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Thank you, Legends Casino!

Owned and operated by the Yakama Nation, each year Legends Casino gives a percentage of its profits to area emergency services and nonprofit agencies.

On Wednesday, the casino handed out nearly $900,000, with $464,307 given to emergency agencies and $434,027 to nonprofits. Cottage in the Meadow, North Star Lodge and Children’s Village were three (3) of nearly 200 nonprofits awarded funds in amounts ranging from $1,000 to more than $10,000.

Cottage in the Meadow Hospice Care Center and Memorial Hospital’s Hospice Program, Compass Care,  received $10,844 to serve patients and families who are struggling significantly with their day to day financial existence, and the illness and impending death of their loved one magnifies these struggles. The hospice emergency fund provides support and assistance to assure quality of life in the final stages of life’s journey.

North Star Lodge Cancer Center received $7,500 to support its cancer care fund which provides hardship assistance for patients who are forced to leave their employment during treatments, and for those who are uninsured, underinsured, or lack caregiver support. This fund helps cancer patients who need transportation to and from appointments, prescription assistance, nutritional supplements, counseling and stress reduction programs.

Children’s Village received $5,000 for its emergency fund to assist families who face significant needs, unexpected obstacles, and extraordinary expenses associated with the medical costs of having a child with special needs. This fund was established to fill in the gaps when no other options are available.

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Aaron Whitefoot from Legends presents a check to Carol Vanevenhoven, Oncology Service Line Director at North Star Lodge.

We are truly grateful to the Yakama Nation Legends Casino for their generosity! These grants allow us to help those patients who have the greatest need while confronting extremely difficult medical challenges.

Memorial wins a 2016 Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital wins a 2016
Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award

Honored for commitment to health care environmental stewardship.

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YAKIMA, WA. – Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital has been awarded the Partner Recognition Award from Practice Greenhealth, 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. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector.

The Partner Recognition Award is given to health care facilities that have begun to work on environmental improvements, have achieved some progress, and have at least a 10 percent recycling rate for their total waste stream.

Memorial met the recycling rate by:

  1. Recycling all of its HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) shredded paper: an average of 78 tons a year.
  2. Florescent light bulbs: 1,133 pounds
  3. Batteries: 3,200 pounds
  4. Lead aprons: 157 pounds
  5. Cooking oil: 29.83 tons
  6. Toner cartridges: 2.6 tons
  7. Cardboard: 63.85 tons

Other environmentally friendly improvements included a 17 percent reduction in greenhouse gases and a heat-recovery program for kitchen refrigeration and waste systems, projected to save over 2 million gallons of water and almost 920 million BTU’s annually.

 

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital was also certified with honors as a Green Cleaning Hospital by the ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard.

“This award demonstrates our commitment to enhancing the health of our patients, staff and community,” said Russ Myers, CEO of Memorial Family of Services.

“We look forward to working with Practice Greenhealth to continue navigating the path to sustainability for the future of health care,” said Kate Gottlieb, Memorial’s Sustainability and Wellbeing Coordinator.

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented May 19 in Dallas at the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition, the premier national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability.

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.

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 (www.memfound.org).

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).

Memorial offers class to learn infant CPR, May 19

 

Memorial offers class to learn infant CPR

May 19, 2016

Unintentional choking and suffocation are the leading causes of all injury deaths for infants under one year of age. Being prepared for such an emergency can make all the difference.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is offering an opportunity for parents and caregivers of infants to learn when a baby needs rescue breathing, how to start CPR and how to care for an infant who’s choking. The class is May 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Memorial’s Community Education Center, 2506 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima. No registration is needed. The cost is $5 per person.

This is not a CPR certification class. But knowing how to respond in the first few minutes of an emergency – before professional help arrives – can mean the difference between life and death. If you are the parent or caregiver of an infant, learn infant CPR!

For more information, call 509-248-7322 or visit the Classes and Events page at yakimamemorial.org.

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Workshop helps children who are grieving the death of a loved one

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Workshop helps children who are grieving the death of a loved one

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is offering a hands-on workshop on Sunday, May 15, to help guide children ages 4 to 17 and their parents or guardians through the grief associated with the death of a loved one. The workshop offers children the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts through creative activities and to meet others who have experienced a similar loss.

While children at the workshop are participating in activities to assist their recovery, parents and guardians will be involved in a grief recovery program geared for adults.

There is no charge for the workshop, which will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Children’s Village, 3801 Kern Road, Yakima. Lunch will be provided. To register, contact Joyce Scott at JoyceScott@yvmh.org or 509-577-5062.

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Grief workshops are made possible by community donations to The Memorial Foundation and through Memorial Hospice, the Memorial Small Grant Program, Memorial’s Spiritual Care Program and Children’s Village.

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Hit the slopes and support Children’s Miracle Network at the 30th Annual White Pass Winter Carnival

Hit the slopes and support Children’s Miracle Network at the 30th Annual White Pass Winter Carnival

Introduce your kids to ski or snowboard racing at the White Pass Winter Carnival and support health care for Yakima Valley kids at the CMN Ski 4 Kids Event on March 5 and 6.
This two-day kids’ ski/snowboard event is a fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network 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.

On Saturday, participants will train in gates, and on Sunday they will have the opportunity to take on the race course.

Kids must be able to ride a chairlift to participate. Appropriate for ages 5 – 12. For more information email: lc@skiwhitepass.com. Cost for the event is $135.

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Heart attack or heart failure?

A heart attack happens when there is a lack of blood flow to a part of the heart; this may cause some heart muscle to die. Heart failure occurs when the heart cannot circulate blood through the body. In some kinds of heart failure, the heart is weak and cannot push blood to the parts of the body that need blood.

If you have heart failure, proper health management may prevent heart attack or stroke.
Need help?

Memorial Heart Advantage is a comprehensive range of services that includes patient education.

• My Health My Life is designed to help individuals who suffer from chronic illness learn how to manage their symptoms and live a healthier life. Classes are 2-1/2 hours each, once a week for 6 weeks and offered at no charge. Caregivers and support persons are welcome to attend. Call 509 225-3178 to register.

• Participation in a Cardiac Rehabilitation program can help speed up and stabilize the healing process, improve stamina, improve depression and lower the risk of future cardiovascular problems. Call 509-576-7650 to see if you qualify for referral.

To learn more about key factors that influence heart disease, visit yakimamemorial.org/heartcare.

Prediabetes affects 1 in 3 Americans – Know your risk factors

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Feb. 2, 2016—Here’s a shocking stat: More than 1 in 3 Americans have prediabetes—a serious condition where your blood sugar levels are higher than they should be. Untreated prediabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes and other health problems over time.

And out of those who have prediabetes, almost 9 out of 10 of them don’t know it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s why CDC and other health organizations have launched a first-of-its-kind campaign to encourage people to learn more about their prediabetes risk.

What to know about prediabetes

Here’s what you should know about prediabetes—and how you can protect your health:

Prediabetes raises your risk for type 2 diabetes. Up to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will go on to develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years, says CDC. Prediabetes can also cause other serious health problems like heart attack or stroke.

Anyone can get prediabetes—but some people are at higher risk. You could be more likely to get prediabetes if you:

  • Are overweight
  • Are 45 or older
  • Have a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes
  • Exercise less than 3 times per week
  • Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
  • Are African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Pacific Islander or Asian American

You can learn more about your prediabetes risk by taking a quick test at DoIHavePrediabetes.org.

You can have prediabetes and feel perfectly fine. Often prediabetes doesn’t have any symptoms. That’s why so many people with the condition don’t realize they have it. But some people with prediabetes can have some symptoms of diabetes, such as blurry vision, thirst, tiredness or frequent urination.

You should talk to a healthcare provider if you’re at risk. A doctor can test your blood sugar to tell if you have prediabetes. If you’re diagnosed, he or she can also help you take steps to improve your health and lower your risk for type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes can be reversed or managed with healthy lifestyle changes. But it’s important to move fast. The sooner you act, the better chance you have of preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes. Here are some things that can help:

Memorial offers a prediabetes class where participants meet in groups with a trained lifestyle coach for 16 weekly, one-hour sessions and seven monthly follow up sessions. If you would like to learn more about this program, you can attend an orientation on the last Monday of each month from 4-4:30 p.m. at Memorial’s Community Education Center at 2506 W. Nob Hill Blvd. No registration is necessary for the orientation.

 

Yakima Valley Credit Unions Collaborate to Contribute to Memorial

SeaTac, WA. — Continuing a rich tradition of fundraising for hospitalized children, the credit unions of the Yakima Valley will make a special contribution to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, January 13.

Working in partnership, the credit unions will present a check for $29,264.90 and a plaque commemorating their years-long commitment to Yakima Valley Memorial and its young patients. The money was raised last fall during the Northwest Credit Union Association’s Roaring 20’s gala and auction to benefit Credit Unions for Kids. The funds presented by the Yakima area credit unions will support the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics and Children’s Village.

“Every single dollar raised by any credit union or group of credit unions directly benefits the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in their region,” said Jamie Dedmon, Managing Director of the Northwest Credit Union Foundation. “That allows the hospitals to let credit unions know exactly what kinds of contributions will most benefit the children. Donations might support toy purchases, patient care, research or medications, and in the end all of this puts smiles on faces of the kids and their families.”

The Credit Unions for Kids charity was born in 1986 by a group of Northwest credit unions that began raising money for regional Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Their model was adopted nationally a decade later and now is the “charity of choice” for the entire credit union movement. While more than $130 million has been raised for 170 CMN hospitals across the nation, Yakima Valley credit unions alone have collected nearly $100,000 in the past decade.

“Memorial is grateful to the Northwest Credit Union Foundation for their selfless efforts to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network (CNM),” said Mary Hart, director of Memorial’s Maternal Health Services. “CNM helps support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics and Children’s Village services for special-needs children. This gift will help save lives and put smiles on the faces of sick children in our community.”

Memorial offers class to learn infant CPR, January 21

Unintentional choking and suffocation are the leading causes of all injury deaths for infants under one year of age. Being prepared for such an emergency can make all the difference.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is offering an opportunity for parents and caregivers of infants to learn when a baby needs rescue breathing, how to start CPR and how to care for an infant who’s choking. The class is January 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Memorial’s Community Education Center, 2506 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima. No registration is needed. The cost is $5 per person.

This is not a CPR certification class. But knowing how to respond in the first few minutes of an emergency – before professional help arrives – can mean the difference between life and death. If you are the parent or caregiver of an infant, learn infant CPR!

For more information, call 509-248-7322 or visit the Classes and Events page at yakimamemorial.org.