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Media inquiries

The Marketing & Communications Department at Yakima Valley Memorial (YVM) is the official contact for all media requests. Media relations services include interview scheduling and medical experts, patient interview requests, photography coordination, and provision of press releases and media materials.

Requests for logos

Please contact Matt Barton, Graphic Designer, at matthewbarton@yvmh.org for any logo requests and accompanying brand guide for appropriate use.

Requests for interviews and photographs

Contact a communications specialist to conduct an interview or take photographs at YVM. Members of the news media must be accompanied at all times while on medical center grounds or any outpatient location.

Experts available

YVM has experts who are available to speak about medical topics, scientific and clinical research, health issues, and programs. Call a communications specialist for more information.

Release of patient information

Patient confidentiality and privacy is not only our commitment to patients, but required by law under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Information about the condition of a patient may be released only if the inquiry specifically contains the patient's first and last name. A patient, or the person authorized to give consent, can opt out of providing information altogether. Please read the Washington State Hospital Association Guide for Cooperation for an explanation of the terms that are used to describe patient conditions and injuries, and for information about the federal laws that govern hospitals' release of patient information to media.