Gentle Yoga

We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise classes at no cost!

  • Gentle Yoga, every Tuesday, 6 – 7 pm, Yoga Collective of Yakima, 2614 A W. Nob Hill Blvd, Yakima *Age 10 and over
  • Gentle Chair Fitness, every Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 – 1:30 pm at the Henry Beauchamp Community Center, 1211 S 7th St, Yakima *Age 60 and over

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Fiesta de Salud!

Saturday July 29, 2017

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Modern Living Building, State Fair Park, Yakima

This free community health fair started ten years ago and has grown to be the largest community health event in Yakima County.  Participants enjoy free health screenings, health information booths, activities, and presentations designed to educate the entire family about wellness, disease prevention and healthy lifestyles.  The Fiesta de Salud is a fun-filled day with a family atmosphere that is enjoyed by thousands each year.

What services and activities will be at Fiesta de Salud?

  • Virginia Mason Memorial will offer blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol screenings at no charge
  • Safety helmets will be given away to children under age 18 as supplies last. All helmets will be custom fitted by trained volunteers
  • Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic will host a dental care clinic for children
  • Participate in a family-friendly obstacle course, Zumba and other physical activities by Virginia Mason Memorial
  • More than 50 different booths with local community services

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Services are here for you when you need them

Most people would benefit from Compass Care services sooner than they think.  And you don’t have to be on hospice care to take advantage of the program.  The scope of services has grown, and includes resources such as respite care for caregivers, help with managing life-altering illness for those who are not medically in need of home hospice services, bereavement support, and so much more.  To learn more, go to

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Compass Care Campaign Update

 We are proud of our Valley’s support of Cottage in the Meadow, the only in-patient hospice facility in Central Washington.  Did you know it was built wholly through community donations?  We have less than $800,000 left to raise to meet the building expansion goal, and we are still hoping to connect with supporters at all gift levels.

The new wing will bring the patient capacity to 20 at Cottage in the Meadow, the maximum allowed by the state Department of Health.  We anticipate accepting additional patients in September, after state inspection and certification is complete.

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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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