Touching Lives

“Giving to hospice services is my way of caring for and touching lives in a meaningful way that is bigger than anything I could do alone.” —Julia Griffin, RN

Many employees of Memorial Family of Services echo Julia’s passion for our patients and programs.  They, and their families, are also members of the Yakima community, and every day they witness the benefits of our generous donors.  Community donations combine to enhance services and provide care that is not covered by medical insurance.  For patients experiencing a life-limiting diagnosis, your donation helps provide bathing assistance, companionship through trained volunteers, and personal guidance in facing a terminal illness.  Thank you for your generosity.

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Yakima Symphony at Children’s Village

Join us for a summer concert at 4:00 pm, Thursday, August 18, at Children’s Village.

Yakima Symphony Conductor Lawrence Golan will perform a special mini-recital and visit with children, families, and community supporters of Children’s Village and a drawing will be held for a pair of tickets to a Yakima Symphony Orchestra Classical Series concert

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Washington State Patrol Troopers support NICU 

If you’ve ever walked down the hall toward the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Memorial, you already know Evie Farmer.  She’s one of the babies featured on the alumni wall for getting her good start in life at Memorial’s NICU unit.

Evie, now 5, stopped by the NICU on June 20, exactly five years after she graduated from the NICU, a place that was her home for the first 81 days of her life. Evie and her family were on a mission: to present a generous donation to the NICU from the Washington State Patrol Troopers Association.  Evie’s dad, Jay, is a state trooper, and her mom, Theresa, is a registered nurse in Memorial’s Day Surgery.

Those who cared for Evie when she was born at 26 weeks, weighing 1 pound, 13 ounces, were delighted to see a happy and healthy Evie, along with her whole family.

Consider making a gift to The Memorial Foundation to help other little ones, like Evie, get a good start on life.

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MORE Program – Working Wonders

 

“The facilities and level of professionalism and caring shown by the staff exceeded my expectations.  I don’t feel self-conscious at North Star in my rehab and exercise class.”

—a grateful patient

 

Your donations have helped launch a strength- and stamina-building exercise program, and it is working wonders in the recovery process of its first 200 cancer patients. Still in its first year, the Memorial Oncology Rehabilitation and Exercise – MORE program – will soon be partially self-sustaining through insurance reimbursement. A physical therapist completes initial assessment and treatment plans for patients referred from North Star Lodge.  The next phase is to add a fitness trainer who can facilitate individual and group fitness classes.

Nationally, an increasing number of hospitals are offering these programs to help speed recovery, shorten hospital stays, and improve quality of life.   Reducing hospitalization time aids in earlier return to work and normal everyday activities for our patients by decreasing fatigue, nausea, and pain.  Thank you for supporting vital cancer care programs with your donation to The Memorial Foundation.

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Understanding Your Financial Health

Understanding Your Financial Health –

We are pleased to share this financial health information from our community partner, Solarity Credit Union.Solarity Credit Union

Time and health are two things that are invaluable and you can’t get back. Health isn’t just limited to your physical health; it also includes your financial health.

Life happens fast. It can be overwhelmingly beautiful and at times just overwhelming. In what seems like no time at all, you go from a careless child enjoying summer days, to teenager, to a blossoming young adult. Then a family of your own comes along and life multiplies. Before you know it, the house is quiet and retirement becomes something in the not too distant future.

Finances aren’t something that are fun to think about and it can be hard to prioritize when life is full of so many things that are much more fun, like dinner with friends or playing with the kids. Similar to your physical health, there are many ways to gauge how you are doing.  An easy way to start is to check off these three major things:

  1. Start talking and planning about retirement. It doesn’t matter whether you are 20 or 65; you can start or refine your plan at any age.
  2. Have a plan for your debt. Understand what planned debt you have such as a mortgage and what needs to be paid off like credit card debt.
  3. Most importantly, start asking questions. There is no such thing as a stupid question when it comes to understanding your financial situation.

Starting with these three simple things to understand your financial health will ensure that you can spend your time enjoying our 300 days of sunshine, that perfect mountain hike or that chilled glass of local wine.

 

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$65,000 needed to help an estimated 450 cancer patients this year…

With North Star Lodge taking in hundreds of patients from a recently closed oncology practice, the budget for complementary therapy supplies has been severely strained.  Most urgently needed is $65,000 to help an estimated 450 patients this year with medical compression garments, necessary to manage lymphedema, a lifelong condition for not only cancer patients, but others as well.  Use of the garments helps reduce recurrent cellulitis, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary emboli, and opportunistic infections.  Despite the medical necessity of compression garments, many insurance companies do not cover the expense of the replacement of worn out items.  Your gift to The Memorial Foundation can make a difference.

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Thank you Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Employees

Thank you to Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC) employees for their recent employee giving campaign to benefit Children’s Village programs and services.  Much appreciation to Dr. Mark Koday for his leadership and support as so many YVFWC employees were able to learn more about the precious work that takes place at Children’s Village and the need for ongoing community support.

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Memorial’s fight to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome needs your help!

Memorial’s fight to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome needs your help!  Because of community generosity, every family who leaves Memorial with a new baby receives this education and a “Purple Cry” DVD to help better cope with an inconsolable newborn.  In 2013, there were 5 cases of reported shaken baby syndrome in Yakima CountySince implementing the Purple Cry program, Memorial has seen zero incidents!  Please help us continue this life-altering education program with a gift of support.  “Purple Cry” is an evidence-based program on DVD that educates parents and caregivers to normal crying patterns of the newborn and the risks and results of shaken baby syndrome.  Your contributions to The Memorial Foundation have helped saved lives through education provided to pediatric offices, Memorial staff working with babies and new parents, and the public through talk radio and in education classes offered by Memorial.

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