The front line.

The defenders.

A multi-million thank you

Those who stood up and fought the virus with love, compassion, medicine, technology and courage. A simple “thank you” is not enough. But THANK YOU from those of us who were patients and nearly $15 million from Yakima Valley Memorial.

The hospital today announced that it is investing $14.8 million in its workforce to support, recognize and reward employees for the hard work and dedication they have shown throughout the pandemic.

A news release from Memorial says the investment will impact about 3,000 employees across Memorial’s healthcare system. Carole Peet, CEO of Memorial, says:

I would like to thank each of our employees for their dedication to our patients and our community over the past two years. They have been asked to endure long hours and emotional hardships, and I appreciate their continued commitment. … I can’t think of a better way to invest the recent CARES funding Memorial has received.

Retain AND Recruit

The investment includes retention bonuses for RNs, respiratory therapists (RTs), nursing assistants certified (CNAs) and phlebotomists who work at the bedside, as well as gratitude bonuses for all Memorial staff and a increased base salary for RNs and RTs.

The pandemic has been a meat grinder, munching through the ranks with hundreds of thousands of healthcare workers leaving the industry over the past two years. This means that the demand for staff will be very high and Memorial recognizes the need to reward and retain essential workers who allow Memorial to continue to provide exceptional care to the Yakima Valley community.

If you have the skills they want you

But Memorial has also experienced serious depletion of its ranks – the hospital currently has more than 120 open RN positions, 5 RT positions, and 47 NAC and phlebotomist positions. Like an army that has gone through a battle, Memorial seeks to refresh, recharge and recruit, offering recruitment bonuses for these critical positions.

To view all open positions, go to and click on the “Join Our Team” tab.

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