(509)574-3400 Fax: (509)249-4458
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Classes, Events & Support Groups
All cancer care patients and their caregivers, families and friends are welcome to renew their Mind, Body and Spirit with these sessions brought to you at no charge through generous donations to The Memorial Foundation. For more information call 509-574-3541.
There are many support groups available for both patients and caregivers at North Star Lodge. Some find family, friends, co-workers or church members provide adequate support, both during and after treatment. Others like to interact with other current and former cancer patients. Still others seek more formal and organized support groups. All types of support are available, and as the patient, you get to decide what's right for you. Whether individuals or groups, patients or professionals, organized groups or online chats, whatever type of support that best suits your needs is available in our community. You might like to begin your investigation by looking into support groups available through North Star Lodge.
North Star Lodge Oncology Walking Group
The North Star Lodge Oncology walking group is a weekly opportunity for patients to get together in a casual atmosphere for some physical activity and socialization. These walking session will be supervised by a certified trainer from Memorial Oncology Rehabilitation and Exercise (MORE).
Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. (Pace and distance determined by individual; generally around one hour)
Kissel Park, 300 West Mead Avenue. First session of each month Includes a six minute walk test. Other sessions may be held at different locations. Call (509) 574-5875 for session location and/or weather related cancellations.
Breast Cancer Support Group
2nd Wednesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
'Ohana Breast Health Center
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.