Fiesta de Salud

The annual community health fair drew more than 3,500 people to the fairgrounds last month for a day of activities, health screenings, and information. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors Community Health Plan of Washington, Coordinated Care, Fiesta Foods of Yakima, Health Alliance Medical Plans, Image Point, and Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. Dental screenings were provided for 215 children and 350 free bike helmets were fitted and given to kids under 18, and there were fun challenges and family activities.  More than 40 different agencies were on hand to answer questions and provide referrals for those who needed further health services.

Health fairs such as this emphasize the importance of early screening and monitoring of diabetes care and high blood pressure, among other things, and encourages families to learn and work together toward optimal health.

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3D Mammography:  Up-to-date technology to screen for breast cancer 

We are pleased to announce 3D mammography is now available at ‘Ohana Mammography Center.    3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) is an exciting advancement in breast cancer screening shown in clinical studies to be better than conventional 2D mammography.  It shows breast tissue in thin layers, like pages in a book, helping doctors dismiss falsely suspicious areas and find breast cancer earlier.  At ‘Ohana, an average of 10-12,000 mammograms are performed each year.

Thanks to the generosity of many devoted groups of people who host breast cancer awareness fundraisers every year for the mammogram scholarship fund at ‘Ohana, this advanced screening will be available to everyone, even if your medical insurance does not yet cover 3D mammography.  Remember, early detection saves lives!

Walk In Clinics

‘Ohana offers walk-in clinic hours for screening mammograms on Fridays from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary —just bring the name of your primary care physician with you. Patients will be seen in the order of arrival. Spanish interpreters are available.

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Gifts to Children’s Village have far-reaching impact

 “Without the support and care coordination I received at Children’s Village, I think I would’ve been so overwhelmed. I would have struggled so much trying to figure out where to start.” 

When Gloria’s 14-year-old son Dominic was 3 months old, he was diagnosed with Down syndrome. Dominic’s pediatrician connected her with Children’s Village and the Parent to Parent support group. One of the case managers helped the family start applying for services.

“A lot of it was a blur, very overwhelming,” she said. “It was a matter of internally dealing with it, and also passing that information on to family, and just that whole kind of reaction.”

Through that initial upheaval, the Village was her rock. She looked forward to every Parent to Parent meeting because she knew there were others there who understood what she was feeling and had experienced it before.

Dominic was also later diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism. He’s mostly nonverbal, but works with a tablet communication device that helps him say what he needs.

Now a freshman in the West Valley School District, Dominic still receives speech therapy at the Village. Their whole family has found solace at Children’s Village. Dominic’s older brothers have participated in the Sibshops social peer support program for brothers and sisters of kids with disabilities, and they now volunteer as mentors at the Village. Gloria has served on the Children’s Village board of directors and volunteers as often as she can.  “I just feel compelled to give back, knowing how much they’ve helped our family,” she said.

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Our Doors Are Open

Your gifts to the Compass Care expansion campaign have changed the course of end-of-life care in our Valley forever.  Because our community banded together once again to answer an urgent need, Cottage in the Meadow has now been expanded to serve 20 hospice and palliative care patients  and support their families with comfort and practical assistance through a final illness of a loved one.  The State Department of Health has given final approval on occupancy and patients are now being served in the new wing.  This means more patients can be served and more families can have a brief respite from the rigorous demands of 24-hour caregiving.

We are not quite finished yet… with the building expansion comes more un-reimbursable program expense.  That is why The Memorial Foundation has been campaigning for additional gifts to the Compass Care endowment and program support portions of the campaign. Ensuring the opportunity for peaceful healing for hundreds of families each year, now and into the future.

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We want your input!

Your input is of great importance to us.  Please spend a few minutes taking our donor survey ». By taking the survey, you will be providing valuable information that will help guide us in making your donor experience better.

We want to be sure we are meeting your philanthropic needs, and that you always have a means to communicate with us about your experiences with The Memorial Foundation. You can take the survey anonymously or provide your information, if you so choose.

Thank you for your part in advancing and transforming healthcare in Yakima. You make all the difference!

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A little extra help goes a long way

A little extra help from the donor-supported patient assistance fund helps to cover the most basic of needs and make all the difference for scores of patients fighting cancer.

With the higher-than-average cost of utilities last winter, many patients were struggling just to stay warm and to keep their lights on until alternate funding was made available to their families.  When his water tank ruptured, one patient had no water in his home until the patient emergency fund provided repairs.  Now he doesn’t have to fill water jugs and haul them home after his chemo appointments, and he is very grateful for that.

Transportation can be a very big obstacle for those with multiple appointments or who are alone and too ill to drive; sometimes several times in a week!  Help with buying fuel or arranging for Dial-a-Ride or a cab can make a world of difference in getting to vital treatment appointments, taking one more burden of worry off the patient.

Access to medications can be daunting for those on a fixed income, and help with buying comfort medications such as anti-emetics, appetite-stimulating supplements, and laxatives make a significant difference in the comfort level for patients who need them.

Your kindness in supporting cancer care programs is deeply felt. Thank you for your compassion and generosity.

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Florence Wight Guild – a legacy of giving

In December of 1949, twenty-five friends gathered together to form the Florence Wight Guild, an auxiliary organization dedicated to serve and support the new and exciting Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital which opened in 1950.   The guild was named in memory of Florence Wight, a capable volunteer who shared her time and talent for the betterment of the Yakima Valley.

Today after sixty-seven years of service, Florence Wight members are still volunteering at Virginia Mason Memorial and continue to raise funds to support programs at the hospital.  Recently the guild presented their twenty second Field Day where 180 women gathered to compete in sporting events and other competitions before enjoying lunch al fresco at the home of Rick and Lisa Plath.  Guests and members together raised over $14,000 which will be used for physical therapy programs at Children’s Village.  Thank you Florence Wight Guild!

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