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Dr. Gabriel Lascar talks about Cornerstone’s new clinic.

Memorial Cornerstone Medicine has been treating Yakima Valley patients for more than 30 years and has a rich history of serving this community. Cornerstone is excited to be located at a new clinic, designed to better serve patients. Dr. Gabriel Lascar appeared on KIT 1280 on Dec. 16, 2014, to talk more about the new clinic.

How has the patient population at Cornerstone changed?

Cornerstone’s patients tend to be older. It’s a population that tends to have many chronic conditions, and caring for these patients requires a great deal of “behind the scenes” coordination. As health care changes, we need to be better situated to address the needs of these patients, as well as those who require less coordination.

How will this clinic enable you to do that?

We are very excited to be moving to a new clinic that has been built to allow us to better serve our patients into the future. It’s a purpose-built facility – meaning that it is designed to better meet the needs of our patients. The design allows for services to be brought directly to the patient.

  • The building is all on one floor – no elevator and no stairs.
  • There’s more parking and close to a bus stop right outside.
  • The new clinic is all about convenience for our patients.  We literally counted the steps from the clinic entry to the exam room to minimize the number of steps a patient takes once they come into the clinic.  Patients will receive care that is integrated, more efficient and comfortable.
  • In patient satisfaction surveys, one frequent complaint we heard was that patients don’t like having to wait in crowded, noisy waiting rooms.  To address this, we downsized the space in the waiting rooms and created exam rooms that are 40 percent larger to accommodate wheelchairs, walkers and family members or caregivers. From the check-in process to check-out, all of the services will occur in the exam room.
  • In addition, there are additional on-site services to better serve patients.

What are some of the services that will be offered at the new clinic that patients currently don’t have?

Services being offered at the new clinic will include:

  • Full service retail pharmacy, including a drive-through pharmacy that serves Cornerstone patients
  • Anti-coagulation management clinic
  • Lab draw station
  • Dietitians on site
  • Behaviorist on site
  • Diabetes education program also on site.

Eating Healthy at the Holidays

Eating healthy at the holidays can be a struggle for anyone – people bring holiday cookies to work, there’s an office party seemingly every day and family get-togethers center on food. It’s especially difficult for people trying to watch their weight or lose weight. Katie Wolff, Memorial dietician, offered tips for eating healthy at the holidays Dec. 2, 2014 on KIT 1280.

How do I manage holiday parties?

  • Get involved. There’s usually a sign-up list for coworkers to volunteer to bring dishes. You can sign up to bring one healthy dish, giving yourself and everyone else at least one good option to enjoy.
  • Come prepared. If the party is during lunch, eat a healthy breakfast and plan for a healthy, mid-morning snack, such as an apple or a protein bar.
  • Use a small plate. You’ll eat less.
  • Plan your attack. Don’t load up your plate with foods that are fried or high in fat, such as those with a lot of cheese or cream. Fill half your plate with fresh fruits and veggies, and devote ¼ of your plate to starches and ¼ to proteins. Also, be sure to control your portion sizes.

What about desserts?

There are healthy dessert options that allow you to indulge your sweet tooth.

  • Look for yogurt and fruit. Dip fruits, such as strawberries or bananas, in chocolate to satisfy a sweet tooth and get that hint of chocolate.
  • Substitute unsweetened applesauce for oil or butter, or for sugar.
  • Share a dessert – splitting one in half allows you to enjoy it with half the guilt.

A few basic tips for healthy eating at the holidays:

  • Control portion sizes.
  • Find creative ways to make modifications where you can.
  • Forgo those treats that aren’t your favorites. Hold out for your favorites so that you can still enjoy your traditions at the holidays.

And with healthy eating, come a few other things your body needs to stay healthy at the holidays.

  • Get plenty of exercise.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Plan ahead to manage your stress.

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Thank you Yakima…

The Memorial Family of Services relies on community support for many of its programs. Anne Caffery, president of The Memorial Foundation, appeared on KIT 1280 on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, to thank the Yakima community for its generous support and to highlight the Foundation’s philanthropic accomplishments and highlights in the past year and the year ahead.

In 2014, generous contributions to the Foundation enabled Memorial to:

  • Expand the Diabetes Initiative with diabetes prevention and diabetes education classes, offered both in English and Spanish.
  • Buy a new incubator for the NICU
  • Serve hundreds of families through our Transitions Program, offering palliative care for anyone with a life-limiting illness, and through our Hospice programs, including Cottage in the Meadow hospice home.
  • Continue to provide critical care for children with special needs at Children’s Village.

Last year, we took guidance from our Community Health Initiative – and from past patterns of requests – to determine areas of greatest need in our community. We are focusing our efforts on four major initiatives going forward.

The following shows the total dollar figure awarded by the Foundation for 2015 in each of those four major initiatives and a couple of highlights for each:

  • Improving Children’s Health – $716,873
    • Continued support for critical Children’s Village programs
    • Creation of a Pediatrics simulation lab and training center
  • Advancing Cancer Care – $242,400
    • North Star Lodge services, including support and education programs, pharmacy, dietary, rehabilitation services
    • Mammography scholarships for women in need
    • Creation of a survivorship program
  • Supporting End of Life – $233,000
    • Continued support for Cottage in the Meadow hospice home and the Transitions palliative care program, which we intend to grow in the future
    • Improved efforts for Hispanic/Latino outreach
  • Healthy Yakima – $769,538
    • Support for Alzheimer’s and dementia conference to better educate our community about this disease – both physicians and caregivers – and to provide vital support
    • Continued support of our ACT! program to address childhood obesity
  • General, Fundraising, Grants – $238,324

TOTAL = $2,200,135 – Total money allocated by The Memorial Foundation for 2015.

Thank you, Yakima!


Are you at risk for Breast Cancer?

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Dr. Vicky Jones, medical oncologist at North Star Lodge Cancer Care Center, and genetic counselor Susie Ball appeared on KIT 1280 on Oct. 14, 2014, to discuss breast cancer risks and genetic screening.

Memorial provides a continuum of cancer care, from screening and diagnosis through treatment and survivorship. Your support for cancer care services in this community stays local, so visit to make a contribution today.

About 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetimes – more than a quarter million women estimated this year. Roughly 40,000 women die from the disease annually, making it the second leading cause of cancer death in women behind lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

Actress Angelina Jolie grabbed headlines last year for her announcement that she had undergone a double mastectomy after testing positive for a genetic mutation that increased her risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

  • Recent studies show that Jolie’s decision, now dubbed the “Angelina Effect,” resulted in a surge in women in the United Kingdom and Canada undergoing genetic tests for breast cancer in the months since. Researchers also found that it was women with a family history of breast cancer who were being appropriately referred for additional screening.

However, most women with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease. Only 5-10 percent of those cancers are inherited, and sometimes, the fact that Aunt Betty had cancer doesn’t necessarily mean her niece will develop any cancer, let alone the same cancer.

So when does “a family history” mean you should undergo genetic testing?

The key to genetic testing: genetic counseling. Any woman who believes she may have inherited a gene mutation and be at higher risk could benefit from genetic counseling. Ultimately, a counselor can help to determine whether screening is necessary, which test or tests to perform, and help to ensure it’s paid for by insurance. Most insurance policies will cover genetic testing if it’s documented as worthwhile.

What factors does a genetic counselor consider when reviewing a cancer patient’s case?

Genetic counselors consider several factors, including:

  • the type of cancer (whether it’s the same cancer the family member experienced)
  • unusual cases, such as a male family member with breast cancer
  • bilateral cancer, meaning the cancer is in both breasts or in both ovaries
  • early age of onset

Women who inherit the gene change have a higher chance that they will get cancer than other people, but that doesn’t mean they will get it. There isn’t any one breast cancer gene.

Does a gene mutation change how cancer is treated?

If a gene is found to be abnormal, it doesn’t change how breast cancer is managed. It changes how frequently medical providers monitor for cancer in patients who are currently cancer-free, or how they monitor for new cancers in patients already diagnosed, she says.

What should women do in the meantime?

The most common risk factors for breast cancer are things that can’t be changed: being a woman, age and ethnicity. Women should continue their own due-diligence with self exams and mammograms to catch cancers early. And live a healthy lifestyle – maintain a healthy weight, get proper nutrition and exercise and limit alcohol.

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HeathyYou Employee Wellness Program

Dr. Tanny  Davenport of Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital discusses Memorial’s employee wellness program March 18, 2014 on KIT 1280.

Dr. Davenport has talked in the past about employee wellness clinics – Memorial operates HealthyYou for employees, allowing them to make same-day appointments for basic wellness and medical services with no co-pays, deductibles or fees.

Now, Memorial is launching a new program called HealthyYou Wellness this month. The program is an investment opportunity for our employees – an opportunity to invest in their health.

Why a wellness program?

This program has one purpose: to help Memorial employees become healthier. Studies have shown that wellness programs can improve health by helping employees better understand their health, providing resources to improve their health, and using friendly motivation among co-workers.

In the end, it’s all about making things fun.

  • Participation is 100 percent voluntary.
  • The program is free.
    • And our HealthyYou clinic is still here treating employees and their covered dependents.


What does the program include?

  • The program includes a free health screening. The screening provides each employee a baseline, giving them a snapshot of where their health is today and the info they need to create goals for a healthier future.
    • The biometric screening includes height, weight, BMI, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol – good and bad. Blood testing is performed using a fingerstick, and the information provided can give a snapshot of a person’s overall health.
    • Each employee receives a nice summary card with the results and the opportunity to talk to a health coach for free.


  • A third-party company administers the confidential screenings. No one at Memorial sees the individual results or has access to individual information.
    • Only the employee has access to his or her own individual results.
    • Only overall group data will be provided to Memorial so that the program can be customized to meet employee needs.


  • We also have incentives for getting healthy!
    • Employees can sign on to a website with a list of challenges that allow them to earn points for rewards, like an Amazon gift card.
    • Challenges include:
      • A health assessment that gauges your work-life balance, physical activity and stress
      • A walking meeting
      • A National Nutrition Month challenge where you add healthier foods to your diet
      • An exercise class or a Memorial health education class, such as the diabetes prevention class
      • A donation to The Memorial Foundation.

Today’s topic is cardiac rehab…

Topic:                   Cardiac Rehab

Guests:                Dr. Doug Morrison, cardiologist, Yakima Heart Center

Date:                     Feb. 11, 2014

February is National Heart Month, and each Tuesday we will be featuring a different topic on cardiac treatment. Today’s topic is cardiac rehab.


What is cardiac rehab?

Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program of exercise, education and support for people with heart disease to restore good health and improve their quality of life.  It is meant to reduce the chance of future cardiac problems and helps people live life to its fullest.  The work is done by the patient.


Who benefits?

According to the American Heart Association, cardiac rehab can help people who’ve had:

  • A heart attack
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart failure
  • Angina
  • A heart procedure, such as a balloon angioplasty or a pacemaker implant
  • Heart surgery, such as a bypass operation or valve replacement


Where do people get treated?

Cardiac rehab may take place at the hospital or in another location.

  • Memorial’s Cardiac Rehab program is located on South 30th Avenue across the street from the hospital in the West Pavilion Two building, on the second floor above the offices of the Yakima Heart Center.
  • The program may last a few weeks or up to a year, although three months is common
  • Medicare and health plans often cover the cost for the first two or three months
  • You must be referred by a health care provider.


What happens at rehab?

The rehab team will evaluate your overall health, lifestyle, medical conditions and limitations. Then they’ll tailor a program just for you. In rehab you may:

  • Work with a nutritionist to set up a heart-healthy eating plan
  • Learn how to exercise safely, possibly using a treadmill, bike, rowing machine, track or weight machines
  • Learn how to control chronic health conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure
  • Learn ways to reduce stress
  • Learn about your medications and how to take them
  • Get tips for quitting smoking and losing weight
  • Get counseling about returning to work and to activities you enjoy
  • You’ll meet others who’ve been through a similar life event. That camaraderie can help you stick with your program and make the transition back to an active life.
  • Rehab also is a place to find help for the emotional upheaval that is common after heart surgery or heart problems. Depression, anxiety and anger shouldn’t be ignored. They can affect you physically and keep you from recovering.

For more information, visit our Cardiac Rehab page or call 576-7650.

Rick’s Retirement

Rick Linneweh Jr. is retiring next week as CEO of Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital after 37 years – and one day – at the helm. Retiring as just the third CEO in Memorial’s history, Rick talked about his career and his future on KIT 1280 on January 14, 2014.

Under his leadership, the hospital has seen incredible growth and change over the years. From the development of new treatment centers – Children’s Village, North Star Lodge  Cancer Care Center, Cottage in the Meadow hospice center – to the creation of The Memorial Foundation, Memorial’s philanthropic arm, and his continued support for health care education and advancement in the Yakima Valley, Rick has made no secret of his love for this community. We wish him all the best in retirement!

Meet Dr. Ryan Black

black Meet Dr. Ryan Black

Meet Dr. Ryan Black from Yakima Ear, Nose and Throat! Dr. Black is an otolaryngologist, treating patients with ear, nose, and throat problems. Dr. Black believes healthcare involves treating the whole person, not just the complaint. He admires the teamwork that is evident at Memorial, as well as their focus on prevention versus treatment. After spending time in Vietnam and numerous states throughout the U.S., Dr. Black is happy to settle in Yakima, where he enjoys hiking and spending time with his family.

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Philanthropy in Yakima: 2013

Anne Caffery, president of The Memorial Foundation, appeared on KIT 1280 Nov. 25, 2013 to express gratitude for Yakima’s philanthropic efforts in the past year.

Donors increased their giving from $2.9 million in 2011/2012 to $3.4 million in 2012/2013. At The Memorial Foundation, we say thank-you for the philanthropic accomplishments and highlights in 2013:

  • Cottage in the Meadow hospice opened and served over 250 families this year. Offers holistic care, chaplaincy, social services, bereavement programs, tender care.
  • Launched the Transitions Program with a Jesuit Volunteer, designed for people with life limiting conditions who just need some help to keep their lives going; helps people stay in their homes longer.
  • Served our 30,000th child at Children’s Village and grown the number of clinics and children served.
  • Added new digital mammography equipment at ‘Ohana with increased intensity, readability and précising outcomes for women:
    • Safeway employees raised much of the money to buy the equipment.
    • And ‘Ohana Mammography Center has since been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology – the only such breast imaging center in Central Washington – recognizing it for its high quality of care.
    • Increased survivorship programs at North Star Lodge.
    • Launching an enhanced Diabetes Initiative, education at Nob Hill Education site, thanks to a grant.
    • Bought new equipment at the NICU,  bassinettes, funded Oxford study.

SO MANY people do SO MUCH

Folks launch philanthropic events for various causes – exemplified by the young East Valley student, named Reagan, who is making bracelets and selling them to benefit hospice, or a man named Dean Shirey, who drove his motorcycle across the country to honor his brother and raised $10,000 for North Star Lodge. Or Dr. and Mrs. Hart, octogenarians, who make quilts for each and every patient at Cottage in the Meadow.

So THIS year we focus on:

Four Initiatives for a total goal of $5 million dollars (taking guidance from our recently completed Community Health Assessment and past patterns for requests and needs demonstrated from within these four key areas of patient need):

  • Improve Children’s Health ($1.5 million) – Children’s Village $680,000, Neurodevelopmental Services $100,000; Pediatrics $100,000, NICU $500,000
  • Create a Healthy Yakima ($1 million) – diabetes, healthy heart, sports ready bodies, access to care
  • Cancer Care Initiative ($300,000) – Increase survivorship, preventive education, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship.
  • End of Life ($1 million) – Ensure that all people have access to information and the tools to make end of life decisions, Bereavement Services.

Frequently asked questions:

What is The Memorial Foundation?

The Memorial Foundation is the nonprofit foundation for Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. For more than two decades, the Foundation has partnered with the community to develop comprehensive, innovative solutions and new models of care to address the primary health needs of our neighbors. To fulfill that mission, the Foundation seeks charitable contributions from the community and other foundations and directs those funds to health care education and services to benefit the whole community.

What kinds of things does the Foundation support?

The Foundation raises funds to support multiple programs throughout Memorial’s Family of Services. Through your charitable donations, the Foundation is able to take action to ensure that the latest technologies, therapies and treatments are pursued to advance cancer care, impact children’s health and support end of life programs, in an effort to build and maintain a healthy Yakima.

How does the Foundation decide which programs to fund?

As steward of the funds raised, The Memorial Foundation’s Board of Trustees (a volunteer board of community members) approves program allocations in September of each year, for funding in the next fiscal year (Nov 1 – Oct 31).