(509)574-3400 Fax: (509)249-4458
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
About North Star Lodge
At North Star Lodge, our goal is to make every patient's journey with cancer as successful as possible. Our talented and diverse team of specialists utilize new technologies, innovations and treatments, under one roof, in a distinctive environment that is specifically designed for healing. North Star Lodge is one of the only comprehensive outpatient cancer treatment facilities in Central Washington with this unique and all-encompassing approach.
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital has paved the way for cancer care in Central Washington for decades, offering the area's first cobalt therapy unit in 1968 and consistently adopting advancements in the diagnoses and treatment of cancer. In 2000, Virginia Mason Memorial opened North Star Lodge. This distinctive one-of-a-kind facility is recognized as one of the most advanced cancer care centers in the Western United States.
North Star Lodge is the centerpiece of Virginia Mason Memorial's Cancer Care Services. Our radiation and medical oncologists collaborate with multiple specialists within our network to develop personalized plans for individual patient needs. Our medical team meets regularly to ensure everyone knows the progress of each patient. If needed, our team reaches beyond these doors to consult with other specialists around the country.
Our compassionate and dedicated staff, technology, clinical trials program, and unique facility have made North Star Lodge a leader in cancer treatment.
The Oncology Care Model
North Star Lodge is one of only three practices in Washington state chosen to participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Oncology Care Model. Participation in this project will result in positive changes in cancer care delivery and patient care.
Provider Based Billing
If you have questions regarding billing, contact the receptionsist at (509) 574-3400.
Virginia Mason Memorial has designated North Star Lodge as a hospital outpatient department. Patient bills will include two separate charges, one for the healthcare provider, and the other for a facility fee to partially defray the costs of providing non-physician staff, equipment and supplies. Our goal is to be up front with our patients about what their costs may be prior to receiving care. Most Medicare patients, those who have secondary insurance to Medicare, will have no out-of-pocket expense. We will work with our patients to determine how their insurance company will cover this fee.
CANCER SURVIVORSHIP CONFERENCE
One Day . Survivors & Caregivers . Free To All.
As the leader of the cancer program at VMM in Yakima, I'd like to invite each and every one of you to participate in a free on-line Cancer Survivor's Conference this year on August 5th.
I came to Yakima from Pierce County, where we have held a free Annual Cancer Survivorship Conference each year for 13 years. This year, because of the Covid pandemic, the conference is being offered remotely to anyone who can register on-line. I invite you to join in and listen to the speakers and subjects that are interesting and helpful for you.
Although we would never have chosen to live through a pandemic, this remote conference is a great way to learn more about cancer survivorship and hear the experts on various topics from the comfort of your own home. Please invite friends and family members to register as well. May this conference be enlightening and empowering for everyone who participates. Thank you.
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 &emdash; this is one of our best tools to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
NEW! May 7: What are we doing to keep cancer patients safe during COVID-19?
- Screening every patient for COVID-19 symptoms outside North Star Lodge
- Converting visits to telehealth, either on-site or from home
- Drawing labs from patients in their cars, when possible
- Segregating suspected COVID-19 patients on a separate floor
- Giving chemo and radiation treatment at the end of the work day to anyone with COVID-19 or post-COVID-19 infection to ensure patient safety and to allow for the space to be sanitized
- Sending all patients with COVID-19 symptoms for immediate screening
- Creating safe distancing between chemo chairs
- Converting exam rooms to individual chemotherapy rooms
- Conducting televisits in parking lot for patients needing technical assistance in the use of clinic iPads
- Increasing hydration and supportive care to reduce ED and hospital visits
- Putting in place same-day symptom management visits
- Providing masks to all visitors to the building
- Ensuring all staff working with patients wear masks
- Reducing the number of patients and staff in the clinic to ensure social distancing
NEW! Telehealth: Let us bring your Healthcare to you.
We are now offering Telehealth visits at all Virginia Mason Memorial clinics. These are typical appointments with your provider but from your home, work, or wherever is most convenient for you
COVID-19 Resources For North Star Lodge Patients
Bench To Bedside: COVID-19 » COVID-19 Q&A for cancer patients featuring Dr. Joseph McGuirk, medical director of blood and marrow transplant and cellular therapeutics, and Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director of infection control and prevention.