Meet Our Physicians: Henry Kim, MD

Dr. Henry Kim specializes in pain management for Memorial Hospital. Henry first became interested in medicine while studying biochemistry in college. He knows that pain is a complicated thing, as there are a number of factors involved such as psychiatric issues, psychological and even lifestyle issues. He understands that when he sees a patient, he must see the whole person and not just their pain. He enjoys meeting new people and working with patients on a one-on-one level. More >>

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Meet Our Physicians: Uzma Ramzan, MD

As a sleep physician at Memorial Sleep Center, Uzma Ramzan largely takes care of people with obstructive sleep apnea. Using machines to help her patients breathe, Uzma can help treat a variety of sleeping disorders. A love of the mountains, the outdoors, and the patient centered atmosphere at Memorial Sleep Center are a few things that brought Uzma to Yakima and will continue to keep her here. More >>

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Social Life: Helping or Hurting Your Fitness Goals?

“Let’s get drinks and catch up sometime?” “We’re headed to pizza for my birthday, care to join us?” “We need popcorn and soda during the movie.”
Our society revolves around food. We eat to celebrate, eat to mourn, eat to make decisions, and eat to catch up. Whether it’s a holiday, birthday, or just a night out with the girls, 90 percent of the time, food is involved.
Now, this would not be enough to derail our good intentions, unless of course these outings are occurring multiple times a week. For most people, this is reality. Lunches out during the work week are followed by breakfast feasts after church and barbeques with friends. Let’s face it, most of the offerings at these events are not exactly “waistline friendly.” We want to show our love and affection (or our cooking skills) through food.
One of the predominant excuses I hear when discussing why a client isn’t seeing the weight loss results they had hoped for is social obligations. “I was really good all week, except a lunch out, doughnuts at a board meeting, drinks with friends on Friday night, and a birthday party on Saturday.” Well, those calories add up and are likely inhibiting weight loss efforts.
I am not telling to you turn down all social obligations or cut “non-fit” friends out of your life. I preach moderation in all things. But the truth is, if you expect to lose weight, you have to make sacrifices. Not willing to cut anything out? Then get used to maintaining where you’re at!
By now you may have cursed me a few times, and that’s okay. Don’t miss the outings, events with your family, or your social outlet. Instead, vow to make better choices when you are put in these situations.
Practice the 80/20 Rule: 80 percent of the time, eat nutritious foods (think fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, lean proteins, and slow-digesting carbohydrates). This leaves 20 percent of your choices to come from other items. Have four food-centered events one week? Stick to your guns at three of them, and choose one in which you will indulge a bit. Or, if you have strong willpower, have one small indulgence at each of them, but fill the rest of your plate with lower calorie items.
If you are hosting the event, why not serve a healthy spread? More and more people are becoming health conscious and will appreciate the lighter options, not to mention you will all feel much better when the meal is over! Take walks with coworkers instead of lunch meetings, hike or take a fitness class for “girl time”, and plan active family outings that aren’t centered on food. Also, make sure you are eating when you are truly hungry. We have been programmed to eat on cue. Popcorn at movies, cake at birthday parties, and chips and salsa at Mexican restaurants. Do you like these foods? If not, save some calories. If yes, enjoy in moderation (as part of your 20 percent).
Worried you are going to offend whoever prepared the food? Depending on the crowd you are with, explaining your health and fitness goals is an option. You might also politely tell them that although it looks delicious you are already full. If they will not take no for an answer, ask for a small portion to go, then you may do as your conscience pleases when you get home.
Remember, “It’s not worth having the body of your dreams if you can’t live in it.” However, frequently indulging during social outings may be wreaking havoc on your waistline. If it is, stop making excuses and make a change. Focus on the company — not the food — and don’t let what you want in that moment get in the way of what you want in the future. Here’s to a happy summer filled with healthy fun with family and friends!
Lindsey Woodkey of Ellensburg is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor with bachelors’ degrees in exercise science and nutrition from Central Washington University


cheese1 What a wonderful way to end MIRACLE MAY! Tim, Cindy and the chefs at the Café have been working ALL DAY making Miracle Zombies! Cheese Zombies will be served for lunch in the Memorial Café on Friday with all proceeds being donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for the Miracle May campaign. AND Last call for BIG MIRACLE BALLOONS! If your department hasn’t flown the big Miracle Balloon by Into the Brew, you have one more day! And remember, for $100 Miracle Balloon, 2-dozen famous Memorial cinnamon knots will be delivered in June.

THANK YOU to all of you for helping make miracles happen for the kids.


Asthma: What is Bronchial Thermoplasty?

May is Asthma Awareness Month. More than 25 million Americans, including 6.5 million children, suffer with asthma today. Currently, asthma cannot be cured, although it is possible to manage asthma successfully to reduce and prevent asthma attacks. Memorial offers an innovative therapy to treat severe asthma. Brian Weihs, Respiratory Services director at Memorial explains how it works.

“Cancer Ride America” begins

Tuesday was a picture perfect day at North Star Lodge for the beginning of Dean Shirey’s cross country motorcycle ride “To the ends of America, to end cancer”.  Dean will be riding the perimeter of the United States on his motorcycle in honor of his brother, Terry Shirey, who lost his battle with melanoma in 2012.  The 16,000 mile journey will raise awareness about cancer research and treatment and raise money for The Memorial Foundation’s cancer care fund.

Shirley Leslie, Peter Leslie, Dean Shirey
Shirley Leslie, Peter Leslie, Dean Shirey

“I was a Seattle motorcycle cop for 35 years and have seen my share of tragedies,” said Dean at a send off ceremony.  “Nothing compares to the care the patients and families receive at North Star Lodge and the compassionate people at The Memorial Foundation.  It is truly my honor to do this for Terry and for all those touched by cancer.”

North Star Lodge is a special place for the Shirey family.  Terry received his treatment at North Star and the cancer care fund helped with basic living expenses for him and his family.  That left such a lasting impression on Dean and his mom, Shirley Leslie, that they continue contributing to North Star Lodge.  At the send off ceremony, Shirley donated 10 prayer shawls and 10 lap blankets that she knitted in honor of Terry.

Shirley with shawls
Shirley with shawls

Dean refers to Terry as the “angel on his shoulder”.  Terry’s widow, Irene, presented Dean with a special necklace containing Terry’s ashes.  A police escort from the Yakima Police department ensured a safe send off for Dean along with a band of riders who accompanied him for the beginning of his first leg of the trip.

Dean and Irene hug
Dean and Irene hug

Dean expects the ride to take three months and plans to return to North Star Lodge the last week of August.  His goal is to raise $10,000 and he’s already on his way to meeting that goal.  You can follow Dean’s ride on his website and make donations through the site.  All donated funds go to The Memorial Foundation cancer care fund.  The ride is privately funded.

The Memorial Foundation is grateful to the Shirey-Leslie families and wishes Dean safe travels.   We’ll post updates on Dean‘s progress throughout the summer.

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Peaceful next steps. . .

Following is a letter from a Memorial employee about the compassionate care her family received at Cottage in the Meadow:
“I never thought our family would need Cottage in the Meadow. We all wished that our loved one would pass in her sleep. That did not happen; and after an event that proved to be irreparable, our family made the decision to use hospice and transfer her from the hospital to Cottage.
The entire experience was beautiful for our loved one and family. The dignity, compassion and comfort offered will always be remembered. As a family we were able to stay and open the door to the sound of water and the smell of spring flowers. We took turns at the bedside stroking her hair and massaging her body to comfort her.
We compared this experience to the deaths of two other grandparents. It was not comparable; the other events did not allow for the peaceful next step in life’s journey, tender loving moments or closure.
The staff and volunteers need to be commended for the work they do each and every day.”