Classes and Events This Week

Events for September 16 – 22
Sun
Sep 16
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores CampaignAug. 26 – Sep. 30
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores are raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by selling CMNH icon balloons. The following locations are supporting local kids across Ce…
Walmart’s CampaignAug. 27 – Sep. 23
Walmart stores are raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by selling CMNH icon balloons at the register. The following locations are supporting local kids across Central…
Walgreen’s CampaignSep. 4 – 18
Walgreen’s stores are raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through a miracle balloon campaign where customers can purchase a CMN icon balloon, in which donations benefi…
Mon
Sep 17
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores CampaignAug. 26 – Sep. 30
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores are raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by selling CMNH icon balloons. The following locations are supporting local kids across Ce…
Walmart’s CampaignAug. 27 – Sep. 23
Walmart stores are raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by selling CMNH icon balloons at the register. The following locations are supporting local kids across Central…
Walgreen’s CampaignSep. 4 – 18
Walgreen’s stores are raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through a miracle balloon campaign where customers can purchase a CMN icon balloon, in which donations benefi…
5:30 pm ACT! Un Programa de Estilo de Vida Saludable
Yakima YMCA
Ends @
7:00
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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 ar…
Tue
Sep 18
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores CampaignAug. 26 – Sep. 30
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores are raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by selling CMNH icon balloons. The following locations are supporting local kids across Ce…
Walmart’s CampaignAug. 27 – Sep. 23
Walmart stores are raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by selling CMNH icon balloons at the register. The following locations are supporting local kids across Central…
Walgreen’s CampaignSep. 4 – 18
Walgreen’s stores are raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through a miracle balloon campaign where customers can purchase a CMN icon balloon, in which donations benefi…
10:00 am Cancelled through Winter: Memorial walking group -Fall hours
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…
12:00 pm 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…
12:15 pm Gentle Chair Exercise
Henry Beauchamp Community Center
Ends @
1:15
Gentle Chair Fitness Ends @
1:15
Gentle Chair Fitness

Designed for people with limited mobility and seniors. Stretch and tone muscles without strain.

Wed
Sep 19
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores CampaignAug. 26 – Sep. 30
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores are raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by selling CMNH icon balloons. The following locations are supporting local kids across Ce…
Walmart’s CampaignAug. 27 – Sep. 23
Walmart stores are raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by selling CMNH icon balloons at the register. The following locations are supporting local kids across Central…
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…
5:30 pm ACT! Get up, Get Moving -Healthy lifestyle for kids
Yakima YMCA
Ends @
7:00
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…
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…
6:30 pm Childbirth Education -4 wk series (9/5, 12, 19, 26)
Location varies: specifics shared with registration
Ends @
8:30
This Childbirth Education class will cover what to expect during late pregnancy, labor delivery and postpartum.  You’ll learn valuable relaxation and breathing techniques and comfort measures as well…
Thu
Sep 20
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores CampaignAug. 26 – Sep. 30
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores are raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by selling CMNH icon balloons. The following locations are supporting local kids across Ce…
Walmart’s CampaignAug. 27 – Sep. 23
Walmart stores are raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by selling CMNH icon balloons at the register. The following locations are supporting local kids across Central…
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.
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…
Living with Loss
Cottage in the Meadow
1208 S. 48th Ave.
Yakima, WA 98908
509-574-6746
Ends @
1:00
Join us for a weekly support group as you work through your loss.  Please join us anytime, this is an open group for you to come for as many or few weeks as you choose.  For additional information ple…
12:15 pm Gentle Chair Fitness Ends @
1:15
Gentle Chair Fitness

Designed for people with limited mobility and seniors. Stretch and tone muscles without strain.

Zumba
Studio Z
Ends @
1:15
Offered at no charge.
Ages 10 and up.
5:30 pm Autism Support Group- 5:30-7:00 pm / Autism 200 Series (televised from Seattle Childrens)- 7-8:30 pm
Children’s Village
Ends @
8:30
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…
6:00 pm Living with Loss
Cottage in the Meadow
1208 S. 48th Ave.
Yakima, WA 98908
Ends @
7:00
Join us for a weekly support group as you work through your loss.  Please join us anytime, this is an open group for you to come for as many or few weeks as you choose.  For additional information ple…
6:30 pm Successful Breastfeeding
Location varies: specifics shared with registration
Ends @
9:00
Before your baby arrives give yourself a head start by learning helpful breastfeeding techniques, solutions for common breastfeeding issues, and the potential health benefits of breastfeeding. Offered…
Fri
Sep 21
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores CampaignAug. 26 – Sep. 30
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores are raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by selling CMNH icon balloons. The following locations are supporting local kids across Ce…
Walmart’s CampaignAug. 27 – Sep. 23
Walmart stores are raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by selling CMNH icon balloons at the register. The following locations are supporting local kids across Central…
9:00 am 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…
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…
Sat
Sep 22
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores CampaignAug. 26 – Sep. 30
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores are raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by selling CMNH icon balloons. The following locations are supporting local kids across Ce…
Walmart’s CampaignAug. 27 – Sep. 23
Walmart stores are raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by selling CMNH icon balloons at the register. The following locations are supporting local kids across Central…
12:00 pm Kid’s Grief Workshops
Cottage in the Meadow
Ends @
3:00
Is your child grieving the death of a parent, sibling, or loved one?

Kids Grief Workshops
Saturday / February 24 & April 28 / 2018
11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Cottage in the Meadow / 1208 S 48th…

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Upcoming Events for September 23 – 29
Sun Sep 23 Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores CampaignAug. 26 – Sep. 30
12:00 am Walmart’s Campaign
Mon Sep 24 4:00 pm Diabetes Prevention Orientation (Memorial Education Center)
5:30 pm ACT! Un Programa de Estilo de Vida Saludable (Yakima YMCA)
6:00 pm Pre-natal Yoga (Memorial Education Center)
Tue Sep 25 10:00 am Cancelled through Winter: Memorial walking group -Fall hours (Kissel Park)
12:00 pm North Star Knitters (North Star Lodge)
12:15 pm Gentle Chair Exercise (Henry Beauchamp Community Center)
Gentle Chair Fitness
5:00 pm Grupo de Apoyo de Padre a Padre en Español -Sunnyside
6:30 pm Baby Basics (Location varies: specifics shared with registration)
Wed Sep 26 12:00 pm Breastfeeding Support (Memorial Maternal Health)
Cancer support for Men, Women and families (Wellness House)
5:30 pm ACT! Get up, Get Moving -Healthy lifestyle for kids (Yakima YMCA)
6:30 pm Childbirth Education -4 wk series (9/5, 12, 19, 26) (Location varies: specifics shared with registration)
Thu Sep 27 11:00 am Family & Friends Cancer education/support (Wellness House)
12:00 pm Living with Loss (Cottage in the Meadow
1208 S. 48th Ave.
Yakima, WA 98908
509-574-6746)
12:15 pm Gentle Chair Fitness
Zumba (Studio Z)
6:00 pm Living with Loss (Cottage in the Meadow
1208 S. 48th Ave.
Yakima, WA 98908)
Fri Sep 28 2:30 pm Solo para mamografías—rayos X de senos. (‘Ohana Mammography Center)
Walk-in Clinic for Screening Mammograms (‘Ohana Mammography Center)
4:00 pm Cooking for One (Harman Center
101 N. 65th Ave. -Yakima
Registration Required)

View the entire calendar online

Make your appointment today!

Patients of Virginia Mason Memorial family medicine clinics are invited to Family Medicine of Yakima at 504 N. 40th Avenue, on Saturday, November 4th, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for a flu shot clinic. Call to pre-register for faster service, 509-966-9480 and bring your insurance card! We bill Medicare, DSHS, & most insurance. Apple Valley Family Medicine, Family Medicine of Yakima, Memorial Cornerstone Medicine, Pacific Crest Family Medicine, Selah Family Medicine, Yakima Internal Medicine, and our newest clinic; Zillah Family Medicine.

Virginia Mason Memorial consolidates services for patients into one convenient downtown location

Virginia Mason Memorial consolidates services for patients into one convenient downtown location

Virginia Mason Memorial is relocating three departments serving patients to one centralized location at the hospital’s downtown building, located at 15 W. Yakima Ave. The move will also bring about 200 employees to the downtown core.

Previously, the nonclinical services and business offices – Medical Records, Hospital Business Services and Memorial Physicians Business Services – were housed separately throughout the community.

The services and opening dates, which are staggered, are:

  • Business Services,
    • The office is moving from 3803 W. Nob Hill Blvd.
    • The phone number remains: 509-575-8255.
    • Patients can also pay hospital bills online at org/payyourbill.
  • Memorial Physicians Business Services, billing for outpatient, most primary care clinics and specialty clinics.
    • The office is moving from 3800 Summitview Ave.
    • The phone number remains 509-972-1140.
    • Patients can also pay these bills at yakimamp.com.
  • Medical Records, where patients can get copies of their medical records
    • The office is moving from the hospital’s main campus at 2811 Tieton Drive.
    • The phone number remains 509-575-8082.

Hours of operation at 15 W. Yakima Ave. will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Health Tips for Men

Cardiovascular disease and cancer are the leading causes of death among men. How we take care of ourselves today contributes to our health in the long run. Obesity and diabetes are contributing factors to many other diseases.

What are the keys to preventing these diseases?

Take control of your health and reduce your health risk.

  • Stay away from tobacco
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get moving with regular physical activity
  • Eat healthy with plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Limit how much alcohol you drink (if you drink at all)
  • Protect your skin from the sun
  • Know your family history, and your risks
  • Have regular check-ups and screening tests

What kinds of screening tests?

  • Everyone should know their blood pressure and cholesterol and take steps to control both, whether it’s through diet, fitness or medication.
  • Men should also know more about testosterone. Testosterone is response for development body and facial hair, muscle growth and strength and a deep voice. It also influences the production of sperm, promotes sexual function and promotes sex drive.

We now know that some men’s bodies do not make enough testosterone.

  • Symptoms of low testosterone include: low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, increased irritability or depression, fatigue, reduced muscle mass and strength and decreased bone density.

What causes low testosterone levels?

Men produce less testosterone as they age. There also are certain medications that can cause low testosterone. Men should consider adding regular screening for testosterone levels to their regular screenings as part of their checkup.

How do you treat low testosterone levels?

There are gels that can be applied to the skin, as well as injections and skin patches and mouth patches. Talk to your doctor about which option might be best for you.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among men. According to the American Heart Association, 1 in 3 American men suffer from cardiovascular disease, and many don’t even know it.

It’s true. Taking steps to maintain your overall health, such as through diet and exercise, can help prevent cardiovascular disease, as do controlling blood pressure and cholesterol.

The cancers that most frequently affect men are prostate, lung and colorectal cancers. How important is early detection?

Early detection — finding a cancer early before it has spread — gives you the best chance to do something about it. It improves your chances of preventing a cancer and potentially saving your life. That’s why it’s important to get screened.

Lung Cancer- More men in the U.S. die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer.

  • Nearly 9 out of every 10 lung cancer deaths in men in this country are due to smoking.
  • The most important thing you can do to prevent lung cancer is to not start smoking, or to quit if you smoke.

Prostate Cancer-The second leading cause of cancer death in men

  • The chance of getting prostate cancer goes up as a man gets older. Roughly two-thirds of prostate cancers are found in men over the age of 65.
  • Talk to your doctor about getting tested and decide when the right time is for you to get screened. Prostate screenings involve a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a PSA blood test. How often you are tested will depend on your PSA level.
  • Roughly 2 million men in the U.S. are prostate cancer survivors.

Colon Cancer-The third leading cause of cancer related deaths in men

  • Screenings for colon cancer should begin regularly at age 50 or younger for people with a family history of colon cancer or other potential disorders.
  • There are many different screenings that look for colon cancer–the most common and effective is a colonoscopy.
  • Nine out of 10 people whose colon cancer is discovered early will be alive five years later. Many will live a normal life span.

 

How to choose healthy fats

Fat has quite the reputation as a dietary super villain, but there’s more to fat than that.

A little dietary fat is essential for good health. In addition, some types of fat (in modest amounts) may even help protect your health. Other fats, however, may harm your health if you eat them too much.

Here’s a closer look at these bad and good fats.

The bad guys: Saturated and trans fats

These two fats raise LDL blood cholesterol—and with it your risk of heart disease and stroke:

Saturated fat. This is found mostly in animal products including red meat, lamb, chicken with the skin left on, butter, cheese, and full-fat or 2 percent milk. It’s also in some plant foods, such as coconut oil, palm oil and cocoa butter.

Trans fat. This is found in foods with hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, including baked goods such as cookies, pies, doughnuts and snacks. It helps them have a long shelf life. Trans fat is also in some fried restaurant foods.

The good guys: Unsaturated fats

Eating healthy, unsaturated fat instead of saturated fat may help improve cholesterol levels. The two main unsaturated fats are:

Monounsaturated. Examples of foods that contain monounsaturated fats include olive and canola oil, nuts, peanut butter and avocados.

Polyunsaturated. Examples of foods that contain polyunsaturated fats include salmon; tofu; and safflower, sunflower and corn oils.

Serve up some good health

To help keep your diet focused on the good fats:

• Plate up more fruits, veggies and whole grains, and less red meat

• Switch to low-fat or non-fat milk

• When sautéing or stir-frying, use olive, canola or other oils

• Eat fish at least twice a week

• Choose soft margarine instead of butter. Look for “0 grams trans fat” listed on the label

• Save sweets like doughnuts, cookies, pies and cakes for the occasional treat

 All fats are rich in calories, even the healthier ones. So stick with moderate amounts.

Sources: American Heart Association; American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

 

Your health, your decision

Shared decision-making with your doctor can help you choose a treatment that’s right for you.

When you make a big purchase or have an important decision to make, you’re likely to seek others’ opinions. You might ask, “What are the pros and cons of this choice or that?” Or you might read up on the topic so that you feel informed. The same process is important when it comes to your health care.

When people are involved in their health care decisions and talk them through with their doctor—a process called shared decision-making—the benefits can be big.

Research shows, for example, that people often feel less anxious when their treatment plan reflects their personal preferences. They also tend to have a quicker recovery and are more likely to comply with their treatment.

How it works and when it helps

With shared decision-making, the conversation goes two ways. Your doctor explains your choices—such as for a treatment, test or procedure—plus the risks and benefits of each. (You might also talk about the option of not having any treatment.) And you share your questions, goals and concerns.

You might benefit from a shared decision-making conversation if your medical care includes:

• Taking a medicine for the rest of your life

• Having a major surgery

• Getting genetic or cancer screening tests

Shared decision-making is especially important when there are several options that are reasonable or when no one choice has a clear advantage.

To help you further, your doctor might also point you to written material, websites or videos that can help you decide what’s right for you. You can bring your friends or family in on the discussion, too, if you think they can help.

The goal of shared decision-making is to help you make the best treatment choice for you.

Sources: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; American Cancer Society; HealthIT.gov; National Institutes of Health

Support YouthWorks and celebrate National Coffee Day at Dutch Bros. Coffee

YAKIMA – Dutch Bros. Coffee is getting in the spirit for National Coffee Day on Friday, Sept. 29, with Buck for Kids Day. This Friday, for every drink sold, Dutch Bros. will donate $1 to The Memorial Foundation’s YouthWorks program.

Look for YouthWorks students out in front of the Dutch Bros. outlet that day, at 6520 W. Nob Hill Blvd. National Coffee Day starts early and runs late at the Yakima Dutch Bros. Hours are 4:30 a.m. until 11 p.m.

YouthWorks promotes the involvement of youth in philanthropy and volunteerism. The program empowers young people in the Yakima Valley to use their ideas, talents and sweat equity to raise funds for local projects supporting children with special healthcare needs.

Because all funds raised stay local, students see the positive effects of their efforts right here in the Yakima Valley. Funds raised are distributed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Virginia Mason Memorial, Children’s Village and health outreach programs for Valley children.

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Virginia Mason Memorial offers no-cost cooking class for local chefs

Calling all Yakima Valley restaurant chefs for a no-cost, plant-based
cooking workshop at Virginia Mason Memorial hospital

YAKIMA — Virginia Mason Memorial is inviting local restaurant chefs to a no-cost, hands-on workshop that focuses on plant-based cooking. This workshop is being held in conjunction with Food Day, a day set aside each year to inspire Americans to make healthy changes to their diets and food policies.
The workshop will be held Monday, Oct. 23, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. until noon. Chefs are requested to come only with an open mind and willingness to adapt a plant-based menu item.

The typical American diet is contributing to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems that are prevalent nationally and here in the Yakima Valley. Those problems cost Americans more than $150 billion per year.
Evidence shows that eating a plant-based diet has health benefits. This impacts professional cooks as customers with special requests are now seeking establishments where they can obtain a whole-food, plant-based option on a regular basis or on a catering menu. Virginia Mason Memorial’s workshop aims to offer chefs the tools to bring these customers into their dining establishments.

The workshop will be held at Virginia Mason Memorial hospital. To register, contact Virginia Mason Memorial’s Executive Chef Jason Patel by Oct. 6 by calling 509-249-5357 or via email at jasonpatel@yvmh.org. Space is limited.

Virginia Mason Memorial hosts Baldrige Examiner Training Class in 2017

YAKIMA— In partnership with local leaders, Performance Excellence Northwest (PENW) offers Examiner Training in communities across the Pacific Northwest to bring information, resources, knowledge, and best practices to organizations, communities and the region. Participants in this training class will experience a one-of-a-kind professional development and networking opportunity, and the chance to make a meaningful contribution to their organization’s improvement.

When: July 25-26
Where: Virginia Mason Memorial’s 16th Avenue Campus, 1470 N 16th Ave, Yakima, WA 98902
Cost: $300

Join us and become leader in service to your organization, your community and your country.

For information on the 2017 Examiner Training Schedule and to register visit performanceexcellencenw.org

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About Performance Excellence NW
PENW educates organizations in performance excellence management and administers the only state awards and recognition program for performance excellence in the Pacific Northwest (WA, OR, ID). We partner with Pacific Northwest organizations dedicated to improving their performance. Our main areas of focus are:

• Helping organizations achieve best-in-class levels of performance,
• Identifying and recognizing role-model organizations, and,
• Identifying and sharing best management practices, principles, and strategies.

PENW recognizes and awards organizations that have demonstrated exceptional performance excellence. These organizations are seen as models for organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest and the nation who seek outstanding results.

About the Baldrige Program
The Baldrige Program is the nation’s public-private partnership dedicated to performance excellence.

The Baldrige Program
• Raises awareness about the importance of performance excellence in driving the U.S. and global economy
• Provides organizational assessment tools and criteria
• Educates leaders in businesses, schools, health care organizations, and government and nonprofit agencies about the practices of best-in-class organizations
• Recognizes national role models and honors them with the only Presidential Award for performance excellence

Learn more at nist.gov/Baldrige

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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.