“All of my doctors said I was overweight, but when I requested my medical records it said, “obese.

MaryKathleen Carpenter did not like going to the doctor. A lot. “All of my life I’ve hated going. My back and my knee go out occasionally, and I have a bad hip. But no matter what problem I had – my knee, whatever – the doctor would say it was because of my weight. They Read more about “All of my doctors said I was overweight, but when I requested my medical records it said, “obese.[…]

“Cured of Hep C after 30 years”

Lisa Jaeger was 26 years old when she found out she was infected with Hepatitis C. She got it from her husband in the late 1980s. Because there was no cure at the time, Lisa Jaeger lived with the deadly virus for the next 30 years. “I believe it was through drug activity. Billy had Read more about “Cured of Hep C after 30 years”[…]

“Three years — and more than 200 pounds — ago”

Yakima resident Maury Riker has been a lot of things during his years spent in the working world: paramedic, facilities manager, recycling specialist, company owner, billing expert. But in retirement, he’s got an entirely new gig: healthy lifestyle crusader for Virginia Mason Memorial’s Diabetic Prevention Program. “My wife’s doctor suggested the program to her. We Read more about “Three years — and more than 200 pounds — ago”[…]

Donated organs save lives.

Virginia Mason Memorial hospital has received both the 2017 Organ Donation Achievement Award and the Organ Donation Referral Achievement Award from LifeCenter Northwest. The federally designated organ procurement organization serves Alaska, Montana, North Idaho, and Washington. VMM is one of 15 hospitals in this four-state area to receive the donation achievement award, and one of Read more about Donated organs save lives.[…]

Wednesday, May 2 is National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day!

National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, is your opportunity to get up and get moving! The ADA recommends breaking up sitting with three or more minutes of physical activity every 30 minutes. So, take a walk, do some sit-ups or jumping jacks. Just get out of that chair every Read more about Wednesday, May 2 is National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day![…]

Good food for good health!

Virginia Mason Memorial’s executive chef Jason Patel is one of five finalists in Practice Greenhealth’s Health Care Culinary Contest from among hospitals across the country. His recipe for plant-based butternut squash enchiladas was chosen for local and sustainable sourcing and providing a meal that is healthy for people and the planet. Practice Greenhealth is the Read more about Good food for good health![…]

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in Yakima

Diane Patterson talks to reporter Alex de Leon about just how important Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners are. There’s a bill currently in the Legislature supporting training and the work of SANE nurses. Virginia Mason Memorial has 5 of these highly trained nurses who help patients through the trauma and also work with legal system. Diane Read more about Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in Yakima[…]