefits — Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS). What is that? It’s a better, more streamlined way to serve patients; it’s all about patients. How can we do that better? How can we stop doing things just for doing things sake? This should make employees happy as well.

How do we do this (improve processes and remove waste)? We do this with a Rapid Process Improvement Workshop (RPIW). That’s where staffers take time off from their normal jobs to concentrate on improving systems for 5 full days.

Our first RPIW is Reliable Medication Deliver; Right time, right place. All of our RPIWs have an executive sponsor and the first one is our kahuna himself, CEO Russ Myers.

Let’s go talk to the people who are about to embark on the RPIW.

Heather: As part of our RPIW, we started off with our value stream map. The Pharmacy and nursing personnel, together, worked on this value stream map to identify where our opportunities are, which are the bursts above our value stream and how we were going to do our work that week for our RPIW.

Lisa: We’re really excited about this. We have input from nursing and we’re doing this trial on the 3rd floor. We have a lot of opportunities for improvement and we’re excited about this process.

Meagan: Come find out what we learned after our week of hard work on September 16th at 11:30am in the Auditorium.

Becky: With VMPS comes a whole, new vocabulary. And this RPIW has a lot to do with GENBA.

VMPS Word of the Week — GENBA

Karissa: A GENBA is where the work is being done.

Our 1st RPIW will run the week of September 12th and ends with the Friday Report Out on September 16th at 11:30am in the Auditorium. See you there!

60 Seconds With Russ: Virginia Mason Production System? What’s that?

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Russ:

When Memorial was going through the process of deciding who our strategic partner would be in the future, we chose Virginia Mason. We chose Virginia Mason a number of reasons. One of the reasons we chose Virginia Mason is because they mastered something that’s very important in health care. And they use something called the Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS) and they’ve been doing it for 16 years. The VMPS is really a lean methodology modeled after the Toyota Production System. We’ll be explaining this in more detail a little bit later on.

The system is strategically vital for us. What it does is it helps drive out variation in all of our processes. And when you think about our strategic plan, it affects every element of our plan. It allows us to provide products with higher quality and services with higher quality with reduced variation in practice. It also enhances staff satisfaction so that when you come and do your job every day you know what you’re going to be doing and much of the details are spelled out. You as a staff member are the ones that help determine that. We’re going to be initiating the VMPS in the near future. I’d like to introduce Jim Aberle, our Chief Operating Officer for Memorial hospital, who’s really been doing much of the work to bring the VMPS to Memorial and I’m going to ask Jim to explain it in a little more detail.

 

Jim:

The Virginia Mason Production System is a management system that is built on the tenets of continuous process improvement, elimination of waste and striving for zero defects. VMPS is a commitment to excellence as we strive to improve our processes.

VMPS is in alignment with our Values as an organization. The foundation of VMPS is RESPECT and TEAMWORK. We want to honor the work that you do every day. You are doing the work and you are closest to the work and you have the most information on how we could improve the work that you do. Of course, it’s about TEAM. Everything in health care is about the team and as we bring people together to look at processes across departments it will take TEAMWORK in order to achieve those results. When we do that, the other Values are going to come into fruition. We’ll have quality, we’ll be able to improve our experience of care and we’ll be innovative. And as we improve our quality we’ll be good stewards of our resources.

As Russ indicated, we are moving full force in implementing VMPS. We’ve started training select staff on the principles of VMPS and we’ve selected some of our first process improvement areas. We will be focusing on a Rapid Process Improvement Workshop (RPIW) on our medication management process and that will happen in September.

Our VMPS journey has begun. We are moving rapidly in implementing VMPS and there is much to learn. It will be a personal learning journey and an organizational learning journey. Stay tuned, there’s more to come and soon you’ll find more information posted on the Intranet.

September Department Spotlight: Grounds Crew Department

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The AMAZING Grounds Crew is our featured department for September!

Keep reading (and watch Becky’s out and about video) to learn more about them!

  • The Grounds Crew covers both the Hospital AND the off-site locations!
  • They work year round-rain/shine/snow!
  • The team is small but mighty! Only five staff – one of whom is seasonal!
  • The Cottage alone is 5 acres! They cover tens of acres weekly!
  • They divide and conquer- each team member has a designated area and duty.
  • They tend to the Garden as well!
  • The Crew is established- their Lead has been with us since 2005!

Bloomin’ Gorgeous

Transcript

Today we’re Out & About at a place and I’m with a guy I’ve wanted to talk to ever since I started at Memorial. I’m talking to Ivan Ramirez and Eugene (Garcia). These are the guys that work on the beautiful pots.

Becky: How do you guys do it?

Ivan: We pretty much water every day, we feed them and dead head them. There’s a little irrigation system that we put in. Water every day pretty much.

Becky: You do dead head? Oh, darn it! I thought you were going to tell me I didn’t have to dead head. And the secret ingredient is the potato vine, right?

Ivan: The potato vine makes it look nice and they also like a lot of sun.

Becky: What do you fertilize with?

Ivan: We use Bayer Rose Food.

Becky: Okay, so it’s Rose Food for petunias and verbenas. You’re talking to a plan knuckle-head here.

Becky: The secret? Water every day! Do you water twice a day when it’s really hot?

Ivan: No, just every day.

Becky: Okay, that’s the secret. You got it right from the source.

Parking Lot Safety

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Today’s Out & About is about a very serious subject: Parking Lot Safety. We’re out and about with Becky and we’re out in the parking lot today. Why ever would we be here? We’re here to talk about parking lot safety.

I know sometimes you’re worried about getting to work late and your mind is on fifty other things. Maybe what you fed the kids for breakfast or who you’re going to help in the hospital. Pay attention when you pull into the parking lot. We had a pedestrian almost hit by a motorist last week, two employees got in a wreck on 28th, and there have been numerous fender benders. Especially with the construction, let’s all just stop, and pause.

Creep along at 2-3 miles per hour. You’re here already. Let’s help and heal, not hurt.

60 Seconds With Russ: How’s it going with CPOE

Hi everybody, I’d like to reintroduce you to our CEO, Russ Myers. Russ has an important message for you today. Take it away, sir.

How’s it going with CPOE?

Hi everybody, I’d like to reintroduce you to our CEO, Russ Myers. Russ has an important message for you today. Take it away, sir.

Russ: I’m back for a couple of seconds and then, who knows, what happens after that. Rebecca has been amazing over these last few weeks. Today I want to talk briefly about Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE). As many of you know, we went “live” August 1st with the goal of 100% participation in what we call CPOE. It’s been great and it’s gone very well. I want to congratulate everybody and all of our providers and all of our staff who are really supporting this.

Carl: We are in day 3 of CPOE. And it’s going really well. Some of my colleagues have been doing this exclusively for the last 2 years and haven’t touched pen to paper to write an order and are wondering why it’s taking so long for some of our colleagues to get there. The last 2 days have really been a non-event. Like Y2K, like ICD-10 it’s pretty natural. Many of us have been using our smart phones to order things from Amazon and we’ve been using our computers at home so this really is a natural process. It’s safer, it’s legible and makes things happen faster for our patients. It’s really reducing medical errors rate, it’s making things better for all of us and we’re successful. I want to congratulate everybody. When you get called in the middle of the night for something for one of your patients, get up and log on to your computer and put in the orders. Make it safer, work together with your team and celebrate our successes. We’ll keep getting better. We’ll keep asking you to do a little bit more. Congratulations for all of the hard work and all of the good things you’re doing.

You Don’t Feel Well. Now What?

So you work at Memorial and you don’t feel well. Where are you going to go? Inspire Health on it’s new floor (2nd floor) Suite 210 in West Pavilion 1. They’re open 9-4:30pm, Monday – Thursday and 9-Noon on Friday – with a small break for lunch. So get yourself a time slot and get on over. This is for you and all your family members on Memorial’s health plan.

Inspire Health isn’t open? And let’s say your wife has the fuzzy end of a Q-Tip stuck in her ear like what happened to a Senior Leader at the hospital recently. Get thee off to HealthyNow. Four (4) clinics around the Valley – 7am – 7pm, Monday – Saturday. Go to www.healthynowclinic.com and get yourself a time slot.

Let’s face it, being sick is inconvenient. Maybe you’re not getting sick between 7am and 7pm, Monday -Saturday. How rude. What are you going to do? MDLive. It’s 24 hours/7 days a week, doctors and nurses are waiting there to talk to you and treat you. They can prescribe if you need it. We had this happen to another Senior Leader here and this Senior Leader’s daughter swallowed a dime at 11pm at night. Now MDLive cannot reach through the computer and pull the dime out of the girl’s throat but they did tell this Senior Leader that they didn’t need to go to the ED, that everything was fine and would all come out in the wash. That kind of comfort is what you need. What you want to do is go to MDLive.com/YVMH and register before you need them. That way you’re set to go.

Russ asked me to ask “How’s that employee and physician engagement survey going?” Fill it out, you only have 2 weeks left til August 8th. Is everything peachy for you? Let them know. Is everything not quite up to snuff and you’d like to see improvements? This is your chance. Speak out, they want to know.

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

Classes and Events This Week

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10/3, 3pm Guest Speaker: Diabe…  
Events for September 25 – October 1
Mon
Sep 26
9:00 am Affects of Alcohol, Caffeine on the Heart (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
10:00
Affects of Alcohol & Caffeine on the Heart – Alcohol and caffeine, chances are you consume at least one of the two.  In this class we look at the impact both have on the body and the heart in addition…
11:00 am Affects of Alcohol, Caffeine on the Heart (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
12:00
Affects of Alcohol & Caffeine on the Heart – Alcohol and caffeine, chances are you consume at least one of the two.  In this class we look at the impact both have on the body and the heart in addition…
3:00 pm Affects of Alcohol, Caffeine on the Heart (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
4:00
Affects of Alcohol & Caffeine on the Heart – Alcohol and caffeine, chances are you consume at least one of the two.  In this class we look at the impact both have on the body and the heart in addition…
4:00 pm Diabetes Prevention Program orientation
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
4:30
This 30 minute information session about Memorial’s Diabetes Prevention program will explain the research behind this evidence based program and why it is proven to slow the progression to type 2 diab…
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…
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 life! Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you FREE exercise ! The exercise classes are available…
Valley Parents -Sunnyside support group -ON HOLD Ends @
8:00
Valley Parents Sunnyside Support group is on hold until 2017
If you have questions, please contact  elizabethcruz@yvmh.org
Tue
Sep 27
9:00 am Memorial walking group
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…
12:00 pm Grief Recovery Workshop (final of 8 week class)
Cottage in the Meadow
Ends @
1:00
Coping with day-to-day life after a loss can be a struggle.  Compass Care offers bereavement support to help you adjust with the loss of a loved one.

This 8-week course is centered on personal…

North Star Knitters
North Star Lodge
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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…
5:30 pm Varicose Vein Seminar
Yakima Vascular Associates
Ends @
6:30
Join us for an informational seminar on varicose veins and the treatments available.
Attendees will be able to ask the physicians at YVA any questions they may have about Varicose Veins and treatments…
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 life! Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you FREE exercise ! The exercise classes are available…
Living With Loss, 3 of 8 week discussion course
Cottage in the Meadow
Ends @
7:00
Coping with day-to-day life after a loss can be a struggle.  Compass Care offers bereavement support to help you adjust with the loss of a loved one.

This 8-week discussion-based course works…

6:30 pm 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.”

7:15 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise – Gentle Yoga
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
8:15
We want you to be healthy for life! Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you FREE exercise ! The exercise classes are available…
Wed
Sep 28
11:00 am North Star Lodge Oncology walking group
Walk location varies -call 509 574-5875 for current location
Ends @
12:00
Welcome to the NSL walking group.  Our goal is to provide a weekly opportunity for patients to get together in a casual atmosphere for some physical activity and socialization. The walking session wil…
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…
Cancer Support for Men, Women and Families
Wellness House
Ends @
1:00
Co-ed Support Group for cancer patients, families and caregivers
Topics may include diet, exercise, treatment side effects from chemo/
radiation and open discussion.
6:00 pm Holland Support Group -1 of 8 Evening Sessions
Children’s Village
Ends @
8:00
Holland is a support and learning group for moms and dads who are adjusting to the news of their child’s special health care needs or developmental delay.

Please join us for this 8-week class where…

Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise – Bilingual Family Fitness and Zumba
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:00
We want you to be healthy for life! Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you FREE exercise ! The exercise classes are available…
7:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Gentle Yoga
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
8:30
We want you to be healthy for life! Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you FREE exercise ! The exercise classes are available…
Thu
Sep 29
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…
6:30 pm Childbirth Education 4-Week Series (Thursdays 2 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:…
7:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Gentle Yoga
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
8:30
We want you to be healthy for life! Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you FREE exercise ! The exercise classes are available…
Fri
Sep 30
10:00 am Holland Support Group – Morning Session 2 of 8
Children’s Village
Ends @
12:00
Holland is a support and learning group for moms and dads who are adjusting to the news of their child’s special health care needs or developmental delay.

Please join us for this 8-week class where…

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
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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…

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Upcoming Events for October 2 – 8
Sun Oct 2 1:00 pm Childbirth Education, Sunday 2-day class (Day 2) (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
Mon Oct 3 9:00 am Guest Speaker: Diabetes Educator (class offered at 11 am and 3 pm)) New! (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)
11:00 am Guest Speaker: Diabetes Educator (class offered at 11 am and 3 pm)) New! (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)
3:00 pm Guest Speaker: Diabetes Educator (class offered at 11 am and 3 pm)) New! (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)
6:00 pm Pre-natal Yoga (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
6:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Tue Oct 4 9:00 am Memorial walking group (Kissel Park)
12:00 pm Grief Recovery Workshop (1 of 8 week class) (Cottage in the Meadow)
North Star Knitters (North Star Lodge)
2:00 pm My Health, My Life (Orientation and 6 Classes) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Living With Loss, 4 of 8 week discussion course (Cottage in the Meadow)
7:00 pm Diabetes Dialog Support Group – Evening Session (Memorial Diabetes Management and Wellness)
7:15 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise – Gentle Yoga (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Wed Oct 5 11:00 am Healing Hearts -Cardiac support group (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)
12:00 pm Advanced Care Planning, 5 Wishes Seminar (Memorial Hospital Auditorium)
Breastfeeding Support (Memorial Maternal Health)
5:00 pm Grupo de Apoyo de Padre a Padre en Español -Sunnyside
6:00 pm Holland Support Group -2 of 8 Evening Sessions (Children’s Village)
Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise – Bilingual Family Fitness and Zumba (Washington Avenue Event Center)
7:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Gentle Yoga (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Thu Oct 6 9:00 am Diabetes Wellness – (Classes at 9 am and 1 pm) (Memorial Diabetes Management and Wellness)
12:00 pm Better Breathers Club (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)
Sound Sleep-Sound Rest -Intro and Full Session (North Star Lodge)
Women Supporting Women Through Cancer (Wellness House)
1:00 pm Diabetes Wellness – (Classes at 9 am and 1 pm) (Memorial Diabetes Management and Wellness)
6:00 pm Tomando Contro de su Salud/My Health, My Life (Orientacion y 6 clases) (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
6:30 pm Childbirth Education 4-Week Series (Thursdays 3 of 4) (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
7:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Gentle Yoga (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Fri Oct 7 10:00 am Holland Support Group – NO CLASS THIS DAY (Children’s Village)
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

Pasco Walmart hosts family-fun carnival to benefit local Children’s Miracle Network hospital

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Pasco Walmart hosts family-fun carnival
to benefit local Children’s Miracle Network hospital

Families will find more than great deals at the Pasco Walmart Supercenter this Saturday when the store hosts a family-fun carnival to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The carnival, which includes fun games and food, will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Walmart Supercenter, 4820 N. Road 68, Pasco.

As part of Walmart’s CMN fund-raising campaign, through Oct. 9 customers can donate to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital when they stop in at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores. Since 1987, Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, team members, members and customers have raised nearly $1 billion dollars for Network children’s hospitals.

All donations stay local to fund critical treatments and health-care services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Help kids live better and Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are at Walmart and Sam’s Club registers.

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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.

Local contact: Pasco Walmart store manager is Alisha Jones. She can be reached at ajones.s03380.us@wal-mart.com or 509-543-7934.

 

Memorial Foundation Receives $25,000 Walmart Foundation Grant

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

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

$25,000 grant from Walmart supports childhood obesity program
and classes that encourage healthy living in Yakima County

The Memorial Foundation has received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to support the ACT! Get Up, Get Moving! childhood obesity program and the Kohl’s Healthy For Life program.  Both of these community education and wellness programs have seen significant growth in the past few years as Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital works to reduce Yakima County’s high rates of obesity and diabetes.

ACT! is an evidenced-based program offered through Memorial and the Yakima Valley YMCA that models nutrition recommendations and physical activities for families. The healthy lifestyle program is geared for overweight children and teens, ages 8-14, and their parents or guardians. Through the generous donation, Memorial plans to expand ACT! to reach 120 Hispanic children and their parents each year in the Lower Yakima Valley where no similar resources exist. ACT! will also continue to serve 136 children and parents annually in the Upper Yakima Valley.

The Kohl’s Healthy for Life program provides community-based cooking classes to encourage healthy eating and nutrition, and drop-in fitness and exercise classes. The goal is to serve more than 7,000 participants each year.

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Learn more about the upcoming Alzheimer’s Walk & Memory Loss Conference

Getting the word out about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s AND the Central Washington Memory Loss Conference.

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Claire Fallat, left, and Debbie Hunter, right, met KIMA-TV reporter Jackie DelPilar in Franklin Park today for a story about Yakima’s Alzheimer’s Walk on Saturday, Sept. 17, AND to talk about the Central Washington Memory Loss Conference on Nov. 2.

Claire is the Yakima Alzheimer’s Walk coordinator and Debbie is a devoted advocate for Alzheimer’s research and support. Her husband, Chris, got Alzheimer’s disease at age 48 and now is in hospice care. The disease changed their family’s life forever.

Find out more about the walk at alz.org/walk or 206-529-3878.

For more information on the day-long conference (FREE for family caregivers): alzwa.org or call 206-363-5000, ext. 8170.

Memorial offers class to learn infant CPR, Sept. 7

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rebecca Teagarden, Memorial Communications, 509-577-5051

Memorial offers class to learn infant CPR
Sept. 7, 2016

Unintentional choking and suffocation are the leading causes of all injury deaths for infants under 1 year of age. Being prepared for such an emergency can make all the difference.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is offering an opportunity for parents and caregivers of infants to learn when a baby needs rescue breathing, how to start CPR and how to care for an infant who’s choking. The class is Sept. 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Memorial’s Community Education Center, 2506 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima. No registration is needed. The cost is $5 per person.

This is not a CPR certification class. But knowing how to respond in the first few minutes of an emergency – before professional help arrives – can mean the difference between life and death. If you are the parent or caregiver of an infant, learn infant CPR!

For more information, call 509-248-7322 or visit the Classes and Events page at yakimamemorial.org.

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Out & About this week: Get to the Memorial Inspire BBQ on Saturday!

The Memorial BBQ is for Memorial employees and their families.

Free Food

Free Music

Free Games

Free Zumba

Free Face Painting

Free Elephant Ears

Free Sno Cones

Free Young Life BBQ Sandwiches

Free Parking – Ride the Party Bus (see the FAQ)! The Party Bus leaves Memorial’s east parking lot (by Human Resources) every 15 minutes and drops you off at Franklin.

Memorial offers Grief Recovery Workshop

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

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

Memorial offers Grief Recovery Workshop

8-week program begins Tuesday, Aug. 9

Memorial is offering a grief recovery workshop for anyone dealing with a loss such as a death, divorce, loss of relationship or identity.
The course is centered on personal discovery, with homework-style exercises designed to help you focus on grief recovery.

The workshop will run for eight consecutive Tuesdays. The first class is Tuesday, Aug. 9, from noon-1 p.m. at Cottage in the Meadow hospice home, located at 1208 S. 48th Ave. in Yakima. The cost is $20, payable on the first day of class, and covers the course, book and materials.

For more information and to register, call 509-574-6746.

 

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