Gratitude for Legacy Hall’s community debut

The open house unveiling Memorial’s Legacy Hall was a huge success with many community members attending in celebration of 25 years of philanthropy; transforming care for generations to come.


We give a special thank you to the following people:


  • Andy Granitto, curator from the Yakima Valley Museum for skillfully displaying the Physicians Cabinet in Legacy Hall.


  • The following musicians, coordinated through the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, provided beautiful  entertainment at the open house:
    • Flute Duet by Hal Ott and Dianne Kinney
    • Youth performer, Sophia Perales played traditional violin and electric violin
    • Sagebrush Sallies, comprised of Sally Rose and Julie Conley, sang and played a combination of mixed instruments
    • Youth performers, the Tori Rose String Quartet

Jeff Snedeker, Jazz Horn

Memorial hosts the live streaming TEDMED session Food Fix, Nov. 19

Come together as a part of the TEDMED community and join the global conversation about what’s new and important in health and medicine.

Memorial Family of Services and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences are bringing to Yakima a live conversation among leading thinkers and doers all passionate about shaping a healthier world. In this live streaming TEDMED session, learn about the impact of food on health. The event features a conscientious food capitalist; an urban food anthropologist; a geneticist who is re-engineering meat and dairy; a global food rights activist; and others who are reshaping what and how we eat.

TEDMED is a global community of leading multidisciplinary thinkers and doers all passionate about shaping a healthier world. It is best known for its annual 2½-day gathering that brings together inspiring speakers, influential delegates, innovative start-ups and a passionate global audience. In 2014, this audience spanned 140+ countries and over 200,000 participants representing those on the frontlines of health and medicine.

Join the conversation at this live-streaming event on Thursday, Nov. 19th from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in Memorial’s auditorium, 2811 Tieton Drive.

For further information, contact Bertha Lopez at

Memorial Family of Services Will Affiliate With Virginia Mason

YAKIMA – (Nov. 11, 2015) – Memorial Family of Services, which includes Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, is a step closer to joining Virginia Mason Health System after leaders of both organizations today signed the legal document paving the way for the affiliation to take effect in early 2016.

Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD, and Memorial CEO Russ Myers signed the definitive agreement at Memorial hospital in Yakima this morning. Jim Berg, chairman of the Memorial Board of Trustees, and James Young, chairman of the Virginia Mason Board of Directors, also signed the document.

“This affiliation will advance Memorial’s commitment to meeting the needs of our community,” Myers said. “We are joining a nationally acclaimed organization that shares our view that all individuals should have access to high quality, safe and affordable health care.”

“I am very pleased that Memorial Family of Services and Virginia Mason are coming together to better serve patients on both sides of the Cascades,” said Dr. Kaplan. “We are partnering with a community-focused organization that embraces our vision for the future of health care and our determination to deliver high quality care at the lowest possible cost.”

The affiliation is a non-cash transaction in which Memorial will become part of Virginia Mason Health System. The affiliation is expected to take effect in early 2016 following Federal Trade Commission regulatory clearance.

“Perhaps the most important aspect of the affiliation is the cultural fit between our non-profit organizations, which is essential for successful collaboration,” Myers said. “This is an exciting day for Memorial and it’s a historic day for our community.”

Today’s signing of the definitive agreement capped months of evaluation and study by the organizations’ boards and leadership teams.

“Memorial’s affiliation with Virginia Mason allows two innovative, patient-centered organizations to work as one in establishing a comprehensive network of care,” Dr. Kaplan said.

The affiliation will also expand Virginia Mason’s presence in Central Washington, where it already has partnerships with Kittitas Valley Healthcare in Ellensburg and Confluence Health in Wenatchee for providing or supporting specific services.

Founded in 1920, Virginia Mason Health System includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital that is consistently ranked among the best and safest hospitals in the United States; eight regional medical centers in the Puget Sound area; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; and Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Using the Virginia Mason Production System management methodology, Virginia Mason is an international leader in applying lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety. Virginia Mason has about 6,000 employees. Learn more at Virginia Mason online.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, established in 1950, is a 226-bed, acute-care, not-for-profit, community hospital serving the Yakima Valley in Central Washington. Memorial Family of Services includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, hospice care, and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Memorial has about 2,600 employees. Learn more at Memorial Family of Services online.

Media Contacts

Gale Robinette

Virginia Mason Health System

Desk: 206-341-1509


Rebecca Teagarden

Memorial Family of Services

Desk: 509-577-5051



Wray’s Thriftway and Pepsi Cola Bottling of Yakima raise money to benefit local kids

Donations stay local to help Central Washington kids

YAKIMA, Wash. – On Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Wray’s Thriftway at 5605 Summitview Ave., Wray’s and Pepsi Cola Bottling of Yakima will hand over a giant check to Children’s Miracle Network to help local children with special healthcare needs. The check will be presented at 1:30 p.m.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, a portion of the proceeds from every 24-pack of Pepsi products sold at three Wray’s Thriftway stores has been earmarked to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This is the fourth consecutive year that Pepsi and Wray’s have partnered to raise money for CMNH. The total amount given over the past three years is $6,254.

Proceeds will benefit Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Department, as well as programs and services at Children’s Village, which serves Central Washington children with special health-care needs and their families. Memorial is one of 170 nonprofit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that treat severely injured and ill children in the U.S. and Canada.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and health-care services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at and

About the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital

Memorial Family of Services is the largest employer in Central Washington’s Yakima County, with some 2,500 employees who share the organization’s core purpose: to inspire people to thrive. Memorial Family of Services includes Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital – a 226-bed, acute-care, nonprofit community hospital – as well as primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, nationally-recognized home health and hospice care, and advanced services for children with special healthcare needs. Visit Memorial online at

For more information visit The Memorial Foundation’s website at

An emotional insurance policy

“As my husband’s caregiver, (he has ALS) I feel as if the Palliative program represents an “emotional” insurance policy.  When things get overwhelming, I always know where I can get help”…a grateful wife.

Community commitment to these programs assists in growing and expanding the End of Life continuum.  Donations help fund a Jesuit Volunteer to assist in delivering medical and social interventions, chaplains to meet the spiritual needs of patients and families, bereavement services for families of loved ones, including children’s grief workshops, and culturally-relevant  outreach and education to our Hispanic population.

Hope, healing and education

Bonnie wrote, “I have been cancer free for 7 years, thanks to the amazing staff at North Star Lodge. They made that scary time of my life much easier to deal with. Thank you so much for all your hard work.”

Funding for the initiative provides a spectrum of support for cancer survivors, offering hope, healing, and education.  Programs include therapy and support for survivors and caregivers, nutritional instruction for patients to aid their healing, educational resources in the North Star Lodge library, nurse navigator support, patient emergency needs, compression garments for those with chronic lymphedema, mammography scholarships….and so much more. Your gifts help people like Bonnie and her family thrive in survivorship.

Reach for the stars

When Cayden was born, he had his first physical therapy in the hospital before he even went home.  Immediately, Cayden started therapy at Children’s Village.  At nearly 2 ½ years old, he has graduated from physical therapy, but  still checks in with therapists at Children’s Village, and will for several years to come.  Cayden’s mother Sarah Richter says, “Children’s Village has become our extended family. We enjoy their knowledge and comfort in this difficult time in our life. They have encouraged us and kept us on the right path to our son’s amazing progress. You have helped us keep our heads high and encouraged us to help Cayden ‘reach for the stars’.”      

Community support is essential to programs for children with special healthcare needs at Children’s Village.  Programs include pediatric therapy, mental health counseling support, medical specialty clinics, autism spectrum disorder clinics, family support and education…and more.  And, community generosity helps support programs for Memorial’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatrics Unit. Every day, tiny ones are receiving life-saving and life-changing services, thanks to your generosity.

Do you have a family member experiencing memory loss?

The Memorial Foundation is once again leading the effort to meet community need in healthcare.  The demand for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease education is growing more urgent.  For the second year, The Memorial Foundation is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association, Washington State Chapter, to present a community conference to provide tools and encouragement to family caregivers and healthcare professionals caring for people with dementia.

The Central Washington Memory Loss Conference will bring information and resource availability to our community, leading to sustained outreach and continuing education and support for dementia patients, families, and caregivers.  Because of your support, this November 3 conference at the Yakima Convention Center is offered at no charge to the general public, but please do pre-register for the Central Washington Memory Loss Conference at