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.

Source: HEPCHOPE.com

Cooking for one

We are learning to cook good and delicious meals that are healthy and easily made for one.
In the class you will be participating with others who share similar desires of learning to cook
for one. Everyone participates with hands on cooking and demonstration of meal preparation.
Participants will receive a copy of A Meal for Me: Simple Strategies for cooking for one.

The course is taught by our Executive Chef with Virginia Mason Memorial.
2018 Classes: Thursday / January 18 / 4:00 p.m.
Friday / February 2 / 4:00 p.m.
Friday / March 16 / 4:00 p.m.
Friday / April 13 / 4:00 p.m.

Location: Cottage in the Meadow / 1208 S 48th Ave

Space is Limited.
Please register with Nick Valadez — 509-574-6746 or email: nicholasvaladez@yvmh.org

Is your child grieving the death of a parent, sibling, or loved one?

Is your child grieving the death of a parent, sibling, or loved one?

Kids Grief Workshops
Saturday / February 24 & April 28 / 2018
11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Cottage in the Meadow / 1208 S 48th Ave—Conference Room

Lunch will be provided for every family. Parents can enjoy lunch with the children before the activities begin.

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Nicholas Valadez at nicholasvaladez@yvmh.org or 509-574-6746.

Virginia Mason Memorial is offering hands-on workshops to help guide children ages 5–17 and their parents or guardians through the grief associated with death.

Each 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.


Child and Babysitter Safety Classes

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? Why not learn the basics and safety all while earning a CPR and first aid certification! Come join us at Lakeview Pavilion for our new Child and Babysitter Safety (CABS) Classes. Our ASHI certified instructors will educate you in the basics of CPR and 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 https://yakimamemorial.org/medical-services-com-nutrition-and-fitness.asp#safe to sign up today!

Pace International stopped in to `Ohana Mammography Center this week to give the staff a really big check

The fine folks at Pace International stopped in to `Ohana Mammography Center this week to give the staff a really big check to support breast cancer prevention and detection in the Yakima Valley. Pace, headquartered in Wapato, held a month-long fundraiser last October for Breast Cancer Awareness (pink pumpkin decorating! A raffle! pink dress-up day! breast cancer trivia games!) They plan to do it again next October, too! Thank you, Pace International!

Virginia Mason Healthcare’s ongoing effort to serve more antibiotic-free meats

“Although there’s more improvements to be made, my previous perception was that they were treated worse,” Matthew Eagens, Virginia Mason Memorial support services senior director, commented when stepping out of the first barn and into the second test barn, one of the more than 200 barns that now have windows and is being studied for the effects on flocks. Eagens, one of more than a dozen attendees, represented Virginia Mason Healthcare’s ongoing effort to serve more antibiotic-free meats.”

Read the full article at How health care is shaping food production