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Stroke

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

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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.

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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:

  • Neurologists
  • Emergency Medicine Physicians
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Vascular Surgeons
  • Specially-trained nurses
  • Clinical Pharmacists
  • Case Managers
  • Rehabilitation Specialists

Stroke Services

  • 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.

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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

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 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