New Pediatric Hospitalist Service

New Pediatric Hospitalist Service

Effective  September 1, Community Health Of Central Washington (CHCW) and Memorial Hospital are collaborating to offer a new service in Yakima– a Pediatric Hospitalist Service (PH Svc).  This is important information  about how services will be delivered to newborn and pediatric patients admitted to Memorial Hospital.  We are excited to bring this innovation to patients and providers in our community, and look forward to improvements in care and service for all of the people in our community.

Why We Have Started the Service

Recruitment: Many pediatricians today prefer to limit practice to the outpatient setting. They need hospitalists to support their practice.

Patient care: Pediatricians devoted to the care of hospitalized patients are able to bring a higher level of experience and expertise to the care of those patients.

Service to Patients and Families: Today, many patients and families from Yakima and surrounding communities are directed to Seattle or Spokane because of limited capacity or expertise in Yakima. A dedicated Pediatric Hospitalist Service will serve them better, and use local resources more efficiently.

Education: For 16 years, the CWFM Residency has been sending residents to Seattle Childrens Hospital for pediatric training. Now that will be provided right here in Yakima. Residents from Seattle Childrens will also rotate on the service.

How Does The Service Work

The PH Svc is staffed 24/7, every day of the year, by a pediatrician at Memorial Hospital.

Our pediatric hospitalists are:

– Dr. Benjamin Barsotti: “Benj” was recruited by CHCW to be a full time pediatric hospitalist, and is new to Yakima. He is from Portland, OR. He completed his MD at Thomas Jefferson Univ., and his pediatric residency at A.I. duPont Children’s Hospital.

– Dr. Kerry Harthcock: Dr. Harthcock has been the acting director for the PH Svc for the past year. He will be taking a leave from his practice at YPA for a few months and serve as a full time pediatric hospitalist while he is recruiting for two or three additional pediatricians to join the PH Svc.

– Community Pediatricians: Pediatricians from YPA and from Yakima Neighborhood Health Services have joined forces to help get the PH Svc started. Together, they will rotate on the service until additional full time hospitalists are recruited. They include: Dr. Simms, Dr. Bartlett, Dr. Cazorla-Lancaster, Dr. Carlson, Dr. Jabile, and Dr. Prier.

The PH Svc physicians will admit and provide care for a wide variety of pediatric patients. Local pediatricians and family doctors can ask the service to routinely admit their newborn and pediatric patients, or to provide consultation. Specialists with pediatric patients can consult them. Physicians up and down the Valley can call them to arrange for transfer and care of their patients at Memorial.

How will the PH Svc effect the care of CHCW patients?

Effective September 1, all of our pediatric admissions to Memorial Hospital will be cared for by the PH Svc. To discuss admission of a pediatric patient, please call the Pediatric Hospitalist at 509-388-5321. When children from our practice present to the Memorial ER and need admission, the ER doctor will contact the PH Svc directly. The PH Svc has access to Chart Connect, and will message providers about the care of their patients.

The situation with newborn patients is a bit more complicated. YPA physicians will continue to care for newborns destined for their practice. At CWFM, a resident and FM attending are assigned to care for the mother and baby when the prenatal care was provided by a CWFM resident or faculty physician. All other newborns will be cared for by the PH Svc.

Questions?

If you have any questions, contact Michael, Maples, MD. , CEP, Community Health of Central Washington at 509-574-6117

Watch Them Soar

View Children’s Village Construction Progress, Aug-Sep 2009.

Children sitting in the dental chairs at Children’s Village watch in awe out the windows as dump
trucks come and go and workers busily prepare the building for expansion.  Foundations are laid,
beams have been lifted into place and framing has begun; the smell of progress hangs sweetly
in the air.

Construction is in full swing at Children’s Village with the foundation being laid on the south side
of the building making room for additional speech, occupational and physical therapy rooms.
The north side of the building, which will house additional pediatric
medical specialty exam areas and pediatric dental treatment rooms,
is also under construction.

Making the dentist fun

At Children’s Village it is always about children and it is always about FUN! With the construction of the new dental area well underway, it was necessary to board up the windows that children used to gaze out during their dental services. So.. today the amazing Children’s Village dental staff painted the boards so that children receiving dental care would have something fun to look at while receiving very important dental care. This is especially important for children with special needs, who can be challenging to get a into the dental chair- and stay there. At Children’s Village we know that when children are happy, necessary services can be completed quickly and effectively. And that is what happens every day!

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Doctor Shortages

Fewer Doctors Could Put Strain On Your Body And Wallet
by Peter Bukowski KIMA29TV.com
Making a visit to see your family doctor can save you a trip to the ER.
“A competently trained primary care physician should be able to manage roughly 80 to 85% of a person’s medical problems before they need to refer out to
specialty areas,” says Dr. Stan FlemmingPresident of Pacific Northwest University.

Read the full article: Click here

Online Childbirth Education Classes – New

New Online Childbirth Education Classes. You can now register for Online Childbirth Education Classes here.

Online Childbirth Education Classes

Register now for Online Childbirth Education Classes

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is proud to announce a new online childbirth education classes. It is the perfect alternative for those who cannot attend a conventional childbirth education classes.

online childbirth education classes

Our Online Childbirth Education Classes are web-based and divided into 8 convenient lessons covering the key topics relating to childbirth. Each class is interactive and includes illustrations, videos and games that you can enjoy at your convenience.

Here are our childbirth education classes by topic:

  • Class One: Choosing care for you and your baby
  • Class Two: Childbirth Education and Labor Support
  • Class Three: Discomforts of Pregnancy
  • Class Four: Understanding Labor and Delivery
  • Class Five: Labor Guide: Early, Active and Transition
  • Class Six: Postpartum
  • Class Seven: Feeding the Newborn
  • Class Eight: Caring for the Newborn

For more information please call (509)388-6440.

Register For Online Childbirth Education Classes

Login to our online Childbirth Education Classes.

Please note pre-registration is required.

Click here to view a demo of our online Childbirth Education Classes.

Online Childbirth Education Classes

Online Childbirth Education Classes

Register now for Online Childbirth Education Classes

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is proud to announce a new online childbirth education classes. It is the perfect alternative for those who cannot attend a conventional childbirth education classes.

online childbirth education classes

Our Online Childbirth Education Classes are web-based and divided into 8 convenient lessons covering the key topics relating to childbirth. Each class is interactive and includes illustrations, videos and games that you can enjoy at your convenience.

Here are our childbirth education classes by topic:

  • Class One: Choosing care for you and your baby
  • Class Two: Childbirth Education and Labor Support
  • Class Three: Discomforts of Pregnancy
  • Class Four: Understanding Labor and Delivery
  • Class Five: Labor Guide: Early, Active and Transition
  • Class Six: Postpartum
  • Class Seven: Feeding the Newborn
  • Class Eight: Caring for the Newborn

For more information please call (509)388-6440.

Register For Online Childbirth Education Classes

Login to our online Childbirth Education Classes.

Please note pre-registration is required.

Click here to view a demo of our online Childbirth Education Classes.

Online Childbirth Education Classes

Online Childbirth Education Classes

Register now for Online Childbirth Education Classes

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is proud to announce a new online childbirth education classes. It is the perfect alternative for those who cannot attend a conventional childbirth education classes.

online childbirth education classes

Our Online Childbirth Education Classes are web-based and divided into 8 convenient lessons covering the key topics relating to childbirth. Each class is interactive and includes illustrations, videos and games that you can enjoy at your convenience.

Here are our childbirth education classes by topic:

  • Class One: Choosing care for you and your baby
  • Class Two: Childbirth Education and Labor Support
  • Class Three: Discomforts of Pregnancy
  • Class Four: Understanding Labor and Delivery
  • Class Five: Labor Guide: Early, Active and Transition
  • Class Six: Postpartum
  • Class Seven: Feeding the Newborn
  • Class Eight: Caring for the Newborn

For more information please call (509)388-6440.

Register For Online Childbirth Education Classes

Login to our online Childbirth Education Classes.

Please note pre-registration is required.

Click here to view a demo of our online Childbirth Education Classes.