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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).

Mayhem and Miracles Revving at the Ridge Motorcycle Poker Run and Show-n-Shine Saturday, May 21

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Reckin’ Crue partners with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and The Memorial Foundation to raise money for health care needs of Yakima Valley children

YAKIMA – The not-for-profit Reckin’ Crue Inc. will host the third annual Mayhem and Miracles Revving at the Ridge Motorcycle Poker Run and Show-n-Shine Saturday, May 21, at River Ridge Golf Course to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The event includes two morning four-person scrambles, a motorcycle poker run on the golf course, motorcycle rodeo, burnout contest and a motorcycle show-n-shine, as well as golf competitions, raffles, a silent auction and other activities. Scrambles start at 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., and admission is $200 per four-person team. The on-course Poker Run is scheduled for noon: Admission is $20. General admission to the day’s events is $10.

River Ridge Golf Course is located at 295 Golf Course Loop in Selah. For more information, contact John Drakes at (509) 941-7263 or check out the Mayhem and Miracles event page on Facebook.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Department at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, as well as programs and services at Children’s Village, which serves Central Washington children with special health care needs and their families.

Memorial is one of 170 nonprofit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that treat severely injured and ill children in the U.S. and Canada.

ABOUT CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS

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 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 CMNHospitals.org.

About Memorial Family of Services and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, part of the Virginia Mason Health System, is a 226-bed, acute-care, not-for-profit community hospital. As the Children’s Miracle Network hospital for Central Washington, Memorial has the only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the region, as well as a Pediatric Unit. Memorial also partners with other community organizations to serve children with special health care needs at Children’s Village, which offers medical clinics, developmental evaluations, dental services, occupational and speech therapy, mental health counseling, education services, care resource coordinators and physical therapy.  Visit Memorial online at yakimamemorial.org or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/yakimavalleymemorialhospital), Twitter (www.twitter.com/Yakima_Memorial) or Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/yvmh).

 

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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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7 Steps To Prevent Stroke

You don’t have to make big changes to reduce your heart attack and stroke risk. Here are 7 healthy habits that could save your life:

Live smoke-free. If you smoke, quit.

Monitor your blood pressure. Keep your numbers below 120/80 mm Hg.

Maintain a healthy weight. Target a body mass index (BMI) of less than 25.

Watch your cholesterol. Strive for a total cholesterol less than 200 mg/dL.

Control your blood sugar. Aim for a fasting blood glucose less than 100 mg/dL.

Get active. Log 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity – like brisk walking – per week ( or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity).

Eat a heart-healthy diet. Make vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and fish mealtime staples. Limit sodium, saturated fat, and added sugar.

Source: American Heart Association

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 (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).

Media Contact:
Rebecca Teagarden
Memorial Family of Services
(509) 577-5051
rebeccateagarden@yvmh.org

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 www.cancer.org

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.

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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 quitnow@yvmh.org.

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 yakimamemorial.org/events 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.