For Patients

Close to home, right here in Yakima.

Familiar faces and family, established relationships with healthcare providers, pharmacists and caregivers; sleeping in your own bed. Cancer treatment can be a tedious journey so receiving care in your own community is a valuable benefit of treatment at North Star Lodge.

North Star Lodge is Central Washington's only comprehensive outpatient cancer center, offering Medical Oncology, Radiation and Hematology treatments to patients from Yakima, Kittitas, Benton and Klickitat counties. We have served over 7,000 cancer patients and 6,000 hematology patients and have provided over 100,000 unique services, treatments and support activities since our founding in 2000. Because of our excellent reputation and technologies, cancer specialists outside Central Washington often refer patients to North Star Lodge for treatment and follow up appointments.

Please note we have interpretive services available for patients who do not speak English as their first language. Let your physician know that you need assistance from an interpreter and arrangements will be made for one to be present at your visits to explain your diagnosis and treatment options for you and your family.

Announcements

Mask Requirements

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.

What are we doing to keep cancer patients safe during COVID-19?

  • Screening every patient for COVID-19 symptoms outside North Star Lodge
  • 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
  • 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