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Yakima's own OB/GYN to retire this month

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May 29, 2019
Dr. John Naiden retires at the end of May, 2019. His 40 year career included delivering an estimated 15,000 babies in the Yakima area.

Dr. John Naiden has quite literally touched the lives of thousands of Yakima area residents in the last four decades. The local OB/GYN at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic has delivered more than 15,000 babies in the last 40 years. Later this month his career will come to an end.

“It’s time to call it a career,” Dr. Naiden said. “I’ve worked awfully hard the last 40 years, and now it’s time to relax.”

The well-respected Yakima physician is hanging up his stethoscope and embracing retirement. Over the past four decades, Dr. Naiden has seen incredible achievements in the medical community, and been part of bringing many lives into the world that may not have otherwise had a fighting chance.

“What I enjoy the most is helping people, finding out what problem they might have and solving it,” he said.

One of the most impactful discoveries was treating patients with what medical experts define as an ‘incompetent cervix.’

“These patients give birth very early, a lot of times too early for their babies to survive. We found out that you can put a stitch in the cervix and help the baby stay in the womb longer.”

Dr. Naiden says it is rare you can say you have actually saved a baby.

“But in these situations, you really have,” he added.

The most exciting part of the last 40 years was simply mothers and babies, bringing new life into the world and watching women and men become parents.

“If you can’t get excited about mothers and babies, what does stir your coffee?” he said.

“I’ll miss helping people solve their health problems. But, I’m looking forward to getting away from the computers,” Naiden added.

Dr. Naiden began his career in private practice in Yakima 40 years ago. He founded the clinic at the formerly known Southeast Community Center, and later that location merged with Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic.

For the years he has been around, Dr. Naiden is one of the most-respected and highly revered obstetricians in the Yakima Valley.

“Patients come as far as Mattawa (an hour drive each way to Yakima) just to be treated by him, and have him deliver their babies,” said Lupe Rivera, medical assistant to Dr. Naiden for the past six years.

One mom has been a repeat patient; Dr. Naiden has delivered her 7 children.

“Yakima is losing the absolute best quality of care in Dr. Naiden,” Dina Escobar, Surgery Coordinator for Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic said.

Whether they have been a patient or co-worker, community members agree, Dr. Naiden is a generous man with an innate ability to teach. His passion for helping people goes beyond the exam room, into philanthropic endeavors and the desire to teach the next generation of OB/GYN physicians.

“He will be very missed, but this retirement is well-deserved,” Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic CEO Carlos Olivares said.

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Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides comprehensive medical, dental, behavioral health, and social services for more than 166,000 people. We employ 1,529 full-time staff and 1,109 part-time staff, medical residents, dental residents, administrative fellows, students, and volunteers. Facilities: 72 unique service locations in Washington (Benton, Franklin, Spokane, Whitman, and Yakima counties) and Oregon (Clatsop, Marion, Multnomah, Umatilla, and Yamhill counties) Our Mission: Together we are dedicated to lead, with the courage to care, the determination to promote personal growth, and the compassion to champion the cause of those who have no voice. Visit: www.yvfwc.com