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

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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


Rebecca Teagarden

Memorial Family of Services

Desk: 509-577-5051



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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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Community Discussion about Autism on Oct. 20 at Children’s Village

Autism: How can you help?

You can make Yakima and Kittitas County a more welcoming place for people living on the autism spectrum!

Autism Forum Flyer>>

Join us for an inspirational conversation about changing our community!

Tuesday, October 20

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Children’s Village

3801 Kern Rd.

Yakima, WA 98902

Your stories have power. That’s why we want to invite you to join this

conversation to discuss what needs to be done in Yakima and Kittitas County

to make our community a more welcoming place for the people we love who

live on the autism spectrum. You can join us to make our community better!

For more information:

Contact Tom Gaulke by calling (509) 834-1220 or

send an email to

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The Monumental Success of Developmental Screenings at Children’s Village

Though many services at Children’s Village are making a positive impact in the Yakima Valley, Universal Developmental Screening (UDS) is perhaps one of the best. The Village’s Medical Director Dr. Diane Liebe has taken a community-based approach in leading the best practice implementation developmental screenings. Today, many local clinics use developmental screening, which helps physicians diagnose children for referral into the Children’s Village Early Intervention (EI) Program.

Family Medicine of Yakima, instituted universal developmental screening for all children at their clinic, at 4, 9, 18 and 24 months in 2011. At first, Dr. Amanda Ryder, MD shared there were a lot of concern at their clinic over how to do this and not overwhelm medical assistants, providers and front desk staff. They anticipated frazzled parents and guardians juggling babies, siblings, diaper bags and insurance cards who would now be faced with a questionnaire to fill out (along with updating contact information and, in the case of new patients, our health history questionnaire.) But, according to Dr. Ryder, “We feel the process has gone quite smoothly, and parents in general seem to have a favorable opinion of the screening. It allows our providers to have a much more in-depth look at how a young patient is progressing. In short, universal screening at 4, 9, 18 and 24 months has added depth and richness to our well child checks, and has been very minimally disruptive to staff, providers, and parents”

With the assistance of Children’s Village Developmental Screening Coordinator Emily McPhee, Dr. Liebe has provided training since 2010. A total of nine medical practices, including 48 medical providers and seven Early Learning Centers (ELCs), were among those trained in UDS. By 2013, eight of the nine medical practices and all of the ELCs implemented UDS and completed screenings. As a result, EI referrals have increased 9.9 % from 2010 to 2014. Generally, referrals come from primary care providers, parents, and specialists, as well as ELCs and the Department of Children and Families. Eligibility rates for children referred into EI have also flourished, increasing from 71% in 2010 to 88% in 2014. This corresponds to a greater average number of children in EI by 38.6% during this time period.

These statistics reveal that developmental screening is working its magic. While developmental surveillance picks up 20-30% of children with developmental delays, developmental screening picks up 70-80% of them. It is important to know the difference between these two procedures. Developmental surveillance is the process of recognizing children who may be at risk of developmental delays. Meanwhile, developmental screening is the use of standardized tools to identify and refine that recognized risk. Standardized screening tools provide an objective method of measuring development at set time intervals or whenever a concern is present. One screening tool utilized is the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). The ASQ is a screening system composed of 21 questionnaires designed to be completed by parents or other primary caregivers at any point for their child. The questionnaires detect a child’s strengths, challenges, and addresses family concerns. It can be used to build trust with families, and create teaching opportunities. The overall purpose of UDS and the ASQ though, is to distinguish children to whether they need further evaluation or not. Because of this, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends developmental screening at 9, 18, and 24/30 months. In other words, the sooner screening is done, the better.

Early identification is proven to lead to improved health outcomes in children. In fact, Dr. Liebe and Emily McPhee believe that every child deserves to enter kindergarten ready to learn. The use of developmental screening aids families, childcare providers, and medical providers in identifying developmental delays and links them with resources available in their community. More importantly, a screening tool is universal, for it serves everyone.

Recently, Dr. Liebe and Emily McPhee have done a study to understand the impact of a community-based approach to promote universal developmental screening on referral trends in early intervention. Dr. Liebe is receiving recognition both throughout the State of Washington and nationally for her desire to support UDS. For this reason, her abstract submission from the study has been accepted by the Society for Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP), and Dr. Liebe will be presenting her research and findings at the SDBP 2015 Annual Meeting in The Tropicana Las Vegas this fall.

As the awareness and knowledge of universal developmental screening continues to spread, Children’s Village is paving the way in Washington State on how to identify, assess, and serve children with developmental delays.

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Buddy Walk at Children’s Village – Save the date!

October is Down Syndrome Awareness month and Children’s Village is going to be holding their first ever  “Buddy Walk”  October 17th from 10am – 12pm.  Buddy Walks are a national program of the National Down Syndrome Society to encourage the inclusion and acceptance of people with Down syndrome. There will be information and activity tables for families, including face painting, games and a fun walk around the block. For more information, contact Jessica DeBord, pediatric dentist at Children’s Village, at 509-574-3220,

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Yakima Symphony Orchestra to play a back-to-school concert at Children’s Village

Yakima Symphony at Children’s Village
Join us for a back to school concert!
4:00 pm
Thursday, August 27
Children’s Village Community Room

Yakima Symphony Conductor Lawrence Golan will perform a special mini-recital and visit with children, families, and community supporters of Children’s Village.
School supplies will be collected and distributed during the event for Village families, and a drawing will be held for a pair of season tickets to the Yakima Symphony Orchestra Classical Series.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact MaryLynne Brewington at 509.574.3209 or

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Johnson Orchards and Yakima artists to raise funds for Children’s Village

On Saturday, August 29th local artists will set up shop among the trees at Johnson Orchards to raise money for Children’s Village.

All donations and 20% of sales go to support programs and services for children with special healthcare needs in our community.

Buy some art and support Children’s Village!

When: Saturday, August 29, 2015, 10am – 4pm

Where: Johnson Orchards, 4906 Summitview Avenue

For more information please contact Mary Lynne Brewington at 509-574-3257 or email at or

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