Rick Linneweh Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Yakima–(February 24, 2012)–Seattle Business magazine honored twenty of Washington State’s health care innovators, CEOs, and Hospitals at the fourth annual “Leaders in Health Care” awards dinner held Thursday, February 23, at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle.

The Washington Leaders in Health Care judging panel presented Rick Linneweh, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s President and Chief Executive Officer, the evenings top award—the Lifetime Achievement Award. Over 300 people were in attendance, including Rick’s family, friends, and Memorial colleagues and board members.

Rick Linneweh serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and its Family of Services. He is one of the longest-running CEOs of a major hospital in Washington State and few states in the nation have hospital CEOs of longer tenure.

The Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, employees, and friends value Rick for his lifetime of leadership, collaboration, and dedication to the Yakima Community.

The evening’s keynote speaker was John F. Koster, M.D., CEO of Providence Health & Services. Other top award winners of the night included:

• Lifetime Achievement Award: Rick Linneweh, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
• Outstanding Health Care Executive: Rick Cooper, The Everett Clinic
• Outstanding Health Care Professional: Margaret Hall, Northwest Hospital
• Outstanding Community Outreach: Providence Health & Services Senior and Community Services
• Outstanding Employer Achievement in Developing Wellness Programs: (Tie) Baker Boyer Bank, Group Health Cooperative
• Outstanding Innovation in Biopharmaceuticals: Seattle Genetics
• Outstanding Innovation in Medical Devices: Physio-Control
• Outstanding Global Health Organization: SightLife

A full list of the winners of the 2012 Leaders in Health Care awards can be viewed at seattlebusinessmag.com.

I would love to wait to become a mom

Dear Reader,

All I have to say is that I would love to wait to become a mother. I would love to be a mother when I am at least 24. It is not that I don’t like kids; it’s that I would love to be prepared to be a mother, and also to have finished with my education. Also to be able to give my child what he/she needs, and have a stable home and a stable family. One of the main reasons that I would love to wait are those. Also because I love my independence at this point of my life. I would just love to enjoy as much now in a good and safe way.

Sincerely, Brenda

Why is protein important?

Why is protein important?

Carli Hill RD, CSO, CD


If you have cancer or know someone who has cancer, you may have heard that it is important to eat protein-rich foods. Did anyone ever tell you why?

Just in case you didn’t get an explanation, here’s a little background information.

In a nutshell, cancer can cause changes in protein metabolism. This may mean that your muscles start getting smaller, and you may need to take in more protein than before to keep this from happening. However, while you may hear an emphasis on protein, you should also know that non-protein calories such as carbohydrates and fats are important also. If you aren’t eating enough to meet your body’s energy needs (which may be increased because of the cancer and/or cancer treatments), the cancer starts to use your body’s available protein for fuel (which includes your muscles). If this happens, your nutrition status will deteriorate, and your immune system will weaken.

So, what can you do to prevent this? Make sure you are eating a balanced diet that includes protein as well as carbohydrates and fats. One way to estimate if you are eating enough is to monitor your weight. Try to do this on the same scale, during the same time of day, and with about the same amount of clothes on each time. Note that if you find that you have swelling in your legs, arms, or abdomen, your weight might fluctuate more from fluid loss or gain. You can also meet with a registered dietitian who can help you determine your protein and energy needs.

To get a general idea, adult males need about 56 grams of protein per day and adult females need about 46 grams of protein per day (CDC). This level may increase or decrease depending on multiple factors, including weight and illness or injury.

Here’s a list of some high protein foods: (http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/whattoeat/a/highproteinfood.htm)

Meat: 1 oz of meat (including fish) has about 7 grams of protein

Eggs and Dairy

  • Egg, large – 6 grams protein
  • Milk, 1 cup – 8 grams
  • Cottage cheese, ½ cup – 15 grams
  • Yogurt, 1 cup – usually 8-12 grams, check label
  • Soft cheeses (Mozzarella, Brie, Camembert) – 6 grams per oz
  • Medium cheeses (Cheddar, Swiss) – 7 or 8 grams per oz
  • Hard cheeses (Parmesan) – 10 grams per oz

Beans (including soy)

  • Tofu, ½ cup 20 grams protein
  • Tofu, 1 oz, 2.3 grams
  • Soy milk, 1 cup – 6 -10 grams
  • Most beans (black, pinto, lentils, etc) about 7-10 grams protein per half cup of cooked beans
  • Soy beans, ½ cup cooked – 14 grams protein
  • Split peas, ½ cup cooked – 8 grams

Nuts and Seeds

  • Peanut butter, 2 Tablespoons – 8 grams protein
  • Almonds, ¼ cup – 8 grams
  • Peanuts, ¼ cup – 9 grams
  • Cashews, ¼ cup – 5 grams
  • Pecans, ¼ cup – 2.5 grams
  • Sunflower seeds, ¼ cup – 6 grams
  • Pumpkin seeds, ¼ cup – 8 grams
  • Flax seeds – ¼ cup – 8 grams

As a final note, please remember that while protein is an important part of your intake, you need to take in enough carbohydrates and fats as well. And follow the AICR guidelines (www.aicr.org):

  1. 1.      Choose mostly plant foods
  2. 2.      Be physically active every day
  3. 3.      Aim to be a healthy weight


Grieving Now or Later—It’s Up to You (Part 2)

In the previous blog, the subject was Grieving Now or Later—It’s Up to You. The point was that we don’t apply the model of grieving that we’ve been given.

There are a few typical reasons why. The first is that we’re so busy being strong when others are around that we don’t start to grieve until they’re all gone, and then we’re feeling lost and alone.

Here’s another reason:

The person that died didn’t make important plans surrounding his/her death beforehand, so now the loved ones are stuck with having to make those decisions now…when they should be getting to the task of grieving.

You have the opportunity to give your loved ones a tremendous gift: PLAN ON DYING. That isn’t meant to sound crass; it’s meant to be a reality check, because the fact is that you’re going to die. It may be a long way down the road, or sooner than you expect. So, start today by making some decisions. Do you want a memorial service or a funeral? Cremation or casket? Do you have a will? How about a living will or an advance directive? Have a funeral home preference? How about life insurance (which may help pay for any services upon your death)? There are lots of issues to deal with, and I guarantee that working on these things will not make your death happen sooner. In fact, you may find more peace in your life because you’ve helped your family in this tremendous way.

If you would like help with funeral planning, contact our offices; we have a seminar on funeral planning, and lots of materials to help you in this process.

We want to help you and your loved ones grieve well.

I have a friend who is a teen mom

Dear Reader,

I have a friend who is a teen mother. Her name is Luisa . Man, she is what I consider an awesome mom. She is a junior at A.C. Davis high school and she has a baby boy named Jayden. He is a nine month old healthy baby. I have seen her struggle and have a hard time at school, but she never gives up. That’s what makes me think of her as an awesome mom. She also always finds ways to take care of her baby. She never gives up. I just want to congratulate her for not giving up and not caring what other people think.

Sincerely, Elsie

Winter X Games: Joe Parsons Auction

X Games Silver Medalist Joe Parsons brings his autographed jacket to North Star Lodge for thei Cancer Radiothon
Guess who is endorsing North Star Lodge Cancer Care Center?

Joe Parsons , 9 times X-Games medal winner, has donated an autographed competition jacket to be auctioned to the highest bidder
with the proceeds to benefit North Star Lodge Cancer Center.

In addition to Joes autograph, the jacket is also signed by Heath Frisbee, a 2012 Gold medal winner at this year’s X-Games.

The jacket is currently on display and bids are being taken thru a silent auction at Premier Power Sport.. 1507 N, Fruitvale Blvd in Yakima.
This afternoon from 4 – 6pm, Joe will be at Premier Power Sports signing autographs and will have posters available for a small donations.

All to benefit North Star Lodge.

Cancer Radiothon

Have you been touched by cancer?

Tune into the second annual Radiothon to support local cancer care programs at North Star Lodge on Thursday, February 16 hosted by K-USA, Cherry FM 100.9, BOB FM 105.7, HOT 99.7 FM, KXDD 104.1 and ESPN.

Bring together friends, coworkers, and family members and hold your own fundraising campaign. You may present your gift at North Star Lodge on February 16th during the Radiothon or at The Memorial Foundation at 2701 Tieton Drive.

Fundraising is easy! Check out the online fundraising kit HERE to find ideas and get started today.

It’s Not Too Late To Get Involved!