Child and Babysitting Safety Classes coming to Yakima

Do you have an 11-15 year old at home that is looking to start babysitting? Are you 11-15 and want to start babysitting but aren’t sure about how to begin or if you’re ready for the responsibility? Come join us at Lakeview Pavilion for one of our new Child and Babysitter Safety (CABS) Classes. Our ASHI certified instructors will educate you in the basics of first aid, in responsible supervision, in handling emergency situations, and in building your babysitting business. Classes are just $40 and registration is just one click away. Grab a parent and go to to sign up today!

1 in 30 baby boomers has HEP C. Are you at risk?

Hep C Facts:

  • Chronic (lasting a long time) hepatitis C (Hep C) is a virus that affects the liver. It is the most common blood-borne infection and affects about 3.5 million people in the US
  • Most people do not have symptoms of Hep C for years or even decades, which is why it is commonly called a silent disease
  • If left untreated, Hep C can cause liver damage and even lead to liver cancer



  • Baby Boomer (born 1945 – 1965)
  • Received blood transfusion, an organ transplant, or kidney dialysis before 1992
  • Tattoos or body piercings iwht unsterilized tools
  • Sharing needles or straws for recreational use (even just one time)
  • Accidental needle sticks (most common with healthcare professionals)
  • Vietnam-era veteran
  • Being born to a mother with Hep C


  • The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends all Baby Boomers (born 1945 – 1965) get tested for Hep C
  • Ask your healthcare provider to test you for Hep C – this simple blood test is not part of routine blood work


Cure means the Hep C virus is not detected in the blood when measured 3 months after treatment is completed.

Have questions about Hep C? Contact The Liver Clinic at Memorial Cornerstone Medicine at 509-573 3819.



Happy New Year! Still in need of a resolution? Consider these for 2018:

  1. Follow the Healthy Eating Plate to create balanced and nutritious meals (and eat less red meat). Check out the Plant Based Menu items in the Café.
  2. Fly and drive less: Use a telecommuting service; and walk, bike or opt for public transportation. Employee indoor bike rack and showers coming in the Spring!
  3. Power down and cut your screen time: Commit to putting away your devices two hours before bed to reduce your exposure to blue light (and remember to unplug your chargers when not in use)
  4. Prioritize reusable and toxic-free products (some chemicals added to products do not break down in the environment), and reduce your own exposure to harmful chemicals
  5. Get active! Get outside to enjoy the great outdoors or join a gym. Consider 10 minute walking breaks, 3x a day for your 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise.

The Picture of Health: Chicken Soup, the Flu & You!

This month, beginning Jan. 1, we visit with Deborah Brown and Jeremy Slowe. Physician Assistant Deborah has advice for what to do if you get the flu (and what you can do to prevent it!). Then we talk to Jeremy Slowe, who we call “The Healthiest Man in the World.”

Find the Picture of Health on Channel 192 if you’re a Charter Cable subscriber. Don’t get Charter cable? Find the show online and watch any episode at any time at

Virginia Mason Memorial recognized as a national leader in safe sleep for babies

Dec. 19, 2017

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

YAKIMA — Virginia Mason Memorial is excited to announce that it has been recognized as a Cribs for Kids National Silver Certified Safe Sleep Leader. The Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program awards recognition to hospitals that demonstrate a commitment to reducing infant sleep-related deaths by promoting and educating on best safe sleep practices. VMM is one of the first hospitals in Washington to receive this title.

Health care facilities that achieve silver-level certification have demonstrated a commitment to community leadership for best practices and education on infant safe sleep through the development of a hospital policy, staff training, parent education, modeling through a wearable blanket program, and a pledge to participate in ongoing audits. VMM achieved the designation through its commitment to reduce infant sleep-related deaths by establishing a hospital infant safe-sleep policy, and modeling infant safe sleep throughout the hospital.

“Safe sleep for babies is a top priority,” said Jenifer Rhea, assistant nurse manager of Memorial’s Family Birth Place. “Education is crucial to ensuring a safe sleep environment for babies, and being certified ensures that we are following best practices.”

The Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program awards recognition to hospitals that demonstrate a commitment to reducing infant sleep-related deaths by suffocation by promoting best safe sleep practices and by educating on infant sleep safety.  By becoming certified, a hospital is demonstrating that it is committed to being a community leader and is pro-actively eliminating as many sleep-related deaths as possible.


To be designated a Silver Certified Safe Sleep Leader, in addition to the above criteria, the hospital must make use of wearable blankets in the Well-Baby Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as applicable, and record progress and report successes.
“Sleep-Related Death results in the loss of more than 3,500 infants every year in the U.S.,” said Michael H. Goodstein, M.D., neonatologist and medical director of research at Cribs for Kids. “We know that consistent education can have a profound effect on infant mortality, and this program is designed to encourage safe sleep education and to recognize those hospitals that are taking an active role in reducing these preventable deaths.”
Since 1998, Cribs for Kids has been making an impact on the rates of babies dying of accidental, sleep-related death in unsafe sleeping environments by educating parents and caregivers on the importance of practicing safe sleep for infants by providing Graco Pack ‘n Play portable cribs to families who, otherwise, cannot afford a safe place for their babies to sleep. Cribs for Kids currently has more than 800 licensed partners throughout the United States that implement its infant safe sleep program in their communities.


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For more information on the Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program visit, or call Tiffany Price, the Director of Hospital and Community Initiatives @ 412-322-5680 ext.112.


About Virginia Mason Memorial

Virginia Mason Memorial, part of the Virginia Mason Health System, is a 226-bed, acute-care, nonprofit, community hospital serving Central Washington’s Yakima Valley. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow, winner of the Circle of Life Award from the American Hospital Association for innovative palliative and end-of-life care; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit, the only place in Central Washington that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation, a separate 501c(3) organization that raises funds for innovative health care programs in the Yakima Valley (


Holiday Streakin’ Fitness Challenge

Healthy employees are happier employees! Yakima Herald reporter Mai Hoang interviews Dr. Tanny Davenport about the benefits of being fit. The benefits are many and you can do it, too!

YAKIMA, Wash. — Dr. Tanny Davenport often recommends exercise for his patients. Davenport isn’t all talk: He exercises daily.

“When I don’t exercise, I actually have less energy,” said Davenport, chief medical officer for Signal Health. “(Exercise) is definitely for both my mental and physical health.”

Read the full article at