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May 21-27 is National Emergency Medical Services Week

To all EMS workers: “This year we were the 2nd busiest ED in Washington State. We couldn’t have done it without the excellent care you provide to our community in the field!!! Thank you for your continued commitment to excellent care for all of our patients”
–Kim Bersing, Emergency Department Manager.

Together we do great things! In the past year, Emergency Medical Services helped provide care for over 230 of our patients who had a heart attack- including 178 emergent PCIs, and almost 200 patients who had a stroke. Our partnership with EMS ensures that Virginia Mason Memorial will continue to be the leading provider of care for both Heart Attack and Stroke in Yakima County.

Virginia Mason Memorial is a member of the Washington Emergency Cardiac & Stroke System, a Level I Cardiac Center
and a Level II Stroke Center.

Did you know that young people can have high blood pressure, too?

High blood pressure doesn’t just happen to older adults and neither does stroke. High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke, a condition that is on the rise among younger people. The increased risk for stroke among young adults is because of obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes—conditions that are preventable and treatable through lifestyle changes.  Learn more here.  https://www.yakimamemorial.org/medical-services-stroke-prevention.asp

Hypertension Awareness Month

High blood pressure (hypertension) is the number one cause of stroke, and 1 in 5 adults with hypertension are unaware that they have it.  The best thing you can do to take care of your heart is to know your blood pressure and determine if it is healthy. Learn more about ways to lower your risk of Stroke here.  https://www.yakimamemorial.org/medical-services-stroke-prevention.asp

Mothers have a unique risks when it comes to high blood pressure.

Women with high blood pressure who become pregnant may have complications during pregnancy.  High blood pressure can harm a mother’s kidneys and other organs, as well as put baby at risk for early delivery and lower birth weight. If you have high blood pressure and are planning to become pregnant, you should take steps to lower your blood pressure before becoming pregnant.

Learn more about hypertension here. https://yakimamemorial.netreturns.biz/HealthInfo/Topic.aspx?TopicID=a4fb09c1-8068-4bb1-814f-26fa8fff6d1f

 

Classes and Events This Week

Events for May 14 – 20
Sun
May 14
Costco CampaignMay 1 – 31
Mon
May 15
Costco CampaignMay 1 – 31
CMN Balloon fundraiserMay 15 – 31
Virginia Mason Memorial
9:00 am Stress Management (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
10:00
Stress Management- Stressed out? Join us and learn how to identify stressors and how to approach stress management to positively impact your health. .

Classes are one hour each, offered at 9 & 11 am…

11:00 am Stress Management (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
12:00
Stress Management- Stressed out? Join us and learn how to identify stressors and how to approach stress management to positively impact your health. .

Classes are one hour each, offered at 9 & 11 am…

11:30 am Lamplight Bible Study/Support Group
North Star Lodge
Ends @
1:00
Learn how the bible can help you navigate your cancer journey
1:30 pm Scrapbooking
North Star Lodge
Ends @
3:30
Enjoy fellowship and creativity as you learn new techniques for scrapbooking, cards and decorations.  All scrapbooking materials are provided at no charge, just bring your own photos.
3:00 pm Stress Management (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
4:00
Stress Management- Stressed out? Join us and learn how to identify stressors and how to approach stress management to positively impact your health. .

Classes are one hour each, offered at 9 & 11 am…

5:00 pm ACT! Un Programa de Estilo de Vida Saludable
Yakima YMCA
Ends @
6:30
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Para inscribirse se requiere la referencia de un proveedor de salud
(puede ser doctor, enfermera registrada (enfermera de la escuela),
nutricionista registrada o cualquier…
6:00 pm Pre-natal Yoga
Memorial Education Center
Ends @
7:00
Pre-natal Yoga helps decrease tension, improve flexibility and
strength, prepare for the birthing process, and cultivate a connection
between mother and child. No Yoga experience necessary!  If you…
6:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:30
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
Saludable de por vida -Zumba bilingüe
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:30
Porque queremos que estén sanos para todo lo que ofrece la vida, Virginia Mason Memorial y Kohl’s Cares se han unido para ofrecerles el programa Healthy For Life, un programa dedicado a ofrecerle clas…
Tue
May 16
Costco CampaignMay 1 – 31
CMN Balloon fundraiserMay 15 – 31
Virginia Mason Memorial
9:00 am Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Morning Zumba
Studio Z
Ends @
10:00
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
10:00 am Diabetes Dialog Support Group – Morning Session
Memorial Diabetes Management and Wellness
Ends @
11:00
Diabetes Dialog Support Group Classes are offered twice per month except June, July and August.  Please call to register for March and December programs. (509) 249-5243

Diabetes and My Significant…

Memorial walking group
Kissel Park
Ends @
11:00
Welcome to the Memorial walking group.  Our goal is to provide a weekly opportunity for physical activity and socialization. The walking session will be supervised by a certified trainer from Memorial…
Ostomy Support Group
Memorial Hospital Classrooms (A, B, or C)
Ends @
11:00
Memorial’s Ostomy support group meets five times per year to provide support and discussion about issues with colostomies, ileostomies, or urostomies.   Meetings will occasionally feature presentation…
12:00 pm Living with Loss
Cottage in the Meadow
Ends @
1:00
An 8-week discussion based course and support group. Each individual can share as much or as little as they wish. Leader will provide discussion topics and support related materials throughout the cou…
North Star Knitters
North Star Lodge
Ends @
2:00
Cast on to this active, fun-loving group of knitters (many survivors) and learn to knit, crochet and teach others. All the yarn is provided and the laughs are free. Ask your oncologist or nurse about…
12:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Gentle Chair Fitness (age 60+)
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
1:30
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
2:00 pm My Health, My Life (6 Classes)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
4:30
My Health, My Life is designed to help individuals who suffer from chronic illness learn simple techniques on how to live a healthy life
by managing their symptoms. This six-week program will help you…
6:00 pm Clase de dar Pecho y Cuidado Básico del Bebé
Memorial Education Center
Ends @
9:00
Clase de dar Pecho y Cuidado Básico del Bebé

*Nuevos padres con Recién Nacidos son
especialmente invitados. El papa y/o la persona de
apoyo son bienvenidas a las clases.

Clase de dar Pecho
Si usted…

Grief Recovery Workshop
Cottage in the Meadow
Ends @
7:00
This 8-week course is centered in personal discovery and homework-style exercises designed to help you focus on grief recovery. Location is at Cottage in the Meadow.
Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:00
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Gentle Yoga
YOCO
Ends @
7:00
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
Saludable de por vida -Zumba bilingüe
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:00
Porque queremos que estén sanos para todo lo que ofrece la vida, Virginia Mason Memorial y Kohl’s Cares se han unido para ofrecerles el programa Healthy For Life, un programa dedicado a ofrecerle clas…
Wed
May 17
Costco CampaignMay 1 – 31
CMN Balloon fundraiserMay 15 – 31
Virginia Mason Memorial
11:00 am Healing Hearts -Cardiac support group
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
12:00
“Improve the quality of your life, and heal your heart again” (W. Berland, Ph.D.)

Healing Hearts is a bi monthly support group for patients who have had cardiac treatment, rehabilitation or heart…

12:00 pm Breastfeeding Support
Memorial Maternal Health
Ends @
1:30
Do you ever ask?
“Will I be able to breastfeed after my baby is born”?
“Am I doing this right?”
“Is this supposed to hurt like this?”
“Is my baby getting enough to eat?”
You are not alone. All…
5:00 pm ACT! Get up, Get Moving -Healthy lifestyle for kids
Yakima YMCA
Ends @
6:30
Ready for a healthy change? Looking for ways to help your child eat well and
be more active? ACT is a 12 week healthy lifestyle program for overweight
children/teens 8-14 years of age and their…
5:30 pm Celebration of Life
Cottage in the Meadow
Ends @
7:00
A celebration of life, remembering your loved one.  Join us in a service of remembrance for those whom we have loved and lost.

For more information regarding this event or bereavement services at…

Grupo de Apoyo de Padre a Padre en Español
Children’s Village
Ends @
7:00
El Programa de Padre a Padre ofrece apoyo emocional e información a familias criando a niños con necesidades especiales de salud o atrasos en el desarrollo. Los Eventos y las clases patrocinadas por P…
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Yoga
YOCO
Ends @
7:00
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:00
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
Saludable de por vida – Yoga bilingüe
YOCO
Ends @
7:00
Saludable de por vida – Yoga bilingüe
Una práctica simple de yoga que combina la respiración consciente y el movimiento. Con instrucción en inglés y español.
• Miercoles y jueves (6:00 a 7:00 p.m.)
•…
Saludable de por vida -Zumba bilingüe
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:00
Porque queremos que estén sanos para todo lo que ofrece la vida, Virginia Mason Memorial y Kohl’s Cares se han unido para ofrecerles el programa Healthy For Life, un programa dedicado a ofrecerle clas…
6:30 pm Successful Breastfeeding
Memorial Education Center
Ends @
9:00
Before your baby arrives give yourself a head start by learning helpful breastfeeding techniques and solutions for common breastfeeding issues.

Register Online and Pay With Credit/Debit Card

Thu
May 18
Costco CampaignMay 1 – 31
CMN Balloon fundraiserMay 15 – 31
Virginia Mason Memorial
9:00 am Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Morning Zumba
Studio Z
Ends @
10:00
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
12:00 pm Cancer support -Women supporting women
Wellness House
Ends @
1:00
From the first day of cancer diagnosis and for the rest of your life- you are a survivor!  Find hope, encouragement and connection with other women survivors.
Sound Sleep-Sound Rest -Intro and Full Session
North Star Lodge
Ends @
2:00
A cancer diagnosis can cause anxiety, stress and sometimes depression for patients and their caregivers. There are natural ways to combat these side effects and it’s something anyone can learn.

An…

Women Supporting Women Through Cancer
Wellness House
Ends @
1:00
From the moment of diagnosis and for the rest of your life you are a survivor!  Within the Support Group find Hope, Encouragement and a Connection with other women just like you!  It does not matter w…
12:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Gentle Chair Fitness (age 60+)
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
1:30
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
1:00 pm Alzheimer’s Caregivers support group
Living Care Retirement Community
Ends @
2:30
Caring for someone with memory loss? Need support and information? Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups provide a place for caregivers to learn and gain support from others caring for a pe…
6:00 pm Grief Recovery Workshop
See notes for location information
Ends @
7:00
This 8-week course is centered in personal discovery and homework-style exercises designed to help you focus on grief recovery.

The location is at the Best Western Plus: 911 Vintage Valley Pkwy,…

Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Yoga
YOCO
Ends @
7:00
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
Saludable de por vida – Yoga bilingüe
YOCO
Ends @
7:00
Saludable de por vida – Yoga bilingüe
Una práctica simple de yoga que combina la respiración consciente y el movimiento. Con instrucción en inglés y español.
• Miercoles y jueves (6:00 a 7:00 p.m.)
•…
Tomando Contro de su Salud (6 clases)
Memorial Education Center
Ends @
8:30
¡Lo Encontramos! El Secreto para Vivir Mejor
Acompáñenos y adquiera técnicas más sencillas para alcanzar una salud Física, Mental y Espiritual más optima.
• Para comunicarse más efectivamente con su…
6:30 pm Autism Support
Children’s Village
Ends @
8:00
For parents and caregivers of children that experience Autism, Sensory Challenges, Social, Emotional, Communication or Behavioral Concerns. No Autism Diagnosis is needed to attend. If you need childca…
Fri
May 19
Costco CampaignMay 1 – 31
CMN Balloon fundraiserMay 15 – 31
Virginia Mason Memorial
7:00 am Yogurt Parfait fundraiser
Virginia Mason Memorial
Ends @
7:00
9:00 am Cognitive Distortions and Simplify your Life (classes at 9 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
10:00
Cognitive Distortions and Simplify your Life – Cognitive distortions are thoughts or ideas that bring out negative emotions. You will practice identifying those concerns and find ways to think positiv…
Parent to Parent Crafting Group
Children’s Village
Ends @
11:00
A time for Crafting, Coffee and Chatting with others who are raising children with special needs, in a relaxed atmosphere of support, encouragement and fun.  It is free to attend, and we have scrapboo…
11:00 am Cognitive Distortions and Simplify your Life (classes at 9 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
12:00
Cognitive Distortions and Simplify your Life – Cognitive distortions are thoughts or ideas that bring out negative emotions. You will practice identifying those concerns and find ways to think positiv…
2:30 pm Solo para mamografías—rayos X de senos.
‘Ohana Mammography Center
Ends @
4:30
Cuide de lo que verdaderamente es importante – su Salud.

¿No tiene cobertura médica?
‘Ohana tiene información de programas que ayudan a cubrir el costo de este importante examen.
Llame para más…

Walk-in Clinic for Screening Mammograms
‘Ohana Mammography Center
Ends @
5:30
`Ohana, Memorials Mammography center, offers a walk-in clinic for screening mammograms, Fridays, 2:30–5:30 p.m No appointment is necessary and interpreters are available. The name of the doctor receiv…
3:00 pm Cognitive Distortions and Simplify your Life (classes at 9 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
4:00
Cognitive Distortions and Simplify your Life – Cognitive distortions are thoughts or ideas that bring out negative emotions. You will practice identifying those concerns and find ways to think positiv…
Sat
May 20
Costco CampaignMay 1 – 31
CMN Balloon fundraiserMay 15 – 31
Virginia Mason Memorial
9:00 am Childbirth Education -1 day class, Saturday
Memorial Education Center
Ends @
5:00
Class covers: what to expect during late pregnancy, labor delivery and postpartum. Learn relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures and discuss medication options for delivery. Please note:…

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Upcoming Events for May 21 – 27
Sun May 21 Costco CampaignMay 1 – 31
CMN Balloon fundraiser (Virginia Mason Memorial)May 15 – 31
1:00 pm Childbirth Education, Sunday 2-day class (Day1) (Memorial Education Center)
Mon May 22 9:00 am Diagnostic Cardiac Testing (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)
11:00 am Diagnostic Cardiac Testing (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)
Mod Pizza fundraiser (Mod Pizza – Union Gap)
1:30 pm Scrapbooking (North Star Lodge)
3:00 pm Diagnostic Cardiac Testing (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)
5:00 pm ACT! Un Programa de Estilo de Vida Saludable (Yakima YMCA)
6:00 pm Pre-natal Yoga (Memorial Education Center)
6:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Saludable de por vida -Zumba bilingüe (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Valley Parents -Sunnyside support group -ON HOLD
Tue May 23 9:00 am Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Morning Zumba (Studio Z)
10:00 am Memorial walking group (Kissel Park)
12:00 pm Living with Loss (Cottage in the Meadow)
North Star Knitters (North Star Lodge)
12:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Gentle Chair Fitness (age 60+) (Washington Avenue Event Center)
2:00 pm My Health, My Life (6 Classes) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)
6:00 pm Grief Recovery Workshop (Cottage in the Meadow)
Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Gentle Yoga (YOCO)
Saludable de por vida -Zumba bilingüe (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Wed May 24 12:00 pm Breastfeeding Support (Memorial Maternal Health)
Cancer support for Men, Women and families (Wellness House)
5:00 pm ACT! Get up, Get Moving -Healthy lifestyle for kids (Yakima YMCA)
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Yoga (YOCO)
Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Saludable de por vida – Yoga bilingüe (YOCO)
Saludable de por vida -Zumba bilingüe (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Thu May 25 9:00 am Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Morning Zumba (Studio Z)
11:00 am Family & Friends Cancer education/support (Wellness House)
12:00 pm Sound Sleep-Sound Rest -Intro and Full Session (North Star Lodge)
12:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Gentle Chair Fitness (age 60+) (Washington Avenue Event Center)
6:00 pm Grief Recovery Workshop (See notes for location information)
Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Yoga (YOCO)
Saludable de por vida – Yoga bilingüe (YOCO)
Tomando Contro de su Salud (6 clases) (Memorial Education Center)
6:30 pm Baby Basics (Memorial Education Center)
Fri May 26 9:00 am Appetite Control and Dietary Portion Control (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)
11:00 am Appetite Control and Dietary Portion Control (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)
Cheese Zombie fundraiser (Virginia Mason Memorial)
2:30 pm Solo para mamografías—rayos X de senos. (‘Ohana Mammography Center)
Walk-in Clinic for Screening Mammograms (‘Ohana Mammography Center)
3:00 pm Appetite Control and Dietary Portion Control (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)

View the entire calendar online

Spring Fling into Fitness and Wellness, Yakima — April 29

Make Health Fun!

Spring Fling into Fitness and Wellness, Yakima — April 29
10am – 12pm
No charge. No registration required.

Bring the whole family and check in at the Rotary Pavilion at Franklin Park.
Parents are encouraged to participate with their children as they work together to complete the ultimate obstacle course, with over 20 obstacles of fun physical activity! Nutrition and fitness information provided. Please wear appropriate fitness clothing. (No sandals or flip-flops)

Hosted by Virginia Mason Memorial and Kohl’s Cares.

Virginia Mason Memorial recognized as among most sustainable health care facilities in America with three awards

Virginia Mason Memorial recognized as among most sustainable health care facilities in America with three awards

Practice Greenhealth Circles of Excellence Award honors Virginia Mason Memorial among top 10 in Healthy Food category

(YAKIMA, WA) – In recognition for outstanding accomplishments in sustainability, Virginia Mason Memorial has received three awards this year from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. The awards are given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector.

The Circles of Excellence Award, given to Virginia Mason Memorial for Healthy Food in Health Care, honors hospitals for outstanding performance in one specific area, such as reducing use of toxic chemicals or sourcing food sustainably. These awards highlight hospitals that are pushing the envelope and driving innovation in sustainability performance in each sustainability category. There can be up to 10 designees selected for each Circle of Excellence category.

The Healthy Food category award highlights leaders in sustainable food services, including meat and sugar-sweetened beverage reduction, healthier meat procurement, local sourcing, food waste prevention and management. Top contenders have written policies and an educational strategy that addresses the food system as a critical component in an overall sustainability plan — for human and planetary health.

The Greenhealth Emerald Award is presented to hospitals that demonstrate superior sustainability programs. The award recognizes Virginia Mason Memorial’s ongoing commitment to improving its environmental performance and maintaining a top standard of excellence in sustainability.

The Greening the Operating Room Recognition Award acknowledges hospital sustainability programs that drive environmental stewardship within the surgical suite.

 

“We are proud to be named one of the top 10 hospitals in the country for our work toward providing healthy food for our patients, employees and visitors, and will continue to make sustainability a top priority,” said CEO Russ Myers.

“We embarked on our environmental sustainability journey two years ago, and I’m really proud of our staff and leadership,” said Kate Gottlieb, Sustainability Program coordinator. “I know what we are capable of, and I can’t wait to see how our positive work has affected Yakima in the years to come.”

Virginia Mason Memorial strives to serve food to patients, visitors and staff that is local, organic and sustainable whenever possible. Memorial buys meat and marine-certified seafood that are free of antibiotics and hormones when possible. Last year, Virginia Mason Memorial’s garden, on the hospital campus, provided 4,200 pounds of produce that was used in the cafeteria and served to patients. Organic produce is supplied locally from Bella Terra Gardens in Zillah, WA.

In addition, Virginia Mason Memorial collected 212.65 tons of recycling on the hospital’s main campus, up 38.2 tons from the 174.45 tons collected in 2015. And energy use was reduced 3.2 percent over that same period.

In 2016, the Memorial OR diverted 14,846 pounds of medical waste from landfills  through reduction and reprocessing devices with Stryker’s Sustainability Solutions. And a sock recycling program, in which lightly used socks are washed and donated to the Union Gospel Mission, was also started.

The awards will be presented at the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards Gala, set for May 18 in Minneapolis at the conclusion of the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition.

 About Virginia Mason Memorial

Part of the Virginia Mason Health System, Virginia Mason Memorial is a 226-bed, acute-care, nonprofit, community hospital serving Central Washington’s Yakima Valley. Virginia Mason Memorial 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.

 About Practice Greenhealth

Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care community dedicated to transforming health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth visit www.practicegreenhealth.org.

 

 

 

Attend the Mr. Capitol Pageant and support health care for Yakima Valley kids

Attend the Mr. Capitol Pageant and support health care for Yakima Valley kids

On April 18 the Capitol Theatre’s 4th Street Theater will host the first Mr. Capitol Pageant, an evening of talent and fun featuring the top talent from each of the Yakima Valley’s YouthWorks pageant schools. Proceeds from the event raise awareness and funds for children’s health care needs in our community at Virginia Mason Memorial and Children’s Village.

Earlier this year students at West Valley, Eisenhower, Naches, Sunnyside, Wapato and East Valley high schools held pageants at each of their schools, the competition and fundraising fierce – with the real winners being area children. The highly competitive YouthWorks pageants raise money to support Children’s Village and Virginia Mason Memorial’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care and Pediatric units.

The Mr. Capitol Theatre Pageant begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $5, are available at the door. The 4th Street Theatre is located at 14 S. 4th St., Yakima.

Since the event was established in 2001, more than $1 million has been raised for the Children’s Health Care Fund at Virginia Mason Memorial.

Find out more at memfound.org. or by calling 509-576-5794.

Bertha Lopez to serve as director of Children’s Village

Bertha Lopez to serve as director of Children’s Village

After 28 years with Virginia Mason Memorial, most recently as the Director of Children’s Village, Jackie McPhee has officially retired. Her last day was March 3, 2017.  Children’s Village was honored to have Jackie’s longtime commitment, leadership and support.

To assure continuity of leadership responsibilities, the Children’s Village leadership team and trustee partners have asked Bertha Lopez to assume the directorship at Children’s Village. Bertha Lopez, currently senior director of Community Health Planning and Development at Virginia Mason Memorial, has a master’s degree from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. With over 10 years of experience in health advocacy and work mitigating health disparities, Bertha enables Children’s Village to continue its mission and meet the needs of children with special health care needs and their families in the Yakima Valley.

Children’s Village is instrumental in providing supportive services to over 4,000 children every year.

 ABOUT CHILDREN’S VILLAGE:

Children’s Village is a regional integrated center for children with special health care needs and their families, with multiple service providers all under one roof. The comprehensive family-centered organization aims to meet each child’s need for individualized care with over 30 different kinds of specialized services. There are medical specialty clinics, developmental evaluations and collaborative diagnostic clinics, dental services, occupational, physical and speech therapy, mental health counseling, education services, behavioral intervention and nurse home visiting programs. The Village also offers a comprehensive parent and family support program called Parent to Parent, which serves families from birth through life. Find out more at yakimachildrensvillage.org.