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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

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 (

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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




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


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 or 509-577-5062.


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.


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: Cost for the event is $135.


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 Family of Services’ Affiliation with Virginia Mason Is Official

SEATTLE – (Jan. 5, 2016) – The affiliation of Yakima-based Memorial Family of Services, which includes Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, with Virginia Mason Health System became final on Jan. 1 as expected, following regulatory review.

“I am very pleased to welcome Memorial to our organization,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “We are partnering with a community-focused health system that shares our vision for the future of health care and our commitment to quality and safety.”

Dr. Kaplan and Memorial CEO Russ Myers, along with Jim Berg, chairman of the Memorial Board of Trustees, and James Young, chairman of the Virginia Mason Board of Directors, signed the legal document for the affiliation during a Nov. 11 ceremony in Yakima.

“We are excited about joining the Virginia Mason organization,” Myers said, “and the opportunities this will create for expanding access to high quality, affordable and patient-centered health services in our community.”

The affiliation, a historic first for both not-for-profit organizations, is a non-cash transaction. Memorial Family of Services and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, which is owned and operated by the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Association, become part of Virginia Mason.

Teams from Virginia Mason and Memorial are developing plans that will guide the collaborative integration and enhancement of services over the next several months. Clinical areas designated for integration and/or enhancement first include primary care, digestive diseases, heart, cancer, neurosciences and orthopedics.

“Our management and leadership teams share a vision and commitment to work together in building a health system that is greater than the sum of its parts,” Dr. Kaplan said.

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

About Virginia Mason
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs approximately 6,000 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 480 physicians; regional medical centers throughout the Puget Sound area; and 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. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason 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 website:

To learn more about Virginia Mason, visit or follow @VirginiaMason on Twitter.

About Memorial Family of Services
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is a 226-bed, acute-care, not-for-profit, 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, a continuum of cancer care, hospice care and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Visit Memorial online at or on Facebook (, Twitter ( or Pinterest ( The Memorial Foundation has raised and distributed $45 million toward innovative health care programs in the Yakima Valley (

Media Contacts:
Gale Robinette
Virginia Mason Media Relations
(206) 341-1509

Rebecca Teagarden

Communications Specialist

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital

and Memorial Family of Services

(509) 577-5051

The top health stories of 2015

Dec. 29, 2015—From hot dogs to high heels, 2015 delivered a lot of interesting health news.

While there were many leading headlines in health, here are a few that got some of the most attention from our readers in 2015. If you missed any of them, take the time to check them out—soon they’ll be last year’s news!

1. Eating certain meats causes cancer, report finds. Is that hot dog going to make you sick? Find out what kinds of meat the World Health Organization tagged as cancerous.

2. Anxiety affects millions of careers. Do you feel stressed on the job? This story reveals just how common that feeling may be.

3. Melanoma cases double in 30 years. Find out what steps you can take to protect yourself against the most deadly form of skin cancer.

4. Your kitchen towel may be a comfy home for germs. You dry your dishes with it. You wipe your hands on it. But what might be living on it?

5. Not so sweet: Sugary drinks kill 184,000 a year. You may want to reach for a big glass of water after reading about the global health effects of sugar-sweetened beverages.

6. Sleeping in car seats can be deadly. Learn how to provide a safe sleeping environment for your baby—and why a car seat can be a napping no-no.

7. High heels, higher injury risk. Dressing up feet may be pretty, but sometimes it’s dangerous. A report shows how a number of injuries related to wearing high heels has increased.


Cruisin Coffee raising money for The Memorial Foundation on Dec. 17

Hot Coffee and Kickin’ Country benefit a Great Cause

Grab a coffee and donate to The Memorial Foundation tomorrow morning (THURSDAY) at the Cruisin Coffee at 32nd and West Nob Hill Blvd.

Coastal Farm & Ranch of Yakima will match public donations up to $1,000, and all proceeds go to The Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Memorial Family of Services.

You can’t miss Cruisin Coffee. They’ll be the ones with DJ’s from 92.9 The Bull out front broadcasting the morning show.


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.