Thank you, Legends Casino!

Owned and operated by the Yakama Nation, each year Legends Casino gives a percentage of its profits to area emergency services and nonprofit agencies.

On Wednesday, the casino handed out nearly $900,000, with $464,307 given to emergency agencies and $434,027 to nonprofits. Cottage in the Meadow, North Star Lodge and Children’s Village were three (3) of nearly 200 nonprofits awarded funds in amounts ranging from $1,000 to more than $10,000.

Cottage in the Meadow Hospice Care Center and Memorial Hospital’s Hospice Program, Compass Care,  received $10,844 to serve patients and families who are struggling significantly with their day to day financial existence, and the illness and impending death of their loved one magnifies these struggles. The hospice emergency fund provides support and assistance to assure quality of life in the final stages of life’s journey.

North Star Lodge Cancer Center received $7,500 to support its cancer care fund which provides hardship assistance for patients who are forced to leave their employment during treatments, and for those who are uninsured, underinsured, or lack caregiver support. This fund helps cancer patients who need transportation to and from appointments, prescription assistance, nutritional supplements, counseling and stress reduction programs.

Children’s Village received $5,000 for its emergency fund to assist families who face significant needs, unexpected obstacles, and extraordinary expenses associated with the medical costs of having a child with special needs. This fund was established to fill in the gaps when no other options are available.

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Aaron Whitefoot from Legends presents a check to Carol Vanevenhoven, Oncology Service Line Director at North Star Lodge.

We are truly grateful to the Yakama Nation Legends Casino for their generosity! These grants allow us to help those patients who have the greatest need while confronting extremely difficult medical challenges.

Mayhem and Miracles Revving at the Ridge Motorcycle Poker Run and Show-n-Shine Saturday, May 21

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Reckin’ Crue partners with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and The Memorial Foundation to raise money for health care needs of Yakima Valley children

YAKIMA – The not-for-profit Reckin’ Crue Inc. will host the third annual Mayhem and Miracles Revving at the Ridge Motorcycle Poker Run and Show-n-Shine Saturday, May 21, at River Ridge Golf Course to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The event includes two morning four-person scrambles, a motorcycle poker run on the golf course, motorcycle rodeo, burnout contest and a motorcycle show-n-shine, as well as golf competitions, raffles, a silent auction and other activities. Scrambles start at 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., and admission is $200 per four-person team. The on-course Poker Run is scheduled for noon: Admission is $20. General admission to the day’s events is $10.

River Ridge Golf Course is located at 295 Golf Course Loop in Selah. For more information, contact John Drakes at (509) 941-7263 or check out the Mayhem and Miracles event page on Facebook.

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.

ABOUT CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS

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 stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare 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 CMNHospitals.org.

About Memorial Family of Services and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, part of the Virginia Mason Health System, 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 yakimamemorial.org or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/yakimavalleymemorialhospital), Twitter (www.twitter.com/Yakima_Memorial) or Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/yvmh).

 

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 JoyceScott@yvmh.org or 509-577-5062.

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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.

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Attend the Mr. Naches and Mr. Ike Pageants and support health care for Yakima Valley kids

After months of fierce competition and fundraising, the titles of Mr. Naches and Mr. Ike (Eisenhower High School) will be decided next week on pageant night at those high schools. Mr. Naches will be crowned on Thursday, March 10; and Mr. Ike on Friday, March 11.

The real winners, though, are area children.

Naches and Eisenhower are two of five local schools participating in this year’s highly competitive Children’s Miracle Network/YouthWorks pageants 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.

In the months before each school’s pageant, contestants hold a variety of fundraising events to raise money for the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital. Efforts culminate on pageant night, when a winner is named based on money raised, talent and other events that evening.

The pageants begin at 7 p.m. Tickets, $5, are available at the door. Naches Valley High School is located at 101 W. 5th St., Naches . Eisenhower is at 611 S. 44th Ave., Yakima.

Since the event began in 2001, more than $800,000 has been raised for the Children’s Health Care Fund at Memorial.

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Free Pancakes at IHOP on Tuesday, March 8, to Support Memorial Hospital

IHOP Raises Funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Throughout February and on National Pancake Day

YAKIMA, Wash. March 3, 2016 — On Tuesday, March 8, Ellensburg and Tri-cities IHOP restaurants will once again offer guests a free short stack of their famous buttermilk pancakes on National Pancake Day. This family-friendly tradition aims to raise needed funds and awareness for Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

For every short stack of buttermilk pancakes served on National Pancake Day between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., IHOP guests are invited to make a voluntary donation to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital to celebrate IHOP’s “Decade of Giving.” Since 2006, IHOP National Pancake Day has raised approximately $15 million to provide life-saving treatment, programs and medical equipment for child patients — including the thousands of children treated annually at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.

In the weeks before National Pancake Day, participating IHOP restaurants also sold “Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5 to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The balloons are available through National Pancake Day, and all proceeds will go to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. 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 Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital,” said Katie Trammell, Memorial Hospital’s Children’s Miracle Network representative. “Their support is vital to sustaining the programs and equipment needed for our children with health care challenges.”

Stop in at the following IHOP locations on Tuesday, March 8 to benefit Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital:

Ellensburg, 2704 Triple L Loop

Kennewick, 6511 West Canal Drive

Pasco, 5015 Road 68

For more information or to make an online donation to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, visit www.IHOPpancakeday.com.

ABOUT CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS

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 healthcare 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 CMNHospitals.org.

 

 

 

 

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Varicose Vein Seminar open to public, March 7

Varicose vein seminar on March 7 offers the opportunity to talk
to physicians about treatments

The public is invited to a free informational seminar on varicose veins and the treatments available at Yakima Vascular Associates on Monday, March 7 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Attendees will be able to ask the physicians at YVA any questions they may have about varicose veins and possible treatments. Those who attend will be offered a free consultation with any of the providers.

Those interested in attending can register for the seminar by calling 509-453-4614. Yakima Vascular Associates is located at 1607 Creekside Loop, Suite 100, Yakima.

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Heart failure management

Heart failure management

If you have been diagnosed with Heart failure, which means your heart is not effectively circulating blood through your body. In some kinds of heart failure, the heart is weak and cannot push blood to the parts of the body that need blood.

Proper management of your heart failure is important and may prevent heart attack or stroke.

Use the following guidelines to monitor your health

You are “All Clear” in the GREEN ZONE if you have no shortness of breath, swelling, or weight gain and if there has been no decrease in your ability to maintain a normal activity level.

Proceed with “Caution” and call your physician if you are in the YELLOW ZONE. Symptoms include an increased in weight (2–3 lbs. in one day or 4–5 lbs. in past 5 days). Increased cough, swelling, shortness of breath with activity or chest pain. If you have increased the number of pillows needed to sleep or need to sleep in a chair, or if there is anything else unusual that is bothering you.

The RED ZONE is a “Medical Alert!”  Call your physician immediately or CALL 911 if you have any of these symptoms.

  • Unrelieved shortness of breath
  • Unrelieved chest pain
  • Wheezing or chest tightness at rest
  • Chest pain not relieved or recurs after taking nitroglycerin tablets twice
  • Mental changes