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.

You can give at https://memfound.org/cottage/

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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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The great work continues!

To Dr. Z – “Thanks for being who you are. xoxo
–Juan Carlos

“As a dental provider at Children’s Village, my utmost pleasant experience comes from the things that I learn from the children with disabilities and their families. At Children’s Village, kids are kids whether they have disabilities or not. They are defined by their talent, not by their disabilities.”

“Children’s Village is a magical playground where I can work with many kids with different talents. My most rewarding experience is when I first meet an anxious child and I can help them through an actual appointment and eventually see them enjoy the experience of coming to the dentist.” Dr. Ziad.

Early in March we bid Children’s Village Director, Jackie McPhee a fond farewell as she retired. She will be missed! To keep you updated, we wanted you to know that Bertha Lopez, Virginia Mason Memorial Senior Director of Community Planning and Development, is serving as interim Director of the Village as a discussion of the CEO position continues.

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Diabetes management and wellness

“Thanks to the exercise, my movement has improved greatly to the point that I now can volunteer 4½ hours each week, and it has helped me manage my new diagnosis of diabetes”.  – Sylvia, age 55

If you have prediabetes, your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes; and you may not even know it!  For most people, there are ways to reduce your risk.  Your charitable dollars through The Memorial Foundation help fund many programs to help you with that, including diabetes prevention, diabetes wellness, and My Health, My Life, a program for individuals who suffer from chronic illness.  There is a support group, foot screening, nail care treatment, gestational diabetes management, insulin initiation and adjustment, and medical nutrition therapy consultation available.

Diabetes affects an estimated 23.6 million people in the United States, and is the 7th leading cause of death.  Almost 25percent of Americans with diabetes are undiagnosed.  Are you at risk of developing it?

Talk to your doctor to make sure your blood sugar levels, weight, and activity levels are in the healthy range.  To take matters into your own hands to prevent or to better manage diabetes, consult the class schedule at yakimamemorial.org/events.

Ineke Ojanen, Certified Diabetes Educator, demonstrates recipes for healthy lifestyles.


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Compassion. Innovative Treatments. State-of the-Art Technology.

Are any of these things too much to ask for when you or a loved one is facing cancer? We don’t think so. Our community’s cancer center, North Star Lodge, is dedicated to helping families through this difficult journey. Your generous donations help.

One way of helping patients and families is the North Star Lodge Patient Education Handbook. Available for each patient, the 15-page handbook is customized with definitions, explanations, phone numbers of providers and resources, and a general rundown of tips for coping with cancer and its treatments. All in one handy package, it reinforces much of the information received during treatment planning visits; things that may have been forgotten during the whirlwind of new information. Patients carry this handbook with them to add notes of their own and to help clarify information for family members and support people. It’s a tool that is much appreciated, made possible only through your support.

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Colton’s Journey

From a grateful parent, “Colton looks exactly like his Dad. He has my toes…and also Down syndrome. 1 in 695 babies is born with Down syndrome; that is a .001% odds. Well, we won the lottery! When I was 5 months pregnant, we learned our new son would have Down syndrome and a significant congenital heart defect. It was heartbreaking news. With the support of family and friends, and the Parent to Parent group at Children’s Village, we rallied and tried to get ready.

We became involved with Children’s Village Parent to Parent program before Colton was born and they matched us up with the mother of another child with Down syndrome. We love the connection we have with the other parents. They have helped us through our darkest days and we are so grateful to have them in our lives.

Colton is now 1-1/2 years old and loves his sister and his dog with all his heart; and is mastering the typical 1-year old skills with eager determination. Our family’s hardest challenge turned out to be the most rewarding thing that has ever happened to us!”

Your donations to The Memorial Foundation help support life-changing programs like Children’s Village Parent to Parent.

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New Food for Life class series

Discover which foods are optimal for weight management, learn about various health topics including blood pressure and digestion, and get empowered with the practical cooking skills needed to help you on your journey to better health. Register through the Events and Classes tab at yakimamemorial.org
The next series of classes start on March 27 – April 17 and will be focused on how foods can help with diabetes. There is also a separate class for pregnant women!

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