Your Gifts Are Far Reaching

We are happy to reaffirm the Attorney General’s Charitable Solicitations Program most recent report which states that The Memorial Foundation devotes 89% of donations directly to health programs.  Another confirmation and reassurance that your charitable dollars stay local and support community healthcare programs, patients and families.

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.

One Person At A Time

Joey is a local fourth grader who is taking steps to improve his health.  Last fall, he was upset because he was too overweight to try out for the football team.   Memorial’s ACT! Program coordinators reached out to Joey with a lifeline.  He has been hard at work learning about nutrition, changing his eating habits, and increasing his activity and fitness levels.  He has lost weight, increased strength and endurance, and surprise!  Even Joey’s school performance is improving.

His family is supportive of his efforts, and Joey is beaming with joy.   It takes commitment and determination to break bad habits and Joey is a true inspiration.  Rising obesity rates have significant health consequences and are much more likely to lead to chronic diseases like diabetes, high cholesterol, or depression.  Memorial works with our community to help others make positive changes like Joey is making, one person, and one family at a time.

Thanks to your financial support Joey is receiving critical health education resources right now, before it’s too late for him. Through your support of the Healthy Yakima Initiative, families are growing healthier and making our community healthier!  For more information on classes and activities, go to

Keeping Support Local

We are happy to reaffirm the Attorney General’s Charitable Solicitations Program most recent report which states that The Memorial Foundation devotes 89% of donations directly to health programs.  Another confirmation and reassurance that our community’s charitable dollars stay local and support community healthcare programs, patients and families.

Keeping support local means dollars are at work right here in our community…directly serving children, families, your neighbors, your loved ones…you.

Through The Memorial Foundation, our community has made hope, care, compassion and wellness possible for many thousands in our community who needed just the right health care service at just the right time.  Made possible only through generous giving, for over twenty-five years The Memorial Foundation has been dedicated to improving health outcomes for a healthy community.

Memorial Offers Community Training on Advance Directives

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.

You have several opportunities to attend Five Wishes Advance Directive training:

Tuesday, May 26, YVMH Auditorium, 5 pm

Tuesday, June 2, North Star Lodge, 2 pm

Wednesday, June 10, YVMH Auditorium, Noon

Wednesday, July 9, YVMH Auditorium, Noon

Tuesday, August 11, YVMH Auditorium, Noon

Open to the community. No registration required.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Auditorium (in the basement)
2800 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98902
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North Star Lodge
808 N. 39th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902
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2015 YouthWorks Pageants

Thanks to the hard work of all of the contestants, coordinators, and advisors from the four pageant schools, this year the YouthWorks pageants raised nearly $50,000 to benefit children’s health care programs at Memorial Hospital and Children’s Village.  During the 2015 high school pageant season Ethan Kimzey was crowned Mr. West Valley and Tyler Hager was chosen as Mr. Congeniality.  Gunnar Velikanje was crowned Mr. Ike and Devon Lawrence was chosen as Mr. Congeniality.  Zack Zamora was crowned both Mr. SHS (Sunnyside) and Mr. Congeniality.  Anders Clark was crowned Mr. Naches and Derek Stanelle was chosen as Mr. Congeniality.  YouthWorks at Memorial is a community service initiative that engages youth directly through mentoring, volunteering and philanthropy – youth in action, giving back!