Dr. Richard Mynatt, a board-certified urologist, has joined the staff at Astria Health and is accepting new patients at Astria Sunnyside Hospital Specialty Surgical Center and at Astria Health Center in Union Gap. He completed his urology training at Duke University and has 35 years of experience, most recently in Arizona.

Maria Ramos, a patient navigator at Children’s Villege in Yakima, is a recent recipient of the Bobbi Ryder Migrant Health Champion Award scholarship, formerly known as the Migrant Health Scholarship Award. The National Center for Farmworker Health presents the annual award to individuals employed or interning at community/migrant health centers. She was selected based on several criteria, including applicability of educational goals to migrant health, financial need, length of service in the migrant health field, farmworker status, personal statement, and letters of reference.


The Rod’s House board of directors has elected executive board members for the 2019-20 term. They are Hope Lange, president; Soneya Lund, vice president; Maxi Hummel, secretary; Arlene Fisher, treasurer; and Quinn Dalan, past president. Rod’s House in Yakima is a drop-in resource center for homeless and at-risk youths.

The Safe Yakima Valley board of directors recently elected five new board members. They are Robert Udell, Yakima County sheriff; Lt. Linda Watts, Yakima Police Department; Quinn Dalan, Yakima County Volunteer Attorney Services; Mark Grange, pastor at East Valley Foursquare Church; and Melissa Sixberry, director of disease control with the Yakima County Health District. Safe Yakima Valley is dedicated to improving and safeguarding the community through outreach, education and special events.