Gesa Credit Union became The Memorial Foundation’s first Mission Partner by pledging $30,000 in support of its four initiatives

Gesa Credit Union became The Memorial Foundation’s first Mission Partner by pledging $30,000 in support of its four initiatives: Children’s Health, Healthy Yakima, Cancer Care, and Compass Care. The partnership was announced and celebrated at the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours hosted at Gesa Credit Union’s South First Street branch office.

“We are grateful for the support from Gesa Credit Union and excited about the investment they are making in the Yakima Valley,” said Erin Black, Chief Executive Officer at The Memorial Foundation. “Through our partnership, Gesa Credit Union is supporting the improvement of health care outcomes across the entire lifespan.”

The Memorial Foundation focuses on the areas of health care that most greatly affect the everyday lives of the people who call Central Washington their home. With the creation of the Mission Partnership, organizations are able to invest in improving and sustaining a healthier and more vital community. Through their support, Gesa Credit Union will have direct impact on areas of wellbeing across the entire lifespan, from birth through end-of-life care.

“Helping people is a part of the credit union philosophy and that help extends to organizations within our community. We want to build awareness of the incredible work being done by The Memorial Foundation,” said Don Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer at Gesa Credit Union. “Our partnership is a perfect example of how credit unions can work with local organizations to provide much needed support for programs in our community.”

Gesa Credit Union and The Memorial Foundation are excited to advance and transform health care across the Yakima Valley together.

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Miracle May

The following community organizations have partnered with The Memorial Foundation to celebrate Miracle May and invite the community to help babies and kids treated at Virginia Mason Memorial, your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Below are the dates for each community partner’s campaign:

Thank you for making miracles Chipotle Mexican Grill, Costco Wholesale, AutoSpa of Central Washington, MOD Pizza, Virginia Mason Memorial’s Café, and Canopy Country RV Center

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Thank you Solarity Credit Union

At the 2016 Northwest Credit Union Association’s Credit Unions for Kids Auction, Solarity Credit Union won the bid to donate a Red Flyer Wagon filled with toys to kids at Virginia Mason Memorial, Central Washington’s CMN Hospital. We learned this week that the gift continues to keep giving. Kate Gottlieb, Sustainability Program Coordinator at Virginia Mason Memorial, sent us the following pictures and note:

“Thank you Solarity Credit Union for donating not only a Radio Flyer Wagon to Memorial, but introducing our children to the great outdoors on a beautiful sunny day in the Yakima Valley! BONUS- when mom is walking to a meeting and spots her son enjoying his time outdoors with his teachers and friends!”

Our Early Learning Center is getting a lot of valuable use out of the wagon donation. Thank you, Solarity!

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Quick results eases minds

“Because of my history, I am very grateful for the call with my mammogram results on the same day.  It really eased my mind!” … a grateful patient 

At Virginia Mason Memorial, the Virginia Mason Production System is used to streamline processes to create a better patient experience.  This involves identifying an area to improve and working as a team to dig deep and evaluate exactly how to improve the identified issue. This process is referred to as a Kaizen Event.

‘Ohana Mammography Center performs 10,000 – 12,000 mammograms every year, and is supported through community donations.  Its recent Kaizen Event has yielded some impressive positive changes.  Prior to using the Kaizen process to evaluate services, scheduling a patient for a diagnostic exam at ‘Ohana could take as long as 5 days and results to the patient from the exam could take as long as 2 weeks.  By utilizing teamwork across Virginia Mason Memorial, scheduling time from a provider order has been decreased down to 2 hours and diagnostic results are called to the patient the same day.

Another opportunity to improve timeliness for our patients is being done with our Friday walk-in screening clinic.  Previously it would take 45 minutes for the patient to be scheduled before she could get her screening exam.  Today, scheduling time is down to 9 minutes.  This is encouraging to the women who don’t have time to spend an hour to get a walk in appointment, and gives them an opportunity to get their screening when it is convenient for them.

By supporting Cancer Care through The Memorial Foundation, all patients, regardless of financial status, are able to receive the best possible care.

Information shared by Nancy Roehr, Senior Manager, ‘Ohana

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Our Shining Star – Veteran Volunteer, Gil Calac 

Gil has volunteered on a weekly basis for our hospice patients since 2012.  He helps us provide better patient care for our Native American residents. Gil is from the Paiute tribe and helps us recognize and better understand the differences between and within our Native American tribes and the veterans we serve.

He accomplishes this by providing annual staff trainings on working with veterans and with Native Americans for our hospice, palliative care and home health teams.  He also serves on our We Honor Veterans committee, which meets monthly.

Helping patients navigate the Veterans Administration system, Gill was instrumental in gaining recognition for his fellow Vietnam soldiers by assisting in the passage of Washington State House Bill 1319, and in 2013 establishing March 30 as the official Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.  All state and local public entities are required to fly the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag at their main building. Gil stated, “… this will help put away our guilt, shame, the grief and despair, and heal from the animosity veterans faced when they returned home.”

This story was shared by Julie Cicero, Manager, Palliative Care, Compass Care

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Pedaling for Parkinson’s

What began well over 6 years ago as a grass roots fundraising effort to provide support for people with Parkinson’s, has today evolved into a new program in Yakima, “Pedaling for Parkinson’s”.

A little over 6 months ago Pedaling for Parkinson’s was presented as an opportunity to formulate a program to assist those with Parkinson’s in the reduction in symptoms of the disease by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace.  While not a cure for Parkinson’s, there is compelling evidence that shows that it does make a real difference for many who try it.

Initial discussions quickly evolved into a dynamic partnership between Virginia Mason Memorial’s Rehabilitation Services, the Yakima YMCA and The Memorial Foundation.  The program, beginning on May 7, will be conducted at the Yakima YMCA.  Volunteers have been recruited to work with class participants, the YMCA will be implementing the new program, and a Virginia Mason Memorial trainer will be on hand once a week to help new participants get started and to monitor the program.

All this brought to fruition by several determined, focused and committed community individuals – Tina Sawyer, Reverend Steve Schroeder, and Keith Fowler.  Thank you for your vision.

The 12 week program will be held at the YMCA 3 days per week, for 1 hour sessions, for up to 15 participants.  Those interested should call the Yakima YMCA at 248-1202. 

 

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National Pancake Day!

IHOP restaurants are celebrating National Pancake Day by raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

You can join the fun by visiting an IHOP or the Café at Virginia Mason Memorial tomorrow to get your free short stack of pancakes and make a donation to Memorial’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program, which benefits babies and kids treated at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics Unit and Children’s Village.

Stop in at these locations on Tuesday, February 27, to support local kids through Children’s Miracle Network:

  • Café at Virginia Mason Memorial – 2811 Tieton Dr, Yakima, WA 98902 – 7am – 7:30pm
  • IHOP #2068 – 2704 Triple L Loop, Ellensburg, WA 98926
  • IHOP #1753 – 6511 W Canal Dr, Kennewick, WA 99336
  • IHOP #2026 – 5015 Rd 68, Pasco, WA 99301

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Through your support, staff who have a heart for kids with special needs can make their greatest impact

Children’s Village is a physical example of the love, care and compassion our community has for those with exceptional needs! The staff at the village does so much more than provide just medical services or therapies, they reach out to the entire family structure and provide opportunities that go beyond basic services. “It’s been so great, the support, the amazing therapist that have been here, my son has made so many friends with village staff members, it’s been really fun, really good,  I don’t know what I would do without the people at the village!” – a grateful parent.

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When should you replace infant car seats?

Many people are unaware that if their helmet or car seat is involved in a crash, they should be replaced as the integrity of the item has been compromised. (break)

With the help of community funding from The Memorial Foundation, helmets, infant car seats and booster seats are available for patients coming to Virginia Mason Memorial’s Emergency
Department with injuries. This proactive approach helps to prevent future injuries.

If families are involved in a car crash and the parents are admitted to the hospital, then the person picking up the children often have no way to safely transport the children home. This was the scenario which prompted the application for funding to The Memorial Foundation. The infant seats were used up before the end of the first year.

This program has been beneficial to Virginia Mason Memorial’s Emergency Department staff also. They believe by giving out a car seat or a helmet they are preventing another family in our community from having to go through a traumatic experience of an injured child.

Story shared by: Tammy Pettis BSN, RN, CEN, Trauma Coordinator

 

If you you would like donate to help build a healthier Yakima you can do so here https://memfound.org/give-donate.asp

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Making her own ice packs helps breast cancer patients

Betsy Medrano has spent her entire nursing career at Memorial, caring for women. Really caring. “I was unhappy with the ice packs,” she said. “They weren’t cold enough. Then I read that Advanced Dawn dishwashing soap, the concentrated gel, freezes and stays cold.” So, in search of a better way to comfort her `Ohana breast-biopsy patients, Betsy bought some Dawn and made her own. She sewed soft and colorful flannel sleeves for each pack. When a patient, a fellow Memorial employee, found out it was Betsy who made them, she wanted to help. “When she returned with an apple box full of flannel covers—900 of them—the thoughtfulness of her caring for women who have to go through this brought tears to my eyes. Her quilting group has brought more than 1,500 of them so far.”

“Now two years later when I noticed a group of ladies in our lobby waiting to present a donation check, I wanted to thank them and ask if they were the ones who had made the ice pack covers and they said, ‘No, what ice pack covers?’ So I told them the story and they also wanted to help. The whole staff and volunteers are now involved in this simple act of compassion that gives so much comfort to so many.” We are grateful for the generosity of our community, shown in hundreds of ways like this, all year long.

Note:  a screening (routine) mammogram is only 15 to 30 minutes out of your day.  And every Friday, from 2:30 – 5:30 pm at ‘Ohana, you don’t even need an appointment; walk-ins are most welcome.

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