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SEATTLE, Wash. - (Nov. 21, 2007) - AIDS Housing of Washington – the non-profit group that built Bailey-Boushay House 15 years ago – is transferring ownership of the building to the facility's longtime operator, Virginia Mason Medical Center. The change in ownership is designed to ensure a sustainable future for Bailey-Boushay House, a nationally recognized facility offering residential care and day health programs for people living with AIDS.

The ownership transfer is being announced in conjunction with World AIDS Day, Dec. 1.

"The story of Bailey-Boushay House has always been about a committed community stepping up to care for people with AIDS," said Brian Knowles, executive director, Bailey-Boushay House. "This is another milestone in that great legacy."

AIDS Housing of Washington, which recently adopted the name Building Changes, will retain an advisory seat on the Bailey-Boushay House board of directors. The change in building ownership will not affect programs or services offered to the 235 people who depend on Bailey-Boushay House daily for their care.

Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason, and Betsy Lieberman, executive director, Building Changes, worked with Knowles in coming up with the building-transfer plan. The three leaders determined it was the most cost-efficient way for the non-profit organizations to ensure Bailey-Boushay's future as a provider of life-changing care for people living with AIDS.

"Bailey-Boushay belongs to the community," Dr. Kaplan said. "It is our privilege to operate it. Without the visionary work of Building Changes, we could not have provided this high level of care."

Lieberman added, "Virginia Mason and the Bailey-Boushay staff have done a phenomenal job of stewarding our vision for the facility."

An event is planned to celebrate 15 years of collaboration and compassion in action for people living with AIDS on World AIDS Day, Saturday, Dec. 1, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Avenue East, Seattle. The event will include the premiere of the Bailey-Boushay House Living History Video. 

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care hospital in Seattle. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

Bailey-Boushay House
Bailey-Boushay House is a nationally recognized facility offering residential care and day health programs for people living with AIDS. The residential care program also provides care to those suffering from other life-threatening illnesses.

Building Changes
Building Changes is a catalyst for ending homelessness. We address the economic and social conditions that adversely affect people's housing, health and job opportunities. Building Changes coalesces public and private resources to create lasting solutions, transforming the way people in need are served.

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Alisha Mark
Media Relations
(206) 341-1509

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