Memorial’s Buffum receives Community Service Award from Yakima Valley Sports Commission

YAKIMA – Joel Buffum of Memorial Sports Medicine Advantage has received the Yakima Valley Sports Commission’s Community Service Award.

Buffum received the award June 10 at the Commission’s 13th annual Yakima Valley Sports Awards luncheon in recognition of his efforts to ensure the safety of athletes at high school and community events.

For the past several years, Buffum and the Memorial Sports Medicine Advantage team have provided first aid and emergency care at several sporting events around the valley, including the Hot Shot’s 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, the Pirate Plunder Adventure Race and many WIAA State High School Championships. Buffum is also a fixture on the sidelines of many high school sporting events, offering counsel to coaches and athletes about preventing and treating injuries.

Buffum specializes in the prevention, assessment and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions. His goal is to be easily accessible to athletes and coaches in need of education or treatment advice and to provide proper recommendations to those in need of more advanced medical services.

He also has been certified by the Titleist Performance Institute, the world’s leading research organizations dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing – and how limitations in a person’s body can adversely impact a golf swing and potentially lead to injury.

For more information about Memorial Sports Medicine Advantage, visit

About Memorial Family of Services

Memorial Family of Services is the largest employer in Central Washington’s Yakima County, with some 2,500 employees who share the organization’s core purpose: to inspire people to thrive. Memorial Family of Services includes Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital – a 226-bed, acute-care, nonprofit community hospital – as well as primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, nationally-recognized home health and hospice care, and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Visit Memorial online at or on Facebook (, Twitter ( or Pinterest (




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