Yakima County is one of Washington state's premier centers for health care services. Local facilities serve a seven county area with a population of over 500,000. Technologically advanced equipment and first-class physicians in the Valley’s five hospitals and specialty clinics provide a full range of treatment including cardiac care and open heart surgery, neurological procedures, specialized cancer therapy, and dialysis treatment. A higher-than-average percentage of board-certified physicians represent virtually every medical specialty.
Yakima County's health care sector is moving in exciting new directions. Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) opened in 2008. Its College of Osteopathic Medicine trains 130 doctors each year and the college is now establishing a new degree program in Pharmacy in cooperation with Washington State University.
Specialized Medical Services Available in the Yakima Valley
The region enjoys five hospitals and numerous general practice and specialized health care clinics. Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center are located in the City of Yakima. Yakima Regional also operates a fully-equipped hospital in Toppenish. Sunnyside Community Hospital, a 35-bed critical access facility, serves communities in the eastern portion of the County. Prosser Hospital is proximate for residents living in Grandview and Sunnyside areas.
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Memorial Hospital has 225 beds and provides comprehensive medical and surgical care. Memorial is the region's family birthplace equipped with a state-of-the-art neonatal intensive unit. The hospital is also home to the following Centers of Excellence: Cancer Care, Heart Care, Children’s Services, Family Birthplace, Hospice and Home Care, Orthopaedics, Mental Health, Sleep Center at Memorial, Women’s Services, Wound Care and Work Injury, to name but a few. Memorial has earned numerous awards and is the creator of Children's Village, a nationally recognized facility for children with special needs.
Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center
Yakima Regional is a 214 bed facility located in Yakima. It provides a full complement of medical services, including the Valley's only open-heart surgery and elective angioplasty, state-of-the-art neurosurgery and some of the most advanced imaging technology in the state. Yakima Regional enjoys a Thomson-Reuters Top 100 Cardiac Hospital rating, is one of two Accredited Chest Pain Centers with PCI in the state of Washington, and Central Washington's only CARF-accredited inpatient rehabilitation unit. Yakima Regional has a level III trauma designation and the region's only 15-minute emergency room guarantee. With over 700 dedicated professionals on staff, Yakima Regional is proud to be celebrating over 118 years of service to the Yakima Valley.
Toppenish Community Hospital
Toppenish Community Hospital provides an array of services including emergency, imaging, and specialized life transition support. The 16 bed hospital also manages several family clinics where general or specialized health care is available.
Sunnyside Community Hospital is a critical access hospital located in Sunnyside, Washington in Central Washington State. The hospital has a 24 hour emergency room, four bed Intensive Care Unit, Medical Surgical Floor, Family Birth Center, Operating Rooms, Laboratory and Diagnostic Imaging (X-Ray, CT Scan, Mobile MRI, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Bone Density Scan). Other services include Respiratory Therapy, Pharmacy and Registered Dietician. The hospital also manages six clinics that provide general and specialized health care services.
Children's Village serves children with special health care or developmental needs and their families. The facility is family-centered and aims to meet the needs of each individual family. Over 20 programs and services are provided to Central Washington children in a place the has become a model for other communities to emulate. Children’s Village Trustee Partners include non-profit agencies committed to the purpose of collaboratively meeting the unmet needs of children with special needs and their families
The Veterans Administration's clinic in Yakima and it's parent hospital, the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Medical Center, in Walla Walla (a little over two hour’s drive southeast of Yakima) provides primary care, inpatient medical and psychiatric care. The Yakima clinic has 14 acute beds, a 30-bed nursing home care unit, a 16-bed Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Residential Program and a 6-bed Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program.
In addition to the region's hospitals, the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic offers a full complement of medical, dental and social services at several locations throughout the region. Yakima is also home to the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences which operates an osteopathic medical university. The College trains and places 75 doctors each year with a focus on serving rural areas within Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Alaska.
The Yakima Valley has over 400 practicing M.D’s and D.O’s. There are also numerous optometrists, naturopaths, chiropractors, dentists, and other specialty care practitioners. Whatever your medical needs are, we’re confident you’ll find the depth and variety of health care you need within the region. Look in the Yakima County yellow pages for health care providers.
In addition to traditional allopathic, osteopathic, and other healthcare specialties, Yakima has a variety of natural healing and therapeutic remedies in terms of massage and other spa services. A number of local massage therapists work alongside healthcare providers to ensure healing is complemented by these services.