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Advance Care Planning

It’s YOU-Time: 7 Ways to Take Care of YOU in 2021

So much of 2020 was spent with an external focus, a focus outside of ourselves. We were glued to media sources and trying to find any sliver of normalcy and certainty in our days. When immersed in chaos for an extended period of time, we sometimes forget what ”normal” feels like and we get used to being hardwired with worry, which may take a toll l...

Diabetes

Leg Cramps or Weakness? It May Be Peripheral Arterial Disease

Content derived from DocTalk with Don Harris, MD and Omar Dorzi, MD from Valley Medical Center's Vascular Surgery Clinic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb6fI7qTvmg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WXnhUU6I9I What is peripheral arterial disease? Peripheral arterial disease, also known as PAD, refers to blockages in the arteries to the legs. The leg...

Fitness

Move with Mindfulness: Treat Yourself to 3 Minutes of Tension Release

“Move with Mindfulness” is a series of eight videos, with Valley Fitness Instructor Donna Stephens, to help improve emotional well-being while also reducing the effects of stress. Video 1: Rejuvenate your mind and body with these tension-releasing, seated stretches for your upper body. Video 2: Focus on active stretches for the lower body while sit...

Heart & Stroke

Leg Cramps or Weakness? It May Be Peripheral Arterial Disease

Content derived from DocTalk with Don Harris, MD and Omar Dorzi, MD from Valley Medical Center's Vascular Surgery Clinic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb6fI7qTvmg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WXnhUU6I9I What is peripheral arterial disease? Peripheral arterial disease, also known as PAD, refers to blockages in the arteries to the legs. The leg...

LGBTQ

Promoting Wellness and Enhanced Services for Our LGBTQ+ Community—Valley is Honored to Receive the Healthcare Equality Leader Award for the 9th Year

Valley Medical Center is proud to announce that for the ninth consecutive year, we have been awarded the LBGTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Every year, HRC recognizes the healthcare facilities that participate in the Healthcare Equality Index  for their dedication and commitment to LGBTQ inc...

Mental Health

Coping with Family Stress During the Pandemic

Information derived from Doc Talk conducted with Bridgitte Mathiasen, LMHC of Valley Psychiatry and Counseling Clinic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV9soH2N7uI 1.What are some of the challenges many of us are facing with our family members and roommates right now? Since the onset of the pandemic, there has been a large increase in stress and anxi...

Nutrition

It’s YOU-Time: 7 Ways to Take Care of YOU in 2021

So much of 2020 was spent with an external focus, a focus outside of ourselves. We were glued to media sources and trying to find any sliver of normalcy and certainty in our days. When immersed in chaos for an extended period of time, we sometimes forget what ”normal” feels like and we get used to being hardwired with worry, which may take a toll l...

Preventive Care

6 Essential Steps to Checking Yourself for Melanoma Skin Cancer

by Brian Kumasaka, MD, Dermatology Clinic Why is it important to regularly check yourself for skin cancer?Considered the largest organ in the human body, the skin is our first line of defense and greatest protector of our body from heat, light, injury and infection. While melanoma is a type of skin cancer that is not the most common, it's often res...

Primary Care

GiveBIG 2021: Make a BIG Impact

At Valley Medical Center, our mission is to care for our community like family. As Washington's oldest and largest public district hospital, we are committed to caring for more than 600,000 residents in our district and neighboring communities, including Renton, Kent, Tukwila, Auburn, Black Diamond, Covington, Federal Way, Maple Valley, Newcastle a...

Rehabilitation

Are Daily Tasks Difficult? The Many Ways Occupational Therapy May Help

By Stephanie Owens, MOT, OTR/L, Valley Medical Center, Rehabilitation Services Do you or a loved one find it hard to complete daily activities because of the way the body moves or doesn’t move? What about thinking skills—is it hard to pay attention, make decisions, remember things, figure things out or be aware of what to do to keep safe? Are limit...

Safety

Translate Valley’s Website into the Language that Works Best for You!

Now you can read valleymed.org in your favorite language using our new Google Translate menu. Located on the right side of most pages on the website, select your preferred language from the Google Translate dropdown menu. While the translations may not be perfect every time, we hope this new feature makes it easier to find the services and informat...

Senior Health

FREE GoldenCare Membership—A Golden Opportunity for Your Health and Wellness

Are you 62 or older? Here are 6.2 reasons to join Valley’s GoldenCare membership program. 1. Virtual Seminars and EventsLearn about important health topics from Valley experts through our virtual DocTalks and webinars. After the pandemic ends, GoldenCare members will also receive invitations to special social and educational seminar events hosted b...

Sleep

Could Seasonal Affective Disorder be Behind Your Winter Blues?

Content derived from interview with Rachel Kopicki, MD, Family Medicine The Puget Sound and surrounding areas are known to be some of the cloudiest regions of the United States. Winters here boast rainfall an average of 18 days in a month, and during short winter days we may only see two hours of sunshine per day. All things considered, feeling dow...

Stress Management

How to Support a Friend or Peer Who May Be Depressed

Mental and emotional resilience has been a challenge that most of us have faced over the past year as we have navigated the changes and uncertainty of the pandemic. During times of hardship, it’s often close friends and loved ones who we turn to for support, and we haven’t been able to connect as easily with them during this time. Depression is bec...

Weight Management

6 Things You Should Know That Will Do Your Heart Good

February is American Heart Month, as originally proclaimed in February 1964 by President Johnson to promote awareness of heart disease after he had personally experienced a heart attack. This month marks the 57th year Heart Month has been recognized in the United States and the American Heart Association hopes to continue raising awareness and emph...