Upcoming dates: 

September 14 – Golf to Give Classic at Apple Tree Resort, afternoon flight – 1:30pm shotgun start.  Call 966-5877, Ext. 12 to register. Proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®

September 19 – Howards Medical “Army Base Race, Half Marathon – 5K”, 8am, Carlon Park, 400 E Goodlander Rd, Selah. Portion of the proceeds to benefit Memorial Hospice.

November 3 – Central Washington Memory Loss Conference, Yakima Convention Center. Registration opens September 1 – register at memorylossconf@alz.org.  Event underwritten by The Memorial Foundation and physician conference sponsored by Memorial Family of Services.

November 4 – Celebration of Life, 5:30-7pm, Harman Center, Join in a service of remembrance for those whom we have loved and lost. For more information regarding this event or bereavement services at Memorial, call Julie at 509 574-3670.

Improving Quality of Life through Palliative Care

While serving the Transitions/Palliative Care program at Memorial, Brenna Horn wrote this about a patient whose quality of life was particularly impacted.

“Our team helped the patient receive an electric wheelchair and a ramp by contacting different agencies in the area. I led him through 5 Wishes, an advanced directive.  I had the privilege of acting as temporary volunteer for respite and companionship for him and his caregiver.  Near the end of my four months as his volunteer, my patient opened up to me about the grief he was experiencing with his loss of independence.  He is now receiving counseling services from one of our social workers.  A volunteer has taken him on multiple trips to the park in his electric wheelchair using the ramp to safely get out of his home.  He wrote in his evaluation of our program that he feels less alone, informed about community resources, more hopeful about the future, and less overwhelmed.”

It is because of you and generous donors like you that make this work possible. More lives are made easier every day.  Thank you.

Stepping Stones Library at North Star Lodge

Thanks to community support like yours, the Stepping Stones Library at North Star Lodge is a free resource for people affected by cancer.

Located on the lower level at North Star Lodge, the library is warm and inviting and filled with books on everything from specific cancer diagnosis information to cooking for cancer patients to family support help.

Muffin Heilman, the volunteer librarian, reports, “Soon there will be a computer in the resource library where visitors can look up information on the internet as well as view their patient portal.”

We welcome and encourage patients and their families to visit the library to read, reflect or just rest and watch the water tumbling down the waterfall. Our volunteer knitters meet in the library once a week making lovely blankets, scarves and hats for patients at North Star. Stop in and join them on Tuesdays!

SimBaby® and a SimMom®

Children’s Initiative

From the tiniest of tiny, to kids of all ages, the healthcare needs of our community’s children are being met through the generosity of people like Ruth Dolsen.  Thanks to this generosity, Memorial’s learning lab now includes a SimBaby® and a SimMom®.  Pictured are Mrs. Dolsen and Memorial Hospital Board member and Children’s Initiative chair, Buffy Alegria.

SimBaby® and a SimMom®, advanced patient simulators, provide unsurpassed local training and education for care providers throughout Yakima.  The advanced mannequins can be programmed to simulate health crises in real time, enabling intense specialized training sessions to help healthcare providers recognize and manage pediatric and childbirth emergencies affecting both mother and baby.

We are deeply grateful to these visionaries for stepping forward to make sure these modern training tools are available for the health and safety of our community.

From Foundation President, Anne Caffery

Over many months and much research and planning, I am elated by the impending Memorial partnership with Virginia Mason.  The Memorial Foundation’s great work, through your significant contributions, is revered by Virginia Mason and Memorial. The sustainment of donor-built Children’s Village, Cottage in the Meadow, and innovative health programs, are protected in the definitive agreement.  Your donations will continue to serve at the local level, 100 percent, as assured through Foundation By-laws and letter of agreement with our partner Memorial to continue local program and fund development with full support of Memorial and Virginia Mason.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership in service to the health of our community.  We look forward to sharing more exciting news soon with you about our community’s continued opportunity for impact in healthcare through your generous giving to The Memorial Foundation.

It Pays To Be Prepared

Memorial offers community training on advance directives. Your gifts have made it possible for Five Wishes materials to be available to our community.  The Washington State Medical Association and Washington State Hospital Association have identified advance directives as a key initiative in medical care and substantial time and energy is being placed on this endeavor around our state.

At Memorial, we offer general training on advance directives, and Five Wishes in particular, in one-hour sessions (45 minutes for training, plus 15 minutes Q&A). During these sessions, you will learn about Washington State’s focus pertaining to an advance directive, what an advance directive consists of (and what makes it legal in Washington), and how to carry out—as well as complete—an advance directive using Five Wishes. You will also receive information regarding the Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form.

No registration required. Your next opportunities to attend Five Wishes Advance Directive training are

  • Noon Tuesday, August 11

These sessions are open to the community and are conducted in the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Auditorium (in the basement), 2811 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98902.


Save The Date!  Golf Tournament- September 14, Apple Tree Resort

We are excited to announce that this year Les Schwab Tires is stepping forward to host the annual golf tournament in partnership with Apple Tree Golf Resort and ACE Hardware.  Proceeds from the tournament go directly to The Memorial Foundation to benefit children’s health care programs at Children’s Village and Memorial, your Children’s Miracle Network Hospital®. This year’s tournament is on Monday, September 14 afternoon flight only, with a 1:30 shotgun start.  Get your teams organized now – only room for 36 teams!  click here. for more information and the registration form.

Vital Nutrition On The Path To Survivorship

For many patients, the side effects of cancer and cancer treatments make it difficult to eat well. You may already know about the donor-supported nutritional drinks available to North Star Lodge patients, but did you know we have three of only thirteen specialists in the state of Washington Board Certified in Oncology Nutrition? Side effects of cancer and cancer treatments may affect appetite, taste, smell, and the ability to eat enough food or absorb the nutrients from food.  Dietitians specializing in oncology nutrition can develop nutrition therapies to help cancer patients get the nutrients needed to maintain body weight and strength, prevent body tissue from breaking down, rebuild tissue, and help fight infection.  Your physician may refer you to a dietitian during your therapy, to focus specifically on your individual needs.  Call 574-3408 to schedule an appointment to talk to our oncology nutrition specialists.

Mareli Gets Wheels!

Mareli, age 7, has been receiving therapy services through Children’s Village since she was 6 weeks old.  She was born with spina bifida and bilateral club feet.  As a result of her diagnosis, Mareli has significant weakness in her legs (paralysis).

She uses a wheelchair as her primary mode of mobility.  Mareli does not have sufficient strength or balance to propel a standard bicycle that other children her age would ride. Thanks to her therapists’ intervention at Children’s Village, Mareli now has an adapted tricycle with a hand crank.  She was so excited to get her new bike!  Her therapist at Children’s Village works with her on how to use the trike to build her strength and endurance, and she is now able to ride bikes with her sisters and friends.

This is a great way for Mareli to be more active as well as build her strength and promote her confidence and independence.