Unsung Heroes

Dr. and Mrs. Elmer Hart received the Rotary Unsung Hero Award 2013 nominated by Anne Napier Caffery.

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After retiring in 2002, Dr. Elmer Hart wasn’t interested in hitting the golf course. Instead, he and his wife, Esther, put nimble fingers and ample energy into creating handmade, totally unique quilts to be donated to Memorial’s Hospice and Home Health programs as well as other area non-profit organizations in the Valley who serve children and families in need. “After 40 years in practice, I had to do something to keep busy,” Hart said with a chuckle. “I wanted to do something of value.”

The Harts often complete three quilts per week; more than 200 quilts so far for hospice. They swing by the Foundation office regularly to drop off stacks of beautiful quilts.

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“These are such beautiful quilts and our patients and families love them,” Hospice Development Coordinator Dottie Hildebrand said. “There is something so comforting and cozy about wrapping up in a handmade blanket.”

The Hart’s living room has been transformed into a quilt shop with multiple stations set up for sewing, batting and the fine stitching required to complete each quilt. They purchase all of the fabric and batting themselves; waiting for good sales and coupons to become available to purchase the expensive materials. Occasionally, someone donates materials to help them along in their mission.

Double Your Impact

At some point in our lives, we have all discovered causes that have touched us in very special ways. Upon learning of the powerful missions put forward by the organizations supporting them, we find ourselves becoming inspired to the point of wanting to lend a helping hand to one or even a few… and we do so, most frequently, by contributing a monetary donation.

We are elated… we have made an impact in our world, no matter how small it may have been.

But small impacts can easily be amplified. They can often be doubled. Unbeknownst to most, many companies have matching gift programs that will match any donations made by their employees to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations up to a certain amount. So, suddenly fifty dollars becomes a hundred dollars… a hundred becomes two hundred…

By learning about and taking advantage of your employer’s matching gift program, you would be doubling your impact on the cause you are supporting.

Are you curious to know whether or not your employer has a matching gift program? Visit The Memorial Foundation’s website by clicking here and utilize the “Double You Donation” plugin at the bottom of the page.

Just enter the name of your employer into the search box and see if their name appears. If so, click on it and you will be presented with all of the information required to begin doubling your impact with a matching gift through your employer.

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:

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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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