Four retired physicians voice their concerns regarding health care services in Yakima County on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at Franklin Park in Y…
The Yakima Valley has a problem with health care.
For too many residents, getting the right care at the right time is difficult or impossible. Its seen in months-long waits for appointments. It's seen in long drives to the westside for treatment. Ultimately it's seen in sicker patients, untreated conditions and shorter lives.
In collaboration with El Sol de Yakima, KDNA Radio and the Local Journalism Initiative, the Yakima Herald-Republic is digging into the causes and consequences of this problem, and what we as a community can do to solve it.
As of Nov. 1, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic pediatricians and OB/GYNs will no longer deliver their clients’ babies at Astria Toppenish Hospital's Family Maternity Center.
Astria Toppenish Hospital will continue to offer those services with other providers.
The CEO of Yakima Valley Memorial said Thursday the hospital is taking necessary steps to increase health care access while maintaining long-t…
In recent months, a vocal and growing group of medical providers have criticized Yakima Valley Memorial. They say the hospital is not doing enough to stem a local decline in some health care specialties and isn't communicating its plans.
Our coverage of Health Care Access in the Yakima Valley is part of the Protecting and Promoting Local Journalism Initiative, which is supported by the Yakima Valley Community Foundation with financial, training and technological assistance from Microsoft Corp.
In Yakima County, the initiative is a collaboration between the Yakima Herald-Republic, El Sol de Yakima and Radio KDNA, whose journalists maintain independent editorial control of the project.
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ASTRIA HEALTH: WHAT'S NEXT
The state’s hospitals will be required to be more transparent about their finances under a bill Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law on Monday.
Astria Health’s emergence from bankruptcy protection was unusual, said Sam Maizel, a Los Angeles-based attorney who represented Astria Health …