Shopping, shopping, shopping! At Yakima’s finest boutique (and you won’t believe where it is!)

The Picture of Health: Check out the great holiday gift items available from the hospital’s gift shop (yes, it’s a fabulous boutique with gourmet food items, clothes and fun gifts, and flowers from Gasperetti’s Floral) and DON’T MISS OUR SPECIAL GUEST who came all the way from the North Pole to visit us! Find us from Nov. 27 through Dec. 8 on Channel 192 for Charter Cable subscribers. Find the show online and watch any episode at any time at — Look for “YCTV Current Schedule.”

#GivingTuesday – It’s Not a Matter of ‘If’… It’s a Matter of “When”

If cancer has not touched your life already, it will one day. Whether it be through a personal diagnosis, or the diagnosis of a loved one – cancer makes its mark on everyone. It’s not a matter of “if”… it’s a matter of “when.”

Meet Jill… she is a cancer survivor. She found hope and support in the superior cancer care services that are available to her locally, in Yakima. Because of this, she made her journey towards recovery at home, where she felt comfortable.

Today, she is a survivor. Jill has made it her mission to support, and encourage others in the community, to support the services that saved her life. She understands firsthand the impact our generous community makes. Won’t you become a part of this impact?

This #GivingTuesday, November 28, lend your support to the superior cancer services that exist locally, in Yakima.  The superior cancer care services that saved Jill’s life. You can help turn patients into survivors.

Visit our #GivingTuesday page to learn about other giving opportunities.

Did you know that if you take a lot of antibiotics they may NOT work for you when you need them most?

Did you know that if you take a lot of antibiotics they may NOT work for you when you need them most?

That’s right, we build up a resistance to these medications that could one day save your life.

Find out more:


Recent batch of street drugs causing overdoses in Yakima

Beware! Dr. Marty Brueggemann, Virginia Mason Memorial’s Chief Medical Officer, helps spread the word about a recent batch of street drugs that is causing overdoses in Yakima.

YAKIMA, Wash. — Batches of bad street drugs — sold as Xanax, heroin and fentanyl, among others — are eliciting concerns from local and federal law enforcement agencies as well as local medical professionals treating the potentially deadly consequences.

Read the full story at

Mom, am I Special Needs?

“Alex actually came up to me, we were sitting at the dinner table, he asked me, he goes “Mom, am I Special Needs?” And it broke my heart ‘cos I didn’t know what to tell him and so I kinda just bypassed the question and my husband came and was just like “Everybody’s different, just like I wear glasses, you wear glasses, mom doesn’t wear glasses, or I’m a boy and your sister’s a girl, hair color and stuff but me I was just like frozen. What do you say? And I didn’t know how to react. He’s getting to the age now where he’s starting to realize he’s different. And I don’t know how to address it so I reach out to you guys to kind of help and the guidance of how do you tell them and make them understand that they already feel different”

Virginia Mason Memorial’s new monthly TV show packed with health tips for the community

This summer, Virginia Mason Memorial started its own television program full of helpful and important health information! The show airs repeatedly the first two weeks of each month on Charter Spectrum’s public access Channel 192.

In October we talked to a breast cancer survivor and her husband, along with Carol Vanevenhoven, Memorial’s senior director for the Women and Children’s service line. November’s program, airing now, is about Hospice & Palliative Care Month and features Laurie Jackson, senior director of Compass Care, Memorial’s end-of-life line of services.

Channel 192 is available only to cable subscribers, but all shows are available to the public at any time online:

Virginia Mason Memorial is grateful for this no-cost community resource provided by the City of Yakima through Yakima Community Television (YCTV).

Check out our show!

The Picture of Health: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Picture of Health: Hospice & Palliative Care Month

The horse and hound mystery!

So here is the horse statue from Children’s Village that many of you will be familiar with. But look more closely What caught our eye was not the horse, majestic as it is, but what is riding on its tail as revealed in the second photo.

Can you help us solve the mystery? Was the horse’s companion placed there to keep the horse company by some kindly stranger? Or is it a lost object that we you can help reunite with its owner?

Let us know!