The Memorial Foundation devotes 89% of donations directly to health programs.

The Attorney General’s Office Charitable Solicitations Program newest report states that The Memorial Foundation devotes 89% of donations directly to health programs.   Another confirmation and reassurance that our community’s charitable dollars stay local and support community healthcare programs, patients, and families.

Locally invested – here to stay

In light of the news about Memorial Hospital’s potential affiliation with Virginia Mason Health System, we want to assure our community of generous donors that The Memorial Foundation will remain a separate 501(c) 3.   If an affiliation should occur, all gifts through the Foundation will stay locally invested, managed, and allocated in support of Memorial Family of Services programs here in our Valley to meet our community’s health care needs.

Advocates for Comfort and Care

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Jim Aberle test drives a patient recliner.

Our hospital staff spends every working moment with one goal:  to make our patients comfortable.  After spending many hours at the bedside of a loved one in the hospital, several families have sent donations to the Foundation, specifically to place some comfortable lounging chairs for families.  Cottage in the Meadow has a similar need, and two donor-provided reclining chairs have already been placed in the building.  Our furniture supplier brought a van of samples recently for a preview.  The choice is not as easy as one would think.  Although all samples are rated for health care, there are size and function options to consider.  All in all, it looks like we will soon welcome the delivery of several recliners which are easily moved around to fit most needs.  The recliners fold flat for comfortable napping, too. Patients and their advocates will all rest easier, thanks to our generous community.

It’s Really About Living

In hospice, we talk about living our best lives.  What does “living your best life” look like to you? For Cottage in the Meadow patient Edith, it was being around to watch her grandson get married.

Grandson Tom was planning to marry Anna (not their real names) in the near future. When Edith was admitted to the Cottage in the Meadow, they moved up their wedding date and decided to surprise Edith by moving the whole wedding to the Cottage.

The ceremony was scheduled for Saturday afternoon, but then Edith took a turn for the worse and her pain became nearly unbearable. By Friday it looked as if Edith wouldn’t survive to Saturday afternoon.

The marriage license was dated for Saturday so the wedding couldn’t legally take place until then.

The pastor scheduled to officiate the wedding couldn’t come any sooner and the couple needed someone fast. That’s when a hospice chaplain was invited to participate.  The chaplain met with Tom and Anna and a simple ceremony was planned to take place in Edith’s room at the Cottage. Tom really wanted his grandmother to be a witness to the wedding and to sign the marriage license.

So, in the middle of the night…literally, at 12:00 midnight, the wedding party gathered in Edith’s room. Vows were exchanged, rings were placed, prayers were shared, tears were shed, and the pronouncement of “man and wife” was made.

And Edith witnessed every moment.

At the end of the ceremony, Edith put on her reading glasses and, with shaking hands, signed the marriage license.

At that point, the Cottage staff could focus on making sure she wasn’t in any pain (for it had been excruciating), and the family could focus on sharing stories and loving on Edith until the moment that she let go and breathed her last.

While there were lots of tears, Edith got her wish – she was able to watch her grandson get married.

Hospice care and services at Cottage in the Meadow aren’t just about life’s end…it’s about really living, just like Edith.

KeepSupportLocal.com Reaps Rewards

When our community gives the gift of health, everyone benefits.  Our very special thanks to these generous groups and businesses who conducted October fundraising campaigns to help with breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship programs,  all available in Yakima at ‘Ohana Mammography Center and North Star Lodge Cancer Care Center.  Unfunded mammograms is just one example of need. The Memorial Foundation commits $15,000 each year, ensuring early detection opportunities and peace of mind for hundreds of women and their families.  Won’t you give the gift of health and make your donation today?  www.keepsupportlocal.org.  The life you save could be someone you know!

Thank you:

  • Advanced Life Systems, Inc.
  • Coffee Trio Bowling League of Sunnyside
  • East Valley Central Middle School Students
  • Frito Lay Employees
  • Glaciers Frozen Yogurt
  • Robert Habich, Saftetyshirtz, and Tony Smith
  • Owens Cycle, Inc.
  • Stewart Subaru
  • Sun-Comm 911 Operators
  • Valley Imaging
  • Wine Divas LLC
  • Yakima Herald-Republic
  • Zillah High School ASB

 

Lives touched

After four years in various therapy services at Children’s Village, it was time for Ramon to take the next step in his development and at that same time the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program made its debut at the Village, the first of its kind in Eastern Washington.

The program is now approaching its first graduation and Ramon and his family are a part of this extraordinary class. For six months, Ramon and his family participated in intensive in-home therapy. Between parent trainings and countless hours of work, Lead Behavior Analyst Kamilia Calderon says, “Ramon is like a completely different kid.”

In March, Ramon had absolutely no communication skills, other than hitting his head on hard surfaces and pointing, and he had various behavior problems.

Now just 6 months later Ramon is an entirely different kid. He can now speak and communicate his frustrations and is learning and writing words. He has come a long way!

25 Years of Gratefulness

Message from Anne Caffery, Memorial Foundation President

For twenty-five years you have made hope, care, compassion and wellness possible for many thousands in our community who needed just the right health care service at just the right time.  Made possible only through your generous giving, The Memorial Foundation, your local health care foundation, is dedicated to improving health outcomes for a healthy community.

Through your donations to The Memorial Foundation, your support assuredly stays local!  Keeping support local means your dollars are at work right here in our community…directly serving children, families, your neighbors, your loved ones…you.

Thank you for your faithfulness.  Thank you for your generosity.  Thank you for 25 years of caring for our community.

YouthWorks Update

Mahatma Gandhi Once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” The 2014-2015 YouthWorks members are passionate about our community and believe that if we are to change the world, we must start right here in Yakima.

Within these first few months, the council has been busily working on a multitude of different activities within the community. YouthWorks has its regular monthly meetings to discuss the status of events it is involved with and what more could be done to improve the atmosphere in Yakima. Members of the council also meet regularly with the Friends of the Village to plan Passion for the Village. Aside from the monthly meetings, our young leaders have spent time volunteering at social gatherings for the Friends of the Village, as well as waiters for a dinner event at Cottage in the Meadow.

This fall in particular has been a busy time for the council. In October, we launched our Pink Purse campaign to raise money, as well as awareness for breast cancer. Members took the purses to various organizations and businesses throughout the valley to see if any were willing to participate in this event. Many were, and our endeavors were quite successful. With the arrival of November and colder weather, comes our canned food drive. Boxes will be dispersed throughout the valley and all the donations will be given to the Union Gospel mission as well as other areas in need. One of our most popular events kicks off around this time of year, Pageants for the high schools in and surrounding our community. These events raise much needed funds for programs and organizations that do so much good in our community, such as Children’s Village.

With all of the startling figures regarding health in the United States today, the council thought it beneficial to address this topic in our city. This year we are starting a new program, Project GO, and it will be directed at elementary schools with the intention of informing kids at a young age of the importance of staying active and leading a healthy lifestyle. On a similar note, members of the council have attended one 2 one volunteer mentor training to learn more about developmental disabilities strategies for effective communication, how to better provide for persons with disabilities, as well as general awareness of disabilities.

Overall the Yakima YouthWorks Council has been quite a force of good and will continue to do so throughout the year.

Patient Advocates: Making a Difference

Jim Aberle Recliner 300x224 Patient Advocates: Making a DifferenceMemorial encourages patient advocates, and it is those advocates who often drive us toward making improvements.

Our hospital staff spends every working moment with one goal:  to make our patients comfortable.  After spending many hours at the bedside of a loved one in the hospital or Cottage in the Meadow, several families have sent donations to the Foundation, some of which include comfortable reclining chairs for families.  Cottage in the Meadow has two donor-provided reclining chairs that are currently in use.

Our furniture supplier brought a van of recliner samples this week for a preview.  The choice is not as easy as one would think.  Although all samples are rated for health care use, there are size and function options to consider.  All in all, it looks like we will soon welcome the delivery of a few recliners which are easily moved around to fit most needs.  The recliners fold flat for comfortable napping too. Patients and their advocates will all rest easier, thanks to our generous community.

1,635 pounds lost by 121 people!

Healthy Yakima Initiative

1,635 pounds lost by 121 people, in 10 classes completing 16 weekly sessions.    Pretty amazing statistics for a diabetes prevention program launched only one year ago.  Funded through generous contributions, this program is impacting lives…impacting families.  This education fosters a new way of making better choices.  The resulting weight loss decreases the chances for Type 2 diabetes by 58%.  Not only did these people lose weight, but 86% reached the goal of at least 150 minutes of exercise per week.   One participant on this journey said, “Once I realized that this wasn’t a diet and that it was a lifestyle change, I felt in control again of my health and now know it is something I will continue with the rest of my life.