91 Brave People

There are 91 brave people in Yakima who are changing their lives.  I am one of them.  We are enrolled in a year-long lifestyle change program called “Diabetes Prevention.”  Seven groups each have a volunteer coach and we meet once a week to tackle a new topic and incorporate it into our daily habits.  What we eat, when we eat and what kind of fuel our food provides is really more important than we had realized.

We are learning the ins and outs of perspective-shifting while planning our food choices.  It’s hard to change those old habits which have taken over our dinner plates!  Everyone has a sense of camaraderie and sympathy for each other’s struggles.  Helpful suggestions from everyone give us great new ideas to try—the best for me has been to preplan and prepack my food for the next day so I can’t weasel out of making healthy, thoughtful choices.

This is week five for my group.  This week we introduce a little bit more activity into our day.  This has challenges for me, as I have had an uncooperative knee this spring.  I’m sure the group will have some great strategies to offer up at tomorrow’s meeting.  In any case, I look forward to these support group/education sessions.  I am grateful Memorial is offering this class!

This program has largely been made available through grant funding attained by The Memorial Foundation.

If you wish to learn more, visit www. yakimamemorial.org/medical-services-diabetes-education.asp

Capturing Precious Memories with YouthWorks


By Branden Johnson

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Karlee Jones, Raegan Ramynke, and Jessica McCallister came to Cottage in the Meadow with one goal in mind—to create a memory book for one of our hospice patients.  We all sat down and went through family photos and studied the patient’s family tree.  The hospice patient’s family tree was quite large!


The three high school students are from East Valley and West Valley High Schools.  They are actively involved in YouthWorks and The Memorial Foundation’s four major initiatives— End-of-Life Care, Cancer Care, Children’s Care, and Healthy Yakima.  Our students need to be recognized and commended for their hard work and dedication to enhance the lives of our hospice patients.


The funding for these memory books came from a grant through The Memorial Foundation.  We were able to give the hospice patient a memory book, a digital CD of her pictures, and copies of her pictures. If you know a student who may be interested in YouthWorks, please call Branden Johnson at 574-3655 or email at brandenjohnson@yvmh.org.

Memorial’s Home Health, Transitions and Hospice offices are moving

• Home health care is a skilled, personalized service provided to patients of all ages in their place of residence, including assisted living or group home settings.
• Hospice offers comprehensive support to terminally ill patients and their families. In addition to providing pain and symptom management for the patient, hospice gives comfort and reassurance to families during this uncertain life transition.
• Transitions/Palliative care Program offers comfort-focused services to adults with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
• The Bereavement Program provides support to family members who have experienced the death of a loved one. Bereavement volunteers provide regular contact with clients through telephone calls, personal cards and support mailings.
• Hospice and Transitions volunteers provide assistance to patients, families and caregivers. It is delivered in private homes, nursing facilities, hospitals and Cottage in the Meadow.


Home Health, Transitions and Hospice offices will now be located at 302 S. 10th Avenue. You can reach Home Health, Transitions and Hopsice services at (509) 574-3600 or visit yakimahomehealthhospice.org/ for more information.

Cancer Awareness and Prevention Month

By Jessica McAllister, YouthWorks Council Vice President and East Valley High School Student

In America alone, over 1,600,000 people are fighting the battle against cancer. Around 500,000 cancer related deaths occur each year in the United States. Billions of people worldwide suffer from various types of cancer. The fight against cancer is a fierce, ongoing battle. The entire month of February has been dedicated to Cancer Awareness and Prevention.


Come Brunch in Support of Women’s Health

You are cordially invited to attend the 2nd annual fashion for charity event, Ladies Who Brunch hosted at Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar on Saturday, March 1 at 9am. By purchasing a ticket for the event, you will enjoy:
Brunch & Beverages
Fashion Show
Beauty Bar
Raffle Prizes
Photo Booth
Must-Have Swag Bags

Tickets are $35 each with 100% of proceeds benefiting The Memorial Foundation for Women’s Health Programs.

You may purchase your ticket by clicking on the button below:

LWB Come Brunch in Support of Women’s Health


I am Memorial…and I support our programs

One of the I am Memorial statements speaks to accountability “ . . . I take actions that are consistent with the outcomes I desire.”

The Memorial Family of Services has several employee groups who demonstrate this very credo on a regular basis by paying for the privilege of wearing jeans on designated days to raise money for our hospital programs. In 4 ½ years, these departments have raised a whopping $11,507 on ‘Jeans days’. What an easy way to make a difference and support the programs that serve our patients!

  • Administration
  • Children’s Village
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Community Education
  • Cornerstone Clinic
  • Gift Shop
  • Health Information Management
  • Home Care and Hospice
  • Human Resources
  • Infusion Care
  • North Star Lodge
  • ‘Ohana
  • Pharmacy
  • The Memorial Foundation
  • The Springs

$2,800 raised by staff for ‘Ohana Mammography Fund!

A grateful thank you is extended to ‘Ohana Memorial Mammography Center employees for their ongoing dedication and sustaining of their “Jeans for a Cause” efforts.  For five years the team has paid for the privilege to wear jeans on Friday.  They are often joined by some of the radiologists, who also participate on Fridays when they are reading images at ‘Ohana.

Through their “Jeans for a Cause” efforts, the ‘Ohana team has donated over $2,800 to The Memorial Foundation for the Mammogram Scholarship Fund.  The scholarships go toward helping women pay for their breast imaging. Way to go ‘Ohana employees!

Also of interest …

`Ohana Mammography Center
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Pageant Season 2014 is here!

A new year means that a new season of “Mr.” pageants is fast approaching!

Since 1997, the YouthWorks at Memorial program has been engaging area youth through philanthropy in a plethora of ways – the biggest of which, perhaps, is in the student organized projects that have become known as the “Mr.” Pageants.

Funded by The Memorial Foundation, the “Mr.” pageants aim to raise money, as well as awareness, for healthcare needs throughout our community. For many of the students, the experience of participating, either as a contestant or in the coordinating efforts, marks the beginning of a new perspective.  They see, firsthand, how their philanthropic efforts can touch the lives of our community through their contribution towards the benefit of local healthcare programs and services.

This year, three schools will be participating in the “Mr.” pageants:

  • Toppenish High School
    Mr. Toppenish 2014 Pageant

Wednesday, February 19 at 7pm - Toppenish HS Auditorium

  • West Valley High School
    Mr. West Valley 2014 Pageant
    Wednesday, February 26 at 7pm – West Valley HS Auditorium
  • Eisenhower High School
    Mr. Ike 2014 Pageant
    Wednesday, March 26 at 7pm – Eisenhower HS Auditorium

Thus far, $6,000 has been raised through sponsorships and over $900 has been raised by West Valley High School alone.

Throughout the next few months, you can help these three high schools in their fundraising efforts by visiting http://memfound.kintera.org/youthworks2014.

There, you will find the names of selected contestants and options to donate, as well as additional information on the YouthWorks at Memorial program and the “Mr.” pageants. Visit today!


YouthWorks in action

By Yaly Aguilera, YouthWorks Secretary

My fellow YouthWorks members and I toured around Children’s Village the other day. I was fascinated by the kid-friendly building! Walking along Miracle Street, and seeing the signs recognizing the major donors, I was delighted to know so many companies in the Valley support Children’s Village. With the help of these generous donors, this support system gets stronger and stronger each day.

One thing that is important to recognize is that Children’s Village is not just for the children who have  developmental needs, but also for the families of these children and the community. The Parent to Parent Support Group is helpful for parents of newly diagnosed children with  health concerns and in this group they can receive encouragement and support by a trained parent who has a child with special needs.

While walking around Children’s Village, I could not help but remember about my uncle, Juanito, who has down syndrome. When he was born, the doctors told my grandmother that there was no way that he can live any longer due to many heart related issues and complications. No support was given to my family at the time, however, my grandmother overcame that barrier with faith. I realized how blessed our community was to have Children’s Village. Considering my grandmother and Juanito live in Mexico, it was difficult for him to receive physical therapy and medical treatment. It’s a blessing for many families and children in our society to receive that sense of comfort and support through Children’s Village.

Children’s Village brings families together and creates a unique and supportive atmosphere where they can learn and grow together. Children’s Village is about faith, hope, and support.