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Film preview for “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” open to public March 24 at The Seasons

CANCER logo white medKen Burns documentary based on best-selling book, serves as biography on cancer

(YAKIMA) – Memorial Family of Services and Seattle public television station KCTS 9 are pleased to host a film screening of “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” on Tuesday, March 24, at The Seasons Performance Hall in Yakima.

This three-part, six-hour television miniseries, presented by preeminent documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman, is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.” The film shares the history of cancer – from the ancient Greeks who believed it to be a “black bile” in the body, to 1950s social norms that made cancer an unspoken topic, to the research and clinical trials being done today. The film also highlights the scientists who made cancer research their mission, as well as the personal stories of cancer survivors and caregivers.

A panel discussion and Q&A follows the 40-minute film screening. Participants include:

  • Vicky Jones, Medical Oncologist
  • Shawn Murphy, Cancer Survivor
  • Hector Torango, Cancer Survivor and Caregiver

Everyone is likely to be touched by cancer at some point – either to be diagnosed with it or to have a loved one touched by it. This event presents an opportunity to learn more about the film, which will be airing on KCTS 9 over three evenings – March 30, 31 and April 1 – as well as to learn from and participate in a discussion about cancer care from people who have experienced it firsthand.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is available first come, first serve. Registration is not required, but people are encouraged to RSVP at

For more information about the film and to see personal stories from the filmmakers, cancer researchers, cancer survivors and caregivers for loved ones who have had the disease, visit

What:              Film screening, followed by panel discussion

“Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies”

Where:            The Seasons Performance Hall

                        101 N. Naches Ave., Yakima

When:             March 24, 2015

Doors open at 6 p.m. Program begins at 6:30 p.m.


Preview Screening of: The Emperor of All Maladies

CANCER logo white med

This three-part, six-hour major television event is presented by preeminent documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman. Airing March 30-April 1 on KCTS 9, the film is based on the Pulitzer prize-winning book, “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,” by Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD. Learn more about the film and explore videos at

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Seasons Performance Hall
101 N. Naches Ave. Yakima
Doors Open 6:00 p.m.
Screening & Discussion 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Open to the public at no charge. Space is available on a first come, first serve basis. This event made possible through partnership with KCTS 9 Public Television and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Care Line.

Register your attendance here

Screening followed by a moderated discussion panel including:

  • Vicky E. Jones, MD Medical Director, Medical Oncology, North Star Lodge
  • Shawn Murphy, Cancer Survivor
  • TBA

Memorial’s Comprehensive Cancer Care Line provides diagnostic and treatment services for all types of cancer. Patients receive individualized treatment from a multidisciplinary team that is truly passionate about cancer prevention, detection, treatment and support.

Ob Hospitalist Group names Dr. George Bailey Physician of the Year

(GREENVILLE, S.C.) – Dr. George Bailey, an OB/GYN hospitalist who works at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, has been named the 2014 Physician of the Year by the Ob Hospitalist Group.

Ob Hospitalist Group develops and manages on-site OB/GYN hospitalist programs for hospitals across the country, providing board certified physicians 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Bailey, who is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, is employed by Ob Hospitalist Group and provides OB/GYN services at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.

“From the very first day of the program at YVMH in July 2013, Dr. George Bailey established a standard of close collaboration with nurses, physicians, colleagues and hospital administration,” says OBHG Regional Vice President of Operations Elizabeth Yanko. “In addition to being recognized for his excellent clinical and leadership skills at the hospital, he is a true champion of the patients he cares for.”

A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the care of hospitalized patients. OB/GYN hospitalists specialize in caring for mothers and infants while in the hospital.

Dr. Roger Rowles of Generations OB/GYN in Yakima says Bailey has done a superb job as the lead OB/GYN hospitalist at Memorial.

“He has emphasized safety and effective communication and has served as a mentor and educator for nurses, students and residents. He is unflappable in the busiest of times and maintains his good humor throughout,” Rowles says. “We all have significant improvement in our quality of life and sleep patterns, knowing he or one of his colleagues is taking care of our patients.”

Bailey earned his medical degree and completed his residency at Oregon Health Sciences University.

Memorial joins the Healthier Hospitals Initiative and signs Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge

YAKIMA – Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and Memorial Family of Services have joined the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, a national campaign to focus on sustainability in health care and improve the health of communities, reduce environmental impact and decrease overall health care costs through better public health.

Launched in April 2012, the Initiative urges hospitals to commit to improve the health and safety of patients, staff and communities by using free, step-by-step guides to implement up to six challenges that focus on sustainability. Memorial has committed to meet three of the six challenges over the next three years:
• Engage leadership on environmental health and sustainability;
• Serve healthier foods and beverages;
• Leaner energy challenge.

Memorial CEO Russ Myers signed the Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge on Tuesday, Jan. 13 – the first hospital in Central Washington to do so – kicking off Memorial’s participation in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative.

“As a health care leader in the Yakima Valley, Memorial must be in tune not only with the health care needs of individual patients, but with the greater needs of our community. We must be a community role model for healthy living, environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility,” Myers says. “And having clearly defined goals for healthier food, engaged leadership and leaner energy use aligns with our strategic vision: to create healthy communities one person at a time.”

Roughly 75 percent of all health care costs nationally are for the treatment of chronic diseases, according to the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. Nationally, the United States spends an estimated $147 billion to treat obesity alone, another $116 billion to treat diabetes, and hundreds of billions to treat cardiovascular disease and cancer. By addressing the root causes of disease, health care providers and patients together can reduce the burden of chronic disease in their communities.

Yakima County exceeds the Washington state obesity rates, with one in every three adults and one in six children or adolescents identified as obese. Obesity contributes to high rates of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, which are among the leading causes of death in Yakima County.

Memorial has consistently worked to improve access to care and to educate the community about obesity and chronic diseases that are prevalent in our community, including diabetes, offering comprehensive diabetes education and prevention programs and a nutrition and fitness education program for at-risk children and their families, among other programs.


The new Initiative includes changes that enable Memorial to create a healthier workforce, as well as a healthier community, while reducing our carbon footprint and operating more sustainably.

Memorial also will be making significant changes to serve healthier food and beverages, including:
•    Decreasing the amount of meat purchased by 20 percent within a three-year period, subsequently reducing fossil fuel use and modeling healthy eating behaviors;
•    Increasing healthy beverage purchases, with healthy beverage purchases accounting for 80 percent of total beverage purchases over three years, helping to reduce rates of obesity and chronic illness, as well as associated health care costs;
•    Increasing the percentage of local (within 250 miles) food purchased by 20 percent annually.

“So much of what we eat isn’t nutritious anymore. People are busy. They don’t cook healthy meals and they eat a lot of processed foods, which contributes to health problems in our community,” Memorial Community Health Director Bertha Lopez says. “We have a responsibility to set a good example for our community, whether it be nutrition, waste or energy use, because a healthy environment contributes to a healthy population, which builds a healthy economy.”

Memorial has appointed an executive sponsor for the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, and Memorial’s leadership commits to creating an environmental sustainability plan, measures and reports, starting in 2015.

In addition, Memorial has agreed to take on the “Leaner Energy” challenge – specifically, to reduce greenhouse gases from metered energy use by 3 percent from baseline. Initially, Memorial will be looking to determine its baseline for energy use to determine specific areas for improvement, then developing strategies to reduce energy use. These activities will occur over time in the coming months.

In 2016, Memorial will take on the remaining challenges of the Initiative: reduction of waste and increased recycling, use of safer chemicals and purchase of environmentally preferable products.

About Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and Memorial Family of Services
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and Memorial Family of Services employ roughly 2,500 people, making Memorial the largest employer in Central Washington’s Yakima County, with a core purpose to inspire people to thrive. Memorial Hospital is a 226-bed, acute-care, nonprofit community hospital. Memorial Family of Services includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, nationally-recognized home health and hospice care, and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Visit Memorial online at or on Facebook (, Twitter ( or Pinterest (

About the Healthier Hospitals Initiative
The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) is a national campaign to implement a completely new approach to improving environmental health and sustainability in the health care sector. Eleven of the largest, most influential U.S. health systems, comprising over 500 hospitals with more than $20 billion in purchasing power, worked with Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), the Center for Health Design and Practice Greenhealth to create HHI as a guide for hospitals to improve sustainability in six key areas: engaged leadership, healthier foods, leaner energy, less waste, safer chemicals, and smarter purchasing. More information is available at


Tips for managing grief during the holidays at “Can We Talk?” speaker series

Learn tips for managing grief during the holidays at Memorial’s “Can We Talk?” speaker series

(Yakima) – The holidays can be a time of joy and celebration for many, but for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be especially difficult.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital offers tips to make grieving through the holidays a little easier.

Memorial’s “Can We Talk?” speaker series this month focuses on grief at the holidays. Speakers will offer ways to manage your expectations while still honoring your loved one – recognizing that every person grieves differently and at a different pace.

The talk will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 18 at the Harman Senior Center, located at 101 N. 65th Ave.

“Can We Talk?” is a monthly speaker series offering tips to start the difficult conversation about preparing for end of life. Topics include hospice and palliative care, opportunities for volunteering, Medicare and more.

Joint Commission recognizes Memorial Hospital as Top Performer

Accreditation honors Memorial for quality care in 4 areas:
heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care

YAKIMA — Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for 2013 by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditation entity of health care organizations in the United States.

The announcement recognizes Memorial as a top performer in four areas: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

“It is a testament to our exemplary physicians and staff at Memorial to be recognized as a Top Performer by The Joint Commission,” Memorial CEO Russ Myers says. “To be specifically recognized in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care speaks to the dedication that each and every employee places on ensuring safe, high-quality care for our patients and visitors.”

The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including hospitals and health care organizations that provide ambulatory and office-based surgery, behavioral health, home care, laboratory and nursing home services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

The Top Performer program supports health care organizations in their quest to improve programs and service to patients. The program is based on data reported in the previous year about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to be the best treatments for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, stroke and immunization.

The results, released Thursday in The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” are based on data reported by more than 3,300 Joint Commission accredited hospitals in 2013. Overall, the Joint Commission recognized 1,224 hospitals across the country with the 2013 Top Performer distinction. Memorial is one of 17 Washington state hospitals so recognized, and one of just nine in the state recognized in more than three clinical areas.

The full report can be found here:


Kohl’s Department Stores donates $28,494 to Memorial Wellness Programs

Contact: Shannon Dininny, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
(509) 577-5051/

Kohl’s Department Stores donates $28,494 to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
for Health and Wellness Programs

YAKIMA, Wash. — Kohl’s Department Stores donated $28,494 to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at Memorial’s World Diabetes Day screening and educational event. The money will be used to promote health and wellness activities over the next year in the Yakima Valley.

The Kohl’s Healthy for Life donation will help to fund fitness and nutrition activities, including cooking demonstrations, at YV Tech. The grant also allows once again for the purchase of 1,000 bike helmets for area children, including at Memorial’s annual Fiesta de Salud Health Fair next summer.

“Memorial is thrilled to have Kohl’s continued support for programs that improve the health and wellness of the Yakima Valley,” said Anne Caffery, Memorial vice president of communications and president of The Memorial Foundation. “Through financial support and volunteer spirit, Kohl’s and its employees have shown their commitment to improving lives, and we look forward to working with them to achieve that goal.”

Since 2012, Kohl’s has donated more than $45,000 to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and The Memorial Foundation. Other Memorial initiatives supported through Kohl’s include Children’s Village, YouthWorks and other child safety programs through community education

Kohl’s commitment to Memorial is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys where 100 percent of net profit benefits children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl’s has raised more than $257 million dollars through this merchandise program. In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl’s Cares® features the Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program, which last year recognized more than 2,300 young volunteers with more than $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 834,000 Associates have donated more than 2.7 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl’s has donated more than $79 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Kohl’s also offers fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit

About Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is a 226-bed, acute-care, 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 (

About Kohl’s
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with 1,160 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at and via mobile devices. Committed to our communities, Kohl’s has raised more than $257 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit

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Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, Virginia Mason Health System Enter Formal Affiliation Discussions

Contacts: Shannon Dininny, Memorial Communications, (509) 577-5051
Gale Robinette, Virginia Mason Media Relations, (206) 341-1509

YAKIMA – Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and Virginia Mason Health System announced their intent Wednesday to pursue a formal affiliation that would transform health care in the Yakima Valley, increase access to health care and improve the patient experience and value of care.

The boards of both hospitals have voted to sign a letter of intent, which is the next step in the affiliation process. The signing of the letter of intent enables the two organizations to conduct detailed discussions and perform necessary due diligence on the specific details of an affiliation whereby Memorial would become a part of the Virginia Mason Health System.

Memorial and Virginia Mason share similar values and cultures, as well as a commitment to innovation, and view a potential relationship as an opportunity to create a broader network of care that better serves both organizations’ communities.

“We are excited to work with Virginia Mason and look forward to continuing our discussions to build a partnership that serves our community,” Memorial CEO Russ Myers said. “Virginia Mason is a distinguished organization with strong leadership and excellent physicians.”

“In Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital we have found an organization with a shared vision for health care, focused on innovation, high quality and appropriate patient care at the lowest cost possible,” Virginia Mason Health System Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD, said.

Partnerships in health care are occurring across the country as a way to improve service, lower costs and respond to health care reform. Ultimately, these collaborations benefit the patients and communities they serve.

The Memorial Board of Trustees views a strategic partnership as an opportunity for Memorial – and Yakima – to maintain access to high-quality healthcare, improve access to specialty care, advance physician recruitment and expand our financial, clinical and information systems resources. Such a partnership also ensures that state-of-the-art medicine continues in this community.

Memorial and Virginia Mason, both not-for-profit health care providers, share a commitment to maintaining comprehensive health care in Yakima. Due diligence, a legal step in the affiliation process, is expected to take four to six months.

About Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital

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 ( In addition, The Memorial Foundation has raised and distributed $45 million toward innovative health care programs in the Yakima Valley (
About Virginia Mason

Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs 6,000 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 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. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety. Virginia Mason website:

3rd Healthy Now clinic opens in West Valley

Convenient care clinic treats minor illnesses quickly, comfortably

YAKIMA – Memorial Physicians is pleased to announce that a new Healthy Now clinic has opened in West Valley to meet the demand for convenient care for minor illnesses.

Healthy Now treats a variety of non-urgent illnesses and injuries that might not be serious enough for a trip to the emergency room, but still require treatment even if your own doctor is unavailable. Services offered include treatment for colds, flu, sore throats, ear aches, minor burns and sprains and strains.

The new clinic, which is located at 120 S. 72nd Ave., is the third Healthy Now clinic opened by Memorial Physicians to serve patients. The first Healthy Now clinic opened in December 2013 at 3909 Creekside Loop. A second Healthy Now clinic opened in May at 3904 Terrace Heights Dr.

Healthy Now is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Walk-ins are welcome, and appointments can be scheduled online in advance at

Healthy Now accepts most insurance plans and Medicare. The copayment for your specific plan will be collected during your visit. Please have your insurance card and proof of ID at the time of your visit. If you haven’t met your deductible, don’t have insurance or don’t have a plan, we currently accept cash, credit cards and debit cards.

For more information about Healthy Now, visit our website at

18th annual Golf to Give Classic to be held Sept. 8

Contact: Shannon Dininny, Memorial Communications: 509.577.5051

18th annual Golf to Give Classic to be held Sept. 8
Money raised supports children’s health care

YAKIMA, Wash. – The 18th annual Golf to Give Classic will be held on Monday, Sept. 8, at Apple Tree Resort, with proceeds to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. All money stays in the local community to support children’s health care at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital – the Children’s Miracle Network hospital for Central Washington – and Children’s Village, which provides specialized services to children with special health care needs and their families.

The goal this year is to raise $50,000 to purchase vital equipment – a simulated baby to train employees and staff on critical life-saving skills – for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Unit.

This year’s Golf to Give Classic includes two flights of high-caliber golf, a putting and chipping contest, morning and afternoon raffles and a silent auction. Memorial sports medicine expert Joel Buffum will be on hand to provide information about Titleist Performance Institute screenings to improve your golf game. Several grateful patients – children who have benefitted from the care made possible by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals – also will be there to visit with the golfers and visitors and to share their stories and enjoy the fun.

Memorial is grateful to Apple Tree for once again hosting the event and to its key sponsors: Les Schwab Tire Centers, Solarity Credit Union, Magic Metals, Ace Hardware, Coca-Cola, Yakama Nation Legends Casino and Stewart Subaru.

For more information about the event, visit or call (509) 576-5794.

About Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital 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 or on Facebook (, Twitter ( or Pinterest (

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 nonprofit hospitals across North America to treat severely injured and ill children. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the organization’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.