The Children's Village health care facility in Yakima has gained nationwide attention and medical community admiration for the innovative approach to providing important services for local families.  You could say it's about as good as it gets...or is it?

Could it be even better?   The Memorial Foundation is progressing on a multi-million dollar remodeling project at Children’s Village --so, yes, it can!

This coming Tuesday, June 1, 2021, Children's Village leaders will accept a check for $120,000 from representatives of the Royal Arch Masons Children’s Heart Fund. The donation will go towards helping to fund the expansion of the Village.

Laura Crooks, CEO of Children’s Village says, “We are so very grateful for the generous leadership gift of the Royal Arch Masons for support that we hope will encourage other benevolent groups and individuals to invest in the Children’s Village expansion."

A press release from the Village says "Their gift will be designated to support the medical specialty clinic, adding ten clinic exam rooms, reducing waiting time, and improving access to local care." 

The numbers from the Village tell an incredible story of success.  The pediatric medical specialty clinic at Children’s Village saw patient volumes double in the last ten years. In 2019, the cardiology clinic at Children’s Village had 188 clinic days and 1,622 appointments, with 7-8 children seen each clinic day. In addition, providers did 200 fetal echocardiograms and saw more than 200 prenatal cardiology patients in 2019.

 

That's a lot of kids who got to keep the security of home and a lot of families who avoided costly disruptions being saved from having to make trips over the pass to Children's Hospital in Seattle and keeping medically fragile children from traveling for their specialty medical care is a primary focus of the Children’s Village expansion – which has added additional specialty care, including rehabilitation, urology and additional developmental pediatrics.

Village leadership says, "The need to expand Children’s Village is at an all-time high. We are preparing to increase and expand the pediatric cardiology medical clinic, behavioral health, and therapy rooms, as well as update and expand our Family Birthplace at Memorial." 

As ALWAYS, well played Children's Village and the Yakima Memorial Hospital Foundation!