A path for kids to reach their highest potential

Families who don’t know much about disorders like autism or ADHD may not seek treatment. When they do, families are amazed at how much support and education is available at Children’s Village to help their children achieve their highest potential.  And did you know? Children’s Village staff make an average of 350 in-home visits for kids ages newborn to 3 every month, and 475 pediatric therapeutic visits for kids ages 3 to 18.

Through community support, the infant and toddler Early Intervention Program sees children until they turn 3. Evidence-based practices urge intensive intervention in those early years, when communication skills are first forming, so they see kids about twice a month. Through additional funding, more therapists could be available so that these kids could be seen every week, optimizing the impact of the therapy sessions…optimizing their potential.

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No one should have to manage their health care alone.

“…I feel less alone with this program.  I am an only child, so dealing with my mom’s disease has been overwhelming, but you’ve been a tremendous helping ‘friend’.”  — a thankful daughter

Your generous donations to The Memorial Foundation help support programs throughout the Compass Care Initiative – home health, palliative care, hospice and bereavement programs for surviving family members and Cottage in the Meadow. The Compass Care team works with patients every day who suffer from chronic and terminal illnesses.

Compass Care’s comprehensive programs give patients, family and healthcare providers more options for care and treatment.  At home, at the hospital or in hospice care, Compass Care is here for patients every step of the way.  Learn more »

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Program for Seniors

Generous Kohl’s Care grant funding supports a Gentle Chair Fitness Class, designed for people with limited mobility and seniors, ages 60 and over. Attendees will learn to stretch and tone muscles without strainEvery Tuesday, 12:30 -1:30 pm., at the Henry Beauchamp Community Center, 1211 S. 7th St. Yakima, WA.

“Thank you for providing the Senior Gentle Chair Fitness class. I have participated in the twice a week class since January. On my first day, I was only able to complete 10 minutes of class and only able to walk 3 laps around the gym.  After 3 months, I am able to complete the entire 60 minutes of gentle exercise and walk 15 laps without a problem.  This class has also helped to improve my balance and lower body strength.”Patrick, program participant

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Cancer Survivorship care

Survivorship care

“Thanks for who you are and what you do.  It’s wonderful not being alone in this experience.”

—a grateful cancer patient

Especially for breast cancer patients, survivors, and their families:  Douglas T Gray MSW, LICSW will be joining Betsy Medrano RN-C Nurse Navigator at ‘Ohana for the June 14, 2017 breast cancer support group meeting.  This group meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.    Join us on June 14, July 12, August 9, and September 13.  June’s focus will be “COPING WITH CANCER”.   Free of charge.

Your charitable donations to The Memorial Foundation provide funding for this program that is having far-reaching impact on the lives of cancer patients and their families here in our community.

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YouthWorks High School Pageants

And the winners are…

Raising awareness and funds to support children’s health programs at Virginia Mason Memorial, the 2017 YouthWorks high school pageants have been completed. And the winners are…

Mr. East Valley Jorge Garcia and Mr. Congeniality Danny Scherschligt
Mr. Ike Torin Filkins and Mr. Congeniality Tony Barajas
Mr. Naches Julian Dow and Mr. Congeniality Nicholas Berge
Mr. SHS (Sunnyside) and Mr. Congeniality Caleb Mortensen
Mr. Wapato Albert Squeouhs and Mr. Congeniality Jose Castellanos
Mr. West Valley Colton Moen and Mr. Congeniality Elliot Ries

The pageant contestants, coordinators, and school advisors dedicate months to learning about children’s health programs, raising funds, and preparing for the pageant. Congratulations and thank you to all!

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The great work continues!

To Dr. Z – “Thanks for being who you are. xoxo
–Juan Carlos

“As a dental provider at Children’s Village, my utmost pleasant experience comes from the things that I learn from the children with disabilities and their families. At Children’s Village, kids are kids whether they have disabilities or not. They are defined by their talent, not by their disabilities.”

“Children’s Village is a magical playground where I can work with many kids with different talents. My most rewarding experience is when I first meet an anxious child and I can help them through an actual appointment and eventually see them enjoy the experience of coming to the dentist.” Dr. Ziad.

Early in March we bid Children’s Village Director, Jackie McPhee a fond farewell as she retired. She will be missed! To keep you updated, we wanted you to know that Bertha Lopez, Virginia Mason Memorial Senior Director of Community Planning and Development, is serving as interim Director of the Village as a discussion of the CEO position continues.

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Diabetes management and wellness

“Thanks to the exercise, my movement has improved greatly to the point that I now can volunteer 4½ hours each week, and it has helped me manage my new diagnosis of diabetes”.  – Sylvia, age 55

If you have prediabetes, your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes; and you may not even know it!  For most people, there are ways to reduce your risk.  Your charitable dollars through The Memorial Foundation help fund many programs to help you with that, including diabetes prevention, diabetes wellness, and My Health, My Life, a program for individuals who suffer from chronic illness.  There is a support group, foot screening, nail care treatment, gestational diabetes management, insulin initiation and adjustment, and medical nutrition therapy consultation available.

Diabetes affects an estimated 23.6 million people in the United States, and is the 7th leading cause of death.  Almost 25percent of Americans with diabetes are undiagnosed.  Are you at risk of developing it?

Talk to your doctor to make sure your blood sugar levels, weight, and activity levels are in the healthy range.  To take matters into your own hands to prevent or to better manage diabetes, consult the class schedule at yakimamemorial.org/events.

Ineke Ojanen, Certified Diabetes Educator, demonstrates recipes for healthy lifestyles.


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Compassion. Innovative Treatments. State-of the-Art Technology.

Are any of these things too much to ask for when you or a loved one is facing cancer? We don’t think so. Our community’s cancer center, North Star Lodge, is dedicated to helping families through this difficult journey. Your generous donations help.

One way of helping patients and families is the North Star Lodge Patient Education Handbook. Available for each patient, the 15-page handbook is customized with definitions, explanations, phone numbers of providers and resources, and a general rundown of tips for coping with cancer and its treatments. All in one handy package, it reinforces much of the information received during treatment planning visits; things that may have been forgotten during the whirlwind of new information. Patients carry this handbook with them to add notes of their own and to help clarify information for family members and support people. It’s a tool that is much appreciated, made possible only through your support.

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Loving care provided

Four years ago, Amanda was admitted into hospice care. She was profoundly disabled and her only family was the staff at her group home. Despite being blind, deaf, and nonverbal, Amanda responded to the loving care provided by her group home family and her hospice team. She was moved to Cottage in the Meadow for symptom management just days before she died. Amanda received the compassion given to all hospice patients, and she died comfortable and pain free, among her loving friends and caregivers.

“I have found personal growth and healing through being able to assist hospice patients and their caregivers. It is an honor to provide the means and help for a person to leave this world with dignity and to help minimize their suffering.” Kathy Breshears, hospice nurse.

The hospice team brings a tremendous level of compassion, care and comfort, not just for the patients, but for the whole family and caregivers affected by the loss of a loved one. Thank you for supporting Compass Care. Your gifts ensure this comfort is available to all who need it.

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