Volunteer Activity Suspended
Volunteer Activity and Job Shadows have been suspended for the next 30 days. You are welcome to complete an application and our online orientation but we will not schedule you for your health screening or interview until this restriction has been lifted. Please feel free to contact our department if you have any further questions.
- Minimuum of 6 months or 100 hour commitment
- Age 16 and above
What is the application process?
Please carefully review the Requirements Section and FAQ of this page before completing an application. Remember that volunteers must commit to six months of consecutive service, and placement in a certain department is not guaranteed. In order for your application to be accepted and reviewed, the following must be submitted.
- After reviewing the requirements and FAQ, please complete our online volunteer application. Make sure to fill out all necessary fields. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- References must be someone who is familiar with your professional skills, such as a teacher, supervisor, co-worker, or anyone who knows you on a professional basis. If professional references are not available, personal references may be used.
- Family members cannot be used as references.
- After you complete your application form and submit it, you will receive an email with information on how to schedule your appointment with Employee Health to provide your health clearance.
- Your appointment with Employee Health must be scheduled within 1 month of submitting your application.
- After we have received Health Clearance, an interview will be held.
- After a successful interview, references will be contacted, and a background check will be run.
- Orientation will be scheduled, along with training for your position.
What are the requirements for becoming a volunteer?
As a volunter you will hold as absolutely confidential all information, which you may obtain directly or indirectly concerning patients, doctors, or personnel and you will not seek confidential information in regard to a patient.
You understand youry services are donated to Virginia Mason Memorial without contemplation of compensation or future employment and are given with humanitarian or charitable reasons.
You are informed of the required minimum time commitment of 6 months or 100 hours. You understand what is expected and you are committed to fulfilling this requirement.
Minimum age requirement - 16 years old. If 16 years old, student must have parent permission slip signed and returned to Volunteer Services. A students age can limit them on where they can volunteer (CCU or Hospice for example)
Proof of vaccinations or immunity by lab (titers) for:
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella
- Varicella (Chicken pox)
Two Step Tuberculosis Skin Test
- Please bring previous TB Skin Tests or TB lab tests
- All volunteers must be vaccinated annually with the current seasonal vaccine if volunteering during November 1st through May 1st.
Hint: To locate records, check with previous employers, parents, baby book, high school/college, physician, military, local/state health department. If you are unable to obtain these health records, Inspire Health orders blood tests and provides vaccinations and/or tuberculosis testing at no cost to you.
Security Screening-A background check is run prior to any volunteer being placed
Commitment-We require a minimum of a 6 month/100 hour commitment
Age-Minimum of 16 years old. Some specific programs may have other age requirements
If I volunteer, will I get a job at VMM?
Volunteering does not guarantee any type of employment
Can I continue volunteering after my initial 6 month commitment is fulfilled?
Absolutely! We will keep you on the schedule until you notify us that you will be resigning
How long do you keep applications?
The application is marked as rejected if we do not receive health clearance from Employee Health within 30 days of application. However, we can always reactive your application…just contact our office!!
Can I volunteer for community service hours?
Yes, if it is for school, we are able to find a volunteer site, and you are able to meet the hours commitment. If it is court appointed, we are, unfortunately, unable to place you. Please be aware that you must complete at least 100 hours of service per our volunteer requirement prior to having any school required paperwork signed off confirming your hours. This applies even if your requirement is less than 100 hours.
Do you offer letters of reference to volunteers?
Definitely! Once you complete your 6 month/100 hour commitment, we will be happy to issue a letter of reference
I need to obtain a certain number of volunteer hours for school requirements. Will this be possible at VMM?
We are unable to guarantee that you will be able to obtain a specific number of hours, nor can we guarantee the type of contact (working with RN, MD, etc) during your volunteerism.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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