Memorial offers summer babysitting classes

Memorial is again this year offering a series of Safe Sitter classes for boys and girls, ages 11-13, to learn safe and nurturing childcare techniques.

What are the benefits of Safe Sitter classes?

  • Students are empowered. They learn rescue skills and basic first aid. They learn infant and child CPR and choking child rescue, though they will not become CPR-certified.
  • Students gain confidence in how to deal with children. They gain behavior management skills and learn how to handle emergencies when caring for children.
  • Students learn important life skills, such as introductory employment skills and safe habits.
  • And they have fun! It’s an interactive class with games, role-playing situations.

There are also benefits to the community:

  • We increase the number of young adolescents providing safe child care, and we increase the personal safety of teen sitters.
  • Some students use this class as a marketing tool – “I’ve completed a Safe Sitter class” to better sell their abilities to care for children.
  • Students use these skills later in life to be better parents.

This one-day course is being offered seven days this summer at Children’s Village:

June 15, 18 and 22

July 8, 20 and 24

August 4

The $40 fee includes:

  • One-day class, Safe Sitter manual and completion card.

To register, visit, click on classes and events and find the class you want, on the date you want on the calendar. You’ll find a link there to register.

Or for more information, contact Martin Sanchez at 577-5015 or

Mayhem and Miracles Revving at the Ridge Motorcycle Poker Run

On Saturday, May 30, the not-for-profit Reckin’ Crue Inc. will host the annual Mayhem and Miracles Revving at the Ridge Motorcycle Poker Run and Show-n-Shine Saturday. This event at River Ridge Golf Course benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, which is your CMN hospital for Central Washington.

John Drakes of the Reckin’ Crue appeared on KIT 1280 on May 19, 2015, to talk more about it.

What does the event include?

  • Morning and afternoon four-person scrambles
  • A motorcycle poker run on the golf course
  • Motorcycle rodeo, a burnout contest and a motorcycle show-n-shine
  • Golf competitions
  • Raffles and a silent auction
  • Live music and other activities

Scrambles start at 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., with the on-course Poker Run scheduled for noon. Other events are scattered throughout the day.

River Ridge Golf Course is located at 295 Golf Course Loop in Selah.

What do the proceeds benefit?

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

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.

Money raised here stays in our local community to support services at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics Department and Children’s Village, which provides advanced services for children with special health care needs.

The 6th annual Passion for the Village takes place this Saturday, May 16.

The 6th annual Passion for the Village takes place this Saturday, May 16. What started as a project of high school students on the YouthWorks Council has grown and evolved with the passion of community members and parents for Children’s Village. The event is held at Children’s Village to allow guests an inside look at how their donation helps local children, and families attend to provide first-hand testimonies about what Children’s Village means to them.

The goal this year is to raise $75,000 for Children’s Village!

We are so grateful for this year’s sponsors. Two of our sponsors – Ken Camarata from KDF Architecture and Kurt Snider from Cintas – joined special guest Jake Woods, a junior from East Valley High School who is a representative of the YouthWorks Council, on KIT 1280 on May 12, 2015, to talk about the event.

The event is nearly sold out, but the community is encouraged to join the passion for children’s health care services by making a donation and by supporting the many local businesses that are sponsoring this event.

Donations can be made online at, by calling (509) 576-5794 or by mail: Passion for the Village Donation, The Memorial Foundation, 2701 Tieton Dr., Yakima, WA 98902.

Special thanks to this year’s sponsors:

WSECU, KDF Architecture, John L. Scott Foundation, Cintas, Allan Bros. Inc., Banner Bank, Hyatt Family Facilities, Kershaw Companies, Key Bank, Les Schwab Tires, Monson Fruit Company, MT Housing, Poppoff Inc., Rowe Farms, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Yakima Fruit and Cold Storage.


Five Wishes is more than a living will

Five Wishes is more than a living will. It lets you choose the person you want to make health care decisions for you if you are not able to make them for yourself. It lets you say exactly how you wish to be treated if you get seriously ill. It’s easy to use – all you have to do is check a box, circle a direction or write a few sentences. And it’s recognized in 42 states – including Washington – and the District of Columbia.

Memorial is holding seminars to help people in our community complete the 5 Wishes advance directive:

  • Tuesday, April 28, 7:30 a.m. (Classroom B) and noon (Memorial auditorium)
  • Tuesday, May 5, 7:30 a.m. and noon (auditorium)
  • Wednesday, May 13, 7:30 a.m. and noon (auditorium)


Memorial Chaplain Laurie Oswalt appeared on KIT 1280 on April 21, 2015, to discuss the 5 Wishes and encourage people to attend these seminars.


So what are the five wishes?

Wish No. 1: Who do you want to make health care decisions for you when you can’t make them for yourself?

This allows you to designate a durable power of attorney, which is legal in Washington. Choose someone who knows you very well, cares about you and who can make difficult decisions. A spouse or family member may not be the best choice because they are too emotionally involved. Sometimes, they are the BEST choice. It depends on the situation. But choose someone who is able to stand up for you so that your wishes are followed.


Wish No. 2 is your wish for the kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want.

Wish No. 2 is the living will that describes acceptable and unacceptable medical treatment. Life support treatment means any medical procedure, device or medication to keep you alive. It includes medical devices to help breathe, food and water supplied by tube, CPR, major surgery, blood transfusions, antibiotics and anything else meant to keep you alive. This wish allows you to choose if you want life-support treatment, if you don’t want it or want it stopped if it has been started, or if you want it only if your doctor believes it could help your condition.

Another two-page form allows you to summarize your wishes for end-of-life treatment, to be kept in your file for the future. The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment – or POLST form – lists a set of medical orders that are intended to guide emergency medical treatment for people with advanced illness.

Wish No. 3 is your wish for how comfortable you want to be.

Do you want your doctor to administer medicine to relieve your pain? Do you want your caregivers to do whatever they can to help you if you show signs of depressions, nausea, shortness of breath or hallucinations? Do you want your lips and mouth kept moist to stop dryness? Do you want religious readings and well-loved poems read aloud when you are near death?

This is about exactly what it says: making you as comfortable as you want to be when you are near the end of your life.

Wish No. 4 is your wish for how you want people to treat you.

Do you want people with you? Do you want to have your hand held, even if you don’t seem to respond to the voice or touch of others? Do you want people nearby praying for you? Do you want to die at home?

Wish No. 5 is to ensure your loved ones know what you want them to know when your time is near.

You wish for your family and friends to know that you love them, and for them to respect your wishes even if they don’t agree with them. You want them to respect your choice to be buried or cremated.



Couch to 5K

So, you’ve spent the winter months curled up on the couch watching television. Now, you’re ready to get outside and start exercising.

Jeff Yamada, Memorial Vice President and Chief Information Officer, started running a few years ago and now is an avid marathoner. He’s here today to offer tips for getting started – a couch to 5K plan – and Joel Buffum of Memorial Sports Medicine Advantage has some reminders for avoiding injuries.

What are the benefits of a couch to 5K plan?

  • Daily exercise – lose weight, gain energy
  • Eating healthy whole foods – food as fuel
  • Find a friend or group – meeting new friends, go to new places
  • Have fun!

Jeff’s tips: Find your motivation. Pick a goal and sign up for a race. Keep it consistent and keep it fun.

How to avoid injury:

It’s best to follow FITT principles: Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type.

  • If you’re not familiar with running a 5k start by loading up endurance to activity with walking a 5k, and gradually introducing running to the load.
  • The actual movement of running is more ballistic that walking so make sure to integrate strengthening/stretching techniques of the ankle, knee and hip to prevent compensations. Stretch before and after each run.
  • Don’t push too hard; let yourself recover. If you are intentionally pushing yourself hard on Monday, be aware that it isn’t realistic to push yourself equally hard or harder on Tuesday. Mix up your intensities/times to prevent injury and stagnation.

Are their special shoes you to buy?

There are hundreds of different athletic shoes, with many different purposes, made by people with different perspectives on purpose. If you goal is to run, purchase a stable running shoe for your needs. “Cool” shoes aren’t always good running shoes. Consult an expert if you can’t find what you need.

  • But take care of your feet! A hot spot is a blister waiting for you to look the other way. Blisters make running NOT FUN!

What’s the biggest mistake people make?

People need to know their limitations.

  • A perfect running gait is as rare as a perfect swing/pitch/lift/etc. Train to the limits of your current abilities, with a structured training program, and use the proper tools that work for you. Pushing yourself as hard as possible while developing compensations may allow you to get an extra mile in today, but in the long term can lead to overuse injuries, and then you end up with me. (Joel)

Remember to hydrate! And remember, no matter how slow you go, you’re lapping everyone on the couch.

The Importance of Cardiac Rehab

February is National Heart Month. Kristy Little, nurse manager at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, talks more about the importance of cardiac rehab following a heart attack during a Feb. 17, 2015 appearance on KIT 1280.

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  call 576-7650.

Memorial is partnering with Kohl’s Department Stores to bring you Healthy for Life

In Yakima County, about one in every three adults is obese, and Yakima County has consistently exceeded Washington state rates for adult obesity.

Memorial Family of Services has worked for years to improve access to care and 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.


Now, Memorial is partnering with Kohl’s Department Stores to bring you Healthy for Life, a new program of exercise and cooking classes, offered in Yakima at no cost to participants. Memorial Community Health Educator Juanita Silva talked more about the classes Feb. 3, 2015 on KIT 1280.


What classes are available thank to this partnership?


  • Gentle Yoga

Tuesdays, 7:15-8:15 p.m.

Yoga Collective, 2600 W. Nob Hill Blvd.


  • Zumba – This is a bilingual English/Spanish class

Wednesdays, starting Feb. 18, 6-7 p.m.

Adams Elementary School, 723 S. 8th St.


  • Bilingual Yoga

Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Yoga Collective, 2600 W. Nob Hill Blvd.


  • Boot Camp

Fridays, 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Rock Solid Fitness, 1109 S. 22nd Ave., Unit B,


  • We also will be offering cooking classes in June and July at Memorial’s Education Center. Stay tuned for more information on these classes closer to those dates.


How is this all possible?

Kohl’s donated more than $28,000 to Memorial to make this program possible. This grant also allows once again for the purchase of 1,000 bike helmets for area children to be distributed at various events, including Memorial’s annual Fiesta de Salud Health Fair this summer.


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


Where can I find more information about health and wellness classes in Yakima?

For more information,


Do you know a child who is grieving the loss of a parent or other close loved one?

Do you know a child who is grieving the loss of a parent or other close loved one? Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is offering a hands-on workshop to help guide children ages 4-17 and their parents or guardians through the grief associated with death. Memorial Chaplain Laurie Oswalt appeared on KIT 1280 on Jan. 27, 2015, to talk more about the upcoming workshop.


The workshop will provide an opportunity for children to express their feelings and thoughts through creative activities and meet others who have experienced a similar loss. While children are participating in activities to assist their recovery, parents and guardians will be involved in their own grief recovery program geared for adults.


Key points about grieving children:

  • Every kid grieves differently. There is no right or wrong way to grieve.
  • Can be feelings of anger, sadness, worry, relief, fear or numbness.


How a child or teen grieves varies depending on a number of factors:

  • what social support systems are available – family or friends
  • the circumstances of the death – how, when and where the person died
  • the nature of the relationship with the person who died – harmonious or conflicted
  • the child or teen’s involvement in the dying process
  • previous experiences with death


This workshop is intended to help children and teens work through these feelings and safely share them in a safe environment. Activities include writing, drawing, team-building and art.


This workshop will be held:


Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015

11:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Children’s Village, 3801 Kern Road, Yakima


Lunch will be provided for every family, and parents are encouraged to enjoy lunch with the children before the activities begin. This workshop is provided at no charge to participants.


For more information or to register, contact Denise Mitzel at 577-5062 or


Registrations will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 6.

Tips for knowing if you have flu…

It’s definitely flu season. Dr. Tanny Davenport of Memorial’s Healthy You Clinic offered tips Jan. 6, 2015 on KIT 1280 for knowing if you or your loved ones have the flu, how to treat it, and whether the illness warrants a trip to the doctor’s office or the hospital Emergency Room.

What are the symptoms of flu?

You may have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms:

fever – though it’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever

sore throat
runny or stuffy nose
body aches
sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

How should I treat the flu?

The best way to treat flu: stay at home and rest. Avoid close contact with people in your house so you won’t make them sick. Wash your hands frequently and drink plenty of water and other clear liquids to prevent dehydration. Treat fever and cough with medicines you can buy at the store.

When is flu serious enough that I should seek medical attention?

Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care. Generally, if you get sick with flu symptoms, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people to avoid spreading the illness.

Some people are at high risk of serious, flu-related complications. They include young children, people age 65 and older, pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions. If you or someone you love is at high risk, or you start to experience more serious symptoms, contact your primary care provider.

What are some of those symptoms?

For children, it’s a concern when they have fast breathing or trouble breathing, when they are not waking up or interacting, of if they’re so irritable that they do not want to be held.

Other symptoms:

  • bluish skin color
  • not drinking enough fluids, unable to eat
  • flu-like symptoms improve, but then return with fever and worse cough
  • fever with a rash

In adults, it’s a concern when they have difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting, and flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough.

Do I need to go the emergency room if I am only a little sick?

The emergency room should be used for people who are very sick, not if you are only mildly ill. If you get sick with flu symptoms and are at high risk of flu complications or if your symptoms worsen – such as difficulty breathing and some of the other symptoms we mentioned – then it’s time to seek medical attention.

How long should I stay home if I’m sick?

CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or other necessities. Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol®. You should stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings.

Frequently asked questions:

How do I know if my child needs to go to the doctor or emergency room?

Parents should make some simple notes tracking the child’s condition, and if you think you’re dealing with an emergency, contact your pediatrician or primary care provider.

If I think my child requires medical attention because of the flu, what information should I have for my pediatrician?

Things to look for include your child’s temperature and when the fever began, a detailed list of any medications you have provided, the last time your child had something to eat and drink, how often the child is vomiting or experiencing diarrhea, and the last time the child went to the bathroom or the last wet diaper.

Are there doctors on call to answer questions after regular business hours?

Every medical clinic has someone to answer questions in the middle of the night or on weekends. Please contact your primary care provider to find out how to get in touch with that person for questions.


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.