Eggstravaganza at Children’s Village

By Liz Cruz, Parent to Parent Coordinator at Children’s Village

 cv-eggEggstravaganza is for Children’s Village families. The parent to parent program register 200 children with special needs and their siblings to participate in the different activities. There is an egg hunt, petting zoo, cake/treat walk, face painting, Bunny bean bag toss, fishing booth.

 “We had a little girl, maybe two years old with Down Syndrome. I was watching her do the cake walk. She was having so much fun, smiling and laughing that she couldn’t keep her balance. She had a parent on either side of her to help and when the music started, she grinned from ear to ear and started walking. She enjoyed herself so much so that it was infectious!  Amazing what one smile can do . . . “

Virginia Mason, Memorial Appoint Board Representatives as Affiliation Gets Underway

YAKIMA – (March 14, 2016) – As part of the recent affiliation of Yakima-based Memorial Family of Services with Virginia Mason Health System, the two organizations have appointed members to each other’s governing boards.

• Duane Rossman, a former member of the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Association Board of Trustees and a retired Weyerhaeuser Co. area general manager, has joined the Virginia Mason Health System Board of Directors.

• Jim Young, a retired accountant and chair of the Virginia Mason board, has joined the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Association Board of Trustees.

• Richard Martinez, a senior executive in the banking industry who recently completed a term on the Virginia Mason board, has been appointed to the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Association Board of Trustees.

• Rich Spiegel, MD, a member of the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Association Board of Trustees and a practicing physician in Yakima, is scheduled to join the Virginia Mason board later this year.
The affiliation of the nonprofit Memorial organization, which includes 226-bed Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, with nonprofit Virginia Mason became official in January.

Teams from Virginia Mason and Memorial are developing plans that will guide the integration and enhancement of services over the next several months. Clinical areas designated for integration and/or enhancement first include the primary care, digestive diseases, heart, cancer, neurosciences and orthopedics service lines.

About Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, part of the Virginia Mason Health System, is a 226-bed, acute-care, nonprofit, 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; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow, winner of the Circle of Life Award from the American Hospital Association for innovative palliative and end-of-life care; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit, the only place in Central Washington that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation, a separate 501c(3) organization that raises funds for innovative health care programs in the Yakima Valley (

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Media Contact:
Rebecca Teagarden
Memorial Family of Services
(509) 577-5051

3 things that may reduce your risk of colorectal cancer

March is Colon Cancer Awareness month.  Here are 3 things to consider that may reduce your risk of colorectal cancer:

  • Your body weight. Avoid excess weight gain, especially around the midsection. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of colorectal cancer in both men and women.
  • Your physical activity. Are you getting enough physical activity? Work towards a goal of at least 30 minutes of moderate activity five days of the week, or 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity, on three days a week. Haven’t worked out in a while?  Check with your provider first.
  • Your diet. To help lower your colorectal cancer risk, choose meals that are high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains and low in red and processed meats. Increasing fiber, especially from whole grains, may also lower your risk.

See the American Cancer Society Guidelines for Cancer Prevention at

Attend the Mr. Naches and Mr. Ike Pageants and support health care for Yakima Valley kids

After months of fierce competition and fundraising, the titles of Mr. Naches and Mr. Ike (Eisenhower High School) will be decided next week on pageant night at those high schools. Mr. Naches will be crowned on Thursday, March 10; and Mr. Ike on Friday, March 11.

The real winners, though, are area children.

Naches and Eisenhower are two of five local schools participating in this year’s highly competitive Children’s Miracle Network/YouthWorks pageants to raise money for the Children’s Health Care Fund, which benefits child health care at Memorial Family of Services: Children’s Village, Memorial’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Memorial’s Pediatric Unit.

In the months before each school’s pageant, contestants hold a variety of fundraising events to raise money for the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital. Efforts culminate on pageant night, when a winner is named based on money raised, talent and other events that evening.

The pageants begin at 7 p.m. Tickets, $5, are available at the door. Naches Valley High School is located at 101 W. 5th St., Naches . Eisenhower is at 611 S. 44th Ave., Yakima.

Since the event began in 2001, more than $800,000 has been raised for the Children’s Health Care Fund at Memorial.


Colorectal Cancer Risk factors and Memorial resources for you

Colorectal Cancer risk factors include smoking, being overweight, poor nutrition and not getting enough exercise. Memorial Hospital offers educational programs that may help you lower your risk of cancer.

Many of tobacco’s effects are reversible. By avoiding or quitting, you can reduce your risk for many adverse health conditions. Memorial’s four week program is designed to help you create and execute a practical quit tobacco plan. Registration is required. For next available session date, call 509-575-8424 or email

There are a number of successful weight loss organizations in the community. Ask your provider to recommend a weight loss goal and plan that will work best for your particular health needs and lifestyle.

Memorial’s Cardiovascular Rehabilitation & Wellness offers Heart Health education classes to the public each month. Popular nutrition classes include: Appetite Control, DASH Diet, Dietary Portion Control, Mediterranean Diet, and Recipe Modification. See the schedule and topics offered on line at or call 509 576-7650. No registration is needed.

Physical activity can improve your overall health, decrease your weight and may reduce your cancer risk. Discuss your physical activity goals with your provider before you start. Start slowly and work towards a goal of at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days of the week, or 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity, three days a week.

Free Pancakes at IHOP on Tuesday, March 8, to Support Memorial Hospital

IHOP Raises Funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Throughout February and on National Pancake Day

YAKIMA, Wash. March 3, 2016 — On Tuesday, March 8, Ellensburg and Tri-cities IHOP restaurants will once again offer guests a free short stack of their famous buttermilk pancakes on National Pancake Day. This family-friendly tradition aims to raise needed funds and awareness for Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

For every short stack of buttermilk pancakes served on National Pancake Day between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., IHOP guests are invited to make a voluntary donation to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital to celebrate IHOP’s “Decade of Giving.” Since 2006, IHOP National Pancake Day has raised approximately $15 million to provide life-saving treatment, programs and medical equipment for child patients — including the thousands of children treated annually at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.

In the weeks before National Pancake Day, participating IHOP restaurants also sold “Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5 to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The balloons are available through National Pancake Day, and all proceeds will go to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Guests who purchase a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a $5 discount coupon that can be used during their next visit to IHOP.

“We are so grateful for IHOP’s continued support for Children’s Miracle Network and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital,” said Katie Trammell, Memorial Hospital’s Children’s Miracle Network representative. “Their support is vital to sustaining the programs and equipment needed for our children with health care challenges.”

Stop in at the following IHOP locations on Tuesday, March 8 to benefit Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital:

Ellensburg, 2704 Triple L Loop

Kennewick, 6511 West Canal Drive

Pasco, 5015 Road 68

For more information or to make an online donation to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, visit


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 — including all those made on IHOP National Pancake Day — stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare 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 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, and learn about your member hospital at