It Takes Two to Talk at Children’s Village

Rhonda Shinn, a Speech Language Pathologist at Children’s Village works with families who have children with a diagnosed communication delay and uses an evidence-based program called It Takes Two to Talk (ITTT) to encourage communication. ITTT occurs in small, personalized group settings and teaches parents practical strategies to help their children learn language naturally throughout their normal day. Children’s Village has been providing ITTT since 2011 and below Rhonda shares a moment about some milestones that occurred in a recent ITTT session:

“As you know, I love teaching the ITTT class because I feel like I can make a difference in a way that is difficult to achieve in individual (communication) therapy. During each session, I ask the parents to fill out a vocabulary list at the beginning and the end of the class. Today, five of the six children more than doubled his/her vocabulary over the 12-week session! One of them tripled his vocabulary!”
The Village provides over 30 different services to children with special health care needs and their families – and the right services are different for each family. There are medical specialty clinics, development evaluations, dental services, occupational and speech therapy, mental health counseling, education services, care resource coordinators and physical therapy. The list goes on. The professionals at Children’s Village are passionate, qualified and committed to local children with special needs.
“At Children’s Village we have the tremendous privilege of being tour guides or navigators to support families on their journey,” Diane Patterson, Vice-President Memorial Hospital said.
If you have a concern about your child’s development, talk to your primary care physician about a referral or start by taking this simple online developmental evaluation or call Children’s Village at (509) 574-3200 or (800)745-1077.

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Allan Bros. employees have big hearts for Children’s Village

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Drink coffee, support Children’s Village

I love coffee and I love Children’s Village- join me at Dutch Bros. This Friday and support the great work being done in our community at Children’s Village while you enjoy a great cup of coffee!  This Friday, December 4, 2015, Dutch Bros. Coffee in Yakima will be holding their annual “Buck for Kids Day.” For each drink sold, Dutch Bros. of Yakima will donate $1.00 to Children’s Village.  How awesome is that? When I  add up all the coffee I drink in a day I wonder how much that could raise for “Buck for Kids Day” in support of Children’s Village? I think quite a lot if everyone stops and gets a coffee there on this special day!

Last year, Dutch Bros. presented Children’s Village with a check for $1,723.85 for their “Buck for Kids Day” event! Let’s help them make this year an even bigger success! This is a corporate wide event for the Dutch Bros. Coffee Co. and we are honored that they chose Children’s Village for this effort! Thank you Dutch Bros. Coffee of Yakima and thank you to our community for drinking coffee AND supporting Children’s Village at the same time!

A huge Thank You goes out to Dutch Bros. of Yakima and their customers for their generous spirit of giving!

Dutch Bros Coffee is open 4:30am-11:00pm and located at 6520 W. Nob Hill Blvd. So, plan your visit for Friday, December 4th and enjoy your coffee, while supporting Children’s Village. For more information call Children’s Village at 574-3200.

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Drink coffee, support Children’s Village, by Mary Lynne Brewington

I love coffee and I love Children’s Village- join me at Dutch Bros. This Friday and support the great work being done in our community at Children’s Village while you enjoy a great cup of coffee!  This Friday, December 4, 2015, Dutch Bros. Coffee in Yakima will be holding their annual “Buck for Kids Day.” For each drink sold, Dutch Bros. of Yakima will donate $1.00 to Children’s Village.  How awesome is that? When I  add up all the coffee I drink in a day I wonder how much that could raise for “Buck for Kids Day” in support of Children’s Village? I think quite a lot if everyone stops and gets a coffee there on this special day!

Last year, Dutch Bros. presented Children’s Village with a check for $1,723.85 for their “Buck for Kids Day” event! Let’s help them make this year an even bigger success! This is a corporate wide event for the Dutch Bros. Coffee Co. and we are honored that they chose Children’s Village for this effort! Thank you Dutch Bros. Coffee of Yakima and thank you to our community for drinking coffee AND supporting Children’s Village at the same time!

A huge Thank You goes out to Dutch Bros. of Yakima and their customers for their generous spirit of giving!

Dutch Bros Coffee is open 4:30am-11:00pm and located at 6520 W. Nob Hill Blvd. So, plan your visit for Friday, December 4th and enjoy your coffee, while supporting Children’s Village. For more information call Children’s Village at 574-3200.

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Celebrating #Giving Tuesday

I love this time of year. I love to take in every moment and experience all I can.  This Thanksgiving I was so thankful for the time I was able to spend with my adult children, and in awe of the fact that I have adult children! We shared time together on Black Friday with our annual 6am shopping for the best deals on socks, DVD’s and games. We enjoyed finding just the right gift shopping on Small Business Saturday. Today, on Cyber Monday, I have a list of items to look for this evening when I get home from work.

The best part of this time of year is the beginning of the holiday season and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate how grateful I am for my family than to participate in #GivingTuesday and support my favorite cause: Children’s Village. I love to support Children’s Village for it is a way for me to help keep special healthcare here in Yakima for families needing special medical help to care for their children. I hate driving over the pass to Seattle and I can’t imagine how I would do that with a child needing to see a medical specialist that we don’t have available here in Yakima! By supporting Children’s Village I hope I can be a small part of helping keep the medical specialists we are so fortunate to have here in our community. 

There are many opportunities to support healthcare in Yakima – Children’s Village is only one. Cancer Care, Compass Care, and Healthy Yakima are also wonderful causes that have a tremendous impact on those living in our community. Perhaps your life has been touched in some way by one of them.

Please join me in participating in #GivingTuesday and help support the cause that is special to you, just go click here to see examples of how your contribution can help and make a donation!

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Gratitude for Legacy Hall’s community debut

The open house unveiling Memorial’s Legacy Hall was a huge success with many community members attending in celebration of 25 years of philanthropy; transforming care for generations to come.

We give a special thank you to the following people:

  • Andy Granitto, curator from the Yakima Valley Museum for skillfully displaying the Physicians Cabinet in Legacy Hall.
  • The following musicians, coordinated through the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, provided beautiful  entertainment at the open house:
    • Flute Duet by Hal Ott and Dianne Kinney
    • Youth performer, Sophia Perales played traditional violin and electric violin
    • Sagebrush Sallies, comprised of Sally Rose and Julie Conley, sang and played a combination of mixed instruments
    • Youth performers, the Tori Rose String Quartet
    • Jeff Snedeker, Jazz Horn
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Memorial hosts the live streaming TEDMED session Food Fix, Nov. 19

Come together as a part of the TEDMED community and join the global conversation about what’s new and important in health and medicine.

Memorial Family of Services and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences are bringing to Yakima a live conversation among leading thinkers and doers all passionate about shaping a healthier world. In this live streaming TEDMED session, learn about the impact of food on health. The event features a conscientious food capitalist; an urban food anthropologist; a geneticist who is re-engineering meat and dairy; a global food rights activist; and others who are reshaping what and how we eat.

TEDMED is a global community of leading multidisciplinary thinkers and doers all passionate about shaping a healthier world. It is best known for its annual 2½-day gathering that brings together inspiring speakers, influential delegates, innovative start-ups and a passionate global audience. In 2014, this audience spanned 140+ countries and over 200,000 participants representing those on the frontlines of health and medicine.

Join the conversation at this live-streaming event on Thursday, Nov. 19th from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in Memorial’s auditorium, 2811 Tieton Drive.

For further information, contact Bertha Lopez at BerthaLopez@yvmh.org

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Memorial Family of Services Will Affiliate With Virginia Mason

YAKIMA – (Nov. 11, 2015) – Memorial Family of Services, which includes Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, is a step closer to joining Virginia Mason Health System after leaders of both organizations today signed the legal document paving the way for the affiliation to take effect in early 2016.

Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD, and Memorial CEO Russ Myers signed the definitive agreement at Memorial hospital in Yakima this morning. Jim Berg, chairman of the Memorial Board of Trustees, and James Young, chairman of the Virginia Mason Board of Directors, also signed the document.

“This affiliation will advance Memorial’s commitment to meeting the needs of our community,” Myers said. “We are joining a nationally acclaimed organization that shares our view that all individuals should have access to high quality, safe and affordable health care.”

“I am very pleased that Memorial Family of Services and Virginia Mason are coming together to better serve patients on both sides of the Cascades,” said Dr. Kaplan. “We are partnering with a community-focused organization that embraces our vision for the future of health care and our determination to deliver high quality care at the lowest possible cost.”

The affiliation is a non-cash transaction in which Memorial will become part of Virginia Mason Health System. The affiliation is expected to take effect in early 2016 following Federal Trade Commission regulatory clearance.

“Perhaps the most important aspect of the affiliation is the cultural fit between our non-profit organizations, which is essential for successful collaboration,” Myers said. “This is an exciting day for Memorial and it’s a historic day for our community.”

Today’s signing of the definitive agreement capped months of evaluation and study by the organizations’ boards and leadership teams.

“Memorial’s affiliation with Virginia Mason allows two innovative, patient-centered organizations to work as one in establishing a comprehensive network of care,” Dr. Kaplan said.

The affiliation will also expand Virginia Mason’s presence in Central Washington, where it already has partnerships with Kittitas Valley Healthcare in Ellensburg and Confluence Health in Wenatchee for providing or supporting specific services.

Founded in 1920, Virginia Mason Health System includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital that is consistently ranked among the best and safest hospitals in the United States; eight regional medical centers in the Puget Sound area; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; and Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Using the Virginia Mason Production System management methodology, Virginia Mason is an international leader in applying lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety. Virginia Mason has about 6,000 employees. Learn more at Virginia Mason online.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, established in 1950, is a 226-bed, acute-care, not-for-profit, community hospital serving the Yakima Valley in Central Washington. Memorial Family of Services includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, hospice care, and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Memorial has about 2,600 employees. Learn more at Memorial Family of Services online.

Media Contacts

Gale Robinette

Virginia Mason Health System

Desk: 206-341-1509

Email: gale.robinette@VirginiaMason.org

Rebecca Teagarden

Memorial Family of Services

Desk: 509-577-5051

Email: rebeccateagarden@yvmh.org

 

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Why my job is so rewarding

By Maria Pulido

I would like to share one of the amazingly heartwarming moments that I often get to witness while working with the Educators in the Early Intervention program at Children’s Village.   This story is about a little guy who had a hard time with visual contact, did not like to give or receive hugs and was nonverbal when we first started seeing him in his home.

At our last home visit, after months of regularly scheduled visits, I was speaking with Cori the educator and the Mom and this little guy came up to me and looks me in the eye and says “Pizza. ”

I was so surprised that I turned to the Mom and asked if I had heard him correctly.   Mom’s response was “Yes, he has learned how to say pizza. ”  I then looked back at him and repeated the word back to him, he then repeated it back and we did this back and forth quite a few times.   As if that wasn’t enough confirmation that the collaboration between the parents and the Early Intervention Program can really make a huge difference in a child’s life.

Toward the end of our visit, as we were getting ready to say goodbye, the Mom mentioned to us that she had also been working on teaching him how to say “for you” and “for me”.  The Mom then called his name, he turned to look her in the eyes and repeated “for you” and then “for me” after the Mom modeled the words.    I was so excited to see to see how much progress this little one has made that I said “kisses” and blew him a kiss with my hand.   However, instead of “blowing” me  a kiss he puckered up and gave give me a kiss.   What a huge step towards progress ; not only is he giving us eye contact and imitating words but he even gave me a KISS!

Moments like this one; is what makes my job so rewarding!

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Wear Pink and Save 20% in The Gift Shop at Memorial!

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Stop by The Gift Shop at Memorial between October 19th – October 23rd,   wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness and save 20% on all regularly priced items!

 

On October 23rd, stop by and have a few treats and enter your name in a drawing to win free gifts.

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