Subaru Loves to Care!

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Through the Subaru Loves to Care initiative, Stewart Subaru of Yakima recently donated 60 blankets for the comfort and care of patients at North Star Lodge Cancer Care Center.  This Subaru program is a partnership with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to spread hope, love and warmth to those fighting cancer.

For the third year in a row, Stewart Subaru participated in this program donating 170 blankets to date for patients at North Star Lodge!

Thank you Stewart Subaru and the Subaru Loves to Care program!

 

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Cle Elum Artists on Display

A generous group of quilters in Cle Elum spends a lot of time sewing for Virginia Mason Memorial’s tiniest patients.  Quilts, receiving blankets, travel blankets, and other infant items are their special focus.  They have created scores of custom designs for our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric patients.  Now you have a chance to view their handiwork!

The Carpenter House Museum and Art Gallery at 302 W Third Street, Cle Elum, is presenting a very special showing of the group’s quilts, between June 30 – July 27.  Afterward, many of the quilts will be donated to The Memorial Foundation for Memorial’s pediatric and hospice patients.  The Carpenter House is open Friday through Sundays, Noon – 4:00 PM.  If you attend on July 8, some of the artists will be in attendance.  And, they’ll have cookies!

Take a scenic drive, enjoy the quilted art show, and stop in at the Cle Elum Dairy Queen for their Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® fundraising campaign benefitting, you guessed it…children’s health care programs and services at Virginia Mason Memorial, your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

 

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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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