2811 Tieton Drive,
Yakima, WA 98902 Map this address

(509) 575-8000

Palliative Care

Palliative care is the comprehensive care and management of the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs of patients of all ages and their families with serious and/or life threatening illness. Palliative care may be complementary to curative or life-prolonging therapies that are being used to meet patient-defined goals of care. The care plan is based upon an ongoing assessment, determined by goals set with the patient and family, and with consideration of the changing benefit/burden assessment at critical decision points during the course of illness and includes: physical and psychological assessment, which addresses the current disease status, treatment options, functional status, expected prognosis, symptom burden and psychological coping.

  • Team Approach: ARNP; Licensed therapists; MSW; Volunteer; RN support; Chaplain
  • Services: ARNP & LICSW are billable; other services are included at no cost
  • ARNP: NP will make home visits at physician request. Visits last 1-2 hours and will include:
    • Assist patient in carrying out physician's plan of care
    • Assist patient in medication reconciliation
    • Answer questions/address concerns for patient/care givers
    • Report back to all providers with written report
    • Call provider with concerns/changes provider needs to know about
    • NP does not replace physician
  • Licensed therapists: Provide in home psycho- therapy for DSM 5 diagnosis primarily: Depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, OCD, borderline Bi polar, hoarding, agoraphobia
  • MSW: Conduct Bio/psycho/social/spiritual assessments. Assist with advance directives and next step planning. Connect patient to social services. End of life planning/discussions.
  • Volunteers: Companionship, errands, meal prep, light housekeeping, respite, attend MD visits
  • RN Support: Intake RN will assist in evaluating appropriate program placement and communication between physicians, PC staff and patients
  • Chaplains: Available for in-patients who have had recent diagnosis or set back. Available for home visit for spiritual crisis.

Who is eligible for the Virginia Mason Memorial Palliative Care Program?

Any adult with a progressive life-limiting illness who resides in Yakima County may be eligible. This includes those who currently receive other in-home services (such as respite, COPES or home health). Prospective clients and their physicians consult with the Palliative Care team to make a final determination of eligibility.

Who pays for Virginia Mason Memorial Palliative Care services?

ARNP and therapy are reimbursable by insurance. Remaining services are funded by the generous donations given by our community to the Memorial Foundation.

For information and Referrals

We welcome referrals and requests for information from prospective clients and their families, as well as physicians, nurses, social workers and other community members.

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COVID-19 News & Announcements

New! June 23: Going Home after Birth during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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New! June 23: Volver a casa después de dar a luz durante la pandemia de COVID-19

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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

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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:

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 physicianrecruitment@yvmh.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 spiritualcare@yvmh.org or call the spiritual care office: (509) 575-8035

Tele-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. 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.

Virtual Chaplaincy

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.

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