Wray’s Thriftway and Pepsi Cola Bottling of Yakima raise money to benefit local kids

10 23 15 Wrays Pepsi CheckWray’s Thriftway and Pepsi Cola Bottling of Yakima raise money to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Donations stay local to help Central Washington kids

YAKIMA, Wash. – On Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Wray’s Thriftway at 5605 Summitview Ave., Wray’s and Pepsi Cola Bottling of Yakima will hand over a giant check to Children’s Miracle Network to help local children with special healthcare needs. The check will be presented at 1:30 p.m.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, a portion of the proceeds from every 24-pack of Pepsi products sold at three Wray’s Thriftway stores has been earmarked to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This is the fourth consecutive year that Pepsi and Wray’s have partnered to raise money for CMNH. The total amount given over the past three years is $6,254.

Proceeds will benefit Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Department, 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

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and health-care services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

About the
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital

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 healthcare needs. Visit Memorial online at yakimamemorial.org.

For more information visit The Memorial Foundation’s website at memfound.org.



Strong provider network, quality healthcare coverage and customer service key to selecting Health Alliance Medicare

YAKIMA, Wash.—SignalHealth, a clinically integrated health care network, has partnered with
Illinois-based Health Alliance Medicare to offer a new Medicare Advantage plan to Medicare-eligible seniors throughout Yakima County. Health Alliance Northwest has established a Yakima team and local office to assist seniors with coverage and service.
“It is important to SignalHealth, a network started by Memorial, that seniors are able to have quality alternatives when considering Medicare Advantage plans. Partnering with Health Alliance Medicare, which successfully developed a similar offering in Wenatchee a few years ago, ensures seniors receive health care from local doctors they know and trust,” said Dr. Richard Spiegel, CEO of SignalHealth.

“In Health Alliance Medicare, we have found a fitting collaborator to launch our new Medicare Advantage plan.”
“We are grateful for the opportunity to help provide additional Medicare options for Yakima County’s seniors,” said Health Alliance Vice President of Sales and Retention Jana Perry.
Since 2011, SignalHealth has worked to create a wide network of hospitals and providers, including physicians, midlevel providers, physical therapists, occupational therapists and chiropractors, with more being added all the time, to serve Yakima Valley’s seniors. Here’s just a sampling of the hospital and clinician groups participating in the Health Alliance Medicare SignalAdvantage network:

• Memorial Family of Services
• Community Health of Central Washington
• Sunnyside Community Hospital & Clinics
• Yakima Neighborhood Health Services
• Orthopedics Northwest
• Yakima Urology Associates
• Comprehensive (Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health)
• Healthy Now Convenient Care Clinics

Those seeking additional information about Medicare coverage can also stop by the Health Alliance Medicare office in Yakima from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It’s located at 1701 Creekside Loop #100, Building 11.

“We provide health care coverage and customer service the way they ought to be. To us, that just seems right,” Perry said. Spiegel added, “We encourage seniors to speak with Health Alliance, local insurance brokers and their physicians about the benefits of such a plan.”

Timing will be important. While health insurers nationwide posted Medicare Advantage 2016 plans at the start of the month, October 15 marks the start of the Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP), when people on Medicare need to choose their plan for next year. The AEP ends December 7.

Here are answers to some of the most common Medicare questions.
What is Medicare Advantage? Medicare Advantage plans allow members to save money while gaining extras over and above Original Medicare and Medicare Supplement.
What do Medicare Advantage plans cover?

o Doctor and specialist visits
o Outpatient surgery and rehab
o Yearly physicals and eye exams
o Wellness shots and screenings
o Hospital stays
o Skilled nursing facility care
o Home health care and hospice
o Prescriptions

Will I be able to see my doctor? Check out “Find a Doctor” at HealthAllianceMedicare.org to see if your doctor is in the Health Alliance Medicare network. More physicians and clinics are being added all the time.

How can I obtain more information? Health Alliance Medicare representatives can give you the information you need. Call 1-877-642-3331 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. TTY/TDD 711.


Health Alliance Medicare is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Health Alliance Medicare depends on contract renewal. The provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary. Other providers are available in our network.

This information is available for free in other languages. Please call our customer service number at
1-877-642-3331 (TTY: 711), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily from October 1 to February 14 and weekdays the rest of the year.

Esta información está disponible sin cargo en otros idiomas. Para obtener información adicional, llamar a nuestro número de servicio al cliente al 1-877-642-3331 (TTY: 711). Nuestro horario es de 8 a.m. a 8 p.m., los 7 días de la semana, 1 de octubre a 14 de febrero, y lunes a viernes el resto del año.

Memorial Receives Statewide Recognition for Improving Patient Safety

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Receives Statewide Recognition for Improving Patient Safety

Washington State Hospital Association’s “Achieving Best Care” award goes only to the state’s top-performing hospitals

SEATTLE — Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital was recognized for outstanding achievement in making health care safer for the second year in a row at the 83nd Annual Meeting of the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) in Seattle.

Memorial earned the 2015 “Washington State Hospital Association Achieving Best Care” award for its efforts to decrease patient harm.

Memorial is one of only 10 WSHA hospitals in Washington and 2 in Oregon to receive the award.

“All Memorial physicians and staff take patient safety seriously, and we are glad to have our efforts recognized by our peers,” said Russ Myers, CEO of Memorial Family of Services. “This work helps us establish best practices, so that they become second nature, which is great news for patients.”

The awards recognize work done to reduce harm in seven key areas:

• Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection
• Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection
• Clostridium Difficile
• Surgical Site Infection
• Falls
• Early Elective Deliveries
• Venous Thromboembolism

Top performers were defined as those achieving the highest scores in reducing patient harm in the key strategies. If the hospital does not provide a service such as obstetric services or surgery, it was not counted against them. Scoring was based on the size of the hospital, and whether the hospital was in the top 25 percent in comparison to others in their size category.

“When it comes to our hospitals’ achievements in patient safety, Washington state has so much to be proud of,” said Carol Wagner, WSHA Senior Vice President for Patient Safety. “We’re working on the biggest challenges of health-care delivery, and our hospitals and health systems are consistently pushing for higher achievements on more measures. We’re glad to be able to give them the recognition they deserve.”

About Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is a 226-bed, acute-care, not-for-profit, community hospital serving Central Washington’s Yakima Valley. Memorial Family of Services includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, hospice care and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Visit Memorial online at www.yakimamemorial.org or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/yakimavalleymemorialhospital), Twitter (www.twitter.com/Yakima_Memorial) or Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/yvmh). The Memorial Foundation has raised and distributed $45 million toward innovative health care programs in the Yakima Valley (www.memfound.org).

About the Washington State Hospital Association
The Washington State Hospital Association is a membership organization representing more than 100 community hospitals, health systems and other health-related organizations. The association provides a wealth of services to members, including state and federal advocacy, policy analysis, governance education, patient safety support, data analysis and more.
In 2005, WSHA launched the Patient Safety program to help hospitals improve patient safety by supporting the wide-spread adoption of evidence-based clinical practices. WSHA works to improve the health of the people of the state by becoming involved in all matters affecting the delivery, quality, accessibility, affordability and continuity of health care.
For more information about our patient safety programs, visit: http://www.wsha.org/quality-safety/


Alzheimer’s Association Hosts Central Washington Memory Loss Conference on Nov. 3

10 9 15 alzimageYAKIMA, October 9, 2015 – Alzheimer’s is the third leading cause of death in Washington state. It is expected to be a major health issue in the years to come as baby boomers retire. But there is help and support available for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

A day-long educational conference Nov. 3 at the Yakima Convention Center will provide tools and encouragement to family caregivers and health-care professionals caring for those with dementia.

Family caregivers will have sessions tailored to their needs, offering helpful tips to address the challenges of caring for a loved one with dementia. Those include relationship changes, communication, keeping them safe and managing difficult behaviors.

The sessions, from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., will be offered concurrently in both English and Spanish, and are free for family caregivers caring for loved ones. A special track for health-care professionals is $50. It offers basic and advanced sessions to address the progression of dementia-related diseases. A complimentary box lunch is provided.

The conference is sponsored by The Memorial Foundation, The Peggy Schaake Charitable Fund, Fieldstone Memory Care and Aging and Long Term Care.

For more information or to register, visit alzwa.org or call 206-363-5000 ext. 8170.



Scrub Sale at Memorial

Scrub Sale at Memorial

Select ladies top: $12.09 or 3 for $30

Jackets: $16.90 – $34.90

Compression Knee Highs: $13.09

Dickies, Cherokee, heartsoul and more!

Slip Resistant Clogs: $35-$40

Seahawks Scrub Hats: $10-$12

Where: Memorial Hospital, Classroom C (in the basement)


October 14th from 7am – 6pm

October 15th from 7am – 4pm

All sales benefit The Memorial Foundation.


Yakima Valley Quilters’ Guild to Make Donation to The Memorial Foundation

Yakima, WA, October, 2, 2015—Yakima Valley Quilters’ Guild will donate $6,000 to the Memorial Foundation to support breast health screenings for local women. The donation will be made on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at `Ohana, Memorial’s  Mammography Center.

Money for this donation was raised during the guild’s quilt show in May, with 100% of the proceeds from the guild’s silent auction and a portion of the sales of tickets from their raffle quilt “Yakama Trails” going toward this donation.

Since 2003, the Yakima Valley Quilters’ Guild has donated to the Memorial Foundation to support mammograms and other screening and diagnostic testing related to women’s breast health. The donation helps to offset the costs associated with testing for women who might not otherwise be able to pay for these procedures. Over 12 years, it is estimated that the guild has donated nearly $50,000 in funding.

The Yakima Valley Quilters’ Guild, with 70 members, hosts their  silent auction and raffle quilt drawing during quilt shows every other year. Members of the guild share a love of quilting and actively support several local organizations through their quilt donations and other activities throughout the year. The guild members donate both personal quilts for individual use and several quilts that other non-profit organizations use as raffle or auction quilts of their own.


Five Tips for lifelong breast health

There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer.   Some risk factors such as family history and aging are unavoidable.  However, there are some risk factors that you can control and improve your overall health in the process.

  1. Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity or being overweight can increase your breast cancer risk and losing just 7 % of your body weight can dramatically change your health for the better. If your weight is healthy, keep up the good work!
  1. Exercise regularly. Studies show that brisk walking just 2 hours per week can reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer up to 18%. Start a new habit, step out with your friends to explore your neighborhood parks and walking paths.
  2. Minimize or avoid alcohol consumption. Women who have 2 to 5 alcoholic drinks daily have a higher risk of breast cancer. This is especially important for women who have breast cancer in their families.
  3. Quit smoking. The risk of many cancers and other health problems increases if you smoke. Research shows that long-term smoking is specifically associated with increased risk of breast cancer.
  4. Eat your veggies! Eating a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables is your best defense for fighting and preventing cancer. Examples are cauliflower, bok choy, garden cress, brussel sprouts cabbage, broccoli, and other green leafy vegetables.