A Legacy is in Your Hands

The future of our community’s health is up to you. And providing quality health care for future generations in Yakima begins today.

Our community built Memorial to ensure that your health care needs, and the health care needs of those closest to you, were met by the most comprehensive and advanced medical treatments that modern medicine has to offer – right here, at home, in Yakima.

Truth be told, for many communities of equal size to ours, sustaining the caliber of care found at North Star Lodge, Children’s Village, Memorial Hospital, and other Memorial services is not feasible. And so, patients in these communities are forced to seek their treatment elsewhere, which often impacts the progress they make towards a full recovery.

But you don’t have to be concerned with such matters – in Yakima, you’re taken care of.

This is a gift that has been passed down through generations over the decades. It has been made possible by the selflessness of many – many who often go unknown, but whose impact can be felt by every one of us.

The health care we’ve come to embrace in Yakima has been their legacy. Changing lives by making our community healthier and more vital – this is their legacy.

You can make it your legacy as well.

Planned giving, or legacy giving, has provided for the health care programs and services that have made Yakima standout when it comes to quality health care. This form of giving also provides flexibility and personal control for you to make a major gift that fits within your financial goals according to a timeframe that is best for you.

What will your legacy be?

Click here to learn more about how you can make a planned gift to The Memorial Foundation.

Everybody Wins!


by Barb Sperry

After 16 weeks, I thought my new life would fall apart when our Diabetes Prevention Program shifted from weekly to monthly meetings.  Not so much!  Who has time to be intimidated?  I am just too busy being active.  The habit of planning and tracking exercise time is new to me, but it is so easy!  Now that I am eating better, my body has thanked me in so many ways.

 

  • I no longer gasp for air when I use the stairs.  This is significant, as I work in a 3-story house with no elevator!
  • I can last through a 55-minute, low-impact water exercise class and have the energy to go home and mow the lawn.
  • 50 percent reduction in my blood pressure medicine dosage.
  • 25 pound weight loss over a 16-week period of practicing better eating habits.
  • 4 points lower BMI for this writer in the same 16 weeks.
  • 3 size reductions in my new wardrobe!  Woo hoo!

 

The interesting thing is that I no longer feel slumpy from eating the wrong foods in the wrong portions all day.  It has been far easier to move to the outer aisles of the grocery store (where the nutritional basics are located) than it has been to remember to head for the smaller size clothing racks.  I just didn’t expect that.  I do expect, however, to march into my AARP years with a healthier, more positive goal for my future wellness.  Thank you, Joel, and teammates, for the encouragement and support.  I can’t wait for our next meeting in two more weeks!

 

P.S. 32 pounds of food was donated to Northwest Harvest when our 11-person class cleared out our cupboards to make room for more fruits and veggies.  Everybody wins!

 

 

Giving begins at home! 

During May, Memorial’s Family of Services employees seized the opportunity to sign up for the convenience of payroll deduction as a means to support programs which help all of our patients.

  • Employee giving via payroll deduction went from 195 participants to 369 participants!
  • Employees wholeheartedly participated in the annual Miracle May Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals balloon fundraising activities.

Meet “Friends Asking Friends”

How can you play a critical role in securing a healthier future for Yakima? This is a question that can easily overwhelm a person because of what it seems to imply – taking part in a task that is arduous and complex. People will often reply, “What can I do? I am only one person.”

You’d be surprised at how simple it truly is. Meet Friends Asking Friends.

Friends Asking Friends is an internet based fundraising platform that allows community members to host online events to raise money for a healthcare intiative or service of their choosing. Last year, over $30,000 was raised through the use of this platform – and only 2 people participated! Imagine if 10 people participated? 20?

In 2013, Dean Shirey raised over $13,000 for cancer care at North Star Lodge as a tribute to his brother, Terry, who had been a former patient at the cancer center. Bill Dolsen raised over $20,000 for programs and services at Children’s Village in honor of the children that it serves on a daily basis. These are major contributions that have undoubtedly changed lives throughout the Yakima Valley. And the driving force behind them were community members just like you!

Quality healthcare services, like those available at North Star Lodge and Children’s Village, depend upon community support for their continued existence here in Yakima. Without adequate community support, they could not be sustained in a community of our size. North Star Lodge and Children’s Village are only two examples… there are many, many more.

You Are Working Miracles!

May was especially busy for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ partners.  Supporting the Children’s Fund, the nearly $87,000 raised during May helps fund vital programs and services in Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Department, as well as Children’s Village.

National partners Costco, Wal-Mart, Rite Aid, Carmike, and Chico’s sold thousands of Miracle Balloons! A big THANK YOU to them and to Memorial Hospital employees who raised nearly $3,500 during Miracle May

We Have Chosen to be Healthy.

My particular Diabetes Prevention group has been meeting for 12 weeks now, and will soon take the leap to monthly, rather than weekly meetings.

Some of us are a little bit apprehensive. We nervously joke about how we can keep meeting, even if Coach Joel can’t be there.  We are a team, working (and sometimes struggling) toward a common goal:  to use our new power (knowledge) to go forth into the world and keep making healthy choices…every day.  Wait!  What?  EVERY DAY?

Yep.  We have learned about measuring and weighing our food to scale down to realistic, yet satisfying portions.  We know how to balance our plate for optimal energy and nutrition. We share recipes and ideas, so we’re trying new foods too, just to change things up a little and keep the menu interesting.  We can identify and prevent falling into poor eating habits. We can now safely warm up for exercise and coax our hearts and muscles toward fitness. We have identified ‘accountabili-buddies’ to help us stay active.

Most of all, we are taking control of our eating and exercising habits.

The goal, remember, was to learn to change our eating and lifestyle habits in order to prevent diabetes.  It was our choice to commit to this program.  We have chosen wisely.

Miracle News Flash….

Join us tomorrow morning 6am-9am as  5 local Yakima families with 5 miracle children, take to the  airwaves  to tell their amazing stories of hope and healing.  Their Goal? To raise $25,000 for the Children’s Fund at Memorial Hospital.

For the past 4 weeks, these families have been selling coffee, cupcakes and horse rides in an effort to reach that goal.  You can help by tuning in and making a pledge of support by calling 509-965-2002, or go to this link, www.helpmakemiracles.org/eventyakima.

Without the children’s health programs and services at Memorial Hospital and Children’s Village, these success stories would not be possible.

You make the difference.

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Thank You.

Online Donation and Registration Systems are Operational

Join us tomorrow morning from 6a.m. -9a.m. as  five local Yakima families with five miracle children take to the  airwaves  and tell their amazing stories of hope and healing.  Their goal is to raise $ 25,000 for the Children’s Fund at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.  To hear their stories and pledge your support, listen in to KIT, KFFM, KATS, and 92.9 The Bull.

For the past 4 weeks, these families have been selling coffee, cupcakes and horse rides in an effort to reach that goal.  You can help by tuning in and making a pledge of support by calling 509-965-2002, or going to this link, www.helpmakemiracles.org/event/yakima.

Without the children’s health programs and services at Memorial and Children’s Village, these success stories would not be possible.  You make the difference.  Thank You!

Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are

Children’s Miracle Network Hospital campaigns during the month of May are all about raising funds and bringing awareness to the amazing work that men and woman in our community do each day at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and Children’s Village.

Right now through the end of May, five local families are sharing their stories of hope and healing and raising money to support the equipment, programs and services at Memorial and Children’s Village that helped their children and will impact the lives of many more to come.  You can hear their stories and support their efforts by logging on to www.helpmakemiracles.org.  Miracle Stories like Tristan Kuhlmann, who was born with a seizure disorder.  It took a surgery to remove a portion of his brain in an effort to save his life and improve his future. Today, he is a 5’7, 13-year-old from Selah who loves to run track and swim.

Put your money where the Miracles are and make a gift today.   Who knows, you might change the life of a co-worker, a neighbor, or maybe your own child.

The Power Behind The Balloon

Eighteen years ago, when I first started working at The Memorial Foundation, I had no idea the impact that little orange and yellow balloon would have on the lives of children in our community.  I had no idea that behind that paper balloon was an army of business partners and customers eager to make a difference $1 dollar at a time.  And oh the impact that $1 at a time has made.

Today, I stopped by the Pediatric Unit and I saw how a tiny sick baby was being lifted from liver damaging jaundice because of the ultra violet treatment lamp Children’s Fund dollars helped to purchase last year.  Because Memorial is a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, 100% of those dollars raised during our Balloon campaign come back to Memorial to benefit our Children’s Fund.

Nearly 300 babies spent time in Memorial Hospitals NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) last year, all of them benefiting from the equipment, staff education and training and family support your dollars helped to provide. This is just one example of the power behind that little balloon.

Make Miracles happen – buy a balloon today!