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Community Investment

Please note: Applications currently closed.

Virginia Mason Memorial (VMM) has been serving the Yakima Valley and surrounding communities since 1950 by providing wide-ranging health care services, including acute care, primary and specialty care, and health promotion and prevention services. Our vision is to create healthy communities one person at a time and that involves investing in community programs, services, and partnerships that address the health needs of our communities, including the most vulnerable among us.

Every year, VMM receives many requests for support from various community groups and organizations. The challenge, then, is how to balance the measure of what we already contribute to the local community as a not-for-profit healthcare provider with our obligations as one of the area's largest businesses and employers.

Our budget for community investment is limited, only organizations that have activities and programs that fall within the definition of community benefit or community-building will be considered for financial assistance. Those types of activities and programs are described below. 

Funding for the following types of activities include cash and in-kind donations and any contributions VMM makes towards these activities do not come with any marketing stipulations or requirements. Furthermore, funding will be limited to operations and program support; we cannot support fundraising events, luncheons, galas, etc.

Community Benefit

Community benefit is programs or activities specifically targeted at vulnerable populations or the broader community and respond to identified needs in the communities served by Virginia Mason Memorial. They increase access to healthcare, improve community health, advance medical or health knowledge, or relieve burden of government or other not for profit community efforts. The following are the top priorities identified in our 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment and those that VMM will focus on addressing and supporting.

  • Improve access to healthcare services
  • Address health equity issues in the community
  • Prevent the risk of chronic disease
  • Address one or more of the risk factors associated with Adverse Childhood Experiences, or Infant Mortality.

Community Building

Community-building activities improve the health of persons in the community by addressing the determinants of health, which includes the social, economic and physical environment. These are programs and activities that address the root causes of health problems, such as poverty, homelessness, and environmental hazards by focusing specifically on physical improvements and housing, economic development, community support, environmental improvements, leadership development, coalition building, community health improvement advocacy and workforce development.

Examples of Community-building activities include:

Social and Environmental Improvement Activities

Examples include:

  • Removal of harmful materials (such as asbestos, lead) in public housing.
  • Improving availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in areas known as “food deserts.”
  • Violence prevention.

Physical Improvements and Housing

Examples include:

  • Neighborhood improvement and revitalization projects.
  • Public works, lighting, tree planting, and graffiti removal.
  • Housing rehabilitation, community-based assisted living, and senior and low-income housing projects.

Economic Development

Examples include:

  • Economic development council or chamber of commerce programs/initiatives influencing the community’s health and safety.
  • Community business programs/initiatives supporting economic development to revitalize depressed community.

Community Support

Examples include:

  • Programs/initiatives that establish or enhance community support networks, such as neighborhood watch groups and childcare cooperatives.
  • Childcare for community residents with qualified need.
  • Mentoring programs to improve graduation rates.
  • Neighborhood systems, such as watch groups.
  • Youth asset development.
  • Disaster readiness.

Environmental Improvements

Examples include:

  • Training community members to monitor and reduce environmental hazards.
  • Neighborhood and community improvements to decrease litter.
  • Safe removal or treatment of garbage and other waste products.
  • Community wide activities that reduce environmental hazards:
    • Waste reduction to minimize incineration, which presents hazards to local community health by triggering asthma and other problems.
    • Purchasing cleaner energy from power plants in order to reduce harmful emissions that impact community health.
    • Eliminating use of toxic materials such as mercury.

Leadership Development and Leadership Training for Community Members

Examples include:

  • Conflict resolution training.
  • Community leadership development.
  • Cultural skills training.
  • Language skills development.
  • Life or civic skills training programs.

Coalition Building

Examples include:

  • Community coalitions and task force-specific projects and initiatives that address economic revitalization, economic stability of the community, affordable housing or address another community health need.

Advocacy for Community Health Improvements and Safety

Examples include:

  • Local, state, and national advocacy on behalf of such areas as:
    • Transportation
    • Crime
  • Advocacy for Social Justice and Human Rights

Workforce Development

Examples include:

  • Programs that address community-wide workforce issues.
  • Recruitment of underrepresented minorities.
  • Job creation and training programs.
  • Participation in community workforce boards, workforce partnerships, and welfare-to-work initiatives.
  • Partnerships with community colleges and universities to address the health care work force shortage.
  • Workforce development programs that benefit the community, such as English as a Second Language (ESL) training.
  • Community programs that drive entry into health careers and nursing practice.

How to Apply

Virginia Mason Memorial welcomes the opportunity to work with organizations to create healthy communities and we have set aside specific funds to help support community organizations with community benefit programs or community-building activities. Funding considerations require an online application, so if your organization is seeking funding for community benefit or community-building activities, please submit the required information via the online community-investment form. Upon receipt of the online application, a VMM representative will contact you for more information or take your request to our quarterly community investment committee meeting.

We celebrate your efforts to improve our community. If you have any questions regarding community benefit or community-building activities, please contact contact Rebbecca Teagarden at leifergeson@yvmh.org or (509) 575-8116.

What if my program or activity doesn’t qualify as community benefit or community-building?

In special circumstances, the Communications and Marketing department may consider requests for marketing or sponsorship-related events as budget permits. A marketing sponsorship is funding provided by the hospital to support an event or fundraiser. Examples include, but are not limited to, galas, fundraising events, and awards celebrations where contributions are:

  • primarily for public relations/marketing reason, or
  • is not related to a community health need, or
  • is not used for an activity that meets the definition of community benefit or community building.

If you would like to apply for sponsorship/marketing dollars, please complete the marketing request form. Should you have questions regarding marketing-related activities, please contact Rebecca Teagarden at rebeccateagarden@yvmh.org or (509) 575-8116.

NEW! Telehealth: Let us bring your Healthcare to you.

We are now offering Telehealth visits at all Virginia Mason Memorial clinics. These are typical appointments with your provider but from your home, work, or wherever is most convenient for you

Learn more about joining one of our providers for a Telehealth visit »

COVID-19 Evaluation Clinic: Our Creekside HealthyNow location is now a COVID-19 evaluation clinic. If you have cough and fever, please schedule your visit at our Creekside Location. Please list your symptoms in the reason for visit so our team is better prepared to assist you.

This location completes an evaluation to determine if you're a candidate for COVID testing. Learn more »

COVID-19 Virginia Mason Memorial Press Conference March 21

Hospital Visitor Restrictions

Visitor Restrictions Poster

Latest News

Physician Recruitment: Our Physician and Provider recruiting efforts have been modified in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. At present, we are scheduling phone calls with interested candidates, but site visits are not allowed. Also, we will not be extending contracts during the acute phase of the COVID-19 response. Please know how much we appreciate your interest in us and how much we hope to have the opportunity to consider you further for a role with VMM.

Please contact us at physicianrecruitment@yvmh.org to schedule a phone call with one of our recruiters.

Additional Spiritual Resources During COVID-19

For prayers and spiritual care requests please email CurtisMcFarland@yvmh.org


There are times when a direct face to face spiritual care conversation is not the best option (due to distance, a pandemic, patient preference). That's where Tele-Chaplaincy provides another possibility. You can request chaplain support using your personal or hospital room phone to connect confidentially with a hospital chaplain. Chaplains will listen, provide encouragement, offer help and resources, if you are part of a faith community the chaplain can help you connect with them, and, if desired, the chaplain can provide prayer.

Virtual Chaplaincy

There are times when a direct face to face spiritual care conversation is not the best option (due to distance, a pandemic, patient preference). That's where Tele-Chaplaincy provides another possibility. You can request chaplain support using your personal or hospital room phone to connect confidentially with a hospital chaplain. Chaplains will listen, provide encouragement, offer help and resources, if you are part of a faith community the chaplain can help you connect with them, and, if desired, the chaplain can provide prayer.

Elective surgeries: Based on directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Virginia Mason Memorial is postponing elective surgeries and procedures.

Visitors to the Family Birthplace: In another protective measure, the hospital is also further limiting visitors to the Family Birth Place. Women in labor may have two visitors until the baby arrives. After the birth there may be only one visitor.

Hospital Lab Services: All out-patient lab services - including newborn screens and bilirubin collections - will now be provided at Memorial Cornerstone Medicine, 4003 Creekside Loop. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday and Sunday.

Hospital pharmacy: Beginning Thursday, March 19, the hospital pharmacy is closed to the public for the duration of the pandemic. The public may choose to have those prescriptions transferred to VMM's Pharmacy at Creekside or the pharmacy of their choice. The Pharmacy at Creekside, 4003 Creekside Loop, is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers walk-in or drive-through options for pickup.

Farmacia del Hospital: A partir del jueves 19 de marzo, la farmacia del hospital estará cerrada al público mientras dure la pandemia. El público puede escoger si quiere que sus recetas sean transferidas a la otra farmacia de Virginia Mason Memorial, localizada en la clínica Cornerstone o también puede elegir cualquier otra farmacia de su preferencia. La clínica de Cornerstone, está localizada en el 4003 Creekside Loop. En esta farmacia se puede recoger la medicina por la ventana y/o adentro de la clínica.

Horario: Lunes a Viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 6:00 p.m. y sábado y domingo de las 8:00 a.m. a las 4:30 pm