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Yakima Valley Memorial Announces New Visitor Policy

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 15, 2022 Contact: Bridget Turrell, Memorial Communications, 509-575-8116

Yakima – Yakima Valley Memorial has announced a new visitor policy, effective immediately. This decision was informed by CDC guidelines, Yakima County’s COVID-19 community positivity rate falling to under 10%, and COVID patient hospitalizations dropping to fewer than ten.

With this change in policy, more visitors will be allowed in many areas of the hospital and clinics, and care partners, including parents and guardians of patients, are welcome 24 hours a day in most areas. The exact number of visitors varies by location and department. Visitors will also no longer need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

Carole Peet, Memorial CEO, states, “Our commitment has always been to providing high-quality care to our community, so this is good news for everyone because having a support network is extremely important to the overall health of our patients.”

In order to maintain the safety of staff and patients, the hospital is still requiring all visitors to wear face masks and go through a screening at entry according to the COVID-19 Patient and Visitors Screening Process. Hospital patients reserve the right to choose who may or may not visit them and may withdraw or deny permission for visitation at any time.

Doctor Marty Brueggemann, Chief Medical Officer at Memorial, adds, “We will continue to monitor the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19, the community positivity rate and other variables, as well as adhere to advice from the CDC to inform our policies and decisions.”

Memorial reserves the right to limit visitation should any of the monitored indicators signal there is a need. For specific information on Memorial’s updated visitation policy, please go to yakimamemorial.org and click the “Patients & Visitors” tab.

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About Yakima Valley Memorial
Yakima Valley Memorial is a health care system that includes Yakima’s only acute-care center, a 226-bed, nonprofit, community hospital serving Central Washington’s Yakima Valley. Yakima Valley Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services including high-quality cardiac care;
cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow, winner of the Circle of Life Award from the American Hospital Association for innovative palliative and end-of-life care; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit, the only place in Central Washington that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation, a separate 501c(3) organization that raises funds for innovative health care programs in the Yakima Valley (www.memfound.org).
Visit Memorial online at www.yakimamemorial.org or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/yakimavalleymemorialhospital), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/Yakima_Memorial).