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.  Please save the afternoon of Monday, September 14 for this year’s tournament.  There will be an afternoon flight only; a 1:30 shotgun start.  The award ceremony will follow the tournament.  Get your teams organized now – only room for 36 teams!

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.

Memorial Employees Spark New Ideas

Your gifts to The Memorial Foundation are significant in helping create a healthy community through the Memorial “Spark Grants” program.  This grant program provides funding in support of innovative and sustainable employee and department-driven programs to provide beneficial impact to our patients, employees, and community.

Scores of employees have approached us with innovative solutions.  One such project was recently on the news reporting on Yakima police and other first responders being trained to recognize and accommodate communication barriers when working with populations.

Valerie Haysom, a Memorial Family of Services employee, sought modest funding from The Memorial Foundation via a Spark Grant and worked on her own time to connect training with those serving the public.  The primary goal is to recognize communication differences for people with autism, and the training is also relevant for working with people suffering from dementia, developmental disabilities, and certain mental illnesses. What better way to protect our vulnerable citizens in potentially fearful situations than to reach out and share what we know.

This is one of many examples of caring and going above and beyond the call of duty that we have the privilege of witnessing every day.  Thank you for supporting this very fine and far-reaching effort.  The full article can be found at

Focusing On Health

Many patients who have been gainfully employed all of their adult lives are forced to leave their employment during cancer treatments.  Some are uninsured, under-insured, or lack caregiver support.  The treatment process can be daunting, and when combined with financial hardships and difficulty with access to life-saving technology, it often becomes overwhelming to focus on health.  The North Star Lodge Patient Assistance Fund provides support to help remove barriers and offers a helping hand when patients and families need it most.

The North Star Lodge Patient Assistance Fund assists 30% of our patients who need some form of charitable assistance.  This fund provides support services including:  hardship assistance, transportation to and from appointments, hotel/lodging assistance, gas cards, prescription drug assistance, nutritional supplements, counseling, stress reduction programs, support groups and coping skills classes.

A Grateful Family

The importance of your support of the specialized care at Cottage in the Meadow is evidenced by this touching message from a grieving family:

“To the beautiful staff at Cottage in the Meadow Hospice; no words can express what you have meant to this family. Because of you, Mom passed away with comfort and dignity.  Every hand that touched her at the Cottage was an amazing expression of love. How can one even begin to convey what you have meant to our family? To have the blessing during mom’s last days, of just “being with” mom while all of you worked so passionately to care for her and us. You have blessed this family beyond earthly words. And so with humble hearts, we say thank you. God bless you all.”

We say, thank you to our generous community of donors and the families who entrust our staff with their care. Your gifts help families heal and grow stronger.

Run Your ACE Off

Something new!  

This year, ACE Hardware and Les Schwab Tire Centers team up to present Run Your ACE Off, a 5K walk/run on June 27, to benefit Memorial’s Children’s Fund.   It costs only $15 for adult participants, if you sign up by June 22.  We hope to see you there! Registration forms available here.

With every dollar, a miracle is set into motion . . . Thank you for being part of the hope and healing and the miracles in Yakima!

Making Miracles Happen – Thank you!

We extend our deepest gratitude to our amazing Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® national sponsors in Central Washington.  Walmart, Rite Aid, Costco, Dairy Queen, Chico’s, ACE Hardware and IHOP sold thousands of $1, $5, $100, and $1,000 Miracle Balloons in their stores. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals national sponsors work year-round to help raise awareness and funding for children’s hospitals like Memorial.

The Memorial Café, Memorial’s Into the Brew Espresso, local motorcycle club, “Recken Crue,” and many local businesses also join in each year, raising vital funds for Memorial’s children’s programs.