Heath Cobb, MD
Medical school: Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, West Indies, 2005-2008
Residency: Baystate Children's Hospital, Springfield, Mass., Tufts University School of Medicine Categorical Pediatrics Program
What inspired you to choose medicine? I have wanted to be in medicine from way back, probably when I was 5. I always directed my education toward that. But, when I was older, I did have to make the decision to choose medicine over aviation.
Why did you choose your specialty? When I did my pediatrics rotation, I just knew it was the right fit.
What is your philosophy of care? You really need to work with the family, especially when caring for young patients.
What do you like about Yakima? I’m looking forward to fishing, hiking, heading out to the national parks, eating some real Washington apples.
What do you like to do outside of work? I have my pilot’s license; I like anything aviation. I like to fly fish, hike, and go boating and skiing.
Soma Ghosh, MD
Medical school: Calcutta National Medical College, Calcutta University, India, 2002-2008
Residency: Pediatrics, New York Medical College — Metropolitan Hospital Program, 2009-2012
What inspired you to choose medicine? I was drawn to it because it’s meaningful work.
Why did you choose your specialty? I wanted to help children have a healthy and long life. It’s very rewarding.
What is your philosophy of care? I always keep parents informed and provide them with all the medical information available so that they can make the best decision for their child.
What do you like about Yakima? I love the weather, the mountains and vineyards.
What do you like to do outside of work? My husband and I travel internationally a lot. We’ve been to more than 35 countries so far.
Previous employment: Pediatric Hospitalist, Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Richland, WA., March 2016-present; General Pediatrics, St. Mary’s Hospital, Essentia Health, Detroit Lakes, MN., 2012-2016.
Catherine Koozer, DO
Medical school: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines University, Iowa, 2016.
Residency: University of Minnesota: Masonic Children’s Hospital, Hennepin County Medical Center and Children’s Minnesota Hospital, 2016-2019.
Fellowship: Truman Fellow, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Washington D.C., 2010-2012.
What inspired you to choose medicine? I started volunteering with Special Olympics when I was younger because my mom was a special education teacher and I found I like working with kids with special needs. And I discovered that I liked policy, too. Pediatrics is a perfect combination of both of those things.
Why did you choose your specialty? I just love working with kids. I also really like working with parents and helping them learn about how to keep their children healthy.
What is your philosophy of care? I have two goals when a child is in the hospital. First is to make them better so they can go home. And second is that the child and family understand why he or she is in the hospital and how to help them stay healthy.
What do you like about Yakima? I love driving through town and seeing orchards on one block, small-town businesses on the next block and some horses on the block after that.
What do you like to do outside of work? My husband and I both like to go hiking with our dogs. We also like camping and most outdoors activities.
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.
Stephanie Raghubeer, MD
Medical school: School of Medicine, University of Washington, 2016.
Residency: University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, Chicago.
What inspired you to choose medicine? To combine my interest in science with my compassion for caring for people.
Why did you choose your specialty? I love children, and I love the attitudes of the other people who care for children.
What is your philosophy of care? I believe that all kids deserve equal access to quality care. And I believe in providing care that centers on the family.
What do you like about Yakima? ? I like the size of the town, I like the diversity of the city, and I like the access to the outdoors.
What do you like to do outside of work? I love cycling, hiking, climbing, just being outdoors really, eating out and traveling.
Rebecca-Lyn Sokolove, MD
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center
What inspired you to choose medicine? I went on a medical mission trip to Africa when I was about 14-years-old. We were mostly renovating a hospital, but there were a lot of kids there with mumps, which is easily preventable in the U.S. That experience made me realize that I wanted to go into medicine.
Why did you choose your specialty? I love how resilient kids are and that even on their worst days you can make them smile or laugh.
What is your philosophy of care? My philosophy of care includes caring for the whole child, which also sometimes includes caring for parents and siblings, as well as addressing things like housing, security, and school.
What do you like about Yakima? I like the smaller town with bigger cities close by. I also like that I can go hiking and camping.
What do you like to do outside of work? I have a dog, and recently joined Search & Rescue. I enjoy hiking, camping, and travelling.
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