Infant and child CPR

Anyone caring for your baby should take a classin infant CPR—including you! Unintentional choking and suffocation are the leading causes of all injury deaths for infants under one year of age. Learn to recognize when a baby needs rescue breathing, how to start CPR, and how to care for an infant who’s choking. Even if you’ve taken a course before, a refresher course provides current CPR instructions and information as recommendations change.

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. $5 per person. Registration not required. Spanish interpreters available.
Memorial Education Center
2506 W. Nob Hill • Yakima In the Nob Hill Plaza.

Life Journal for Cancer Patients

The second session of “LifeBio 101” is in full speed and the 15 new participants are hooked. Special thanks to your facilitator Sue Karstetter for bringing this wonderful class to North Star Lodge patients and caregivers.

LifeBio 101 Autobiography Classes Return
May 7–July 9, 2012
Mondays, 1:30 pm–3:30 pm
Sue Karstetter, Psy.D., retired Yakima School District psychologist/counselor and Heritage University professor, will guide groups of people in writing their life stories, an engaging and therapeutic process. Photographs are often incorporated into the written product, and each participant may elect to have a short video interview as well. Class sessions will include group sharing about life decisions, people who have shaped you, historic events, childhood memories, your life’s work, health and body, spirituality, values, goals, aspirations, and death. Classes will end with a celebration/reception. LifeBio is used in 84 health-based communities throughout the U.S., including hospitals and long-term living facilities. Sign up soon, participation is limited.
“Survivor”: A cancer survivor is an individual with cancer of any type, current or past, who is still living. About 11 million Americans—one in 30 people–are either currently
undergoing treatment for cancer or have done so in the past.

Women of Yakima…we need five minutes of your time!


Women of Yakima…we need five minutes of your time. Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and its Family of Services want to hear from you about your health care wants and needs. We believe there is a link between educational opportunities, health and the community. Investing in health education will help meet the needs of Yakima and will improve the health of our community. And a healthy community is a strong community.

During Women’s Health Month in May, we’ll have a survey posted online that will give you the opportunity to tell us the types of educational offerings you’d like to see from Memorial.

Go to:

The survey takes approximately 5-7 minutes. Once you complete they survey, you may be eligible for some terrific prizes – massage gift certificates, a basket of goodies from the Memorial Gift Shop, a facial or skin care products from esthetician Laura Powers at The Image Centre. We’ll randomly draw winners once the survey is complete.

So let us know what you think because a healthy community starts with you!

Radio Flyer Wagons Donated to Memorial

Radio Flyer Wagons Donated to Memorial

Radio Flyer, Inc. and  Starlight Children’s Foundation have brightened Memorial Hospital with a recent donation of 10 cherry red wagons. Hospital personnel use the classic wagons in place of wheelchairs or stretchers to transport children to and from surgeries, treatment rooms and playrooms. The wagons help to make the experience an adventure, with children traveling the hallways in comfort and style.

“It is heartwarming to see our littlest patients transported in a fun, safe and comfortable wagon to their treatment rooms or simply on a ride to provide entertainment or distraction from their illness,” said Anne Caffery, President of The Memorial Foundation. “Our patients love being strolled around the hospital in a wagon. Their parents have been especially pleased by the ease and maneuverability it offers.  We have found the children to be less stressed and more relaxed when brought to the operating room in a wagon instead of a cart.”

Thank you, Radio Flyer and Starlight Children’s Foundation!

Tips to Protect You and your family from Ticks

Tick season has started early this year due to a mild winter. Here are some tips to protect yourself and your family.

  • Keep grass short in yards and don’t go into overgrown areas.
  • Wear long clothing to prevent ticks from accessing your skin.
  • After spending time outdoors, thoroughly check yourself, your children and your pets for ticks.
  • Stay on trails when you hike. If you leave the path, wear long pants tucked into your socks.
  • If you find ticks, remove them immediately. Pinch the tick near its mouth and pull it out slowly in a continuous motion. Don’t twist the tick because doing so may leave mouth parts embedded in the skin.

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Take Care!

Purple and Blue Foods. Purple and Blue Food Recipes

This week we are highlighting phytochemicals in purple and blue foods.

Anthocyanins – Found in eggplants, blueberries, blackberries, prunes, plums, beets, purple cabbage, and pomegranates. Anthocyanins appear to have beneficial effects against cancer, diabetes, heart disease, inflammation, and neurological diseases.
Resveratrol – Found in red wine, grapes, purple grape juice, peanuts, and some berries. This polyphenol prevents cancer formation and acts as an antioxidant.
Ellagic Acid – Found in blackberries, raspberries, pomegranates, strawberries, cranberries, and walnuts. Ellagic acid appears to act as an antioxidant, deactivate carcinogens, and slow cancer growth.
Here are some yummy recipes featuring purple/blue foods courtesy of the American Institute for Cancer Research. Check them out at

Very Berry Whole-Wheat Bread Pudding

• 1 cup frozen or fresh cherries (tart or sweet), pitted
• 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
• 5 oz. fresh whole-wheat bread, cubed (about 3 cups)
• 2 eggs
• 3/4 cup low-fat milk
• 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
• 1/4 tsp. salt
• Canola oil cooking spray
• Topping:
• 1 oz. sliced almonds
• 1 tsp. powdered sugar, garnish

Combine cherries, berries, sugar and cinnamon in mixing bowl. Stir well to coat berries; add bread cubes. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla and salt. Pour egg/milk mixture over berry/bread mixture and stir to coat bread thoroughly. Let mixture stand for 15 to 30 minutes to enable ingredients to combine and the bread to soak up the egg mixture.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9-inch baking dish. Pour pudding mixture into baking dish. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and evenly distribute almonds over pudding. Return to oven and continue baking until pudding starts to set, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes. Garnish with powdered sugar. Serve warm.

Optional fruit sauce topping
1 lb. bag frozen unsweetened mixed berries
1/2 tsp. cornstarch
Thaw berries; save drained juice and mix with cornstarch. Cook berries over medium-low heat for about 3 minutes. Add juice mixture to berries and heat until thickened. Serve over or alongside pudding.
Makes 6 servings. Per serving: 183 calories, 5 g total fat (1g saturated fat), 27 g carbohydrate, 8 g protein, 3.5 g dietary fiber, 248 mg sodium.

Blueberry and Red Onion Compote
• 1 Tbsp. unsalted sweet butter
• 1 Tbsp. canola oil
• 2 large red onions, halved vertically, and cut crosswise in 1/4-inch slices
• 2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
• 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
• 1 cup water
• Pinch of salt
• 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
In a heavy, deep saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter with the oil. Stir in the onions. Cook until the onions are wilted, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Mix in the sugar and vinegar. Cook, stirring until the sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Add 1 cup of water and the salt. Cook until most of the water has evaporated and the onions are simmering in thick, bubbly syrup, about 25 minutes. Add the blueberries. Cook further until the compote thickens to the consistency of jam, about 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature before serving.
Makes 2 cups (6 servings). Per serving: 84 calories, 4 g total fat (1 g. saturated fat), 11 g carbohydrate, 0 g protein, 1 g dietary fiber, 53 mg sodium.

Yakima Hospital swaps 190 beds in three days

Hospital swaps 190 beds in three days


If you’ve visited Memorial Hospital this week, you may have noticed a couple of the elevators unavailable for guests and visitors.  That’s because Memorial crews have been buzzing with activity — swapping patient beds on floors 2, 3 and 5.   A total of 190 beds are being replaced in just three days with minimal disruption to patients.

Why new beds and why now? The new beds have mattresses that better distribute a patient’s weight.  This lessens the risk of a patient developing pressure ulcers.  The railings are designed to allow for a safer patient transfer out of the bed.  And the beds are equipped with a scale allowing patients to be weighed while in bed, no longer necessitating them to be moved in the morning.   This feature improves efficiency for the nursing staff, freeing this time to focus on other aspects of a patient’s care.

The new beds should last 20 years.   The old beds, some over 20 years old, are being recycled and the mattresses are being donated to the Union Gospel Mission in Yakima.

The hospital made an investment of $1.3 million to change out the aging beds—part of Memorial’s commitment to reinvest back into infrastructure that benefit patients. This massive undertaking involved several departments of the hospital – materials management, facilities, environmental services, nursing, transport and security.

The response we’re hearing from patients – they love the new beds and they are much more comfortable than the old ones.



Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is proud to announce that Patrick Waber, MD, has been named Physician of the Year by the Home Care Association of Washington (HCAW). Dr. Waber is the Hospice Medical Director for Memorial and a family practice physician with Apple Valley Family Medicine in Yakima. The staff at Memorial Home Care Services nominated Dr. Waber for this prestigious award.

“Hospice is a team approach and this award recognizes the efforts of the entire team at Memorial,” says Dr. Waber. “It encompasses the physical, spiritual and psychosocial aspect of care which is why I am dedicated to being a part of this in our community. “

“Dr. Waber has been a wonderful asset to Memorial’s hospice program”, says Carolyn Neiswender, Director of Memorial Home Care Services. “Our patients find him incredibly easy to talk with. He supports our staff in our patient care decisions, recognizing each team member as valuable & knowledgeable in our respective roles.”

For Dr. Waber, hospice care is significantly personal. During his fourth year of medical school, his sister was diagnosed with leukemia and subsequently passed away from complications of treatment. Hospice wasn’t an option for her.

“When I look back on that, having appropriate conversations and allowing our family to have guidance and choice would have been extremely helpful during that difficult time. Hospice would have been very beneficial for us,” says Dr. Waber.

Dr. Waber believes hospice is not the end. “It is hope. Hope for care, hope for comfort and hope for good quality of life when we have a life limiting illness. There is so much more that can be done when ‘There is nothing more we can do’”.

Dr. Waber will be honored at the HCAW’s annual conference in Renton on April 26th.

Pastors Impressed with Cottage in the Meadow

Pastor Holland Lewis of Holland Lewis Ministries joined Rev. David Helseth of Englewood Christian Church in meeting Laurie Oswalt, recently named chaplain at Memorial Hospital.  They toured the Cottage with me and were pleased to see so much thoughtful space is given to patients and their loved ones.  Starting in the Cottage chapel the three spiritual leaders visited each room and spoke of families they had helped in the past and how they could have benefitted from a wonderful home like the Cottage.

Holland Lewis remarked, “This exquisite place will provide a sense of reverence and peace to those whose days here are coming to a close; and comfort and strength to their grieving families.”  Pastor Helseth, who has served nearly 5 years as a member of the Hospice Steering Committee added, “To see the vision and dream that many of us have held for so long come into reality is truly exciting and humbling.

This Cottage in the Meadow is definitely the effort of the entire community as we work together to honor life and love.  You can already feel the sacredness of this place.”  Chaplain Oswalt added, “In addition to the wonderful Cottage facility, the Memorial hospice staff and volunteers add yet another level of commitment and dedication to helping patients and their families deal with life’s last days.”