Tradition and modern medicine cross paths at the Native American Spiritual Center at Toppenish Community Hospital.
Completed in the fall of 1995, the hospital worked with the Yakama Indian Nation to create the facility. It was designed and built with both the native spiritual and cultural traditions in mind. It includes enough room for seven drummers and a bell person on the west side looking east, as is common with a last rites ceremony.
The 500-square-foot building, nestled behind the hospital, is a place where tribal members of the Yakama Indian Nation can bid farewell to loved ones or welcome a new life into the world.