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Effective Immediately: Hello Medical Staff Member, with the recent Bylaws revision, the Medical Staff approved the requirement that the VMM (YVMH) email system will be designated as the primary mechanism for communicating all information from the hospital, and that the individual is responsible for checking their email account with sufficient frequency to timely receive any notice, special notice, or other relevant communication sent to that account.
Please note that your login to access your email account is the same as accessing the hospital computer. If you need assistance accessing your email account, please contact the IT Help Desk at 509-575-8175 #2.
Dr. Keira Lo, Chief of Staff
The Wednesday Medical Staff Lunches Cancelled until further notice.
Feeling Stressed?.... Heading for burn-out?
There is a new Facebook group for VMM Medical Staff members to connect and share wellness and social activities and events. The purpose is to connect with each other, meet new friends and build relationships in a positive community-related way.Join The Group »
Check it Out! Provider Directory on Home Page. We have now added all Physicians, ARNP's, PA-C's and CRNA's listed in this directory!
Akashdeep Sandhu, MD
Medical school: Government Medical College, Amritsar, India
Residency: Legacy Health System, Portland, OR
What inspired you to choose medicine? A beautiful career which gives me the opportunity to bring in positive change in the lives of people who put their faith in you in their hour of need!
Why did you choose your specialty? Solving the problems of medicine day in and day out can be fun....makes work enjoyable!
What is your philosophy of care? Do your best, all the time. Stay sincere to the principles of medicine!
What do you like about Yakima? Beautiful drives all around!
What do you like to do outside of work? Run and try to run more!
Samuel Richards, PA-C
Medical school: Sullivan University, Louisville, KY
What inspired you to choose medicine? I like knowing I can make a difference in people's lives and help them reach their health goals. I like that the field of medicine is constantly evolving and there is always something new to learn and improve on.
Why did you choose your specialty? I really enjoy learning about the musculoskeletal system and the different diseases and injuries that can occur. It is very fulfilling to recognize and treat these patients as it can have a real impact on their functionality and quality of life.
What is your philosophy of care? I want to do everything I can to help and be there for the patient and team. I think the best patient care happens in a strong collaborative environment.
What do you like about Yakima? I grew up in Yakima so it has always felt like home here. After spending some time living in the Seattle area and Kentucky for PA school, it feels great to be back.
Christian Anderson, DO Anesthesiology
Medical school: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO
Residency: Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center, Anesthesiology Residency, Lititz, PA
What inspired you to choose medicine? After college I got a job as a surgery tech. Once I saw surgery I knew that’s what I wanted to do.
Why did you choose your specialty? I like being in the operating room, and it’s a good mix of medicine and procedures.
What do you like about Yakima? Yakima is closer to home for me, and I really enjoy the weather here.
What do you like to do outside of work? I have six kids, and I love hanging out with my family. I also love reading, and all kinds of sports.
Lisa Benson, PA-C
Medical school: Mercer University, Atlanta, GA
What inspired you to choose medicine? I have always been fascinated by the complex and interconnected workings of the human mind, body and spirit. That, coupled with my desire to help and educate others about their health, drove me into the health profession.
Why did you choose your specialty? I was lucky enough to experience a clinical rotation in Pulmonology during PA school. Diagnosing, treating and educating patients on their health issues as it pertains to pulmonology was very interesting to me. Helping patients who are having a flair-up of their COPD, asthma or other lung related issue to breath easier and to see the look of relief on their faces is very rewarding.
What is your philosophy of care? I am passionate about patient education, preventive care, and developing trusting, long-lasting, respectful relationships with patients with a focus on shared decision making.
What do you like about Yakima? The beautiful sunrises and sunsets and all the friendly, down to earth people of Yakima.
What do you like to do outside of work? We love to spend time in the great outdoors as a family whether that be hiking, biking, skiing, paddle boarding or gardening. We also love to travel to different places and absorb the cultures of other lands.
ARNP - North Star Lodge
Residency: I completed clinical rotations for my Family Nurse Practitioner education at the Yakima County Jail, Yakima Valley Farmworker’s Clinic, and the free clinic at Union Gospel Mission in Yakima.
Fellowship: I completed a LEND (leadership and education in neurodevelopmental and related disabilities) training program through the University of Washington. Here I developed an understanding of the many biopsychosocial challenges that our community members with physical, mental, or intellectual disabilities face in our society, and a passion for advocating for equal opportunities.
What inspired you to choose medicine? I love chess, and I love nursing. Being a nurse practitioner is a process much like the game of chess in that I get to consider many different aspects of the patient, and use these clues and bits of information to find the best plan of action to reach the goal.
Why did you choose your specialty? My specialty chose me. I wasn’t sure where I was going to go after finishing my Master’s Degree, and I found North Star Lodge. I spoke with team members, researched the field, and ultimately determined that the field of oncology and I are well-suited. Oncology is intellectually stimulating and my experience in mental and behavioral health is an important component in the biopsychosocial care of my clients.
What is your philosophy of care? My favorite model of care is “biopsychosocial care.” This model of care focuses on the:
“Bio”- Referring to the physical illness.
“Psycho”- Is the mental health piece.
“Social”- Does the client have everything they need in their home life and relationships?
My goal is to address each of these with every client, and help them access resources as needed.
What do you like about Yakima? I like that we have White Pass Ski resort located so nearby. We have great cultural diversity in our community, and we have sunshine almost year-round.
What do you like to do outside of work? Outside of work I spend my time skiing, volunteering, and enjoying pickleball and softball with my kids and my husband, Derek. I also enjoy a good nap and a good cup of coffee!
What do you like about North Star? I like that they try and create a really welcoming place for care. The multidisciplinary framework enables the patients to have good, quality, holistic care.
Arthur Molina III, MDDirector of Medical Oncology at North Star Lodge
Baylor College of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio, TX
Fellow in Bone Marrow Transplantation and Hematology/Oncology
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
University of Washington School of Medicine,Seattle, WA
What inspired you to choose medicine? I chose medicine because I wanted to be able to help patients and their families navigate through cancer diagnosis. I have personal experience with loved ones cancer journeys, and I’ve always thought the oncologist played a very important role.
Why did you choose your specialty? I chose my specialty because I enjoy being an important part of a patient’s life. I’m involved with the patient as well as their family when it comes to diagnosing cancer.
What is your philosophy of care? To treat patients and their families the way that I would want my family members to be treated, and to treat patients as if they were family.
What do you like about Yakima? I came here to implement my knowledge and experience into the community. I speak Spanish, and feel that I can help the community. Interest in improving world health and helping patients with less access.
What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy photography, country and ballroom dancing with my wife, and travelling.
What do you like about North Star Lodge? It’s a beautiful cancer center. I think it’s very focused on patients and taking care of their families. I think they have a very good team approach to patient care, in which everyone comes together from different specialties to solve problems as a team.
Sandeep Madan, MD, MRCPCH, FAAP
University of Delhi
New Delhi, India
Washington University School of Medicine/St. Louis Children’s Hospital
St. Louis, MO
What inspired you to choose medicine? My family played a big role in me choosing medicine. My grandfather was a school headmaster. He pushed me towards the sciences. Then, my older brother became a physician and I decided to follow in his footsteps.
Why did you choose your specialty? During medical school you go through rotations. I did a rotation in pediatric intensive care, where I found that if you treat them right, kids get better pretty quickly. It was encouraging to see. I thought, “If I become a good pediatrician, I can make a huge difference for the child as well as the family.”
What is your philosophy of care? Everyone comes from different backgrounds and cultures and I’m very supportive of the needs of each family. I want to make them at ease with the child’s diagnosis so that I can take the family along on the journey. The parents & the caregivers need to be part of the decision-making process in providing the best care to the child.
What do you like about Yakima? I’m still very new to the area, so I need to learn more about it, but I like that it’s pretty sunny. It’s all surrounded with small hills and very pretty.
What do you like to do outside of work? I like to go hiking with my wife and son. I have a motorbike that I drive on nice days, I like to cook Indian cuisine.
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COVID-19 News & Announcements
New! June 23: Going Home after Birth during the COVID-19 Pandemic
New! June 23: Volver a casa después de dar a luz durante la pandemia de COVID-19
To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, Virginia Mason Memorial (VMM) would like to remind all patients and visitors that masks are REQUIRED at all VMM facilities, including our clinics.
To conserve supplies, we request that all patients and visitors bring masks to their appointments. A limited number of reusable cloth masks, made by community members, will be available if you need one.
We also strongly encourage all community members to wear masks when in public - this is one of our best tools to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
UPDATED! May 26: New Visitation Policy
As a response to the current community situation with COVID-19, we are suspending most in-person visits to our hospitalized patients. The decision to suspend hospital visits was difficult and made only after careful consideration.
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Prescription Home Delivery
We now offer home delivery for your prescription medications.
Visitors to Generations OB/GYN
As part of our continuing efforts to focus on patient safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, Generations has changed its visitor policy.
No visitors will be allowed for clinic visits, with the only exceptions being:
1 Visitor will be allowed for the first OB appointment
1 visitor will be allowed at the 20 week anatomy ultrasound
Visitors to the Family Birthplace
Women in the Family Birthplace may have one visitor.
Telehealth: Your questions answered
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 »
We have reduced the number of Physician and Provider positions we are recruiting for in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Should you be interested in possible employment with Virginia Mason Memorial, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are actively reviewing our staffing needs and new positions are being approved for posting. We appreciate your interest in us and hope to have the opportunity to consider you for a role with VMM.
Additional Spiritual Resources During COVID-19
Chaplains at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital provide care for every patient regardless of their personal beliefs or non-beliefs. For support, assistance, prayers, and all other spiritual care requests, please email email@example.com or call the spiritual care office: (509) 575-8035
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. Calls are confidential. Chaplains will listen, provide encouragement, offer help and resources, and if desired, offer prayer. If you are part of a faith community a chaplain can help you connect with them.
Without regular visits from family and friends a stay in the hospital can be even more challenging. One of our newest offerings, Virtual Chaplaincy using Zoom, helps make connections. By contacting the Spiritual Care team at the email or phone number above you can request a Zoom meeting. Family and friends throughout the Yakima Valley, from the four corners of the state, from across the country and even internationally, are meeting with patients via Zoom to offer their love and support. Due to the popularity of this option scheduling and frequency may, at times, be limited.
Based on directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Virginia Mason Memorial is postponing elective surgeries and procedures.
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.
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