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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A family’s journey

A Parent to Parent team member shares a family’s journey.

“Recently I had a visit from a family served many years ago through the Parent to Parent program at Children’s Village.  I was surprised and delighted to see them again.  I remembered back to when I used to do home visits with them in 2003.  Their little boy was 2 years old and had been diagnosed with a terminal illness.  The family needed support and resources.  I listened to Mom as she shared her concerns and fears, and did my best to offer comfort and compassion.  Mom also needed resources, such as financial assistance to pay for her child’s funeral.  I connected her to a local wish granting organization who agreed to cover some of the costs.  Sadly, her son passed away several weeks later.  This was such a heartbreaking experience but I was so thankful to have been there for them.

Years later I met the family again when they returned to Parent to Parent.  Their young daughter had been diagnosed with developmental delays and Mom wanted to be matched to another parent of a child with similar needs.  I facilitated the match and the parents became close friends.  She also participated in the Spanish language “Holland” group, where she connected with other parents raising children with special healthcare needs.

With the recent visit from this grateful mother, I learned about the impact Children’s Village had on her family.  She shared her appreciation for all the help and support they received for both of their children ‘and wanted to give back’ to Children’s Village.  She gave a financial gift to support the continued work of Children’s Village.  I am thankful for families like hers who benefit from our supportive services and want to give back in some way.”

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

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Quit Smoking – There’s an app for that!

As part of the new tobacco cessation education program at Virginia Mason Memorial, the new QuitLine program has already received a positive response.

In-patients who currently use tobacco products receive a pamphlet with stop smoking tips and information about the QuitLine. Funded by The Memorial Foundation, the QuitLine program is a phone app made available to patients.  After receiving initial educational information, patients get a follow up visit from a respiratory therapist the following day and have the opportunity to go through the quit tips and receive encouragement to consider trying several of the tips.

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Our promise to the community

Each year, our board of trustees identifies the most urgent funding needs and commits funding to our health care programs. We ensure every dollar is used to enhance healthcare here in the Yakima Valley.  2017 again brings a promise from us to you that we continue to diligently steward your gifts to fuel the best possible health outcomes.   This year our board has committed nearly $2.3 million to local health care programs.

Since 1990, The Memorial Foundation has responded to community health needs by funding vital health care initiatives.  We are driven by the voice and needs of our community and by the community’s generosity.  You are the community.  You are making Central Washington a better place to live, and you are providing better health outcomes for all of your friends and neighbors.

We are deeply grateful for your trust and for your support.

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Youth in action

“What you all don’t know,” Ken said, “Is that my bride of 57 years inside has Alzheimer’s and I just had another round of radiation therapy.” That’s when the YouthWorks Council took action!

YouthWorks at Virginia Mason Memorial has been busy with community service projects!  In 3 months, they have racked up 127 hours of service time, assisting patients in need. They staged a successful food drive, restocking the family kitchen at Cottage in the Meadow, and they took an afternoon to rake and winterize the large yard of a palliative care patient whose wife has Alzheimer’s. The teens set up and decorated the couple’s Christmas tree with them, reveling in the memories shared through the 60-year accumulation of holiday ornaments.  What a touching scene, honoring the lives of strangers who are, perhaps, celebrating their last Christmas together.  Imagine that family’s peace, being able to carry on their traditions with the help of compassionate teenagers.

What is YouthWorks? Coordinated through The Memorial Foundation, the 2016-17 YouthWorks Council is comprised of twenty Valley teens.  The council has focused largely on the Children’s Initiative, mentoring children with special health care needs, learning about philanthropy and fundraising, and getting a peek into the many facets of the health care world.  New YouthWorks coordinator Josh Munson of The Memorial Foundation is determined to ‘step up the experience and impact’ of the council members, and has been introducing them to our other 3 main health initiatives.  Watch for updates on their activities and community service projects in the months to come.

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Classes and support groups are available

North Star Lodge, Virginia Mason Memorial’s comprehensive cancer care center, offers a wealth of ground-breaking technologies, leading clinical trials, and complementary services, right here, in Yakima. All cancer care patients and their caregivers, families and friends are welcome to participate in cancer care classes and support groups  to renew their mind, body and spirit.  Many are provided at no charge through generous donations to The Memorial Foundation.

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Learning and growing at Children’s Village

Assuming her son Max was just a late crawler, Brooke Hamilton-Neufeld went to the Children’s Village website for information. The self-referral team, a physical therapist, nurse, and others, evaluated Max and referred him to early intervention services. Max started with a physical therapist who came to his home for five months.

Later, Brooke and Max began seeing Children’s Village occupational therapist Sue, who worked with the family every week for ten months. More importantly, “Miss Sue” made therapy fun for Max. To improve his fine and gross motor abilities, Sue used obstacle courses that included various exercises, swings, and climbing. Thanks to his family and Sue’s support and guidance, Max is now a five-year-old who can stand on one foot, hop and hold a pen properly.

Brooke appreciates the staff welcoming her family when they arrive and allowing Max to check himself in. Sometimes the Village childcare watches Brooke’s two-year-old son Miles while she and Max attend therapy sessions. As he prepares to complete preschool, Max still keeps connected with Children’s Village for occupational therapy. Max is growing up with fond memories of his time with Miss Sue at Children’s Village.

Community support for Children’s Village helps provide vital services for the more than 4,800 children served at the Village each year.

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