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Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Provider Advises On When to Use the Emergency Room

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February 8, 2018

TOPPENISH – When your child is sick, it’s often a scary and confusing time.  Parents may rush right to the emergency room at the first sign of any cough or sneeze, but with the flu running high across the nation, it’s important to know when to take a child out into public. 

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Pediatrician Dr. Aaron Grigg will be hosting a seminar for community members to help families decide when it is appropriate to use the emergency room, when they might be better off calling their primary care provider, and what they can do at home to help their little ones. 

The town hall event will take place on Thursday, February 15, at Safe Haven Community Center at 410 Washington Avenue in Toppenish, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

Attendees will receive a free book, “What to do When your Child Gets Sick” that explains which symptoms are appropriate for the emergency room, and which visits are better suited for the primary care clinic or urgent care clinic. The free book also explains illnesses and what to do in different scenarios.

Community members will learn the signs of when a child is sick, how to check a child’s temperature, what to do at home for your sick child, when to call a doctor or nurse, and how to navigate taking over the counter medications. In each scenario, the book outlines the same four questions:  What is it? What do I see? What can I do at home? When should I call the doctor or nurse?

“Our goal is to save people time and money,” said Dr. Grigg, “The emergency room is often the most expensive and least convenient place for people to get the medical help they need.”

Attendees will also learn how Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic patients can call their clinic 24-hours a day. An on-call provider will return their call to answer questions they might have. 


About Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic: The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides comprehensive medical, dental, and social services for more than 131,000 people throughout the Pacific Northwest. Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic employs 1,390 full-time staff and more than 600 part-time staff, medical residents, dental residents, students and volunteers. Facilities: 18 medical clinics, 10 dental clinics, 49 programs. Locations: Washington State clinics are located in Grandview, Prosser, Pasco, Spokane, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima, Walla Walla and Wapato. In Oregon, clinics are located in Hermiston, Portland, Salem and Woodburn. Visit: