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Genetics Program

The genetics program at Virginia Mason Memorial provides genetic counseling, testing, and consultation for individuals and families with a variety of concerns. Genetic counselors in Yakima provide the same genetics services one would receive in a metropolitan area.

Prenatal Genetics
Pediatric Genetics
Cancer Genetics
Adult Genetics
Frequently Asked Questions

Prenatal Genetics

Call: (206) 598-3900

Prenatal genetic counselors understand that each family is unique. We see pregnant women and their families for a variety of reasons. Usually the family has a question or worry about a birth defect or health condition in future children. Medical reasons families might see us include:

  • Prenatal screening/testing information
  • A positive screening or diagnostic test result
  • Abnormal ultrasound findings
  • Concerns for exposure to medications, drugs, herbs, viruses, chronic medical conditions, or environmental factors that may cause birth defects
  • Parents are close blood relatives
  • Couples where both partners are carriers of a genetic condition
  • You, your partner, your children, or any other family member has a genetic disorder, birth defect, or developmental delay.

We work closely with Family Practice and OB/GYN physicians, and nurse midwives in the community to help women and families in the Yakima Valley with their needs.

Services are provided at University of Washington School of Medicine Maternal Fetal Medicine at Virginia Mason Memorial clinic on the main hospital campus. Also available are MFM consults. We support each mother and family through education regarding their concern. Learning about the concern, receiving accurate information, learning about resources and support networks can be helpful for families with questions and worries. We help the family learn about options so that each family has the opportunity to make decisions that are best for them regarding various screening, diagnostic and genetic tests. Prenatal genetic counselors help you understand the risks, benefits, and limitations of prenatal tests you are considering and the results of tests you have already taken.

Pediatric Genetics

Call: (509) 575-8160

Pediatric genetics involves working with families of children with a wide range of genetic conditions, including chromosomal disorders, single gene disorders, and recognizable syndromes. Often the child is the first in their family to have a genetic condition for a variety of reasons.

About twice a month, a Genetics Physician from Seattle comes to Children's Village to see children and families for genetic consultations. Physicians are faculty of the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children's Hospital.

Each family will have met with a genetic counselor prior to being scheduled for this appointment. At visits, a comprehensive family history and medical history is taken and a physical examination is completed. Genetic testing is recommended for some conditions, but is not available or necessary for others. The family will take part in a discussion regarding the findings, diagnosis, and future plans for evaluation.

Cancer Genetics

Call: (509) 575-8160

At Virginia Mason Memorial, genetic counselors play a key role in the cancer risk assessment team at both North Star Lodge and 'Ohana. Although cancer is usually not inherited, it is important it to identify those families where it is, to ensure appropriate care is provided.

Cancer risk consultation involves the following:

  • Collecting and confirming information about personal and family history of cancer
  • Identifying families with possible inherited predisposition to cancer syndrome
  • Discussing ways in which cancer risk can be modified
  • Discuss value of genetic testing and obtain insurance preauthorization if the patient is interested in testing

Adult Genetics

Call: (509) 575-8160

Adult genetics involves working with families with a wide variety of genetic conditions with onset occurring after childhood and adolescence. Examples of conditions are types of muscular dystrophy, Huntington's disease, hemochromatosis, blood clot disorders, heritable cardiac disorders, and more. We also see women/couples for preconception counseling or those with 3 or more pregnancy losses.

Most of this testing is predictive to determine if the person is at risk for developing that condition. For some conditions, this can be helpful to determine a health plan to take active steps to prevent or minimize the damage associated with the condition. For others, the client feels like this would be helpful for planning their future. Other clients choose to receive information on the condition but choose not to be tested. Like each person, each condition is unique. Meeting with a genetic counselor may help clarify the issues in your situation and outline the benefits and limitations of testing.

We work closely with the University of Washington to provide the recommended testing protocol for Huntington's disease.

How long will my visit be?

The length of your visit will depend on the reason you came and how many questions you have. Usually prenatal visits will be about 45 minutes to 1 hour while pediatric and cancer sessions may be 1.5 hours.

How do I get a referral to genetics?

While you don't necessarily need a physician referral, your insurance company might ask for one before they will pay. Also, it is better to have one before seeing the genetics doctor, if needed.

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COVID-19 News & Announcements

Mask Requirements

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.

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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

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 »

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 spiritualcare@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.

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