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.
Thank you for your interest in Virginia Mason Memorial's internship program. Memorial provides internships for many disciplines...clinical, medical, and administrative. Memorial only provides opportunities for students that have a requirement by their educational facility to complete hours, or are receiving credit for their internship.
I would like to complete my required placement with Virginia Mason Memorial...what should I do?
Internships are arranged between the educational facility and Virginia Mason Memorial. If you are interested in completing your requirement with us, please contact your school's placement coordinator. The coordinator will contact our office to discuss the possibility of placement. Only students from schools that have Affiliation Agreements with Virginia Mason Memorial will be considered.
My placement has been arranged through my school...what are next steps?
Your school coordinator will provide you with the requirements for rotations and with a link to the appropriate online application with Virginia Mason Memorial. If you are unable to obtain this from your coordinator, please contact our office, and we can provide this information to you.
I am a current Memorial employee, so I still need to go through this process?
Yes, all students completing rotations within Virginia Mason Virginia Mason Memorial are required to complete the required application and orientation process.
My school doesn't have an affiliation agreement with Virginia Mason Memorial...can I still complete my rotations with Virginia Mason Memorial?
The affiliation agreement is the critical first step to arranging your rotation with us. Depending upon your timeframe and the current needs within Virginia Mason Memorial, we may be able to request an agreement with the school. Please be aware that this can be a very time-consuming process, which can typically take 3-6 months or more to complete.
I would like to receive experience through an internship, but it is not required by my educational program. Can I still intern?
Virginia Mason Memorial only provides internships for students that have requirements by their educational facility or are receiving credit for their internship. Depending upon the type of experience you desire, volunteering with Virginia Mason Memorial may provide you with some great experience.
Can I get paid for my internship with Virginia Mason Memorial?
Virginia Mason Memorial only provides unpaid internships.
My family member/neighbor/friend works at an area medical provider and they know someone who said I can just intern with them without going through this process. Is that OK?
No, all internships are required to go through the appropriate avenue to ensure that you will receive proper credit and to avoid potential liability and insurance concerns. While we appreciate the fact that someone offered to help you, everyone must follow the same process.
What specific requirements are there for placement?
Each program has specific requirements that you will be made aware of.
Below are the requirements for all students:
School shall notify Training Site of incoming students no later than 4 weeks prior to the student's proposed arrival.
School shall ask each student who may be placed at Training Site to obtain his/her criminal history background record from the WA State Patrol, pursuant to RCW 43.43.830 and RCW 43.43.838, and for permission to authorize school to transmit that record or copy to the Training Site upon their request. Training Site will refuse placement of any student who does not provide this record to school or to training site upon request. Training site has the right to refuse any student who has a record of prior criminal conduct. Any student with a criminal record must be cleared with the Training Site prior to commencement of clinical rotations.
In accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for Healthcare Providers, School notify its student that they must obtain school will verify completion of the following:
- Two-Step Tuberculosis Skin Test (TST) - and annual TB test thereafter. Documentation of at least 2 TST with most recent TST within 12 months of beginning student rotation. Annual TST required. Students with a history of positive TST must have documentation of a negative chest x-ray, negative QuantiFeron gold, or documented completion of INH treatment for Tuberculosis. An annual surveillance form for signs and symptoms of active tuberculosis is also required for any students with a positive TST.
- Proof of Immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella- Proof of immunity as evidenced by one of the following:
- Vaccine records that include two doses of MMR vaccine
- Laboratory testing that shows positive levels of antibodies for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
- Proof of Immunity to Varicella (Chickenpox)-Proof of
- Immunity as evidenced by one of the following:
- Vaccine records that include two doses of varicella vaccine
- Laboratory testing that shows positive levels of antibodies for varicella
- Physician documentation of the disease
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap, not DTP/DTaP) vaccine- Documentation that the Tdap vaccine has been received after 2005.
- Influenza vaccine- Vaccine will be required annually between November 1- May1.
- Hepatitis B Vaccine- Documentation of completion of the 3-dose Hepatitis B vaccine series or a positive hepatitis B surface antibody titer (HBSAB).
The Training Site reserves the right to require or other potential vaccinations as guided per recommendations of the CDC and adopted by the Infection Control Department of the Training Site. School will verify and maintain compliance of all student requirements and be able to provide documentation of compliance to Training Site upon request. Requirements are to be met prior to the start of student rotation.
Training Site requires clinical healthcare students who are training in clinical roles, as defined by the Basic Life Support Certification Policy, to obtain and maintain an American Heart Association (AHA) Health Care Provider (HCP) Basic Life Support (BLS) certification card. School and/or student will provide this information to Training Site prior to or during the student orientation period.
Does Virginia Mason Memorial provide the above vaccines?
No, Virginia Mason Memorial does not provide vaccines for students.
If you have additional questions or would like to provide your schools placement coordinator with contact information:
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