The Memorial Foundation – Keeping Support Local

The Memorial Foundation – Keeping Support Local

We are happy to reaffirm the Attorney General’s Charitable Solicitations Program most recent report which states that The Memorial Foundation devotes 89% of donations directly to health programs. Another confirmation and reassurance that our community’s charitable dollars stay local and support community healthcare programs, patients and families.

Keeping support local means dollars are at work right here in our community…directly serving children, families, your neighbors, your loved ones…you.

Through The Memorial Foundation, our community has made hope, care, compassion and wellness possible for many thousands in our community who needed just the right health care service at just the right time. Made possible only through generous giving, for over twenty-five years The Memorial Foundation has been dedicated to improving health outcomes for a healthy community.

Mayhem and Miracles Revving at the Ridge Motorcycle Poker Run

On Saturday, May 30, the not-for-profit Reckin’ Crue Inc. will host the annual Mayhem and Miracles Revving at the Ridge Motorcycle Poker Run and Show-n-Shine Saturday. This event at River Ridge Golf Course benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, which is your CMN hospital for Central Washington.

John Drakes of the Reckin’ Crue appeared on KIT 1280 on May 19, 2015, to talk more about it.

What does the event include?

  • Morning and afternoon four-person scrambles
  • A motorcycle poker run on the golf course
  • Motorcycle rodeo, a burnout contest and a motorcycle show-n-shine
  • Golf competitions
  • Raffles and a silent auction
  • Live music and other activities

Scrambles start at 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., with the on-course Poker Run scheduled for noon. Other events are scattered throughout the day.

River Ridge Golf Course is located at 295 Golf Course Loop in Selah.

What do the proceeds benefit?

Proceeds from this event benefit the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Department at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, as well as programs and services at Children’s Village, which serves Central Washington children with special health care needs and their families.

Memorial is one of 170 nonprofit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that treat severely injured and ill children in the U.S. and Canada.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the organization’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

Money raised here stays in our local community to support services at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics Department and Children’s Village, which provides advanced services for children with special health care needs.

Mom and Baby Support Group Tonight!

Young Mother Kissing Infant
Young Mother Kissing Infant

Mom and Baby Support Group

5pm-6:15pm every Wednesday

Bring your baby (up to 12 months old)

and join other moms to discuss

parenting topics, postpartum health,

breastfeeding, safety and much more.


Memorial Education Center | 2506 Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima

(Located in Rainier Square)

No Charge. No registration required.

Call 509-248-7322 for more information.

Yakima Safe Sitter Classes

Safe Sitter

Has your child been asking to stay home alone while you run errands? Are your neighbors asking if your child can babysit for them? Do they enjoy being with younger children? Do they want to babysit? Are they at least 11 years old? Then maybe it’s time for Safe Sitter®.

Memorial has been offering Safe Sitter to the community since, 1995. The mission of Safe Sitter is to provide life skills, safety skills and child care training to all youth in order to build safer communities. Find out how Safe Sitter was started in 1980 by Indianapolis pediatrician, Dr. Patricia A. Keener here.

Safe Sitter is a 1-day course for boys and girls, ages 11-13, where they learn safe and nurturing childcare techniques, behavior management skills, and tips for handling emergencies when caring for children. Students will learn infant and child CPR and choking child rescue, but will not become CPR-certified.

$40.00- Fee includes:

  • 1-day Safe Sitter® Class
  • Safe Sitter® Manual
  • Completion Card

What is Safe Sitter?

Learn more about the Safe Sitter program.

Classes run every June-August. Check for program dates at the end of May.

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Memorial Offers Community Training on Advance Directives

fivewishes 2015The Washington State Medical Association and Washington State Hospital Association have identified advance directives as a key initiative in medical care and substantial time and energy is being placed on this endeavor around our state.

At Memorial, we offer general training on advance directives, and Five Wishes in particular, in one-hour sessions (45 minutes for training, plus 15 minutes Q&A).

During these sessions, you will learn about Washington state’s focus pertaining to an advance directive, what an advance directive consists of (and what makes it legal in Washington), and how to carry out—as well as complete—an advance directive using Five Wishes. You will also receive information regarding the Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form.

You have several opportunities to attend Five Wishes Advance Directive training:

Tuesday, May 26, YVMH Auditorium, 5 pm

Tuesday, June 2, North Star Lodge, 2 pm

Wednesday, June 10, YVMH Auditorium, Noon

Wednesday, July 9, YVMH Auditorium, Noon

Tuesday, August 11, YVMH Auditorium, Noon

Open to the community. No registration required.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Auditorium (in the basement)
2800 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98902 Map this address

North Star Lodge
808 N. 39th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902 Map this address

Memorial plants onsite garden to supply Cafe with fresh veggies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Contact: Shannon Dininny, Memorial Communications, (509) 577-5051

Entrees and salads will feature fresh ingredients from the garden

YAKIMA – Employees and volunteers at Memorial Family of Services have planted an onsite herb and vegetable garden as part of Memorial’s efforts to be more sustainable and encourage our community to consume more fresh fruits and vegetables.

Workers tilled and composted the garden in April and began planting vegetables on Tuesday, May 19. Crops planted include tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, radishes, pumpkins and herbs in a 3,200-square-foot plot off of South 29th Avenue behind Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. These fresh ingredients are all for Memorial use in patient meals and at The Memorial Cafe.

“My hope is that the herbs and vegetables we grow will help to sustain The Cafe through summer and into early fall,” says Cindy Parkey, Memorial Director of Food Services. “Our aim is to provide healthy options for our patients, visitors and employees, while at the same time, focusing on local ingredients and sustainability. This garden is one step toward that goal.”

Parkey wishes to extend special thanks to Yakima Master Gardeners for planting guidance and to Cowiche Creek Nursery and Blueberries, where Memorial bought the plants.

The garden planting matches Memorial’s renewed focus on sustainability under the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, a national campaign to focus on sustainability in health care and improve the health of communities, reduce environmental impact and decrease overall health care costs through better public health.

Memorial joined the Healthier Hospitals Initiative in January. Under the healthier foods and beverages part of the challenge, Memorial has committed to decreasing the amount of meat purchased by 20 percent within a three-year period, increasing healthy beverage purchases and increasing the percentage of local (within 250 miles) food purchased by 20 percent annually.

About Memorial Family of Services

Memorial Family of Services is the largest employer in Central Washington’s Yakima County, with some 2,500 employees who share the organization’s core purpose: to inspire people to thrive. Memorial Family of Services includes Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital – a 226-bed, acute-care, nonprofit community hospital – as well as primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, nationally-recognized home health and hospice care, and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Visit Memorial online at or on Facebook (, Twitter ( or Pinterest (

Many adults missing cancer screenings

Cancer screenings 2015May 19, 2015—Americans aren’t as up-to-date with cancer screenings as they should be, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Regular screenings for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers can catch cancers early, when treatment is likely to work best. This lack of screening means that individuals aren’t getting tests that can save lives. The trends also point to problems in reaching the government’s Healthy People 2020 goals for cancer screening.

The report

Researchers looked at data from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey, which is used to monitor progress toward health screening goals.

The analysis showed that, in comparison to previous years, screening levels for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers either fell behind or showed no improvement. Here’s a look at the numbers:

Breast cancer:

  • The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that women ages 50 to 74 have a mammogram every 2 years.
  • Healthy People 2020 screening goal: 81.1 percent.
  • Current screening levels: 72.6 percent.
  • Areas of concern: Mammogram rates were lower for women age 50 to 64 than age 65 to 74. They were also lower for Hispanic women, women without insurance and women without a usual source of healthcare.

Cervical cancer:

  • The USPSTF recommends that women ages 21 to 65 receive a Pap test at least every 3 years, unless they’ve had a hysterectomy.
  • Healthy People 2020 screening goal: 93 percent.
  • Current screening levels: 80.7.
  • Areas of concern: Pap test use was lower for Asian women, Hispanic women, women ages 51 to 65 and foreign-born women. Women who were uninsured or publicly insured were less likely to get the test than women with private insurance.

Colorectal cancer:

  • The USPSTF recommends that people ages 50 to 75 choose 1 of the following options:
    • Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) every year.
    • Sigmoidoscopy every 5 years and FOBT every 3 years.
    • Colonoscopy every 10 years.
  • Healthy People 2020 screening goal: 70.5 percent.
  • Current screening levels: 58.2 percent.
  • Areas of concern: Test use was lower among Asian and Hispanic people, except Puerto Ricans. Testing was also lower among people aged 50 to 64 compared to those 65 to 75. Test use was slightly lower among men. People without a usual source of care or insurance had a particularly low test rate.

Overall, the data showed no progress toward the screening goals for 2020. In order to reach these targets, researchers encouraged higher efforts to reduce barriers—such as finances and lack of insurance—that keep people from screening. They also suggested that making the public more aware of screening options could help improve these trends.

Find more details on these trends in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The take-home message
Cancer screening could save your life. Regular testing may help detect breast, cervical and colorectal cancers early. Treatment at these early stages tends to be most successful.

Make regular screening a priority. Learn about screening options and recommendations for:

Talk to your doctor about what screenings are right for you.


Yakima group earns grant from prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Investing in Children




Contact: Anna Marie Dufault, Yakima Valley Community Foundation, (509) 457-7616

Roadmaps to Health Action Award includes $10,000 grant, community health improvement coaching

YAKIMA, Wash. – The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health, has awarded a $10,000 grant, plus consultation and coaching with leading population health experts, to a consortium of Yakima groups aimed at improving health outcomes and early learning for Yakima Valley children.

The Investing in Children Coalition is the early learning coalition serving south-central Washington, specifically Yakima and Kittitas counties. This consortium of engaged community partners collaborates to advocate for children and empower families, by providing opportunities to improve health with a goal of strengthening learning.

The award is one of 20 across the country and one of just two on the West Coast. The Memorial Foundation applied for and was awarded the grant on behalf of the coalition. The award will be administered by the Yakima Valley Community Foundation.

“This award is a tremendous coup for Yakima children and families as our community moves toward improving the overall health of our population,” said Jackie McPhee, co-chair of the Investing in Children Coalition and director of Children’s Village, a coalition partner that provides programs and services for children with special health care needs. “The reality is that healthy children learn, and we must take every opportunity to eliminate barriers to good health and learning.”

“Our kindergarten readiness work, including early learning collaboration and improving access to health care, has resulted in more Yakima Valley children entering school ready to learn. Students who have had high-quality early learning experiences do better academically, socially and emotionally, and this benefits the entire community,” says Stacie Marez, co-chair of the Investing in Children Coalition and early learning specialist for ESD 105, a coalition partner.

The Roadmaps to Health Action Award includes a $10,000 grant and up to one year of consultation and coaching with health experts at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to build a culture of health in the Yakima Valley.

Partners in the Investing in Children Coalition include: Bright Beginnings for Kittitas County, Building Vision, Central Washington University Center for Teaching and Learning, Catholic Family and Child Services Child Care Aware, Child Care Director’s Network, Children’s Village, Community Health of Central Washington, EPIC, ESD 105, Heritage University, Infant-Toddler Regional Steering Committee, Inspire Development Centers, Kittitas County Early Learning Coalition, Kittitas County Public Health Department, Rivers of Culture, Sunnyside Community Hospital, United Way of Central Washington, West Valley School District, Yakima County Department of Human Services, Yakima Health District, Yakima Interfaith Coalition-La Casa Hogar, Yakima Neighborhood Health, Yakima School District, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.


The 6th annual Passion for the Village takes place this Saturday, May 16.

The 6th annual Passion for the Village takes place this Saturday, May 16. What started as a project of high school students on the YouthWorks Council has grown and evolved with the passion of community members and parents for Children’s Village. The event is held at Children’s Village to allow guests an inside look at how their donation helps local children, and families attend to provide first-hand testimonies about what Children’s Village means to them.

The goal this year is to raise $75,000 for Children’s Village!

We are so grateful for this year’s sponsors. Two of our sponsors – Ken Camarata from KDF Architecture and Kurt Snider from Cintas – joined special guest Jake Woods, a junior from East Valley High School who is a representative of the YouthWorks Council, on KIT 1280 on May 12, 2015, to talk about the event.

The event is nearly sold out, but the community is encouraged to join the passion for children’s health care services by making a donation and by supporting the many local businesses that are sponsoring this event.

Donations can be made online at, by calling (509) 576-5794 or by mail: Passion for the Village Donation, The Memorial Foundation, 2701 Tieton Dr., Yakima, WA 98902.

Special thanks to this year’s sponsors:

WSECU, KDF Architecture, John L. Scott Foundation, Cintas, Allan Bros. Inc., Banner Bank, Hyatt Family Facilities, Kershaw Companies, Key Bank, Les Schwab Tires, Monson Fruit Company, MT Housing, Poppoff Inc., Rowe Farms, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Yakima Fruit and Cold Storage.


March for Babies is Saturday, May 16!

Memorial is gearing up for the March for Babies on Saturday, May 16! Memorial is a key sponsor of the March of Dimes event this year, and Memorial nurse Karly Floyd appeared on KIT 1280 on May 5, 2015 to talk more about the event.

This is a fun day that’s all about people sharing their passion for improving the health of babies. Join family teams, company teams and people walking with friends for a great cause – to make a difference for real families right here in our community.

Every year in the United States, nearly a half-million babies are born too soon – more than 8,400 of them in Washington state. The March of Dimes helps moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. If something goes wrong, the March of Dimes offers information and comfort to families, and researches the problems that threaten babies and works to help prevent them.

By signing up for the March for babies, you too can help raise money to ensure moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

How does the March of Dimes help women and families?
The March of Dimes supports programs that help moms to have healthier pregnancies and to help babies begin healthier lives.

• Smoking Cessation Programs – Smoking during pregnancy increases a baby’s risk being born too soon and for risks associated with second-hand smoke. Moms also have a higher risk of lung cancer and other smoking-related illnesses.

• Education about Birth Defects – Folic acid can help to prevent certain birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects, which results in anencephaly and spina bifida. The Yakima Valley has seen an increased rate for these birth defects in recent years, and we’re working hard to educate women about the importance of folic acid in their diet.
o Folic acid only works to help prevent birth defects if a woman takes it before and during early pregnancy. We encourage every woman of childbearing age – whether she’s planning to get pregnant or not – to take 400 micrograms of folic acid every day, which you can find in a multivitamin.

• Pregnancy Education and Support Programs – Prenatal care is essential to a healthy baby, including health assessments, education and group support. The evidence-based approach to prenatal support that has been shown to reduce c-sections, premature births and low birth weight babies.

The March for Babies in Yakima is Saturday, May 16, at Franklin Park. Registration is at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m. For more information, visit