Knowing the signs of a stroke could save your life. Schedule a checkup with our cardiac team to ensure your heart's health and discuss what to do in the case of a stroke.
To discuss or evaluate your heart health call (509) 248-7715
Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, about 795,000 Americans experience a new or recurrent stroke. About 46,000 more women than men have strokes. Strokes accounted for 1 out of 15 deaths in the U.S. (American Heart Association, Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2010 Update).
From Stroke in Yakima to Recovery at Virginian Mason in Four Hours
It is important to get to the Hospital Quickly
Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, making stroke the nation's third-leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.
If a stroke is caused by a blockage, and the type and location can be determined within three hours patients are often treated with a medication known as tPA (tissue plasminogen activator). This medication for many patients can dissolve clots and stop or reduce the damage from stroke.
Having a timely consultation with a neurologist can help beat the clock for many people who have had a stroke. Virginia Mason Memorial staff can access a neurologist at Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle through telemedicine-based technology; ensuring that patients receive around-the-clock access to specialists without traveling away from home. Some patients with complex stroke and other acute health-care needs may be transferred to Seattle for a higher level of care.
The Team Includes:
- Emergency Medicine Physicians
- Vascular Surgeons
- Specially-trained nurses
- Clinical Pharmacists
- Case Managers
- Rehabilitation Specialists
- Emergency Department at Memorial is a 25-bed unit staffed by 75 specialists who treat more than 89,000 patients a year.
- Virginia Mason Memorial's TeleStroke program provides the latest in emergency stroke services by combining the medical expertise of our larger partner with emergency care right here in Yakima.
- Heart and Vascular Lab performs diagnostic and treatment services, enabling hospital staff to treat most patients who may have suffered a heart attack or stroke.
- Vascular Surgery Surgery of the carotid artery is performed when the major arteries in your neck become narrowed or blocked. These arteries, called the carotid arteries, supply your brain with blood. Your carotid arteries extend from your aorta in your chest to your brain.
- Advanced Care Unit offers 20 beds providing cardiac monitoring by a highly trained staff.
- Home Health Services reaches out to those who need nursing care, rehabilitation and/or therapy—all provided in the comfort of your home. Home health care is a skilled, personalized service provided to patients of all ages where they live, including assisted living or group home settings.
- Anticoagulation Management Services are provided for stroke patients who are prescribed blood thinning drugs such as Coumadin or Warfarin. These drugs must be closely monitored by pharmaceutical technicians to ensure patients are receiving appropriate dosages.
- Educational Services offers classes and courses on many diseases and medical challenges faced by our community. Many of these courses and events are free or have a nominal cost.
- Support Groups give support and advice to those dealing with life-changing medical and psychological conditions. Family and caregiver support groups also meet regularly.
COVID-19 News & Announcements
HealthyNow Creekside is a COVID-19 testing site only. Existing patients with one or more COVID symptom may call to schedule a test through their primary care physician. New patients or those needing evaluation may schedule online to be seen at our HealthyNow West Valley location. In your online appointment request, please list your current symptoms so our team can better serve you. Or call 509-225-4669
UPDATED! July 23: Updated 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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Virginia Mason Memorial resumes surgeries.
Read one patient's story: Hip replacement and home the same day.
Curtis was one of the first hip-replacement patients in Virginia Mason Memorial history who didn't have to spend the night in the hospital after surgery, which is a growing trend.
Curtis Johnstone of Yakima waited a long time for his hip-replacement surgery - 10 years, as a matter of fact. By 2018 his doctor told him the cartilage in his right hip was gone. It was bone on bone. "It would ache, and I couldn't sleep at night," he says. "I'd have to take ibuprofen or ice it to try to calm it down." But Curtis's job didn't offer health insurance. So he literally limped along until he turned 65 and could sign up for Medicare.
In early 2020 and fully insured, Curtis, 65, was thrilled to finally book his full hip replacement surgery at Virginia Mason Memorial hospital. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. As a safety precaution, all elective surgeries at Virginia Mason Memorial were halted, and Curtis’s surgery was cancelled.
So when schedulers called him in late May to rebook his hip replacement, Curtis had no reservations. “They asked me if I’d be willing to come in, and I said, ‘Absolutely!’ I figured the hospital was one of the safest places I could be,” he says. “All the precautions were in place.” Those precautions include a three-day quarantine before surgery, COVID testing and, on the day of surgery, a Memorial employee greets patients at their car, provides a mask, checks their temperature, rules out any new COVID symptoms, and helps them fill out paperwork.
Infusion Care team 'keeps going' and patient couldn't be more grateful
Gregory White has been coming to the Outpatient Infusion Care clinic at Virginia Mason Memorial for the past 10 years.
“This team is like my family,” he says. “I know most of them, and know about their kids, and they know everything about me!”
Greg was diagnosed at birth with a rare, hereditary blood disorder called Diamond-Blackfan Anemia, which affects the ability of bone marrow to produce red blood cells. The disease is often treated with blood transfusions. In fact, to manage his symptoms Greg used to have blood transfusions every three weeks. But, as he recalls, “my quality of life was almost non-existent. I was homebound and in bed 75% of the time.”
Greg is a huge baseball fan and loves anything sports-related. Anyone who knows him will tell you that Alabama is Greg’s No. 1 favorite college team. Once an avid golfer, he had a 30-year career ranging from caddy to golf pro, and everything in between until his disease forced him to stop working.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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