Yakima Hospice Gift

This editorial appears in the May 28, 2010, Yakima Herald-Republic

Creating a lasting impact during a person’s life is no easy feat. Sometimes it comes in the form of a compassionate heart.

Such is the case with the generous donation from Joann and Art Hall. Their gift of $1 million to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital puts the construction of a state-of-the-art hospice facility in Yakima closer to reaching its lofty goal of $6.5 million. The fascinating part of this gift is that the Halls no longer live in the Yakima Valley. Instead they make their home in Nevada.


Teen Pregnancy Stories: Letter 2

“You Will Survive” by Abigail

Having one child has not been easy.  I am 19 years old and have a 2 year old.  I was sixteen and pregnant (like the MTV show.)  When my little baby girl was born it was great.  I was happy, yet seeing her little fingers and toes in that hospital room made me realize I now have a little one to take care of.

At first I was afraid because I didn’t think I was going to take care of her the right way.  My mom just left me to do everything by myself.  Actually, thinking about it, it was a piece of cake.  My baby girl was not fussy.  She would not wake up all night like some parents say they had trouble with.  I would actually wake up in the night to see if she was OK because of how quiet she was.

The only times she would cry was when she was hungry.  She would make the soft newborn baby cry I miss hearing.  As she grew, I started seeing the trouble those parents talked so much about.  For example, the first time she got sick was the worst.  She was about 4 months old and she had a fever, cough and was vomiting everything she had in her tiny stomach. She would cry and cough, then vomit and cry and cough.  I was almost going crazy because she had never cried so much.  In my mind I was like, “where did my little quiet angel go?”

After the chaos, finally my baby girl was better.  I was relieved and we continued to be a happy family.  As you can evidently see, this is only one of thousands of examples of the hard times you go through with a child.  It is not easy, but you’ll survive.  Trust me. I have survived!

Yakima Medical Coder Jobs: Part-time Certified Professional Coder

Yakima Medical Coder Jobs: Part-time Certified Professional Coder

Memorial Physicians PLLC. provides an array of services including staff recruitment, administration, billing, and technical support for many of Central Washington’s finest physicians. If you are looking for a new challenge and would like to work in an upbeat and energetic atmosphere please consider applying for the following positions:

Yakima Vascular Associates

Part-time Certified Professional Coder: Looking for an energetic individual to review charts for correct ICD-9 and CPT coding and post charges. Position requires certification as a Professional Coder, organizational skills, ability to communicate effectively, and excellent customer service skills. View the full job description here.

We are a progressive organization seeking exceptional individuals interested in maximizing their skills and potential. We offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. Submit resume to HR@memorialpm.com or fax (509) 249-5038. MPM is an EEO Employer.

Press Release: Memorial Hospital Wins Two Qualis Health Awards of Excellence

News Release

Contact: Nicole Donegan, Memorial Communications: 509.574.5922
Cell: 509.949.2980

Memorial Hospital Wins Two Qualis Health Awards of Excellence

View details of the awards by clicking on the PDFS below.

Glycemic Control


Emergency Department

YAKIMA – Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital was recognized with two Awards of Excellence in Healthcare Quality at the May 4th Washington Patient Safety Coalition’s Northwest Patient Safety Conference in Seattle. Each year, Qualis, the state organization that monitors quality for Medicare and Medicaid, honors organizations that demonstrate innovative, documented quality improvement efforts that result in long-term health-care changes for the public good. This year Qualis awarded a total of six awards, two to Memorial.

The first award recognizes Memorial’s efforts in its Emergency Department, for improving patient safety, reducing the average patient length of stay and reducing the number of patients who left without being seen.

The second award focuses on Memorial’s efforts in improving glycemic (blood sugar) control, to reduce hyperglycemia in adult orthopedic patients. Hyperglycemia in hospitalized patients can lead to increased mortality, infectious complications, and length of stay in hospital settings.

An awards committee comprised of representatives from health-care professional and trade organizations judged the nominations. To be selected, projects needed to demonstrate improvement in efficiency and effectiveness, while staying focused on patient and family-centered care.

“These awards highlight the successes we have achieved through our quality improvement initiatives at Memorial,” says Russ Myers, Chief Operative Officer at Memorial. “This was truly a huge team effort and a number of people contributed to the outcomes. To be successful meant thinking outside the box, and reinventing the way we do things, to better serve our patients. Awards like these show that the hard work and innovative ideas are truly worth the effort.”