What is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a condition where the blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Memorial’s prevention program helps people lower their risk of type 2 diabetes. 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

Somebody here has been through what you’re going through. You’re going to be OK.

“Somebody here has been through what you’re going through. And somebody here is surviving what you’re going to go through. I think that to me is the most important part.

I watched a mom try to use therapy and it was time to leave and the he did not want to leave. She had to help her son off the floor about 5 or 6 times. And I gave her a smile and a “You’re doing OK” and it just reminded me of the time when that was me and I was picking my son up off the floor and the funny thing is that some days I’d get through it the way that therapy told me I was supposed to. Some days it was like “Oh that’s it I’m done”, I’d pick him up and that’s it, I’ve failed as a mom. But the Village taught me it’s OK to fail. It’s going to be OK. Just try again the next day. And each and every step of the way like I can look at that mom and say “You’re going to be OK, it gets better”

You’re going to be ok.

A big thank you to Ginger Tyler of the Pastime Burgers, Brews & Spirits in Selah!

Ginger stopped by `Ohana, Memorial’s Mammography Center today, to drop off a really big check, $7,136 to be exact! For the past three years the Pastime has held a fundraiser in October  (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) to support `Ohana. Ginger reports that the place was packed this year to hear five great local bands and donate to a great cause: helping women beat breast cancer.

Thank you to everyone: Ginger, the bands and everybody who was there at the Pastime this year!

Children’s Village remains a unique facility 20 years on..

Since the doors at Children’s Village first opened 20 years ago, thousands of children with special needs and their families have been served in a welcoming place that unites multiple avenues of specialty care under one colorful roof. All with the goal of helping to ease the strain on families who are often overwhelmed, and serving those families right where they live – here in the Yakima Valley.

Children’s Village began as a vision among key community organizations and dedicated volunteers to meet the special health care needs of area children and their families. As a collaboration between Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Virginia Mason Memorial, Comprehensive Healthcare and The Memorial Foundation, the Village — thanks to the commitment of the Yakima Valley community — provides medical, dental, and behavioral services to children from birth to 18 with special health care needs such as autism and Down syndrome. There are peer support groups for parents and siblings, team sports, social events, and a spring prom for the kids and teens. There’s even family swim night hosted at the therapy pool.

Through its unique blend of services, the Village has helped thousands of children live fuller, more independent lives. In 2016, the Village served nearly 5,000 children with special needs, five times as many as were served in 1998, the first full year it was open.

The Village is a welcoming place, putting anxious children at ease as soon as they enter. Walls are bright and cheerful; preserved trees dot the hallways; the elevator resembles a mine shaft; the reception desk is inside a covered wagon; and a large meeting room is contained in a barn.

The ability to continue changing lives over the next 20 years and serve even more families in need is largely dependent on community support.  And that’s where The Memorial Foundation’s work to grow and enrich Children’s Village continues. The Village has never been sustained solely by reimbursement. It depends on grants and charitable donations from the community through The Memorial Foundation.

Despite these challenges, however, Children’s Village remains a unique facility not just for a community of Yakima’s size, but anywhere.  More than anything, it is a place for children to be children first. Everyone at Children’s Village believes the same thing: Help kids be the very best kids they can be.

Erin Black, Chief Executive Officer


“Save Second Base”: the importance of mammograms

NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

YAKIMA, WA – Breast Cancer Awareness Month is drawing to a close. Reporter Veronica Padilla learned today about how Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital in Yakima is using a unique approach about the importance of a test that could save women’s lives.

Read the full story at http://www.nbcrightnow.com/story/36696529/save-second-base-the-importance-of-mammograms

Properly dispose of old medications in Yakima on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: Oct. 28

YAKIMA – There often is confusion about whether old or unused medications should be thrown out in the trash, put down the sink, etc. But on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, Oct. 28, anyone with expired or unused medications is invited to bring them to Memorial Cornerstone Medicine, 4003 Creekside Loop, so they can be properly discarded.

The medication take-back program, sponsored locally by Virginia Mason Memorial and the Yakima Police Department, is part of a national initiative to provide a venue for safe disposal of unneeded medications. This effort prevents prescription drugs from entering the local water supplies and landfills.
The drug take-back event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at Cornerstone.
For more information on National Drug Take-Back Day go to: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html