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CEO Update

A weekly update from Yakima Valley Memorial President & CEO Carole Peet.

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Carole Peet

9-16-21

To All Staff, Board of Directors, and Providers:

We know what we are, but know not what we may be – William Shakespeare

Over the past several weeks, we have implemented several actions to expand inpatient access and manage our on-going pandemic crisis. Our goal continues to be utilizarion of all of our local resources to serve the community and prevent Memorial from moving into crisis standards of care. So far we have:

  • moved the Infusion Unit to North Star Lodge to free up space in the hospital;
  • opened an Admissions Unit that can hold 10 patients to help decompress the Emergency Department ( in the vacated Infusion Unit space); and
  • redeployed over 50 staff from outpatient departments to inpatient care.

Next steps: We will be making some physical changes to Conference Rooms A and B.

  • The door will be widened to allow beds through.
  • We will be transforming the conference rooms into contingency patient care space.
  • Cots and beds will begin to be set up in the space as our next overflow patient care space.

9-10-1 (71K)

We continue to be grateful for everyone who has served over the past weeks by offering their time and redeployment to our most vulnerable patients – our patients seeking care in the inpatient setting. Staff throughout the organization have expressed their gradtitude for all the helping hands. I want to share some comments we’ve received:

  • We have had 3 redeployed staff sent to the lab and we are grateful for them.
  • Two outpatient Registered Dieticians redeployed to the hospital have been so helpful.
  • Staff that was redeployed from Compass Care to help Cottage in the Meadow have been amazing.
  • The redeployed nurses and LPNs to 2EW and 2NW are amazing. Very thankful for the extra hands. We really appreciate it.
  • From Environmental Services – the support has made a difference. It is much appreciated.
  • We appreciate the 3 deployed employees to Sterile Processing. One came from the Sleep Lab and 2 from Yakima Gastroenterology Associates. Thank you.
  • MA redeployed from the outpatient said she was treated amazingly by 3NW.
  • In the Emergency Department we have seen old familiar faces and new faces on shifts that desperately needed help. It’s really been a boost to staff morale. We also appreciate the redeployed equipment such as the new chairs and stretchers.

Some of the key take aways from our Incident Command Dashboard:

  • The new Admissions Unit is helping to decompress the number of patients holding in the Emergency Department.
  • COVID Inpatient numbers remain high but not increasing over the past few weeks. Remember – we are watching this carefully as an indicator that we might be headed to crisis.

EXCITING NEW EQUIPMENT

9-10-1 (71K)

Several months ago we approved the purchase of what are called Tru-D machines. These devices are placed in patient rooms after cleaning has been completed. Using Ultra-violet light, the room is disinfected of viruses and other pathogens. This is not new technology but we are excited to now have this resource at Memorial to provide higher safety and quality for our patients.

WELLNESS INITIATIVES

This week we kicked off our Wellness Listening Sessions. Almost immediately, we had staff signing up for the opportunity to gather and have a listening session. This is part of our Wellness Initiative as we look for opportunities to allow staff a safe place to de-stress and talk. If you are interested in joining a Listening Session, times and locations can be found on the Memorial Intranet.

COVID HEROES THIS WEEK

  • Sarah Bersing, Nurse Staffing Office
  • Employee Health
  • Healthy Now / COVID Clinic
  • Eric Burns, Clinical Laboratory
  • Bismark Fernandez, Hospitalist
  • Chris Hughey, Supply Chain Management

One day at a time, together, we will continue to find ways to serve our communities health care needs. Thank you to everyone for your service.

Carole E. Peet

MSN, MBA, FACHE

President, Chief Executive Officer

News

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September 3


News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 25, 2021
Contact: Bridget Turrell, Memorial Communications, 509-575-8116

State Fair Park Community COVID Test Site Shutting Down,

New Community COVID Test Site Opening at YVC

YAKIMA — As COVID cases continue to surge, Yakima needs a community testing site now more than ever. Thanks to a partnership between the University of Washington, Yakima Valley Memorial, Signal Health and Yakima Valley College, our city will get a new COVID testing site August 30. “We are pleased to do whatever we can to keep our community safe,” says YVC President Linda Kaminski.

The current community testing site at State Fair Park will be phased out August 27. COVID testing will no longer be offered there after that date.

The YVC site will be a walk-up clinic, where you park and walk up to the test site, located at 810 S. 14th Ave., in a parking lot on the north side of the college. For those unable to leave their vehicles, there will be ADA parking signs in the “patient parking” lot (see attached map) with the phone number to the test trailer. When called, volunteers will come out to cars to do the test. COVID testing will be available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We strongly encourage appointments, but can accommodate walk-ins. You can pre-register at https://www.wacovid19.org/yakimatesting/. The test is free of charge and open to everyone, with or without identification. We do not check immigration status, ever. If you do not have ID or do not wish to provide it, we will still test you.

Spanish-speaking staff will be available for translation.

For additional testing sites, please go to: www.YakimaTesting.org (in Spanish, it is www.YakimaPruebas.org). Individuals can also call 2-1-1 for a testing location near them.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 19, 2021
Contact: Bridget Turrell, Memorial Communications, 509-575-8116

Yakima Valley Memorial

Implores Community to Follow Governor’s Mask Mandate, Get Vaccinated as COVID Cases Surge

 

YAKIMA — Washington state is breaking new records for hospitalizations. More than 95% of the COVID hospitalizations are among the unvaccinated, according to the state Dept. of Health. Hospitals across the state are straining under this surge, and an unprecedented shortage of healthcare workers.

The Yakima Health District reported 297 new cases of COVID-19 just yesterday. “The positivity rate in Yakima County is now over 30% — the highest rate we have seen during the entire pandemic. This is extremely concerning,” says Dr. Tanny Davenport, Memorial’s Physician Executive for the Medical Group.

Yakima Valley Memorial has seen patient volumes near capacity on some days this past week. We assure you that if you come here, we will see you, but we are extremely busy. COVID patients are being admitted at the highest rate since January. We were treating 39 COVID patients yesterday. 

Increasing hospitalizations are one of the reasons Governor Inslee issued a state mask mandate yesterday, and an order requiring all public, private, and charter school employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

We support the governor’s proclamation, because masking and vaccination are THE BEST TOOLS we have against the insidious delta variant causing the current COVID surge.

We implore you to follow the new mask mandate. When the first mask mandate went into effect in June of 2020, COVID cases dropped dramatically. There was a direct correlation. While people were wearing masks and social distancing, we essentially ‘skipped’ flu season in 2020/2021, with only a small number of flu cases compared to thousands of such cases in a typical year.

The delta variant is a different animal and a far more frightening opponent than the original virus. It appears to spread even in outside situations with large crowds, like the Watershed Music Festival at the beginning of the month, when more than 25,000 fans packed the Gorge for the three-day country music festival. More than 200 COVID cases in have now been linked to it.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bridget Turrell, Memorial Communications, 509-575-8116

Yakima Valley Memorial

Mandates Employee COVID-19 Vaccination

Amid Worsening COVID Crisis

 

YAKIMA —COVID cases are rising at the highest rate since the start of the pandemic. Yakima Valley Memorial was treating two COVID patients a day early in July, and this week we’re averaging 33. Hospitals across the state are severely strained, according to the Washington State Hospital Association. WSHA says COVID hospitalizations statewide have DOUBLED in the past two weeks, from 426 cases on July 26 to 853 cases as of August 9.

In addition to the COVID surge, Yakima Valley Memorial is seeing extremely high volumes in our Emergency Room, which treats nearly 300 patients a day. Our ER is the second-busiest in the state. Because health care facilities in the entire region are saturated, we are seeing more occasions when we must hold patients in our ER, sometimes up to 24 hours, because there is no place to transfer them for a higher level of care.

Combine that with a worsening shortage of nurses, respiratory therapists and other health care workers and we are in a crisis. This is happening in hospitals statewide, and part of the reason Governor Inslee mandated COVID-19 vaccination for all health care workers this week. Yakima Valley Memorial will follow the governor’s mandate. As the only acute care hospital in Yakima, we have an obligation to assure the health and safety of our workforce so that we can continue to serve the community.

We will require all providers, employees, volunteers, students and contracted employees to be fully vaccinated by October 18. (Full vaccination is reached two weeks after the final dose.)

Because of the unprecedented nature of this surge and staffing challenges, Yakima Valley Memorial is also changing its visitor policy. We are suspending most in-person visits to our hospitalized patients. This decision was difficult and made only after careful consideration. There are exemptions, including end of life, critical care and obstetric patients. Please see attached policy for details.

We will hold a news conference today at 12:30 p.m. outside Yakima Valley Memorial’s Marketing & Communications office to answer questions on these topics. Directions in body of email.

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About Yakima Valley Memorial

Yakima Valley Memorial is a health care system that includes Yakima’s only acute-care center, a
226-bed, nonprofit, community hospital serving Central Washington’s Yakima Valley. Yakima Valley Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow, winner of the Circle of Life Award from the American Hospital Association for innovative palliative and end-of-life care; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit, the only place in Central Washington that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation, a separate 501c(3) organization that raises funds for innovative health care programs in the Yakima Valley (www.memfound.org).

Visit Memorial online at www.yakimamemorial.org or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/yakimavalleymemorialhospital), Twitter (www.twitter.com/Yakima_Memorial) or Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/yvmh).

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7-7-21

Moody's Rating: Message to the Community
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7-1-21

Moody's Upgrades Yakima Valley Memorial's Credit Outlook to Stable, Affirms Ba1 Bond Rating

Moody's Investors Service upgraded Yakima Valley Memorial's credit outlook to "stable" and affirmed its positive bond rating at Ba1. This is an incredible achievement, considering what Memorial and our community have been through recently, with the closure of Astria and the pandemic. Moody's upgrade was based in large part on Memorial's recent "Sole Community Provider" designation, acknowledging that Memorial is now the only large full-service health system in Yakima - with emergency, inpatient, outpatient and home care. Learn more »

Carole E. Peet chosen as the new CEO of Yakima Valley Memorial

After an extensive national search, Carole E. Peet has been named the new CEO of Yakima Valley Memorial. Peet, who succeeds Russ Myers, will join the YVM team Feb. 3.

Carole has an extensive background in improving the patient experience while increasing both staff and patient satisfaction. She comes to Yakima Valley Memorial from Arizona, where she served as executive vice president of Northern Arizona Healthcare and chief administrative officer of Verde Valley Medical Center. Learn more »

Yakima Valley Memorial to offer elective angioplasty services beginning January 2020

Yakima Valley Memorial is pleased to announce that the Washington State Department of Health has granted YVM a certificate of need to perform elective PCIs (percutaneous coronary intervention). YVM expects to begin offering this service in January 2020.

YVM has long been providing PCI services to patients in our community on an emergency basis, performing more than 2,200 procedures since 2001. Learn more »

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