Category Archives: Cancer Care

Memorial receives 3-year Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer

Memorial receives 3-year Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer

Comprehensive Cancer Care at Memorial Family of Services has received a three-year Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer, along with commendations in six out of seven standards for quality cancer care.

What this means for Memorial Family of Services patients is quality, comprehensive care close to home using state-of-the-art services and equipment; a multidisciplinary approach to treatment; access to cancer-related information, education and support; a cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment/patient follow-up care.

“By participating in this nationally recognized accreditation program, we at Memorial Family of Services are able to compare our performance rates regarding multiple aspects of cancer care to other accredited facilities across the nation,” said Barry D. Bernfeld, MD, Surgeon, Cascade Surgical Partners. “Memorial routinely excels and remains above benchmarks compared to other accredited institutions.”

Quality-care commendations were received in the areas of:

  • Clinical Trial Accrual
  • Cancer Registrar Education
  • Public Reporting of Outcomes
  • Nursing Care
  • RQRS Participation
  • Data Submission, Accuracy of Data

In 1974, a Yakima Valley Cancer Committee was formed to develop a comprehensive cancer-care program for valley residents. Cancer prevention, treatment, palliative and survivorship services are represented on this team of medical professionals and community service partners.

This committee meets quarterly to initiate, implement and monitor quality standards in cancer care under the guidelines of the Commission on Cancer, an independent organization established by the American College of Surgeons.


FREE Courtesy Parking comes to Memorial Hospital

Contact: Rebecca Teagarden, Memorial Communications, (509) 577-5051

FREE Courtesy Parking comes to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital

The patient/family experience begins even before you arrive at the hospital’s front door. And we all know that first impressions make a big difference. That’s why Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital has added FREE courtesy valet parking for patients, families and visitors.

Greeters will welcome guests at the Main and Emergency entrances from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist patients/families with directions and other needs they may have as they enter the hospital.

Memorial has partnered with ABM Health Support Services, a company that specializes in healthcare hospitality, to provide the staff and expertise for this new convenience.
Try it out. Tips will not be solicited.

Community celebration of The Memorial Foundation’s 25 years of impact

Community celebration of The Memorial Foundation’s 25 years of impact

Nov. 16  – Yakima

The Memorial Foundation, the philanthropic partner of Memorial Family of Services, turns 25 this month. And we’re celebrating with the debut of Legacy Hall, a new and permanent installation built to honor our community’s amazing spirit of generosity with gifts of time, talent and treasure and the collective impact on community health.

The public is invited to join in the festivities during the Hall’s official unveiling, located within Memorial Hospital.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, come celebrate the support and generosity of the people and businesses of the Yakima Valley who, through The Memorial Foundation, continue to support our community’s commitment to improving healthcare right here at home. For all of us.

There will be music, refreshments and tours. Also, visitors are invited to take advantage of Memorial’s new and free courtesy (valet) parking, located outside the hospital’s main entrance.

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Memorial Family of Services Will Affiliate With Virginia Mason

YAKIMA – (Nov. 11, 2015) – Memorial Family of Services, which includes Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, is a step closer to joining Virginia Mason Health System after leaders of both organizations today signed the legal document paving the way for the affiliation to take effect in early 2016.

Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD, and Memorial CEO Russ Myers signed the definitive agreement at Memorial hospital in Yakima this morning. Jim Berg, chairman of the Memorial Board of Trustees, and James Young, chairman of the Virginia Mason Board of Directors, also signed the document.

“This affiliation will advance Memorial’s commitment to meeting the needs of our community,” Myers said. “We are joining a nationally acclaimed organization that shares our view that all individuals should have access to high quality, safe and affordable health care.”

“I am very pleased that Memorial Family of Services and Virginia Mason are coming together to better serve patients on both sides of the Cascades,” said Dr. Kaplan. “We are partnering with a community-focused organization that embraces our vision for the future of health care and our determination to deliver high quality care at the lowest possible cost.”

The affiliation is a non-cash transaction in which Memorial will become part of Virginia Mason Health System. The affiliation is expected to take effect in early 2016 following Federal Trade Commission regulatory clearance.

“Perhaps the most important aspect of the affiliation is the cultural fit between our non-profit organizations, which is essential for successful collaboration,” Myers said. “This is an exciting day for Memorial and it’s a historic day for our community.”

Today’s signing of the definitive agreement capped months of evaluation and study by the organizations’ boards and leadership teams.

“Memorial’s affiliation with Virginia Mason allows two innovative, patient-centered organizations to work as one in establishing a comprehensive network of care,” Dr. Kaplan said.

The affiliation will also expand Virginia Mason’s presence in Central Washington, where it already has partnerships with Kittitas Valley Healthcare in Ellensburg and Confluence Health in Wenatchee for providing or supporting specific services.

Founded in 1920, Virginia Mason Health System includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital that is consistently ranked among the best and safest hospitals in the United States; eight regional medical centers in the Puget Sound area; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; and Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Using the Virginia Mason Production System management methodology, Virginia Mason is an international leader in applying lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety. Virginia Mason has about 6,000 employees. Learn more at Virginia Mason online.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, established in 1950, is a 226-bed, acute-care, not-for-profit, community hospital serving the Yakima Valley in Central Washington. 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. Memorial has about 2,600 employees. Learn more at Memorial Family of Services online.

Media Contacts

Gale Robinette

Virginia Mason Health System

Desk: 206-341-1509


Rebecca Teagarden

Memorial Family of Services

Desk: 509-577-5051


Memorial hosts the live streaming TEDMED session Food Fix, Nov. 19

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Come together as a part of the TEDMED community and join the global conversation about what’s new and important in health and medicine.

Memorial Family of Services and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences are bringing to Yakima a live conversation among leading thinkers and doers all passionate about shaping a healthier world. In this live streaming TEDMED session, learn about the impact of food on health. The event features a conscientious food capitalist; an urban food anthropologist; a geneticist who is re-engineering meat and dairy; a global food rights activist; and others who are reshaping what and how we eat.

TEDMED is a global community of leading multidisciplinary thinkers and doers all passionate about shaping a healthier world. It is best known for its annual 2½-day gathering that brings together inspiring speakers, influential delegates, innovative start-ups and a passionate global audience. In 2014, this audience spanned 140+ countries and over 200,000 participants representing those on the frontlines of health and medicine.

Join the conversation at this live-streaming event on Thursday, Nov. 19th from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in Memorial’s auditorium, 2811 Tieton Drive.

For further information, contact Bertha Lopez at


5 reasons to attend a Breast Cancer Support Group

5 reasons to attend a Breast Cancer Support Group

  1. You have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you are in breast cancer treatment or you are a breast cancer survivor. You’ll receive education information related to your illness, and will benefit emotionally from sharing with others who are dealing with the same issues.
  2. You are not alone. Even the most caring friends and family cannot understand what you are experiencing. The strong emotional feelings you are having will be familiar to many others in the group.
  3. Stress reduction. The opportunity to talk about your experience with others who are living with cancer is very beneficial. The camaraderie of the group can help you feel less isolation and more hopeful.
  4. There are no dumb questions. Support group members have a wealth of experience regarding the practical information you want to know, but were afraid to ask. How to deal with side effects from treatment, maintaining relationships, and communicating effectively with health care providers are common discussions.
  5. Helping others makes us feel good. You may become a beacon of hope, inspirational leader, or comforting shoulder to someone in desperate need.

Breast Cancer Support Group

2nd Wednesday of each month • 5:30—6:30 p.m.

`Ohana, Memorial’s Mammography Center, 1515 W. Yakima Ave, Yakima

Betsy Medrano, RN, Certified Nurse Navigator, and breast health expert will lead discussion on a variety of topics related to breast cancer. Support group is open to all women with breast cancer, from diagnosis to remission.

Cutting edge: Cancer docs provide world-class treatment at North Star Lodge

October 17: “Cutting edge: Cancer docs provide world-class treatment” about North Star Lodge, Dr. Boyd and drug trials. By Molly Rosbach.

Interview with Vicky Jones, medical director of North Star Lodge about reducing the risk of breast cancer

October 19: KNDO-TV. Reporter Veronica Quintero interviewed Vicky Jones, medical director of North Star Lodge about reducing the risk of breast cancer