Support YouthWorks and celebrate National Coffee Day at Dutch Bros. Coffee

YAKIMA – Dutch Bros. Coffee is getting in the spirit for National Coffee Day on Friday, Sept. 29, with Buck for Kids Day. This Friday, for every drink sold, Dutch Bros. will donate $1 to The Memorial Foundation’s YouthWorks program.

Look for YouthWorks students out in front of the Dutch Bros. outlet that day, at 6520 W. Nob Hill Blvd. National Coffee Day starts early and runs late at the Yakima Dutch Bros. Hours are 4:30 a.m. until 11 p.m.

YouthWorks promotes the involvement of youth in philanthropy and volunteerism. The program empowers young people in the Yakima Valley to use their ideas, talents and sweat equity to raise funds for local projects supporting children with special healthcare needs.

Because all funds raised stay local, students see the positive effects of their efforts right here in the Yakima Valley. Funds raised are distributed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Virginia Mason Memorial, Children’s Village and health outreach programs for Valley children.

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Virginia Mason Memorial offers no-cost cooking class for local chefs

Calling all Yakima Valley restaurant chefs for a no-cost, plant-based
cooking workshop at Virginia Mason Memorial hospital

YAKIMA — Virginia Mason Memorial is inviting local restaurant chefs to a no-cost, hands-on workshop that focuses on plant-based cooking. This workshop is being held in conjunction with Food Day, a day set aside each year to inspire Americans to make healthy changes to their diets and food policies.
The workshop will be held Monday, Oct. 23, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. until noon. Chefs are requested to come only with an open mind and willingness to adapt a plant-based menu item.

The typical American diet is contributing to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems that are prevalent nationally and here in the Yakima Valley. Those problems cost Americans more than $150 billion per year.
Evidence shows that eating a plant-based diet has health benefits. This impacts professional cooks as customers with special requests are now seeking establishments where they can obtain a whole-food, plant-based option on a regular basis or on a catering menu. Virginia Mason Memorial’s workshop aims to offer chefs the tools to bring these customers into their dining establishments.

The workshop will be held at Virginia Mason Memorial hospital. To register, contact Virginia Mason Memorial’s Executive Chef Jason Patel by Oct. 6 by calling 509-249-5357 or via email at Space is limited.

Virginia Mason Memorial hosts Baldrige Examiner Training Class in 2017

YAKIMA— In partnership with local leaders, Performance Excellence Northwest (PENW) offers Examiner Training in communities across the Pacific Northwest to bring information, resources, knowledge, and best practices to organizations, communities and the region. Participants in this training class will experience a one-of-a-kind professional development and networking opportunity, and the chance to make a meaningful contribution to their organization’s improvement.

When: July 25-26
Where: Virginia Mason Memorial’s 16th Avenue Campus, 1470 N 16th Ave, Yakima, WA 98902
Cost: $300

Join us and become leader in service to your organization, your community and your country.

For information on the 2017 Examiner Training Schedule and to register visit

About Performance Excellence NW
PENW educates organizations in performance excellence management and administers the only state awards and recognition program for performance excellence in the Pacific Northwest (WA, OR, ID). We partner with Pacific Northwest organizations dedicated to improving their performance. Our main areas of focus are:

• Helping organizations achieve best-in-class levels of performance,
• Identifying and recognizing role-model organizations, and,
• Identifying and sharing best management practices, principles, and strategies.

PENW recognizes and awards organizations that have demonstrated exceptional performance excellence. These organizations are seen as models for organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest and the nation who seek outstanding results.

About the Baldrige Program
The Baldrige Program is the nation’s public-private partnership dedicated to performance excellence.

The Baldrige Program
• Raises awareness about the importance of performance excellence in driving the U.S. and global economy
• Provides organizational assessment tools and criteria
• Educates leaders in businesses, schools, health care organizations, and government and nonprofit agencies about the practices of best-in-class organizations
• Recognizes national role models and honors them with the only Presidential Award for performance excellence

Learn more at


Attend the Mr. Capitol Pageant and support health care for Yakima Valley kids

Attend the Mr. Capitol Pageant and support health care for Yakima Valley kids

On April 18 the Capitol Theatre’s 4th Street Theater will host the first Mr. Capitol Pageant, an evening of talent and fun featuring the top talent from each of the Yakima Valley’s YouthWorks pageant schools. Proceeds from the event raise awareness and funds for children’s health care needs in our community at Virginia Mason Memorial and Children’s Village.

Earlier this year students at West Valley, Eisenhower, Naches, Sunnyside, Wapato and East Valley high schools held pageants at each of their schools, the competition and fundraising fierce – with the real winners being area children. The highly competitive YouthWorks pageants raise money to support Children’s Village and Virginia Mason Memorial’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care and Pediatric units.

The Mr. Capitol Theatre Pageant begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $5, are available at the door. The 4th Street Theatre is located at 14 S. 4th St., Yakima.

Since the event was established in 2001, more than $1 million has been raised for the Children’s Health Care Fund at Virginia Mason Memorial.

Find out more at or by calling 509-576-5794.

Pancakes at IHOP & Virginia Mason Memorial on Tuesday, March 7, benefit local children

Pancakes at IHOP & Virginia Mason Memorial on Tuesday, March 7, benefit local children

IHOP to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® throughout February and on National Pancake Day

YAKIMA, WA. — Today, March 7, is National Pancake Day! And area IHOP restaurants and the café at Virginia Mason Memorial hospital are offering guests a free short stack of their famous buttermilk pancakes all day. This family-friendly tradition aims to raise needed funds and awareness for Virginia Mason Memorial, the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital.
For every short stack of buttermilk pancakes served on National Pancake Day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (and until 7:30 p.m. at Virginia Mason Memorial), IHOP guests are invited to make a donation to Children’s Miracle Network. Since 2006, IHOP’s National Pancake Day has raised approximately $15 million to provide life-saving treatment, programs and medical equipment for children — including the thousands of patients treated annually at Virginia Mason Memorial.
In the weeks before National Pancake Day, participating IHOP restaurants also sold Miracle Balloons for $1 and $5 to benefit Children’s Miracle Network. The balloons are available through National Pancake Day, and all proceeds benefit local children. Guests who purchase a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a $5 discount coupon that can be used during their next visit to IHOP.
“We are so grateful for IHOP’s continued support for Children’s Miracle Network and Virginia Mason Memorial,” said Josh Munson, Memorial’s Children’s Miracle Network program director. “Their support is vital to sustaining the programs and equipment needed for our children with health care challenges.”

Stop in at the following IHOP location on Tuesday, March 7, to benefit Children’s Miracle Network:
• Ellensburg, 2704 Triple L Loop

For more information or to make a donation to Virginia Mason Memorial, visit
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Proceeds from this event benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Department at Virginia Mason Memorial, as well as programs and services at Yakima’s Children’s Village, which serves Central Washington children with special health care needs and their families.

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

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 — including all those made on IHOP National Pancake Day — stay local to fund critical treatments and health care 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

Tips for walking around on icy/snowy surfaces

Tips for walking around on icy/snowy surfaces

Snow is one thing, but streets, sidewalks and parking lots coated in sheets of ice are another, as we experienced earlier this week! One hospital employee carries kitty litter in her car, not just for tire traction if needed, but to scatter on icy pathways for walking.

That’s just one way to walk safely on slick surfaces. Below are some tips for walking in icy conditions from the Snow & Ice Management Association, a nonprofit group representing the snow removal industry.

  • Wear proper footwear. Wear shoes with heavy treading and a flat bottom that place the entire foot on the surface of the ground.
    Also, you can attach a pair of Yaktrax Walk Traction Cleats to the bottom of any flat shoe or boot. The slip-on cleats, with steel coils, greatly reduce the risk of falls. Find them online for less than $20.
  • Wear things that help you see and be seen. Wear sunglasses so you can see. Also, bright and reflective clothing help you be seen by drivers.
  • Plan ahead. Walk consciously on icy sidewalks and parking lots. Look up to see where the next icy spots are and be aware of any vehicles near you.
  • Listen. Avoid listening to music or talking on the phone while walking in icy or snowy conditions. Pedestrians need to be able to hear approaching traffic or other noises.
  • Anticipate ice. What appears to be wet pavement may be black ice, so approach it with caution. Ice will often appear in the mornings, so be more aware in the early hours.
  • Take steps slowly. When walking down steps, take them slowly and deliberately. Plant your feet in a wide-legged stance securely on each step and be sure to have a firm grip on the handrail.
  • Enter buildings slowly. The floors of buildings may be covered in melted snow and ice, so check the entrance and try to step on any rugs in the doorways.
  • Avoid shortcuts. A shortcut path may be dangerous because it is less likely that snow and ice removal occurred.

Pasco Walmart hosts family-fun carnival to benefit local Children’s Miracle Network hospital


Pasco Walmart hosts family-fun carnival
to benefit local Children’s Miracle Network hospital

Families will find more than great deals at the Pasco Walmart Supercenter this Saturday when the store hosts a family-fun carnival to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The carnival, which includes fun games and food, will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Walmart Supercenter, 4820 N. Road 68, Pasco.

As part of Walmart’s CMN fund-raising campaign, through Oct. 9 customers can donate to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital when they stop in at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores. Since 1987, Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, team members, members and customers have raised nearly $1 billion dollars for Network children’s hospitals.

All donations stay local to fund critical treatments and health-care services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Help kids live better and Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are at Walmart and Sam’s Club registers.


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.

Local contact: Pasco Walmart store manager is Alisha Jones. She can be reached at or 509-543-7934.


Memorial Foundation Receives $25,000 Walmart Foundation Grant


Contact: Rebecca Teagarden, Memorial Communications, 509-577-5051

$25,000 grant from Walmart supports childhood obesity program
and classes that encourage healthy living in Yakima County

The Memorial Foundation has received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to support the ACT! Get Up, Get Moving! childhood obesity program and the Kohl’s Healthy For Life program.  Both of these community education and wellness programs have seen significant growth in the past few years as Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital works to reduce Yakima County’s high rates of obesity and diabetes.

ACT! is an evidenced-based program offered through Memorial and the Yakima Valley YMCA that models nutrition recommendations and physical activities for families. The healthy lifestyle program is geared for overweight children and teens, ages 8-14, and their parents or guardians. Through the generous donation, Memorial plans to expand ACT! to reach 120 Hispanic children and their parents each year in the Lower Yakima Valley where no similar resources exist. ACT! will also continue to serve 136 children and parents annually in the Upper Yakima Valley.

The Kohl’s Healthy for Life program provides community-based cooking classes to encourage healthy eating and nutrition, and drop-in fitness and exercise classes. The goal is to serve more than 7,000 participants each year.


Memorial offers class to learn infant CPR, Sept. 7

Contact: Rebecca Teagarden, Memorial Communications, 509-577-5051

Memorial offers class to learn infant CPR
Sept. 7, 2016

Unintentional choking and suffocation are the leading causes of all injury deaths for infants under 1 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 Sept. 7 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