What is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a condition where the blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Memorial’s prevention program helps people lower their risk of type 2 diabetes. Participants meet in groups with a trained lifestyle coach for 16 weekly, one-hour sessions and seven monthly follow up sessions. If you would like to learn more about this program, you can attend an orientation on the last Monday of each month from 4-4:30 p.m. at Memorial’s Community Education Center at 2506 W. Nob Hill Blvd. No registration is necessary for the orientation

Make your appointment today!

Patients of Virginia Mason Memorial family medicine clinics are invited to Family Medicine of Yakima at 504 N. 40th Avenue, on Saturday, November 4th, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for a flu shot clinic. Call to pre-register for faster service, 509-966-9480 and bring your insurance card! We bill Medicare, DSHS, & most insurance. Apple Valley Family Medicine, Family Medicine of Yakima, Memorial Cornerstone Medicine, Pacific Crest Family Medicine, Selah Family Medicine, Yakima Internal Medicine, and our newest clinic; Zillah Family Medicine.

One word to describe Children’s Village: Collaborative

“What is most meaningful for me is the fact that the facility was ever built, and it continues to grow and serve our community and beyond! Thank-you for 20 years of awesomeness!!!”

“Children’s Village provided traveling help and accommodations in Seattle when my grandson was born with Spina Bifida, the care and help we received will never be forgotten.”

You can learn more about Children’s Village on their web site at https://www.yakimachildrensvillage.org

Somebody here has been through what you’re going through. You’re going to be OK.

“Somebody here has been through what you’re going through. And somebody here is surviving what you’re going to go through. I think that to me is the most important part.

I watched a mom try to use therapy and it was time to leave and the he did not want to leave. She had to help her son off the floor about 5 or 6 times. And I gave her a smile and a “You’re doing OK” and it just reminded me of the time when that was me and I was picking my son up off the floor and the funny thing is that some days I’d get through it the way that therapy told me I was supposed to. Some days it was like “Oh that’s it I’m done”, I’d pick him up and that’s it, I’ve failed as a mom. But the Village taught me it’s OK to fail. It’s going to be OK. Just try again the next day. And each and every step of the way like I can look at that mom and say “You’re going to be OK, it gets better”

You’re going to be ok.

Virginia Mason Memorial consolidates services for patients into one convenient downtown location

Virginia Mason Memorial consolidates services for patients into one convenient downtown location

Virginia Mason Memorial is relocating three departments serving patients to one centralized location at the hospital’s downtown building, located at 15 W. Yakima Ave. The move will also bring about 200 employees to the downtown core.

Previously, the nonclinical services and business offices – Medical Records, Hospital Business Services and Memorial Physicians Business Services – were housed separately throughout the community.

The services and opening dates, which are staggered, are:

  • Business Services,
    • The office is moving from 3803 W. Nob Hill Blvd.
    • The phone number remains: 509-575-8255.
    • Patients can also pay hospital bills online at org/payyourbill.
  • Memorial Physicians Business Services, billing for outpatient, most primary care clinics and specialty clinics.
    • The office is moving from 3800 Summitview Ave.
    • The phone number remains 509-972-1140.
    • Patients can also pay these bills at yakimamp.com.
  • Medical Records, where patients can get copies of their medical records
    • The office is moving from the hospital’s main campus at 2811 Tieton Drive.
    • The phone number remains 509-575-8082.

Hours of operation at 15 W. Yakima Ave. will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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A big thank you to Ginger Tyler of the Pastime Burgers, Brews & Spirits in Selah!

Ginger stopped by `Ohana, Memorial’s Mammography Center today, to drop off a really big check, $7,136 to be exact! For the past three years the Pastime has held a fundraiser in October  (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) to support `Ohana. Ginger reports that the place was packed this year to hear five great local bands and donate to a great cause: helping women beat breast cancer.

Thank you to everyone: Ginger, the bands and everybody who was there at the Pastime this year!

Children’s Village remains a unique facility 20 years on..

Since the doors at Children’s Village first opened 20 years ago, thousands of children with special needs and their families have been served in a welcoming place that unites multiple avenues of specialty care under one colorful roof. All with the goal of helping to ease the strain on families who are often overwhelmed, and serving those families right where they live – here in the Yakima Valley.

Children’s Village began as a vision among key community organizations and dedicated volunteers to meet the special health care needs of area children and their families. As a collaboration between Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Virginia Mason Memorial, Comprehensive Healthcare and The Memorial Foundation, the Village — thanks to the commitment of the Yakima Valley community — provides medical, dental, and behavioral services to children from birth to 18 with special health care needs such as autism and Down syndrome. There are peer support groups for parents and siblings, team sports, social events, and a spring prom for the kids and teens. There’s even family swim night hosted at the therapy pool.

Through its unique blend of services, the Village has helped thousands of children live fuller, more independent lives. In 2016, the Village served nearly 5,000 children with special needs, five times as many as were served in 1998, the first full year it was open.

The Village is a welcoming place, putting anxious children at ease as soon as they enter. Walls are bright and cheerful; preserved trees dot the hallways; the elevator resembles a mine shaft; the reception desk is inside a covered wagon; and a large meeting room is contained in a barn.

The ability to continue changing lives over the next 20 years and serve even more families in need is largely dependent on community support.  And that’s where The Memorial Foundation’s work to grow and enrich Children’s Village continues. The Village has never been sustained solely by reimbursement. It depends on grants and charitable donations from the community through The Memorial Foundation.

Despite these challenges, however, Children’s Village remains a unique facility not just for a community of Yakima’s size, but anywhere.  More than anything, it is a place for children to be children first. Everyone at Children’s Village believes the same thing: Help kids be the very best kids they can be.

Erin Black, Chief Executive Officer