Search Virginia Mason News

Brian%20Knowles.jpgSEATTLE — (July 25, 2018) — Bailey-Boushay House, which is owned and operated by Virginia Mason Medical Center, will provide emergency shelter for as many as 50 of its homeless clients beginning in November 2018 as part of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s initiative to help address the city’s homelessness crisis.

“Our shelter program, which is funded by the city, will allow us to provide safe, overnight housing for our most vulnerable homeless clients, many of whom are living with HIV/AIDS or mental health issues and are sleeping on local public sidewalks,” said Brian Knowles, executive director, Bailey-Boushay House. “Safe shelter is a critically important step in their continuing treatment and medication management.”

The overnight shelter program will be housed in the so-called “big room” at Bailey-Boushay House. Cots and mats will be set up daily after 8 p.m. and removed at 6:30 a.m. Individuals who are sheltered will also receive free hot meals and have access to shower and laundry facilities.

More than 100 individuals in Bailey-Boushay’s outpatient chronic care management program have no permanent address, so priority will be given to sheltering homeless individuals who are the most vulnerable medically and physically.

At the city’s request, Bailey-Boushay House team members will also administer a federally funded rental assistance program to benefit homeless men and women with HIV. Starting in August, they will coordinate the service with representatives of Babes (which serves HIV-positive women); People of Color Against AIDS Network; the Center for Multicultural Health; Entre Hermanos; Washington State Department of Corrections; and the Seattle Indian Health Board.

“The Bailey-Boushay House team looks forward to these endeavors because they will help us better serve our homeless clients and improve their quality of life,” Knowles said.

The City of Seattle will fund the shelter at Bailey-Boushay House in November and December of this year as part of Mayor Durkan’s plan to serve 500 more homeless people per night at multiple locations. Whether Bailey-Boushay will provide shelter services in 2019 or beyond depends on continued funding from the city.

Bailey-Boushay House opened in 1992 as the first skilled nursing facility in the United States designed to serve individuals with HIV/AIDS. It now provides inpatient and outpatient treatment for a number of terminal illnesses and other health conditions.

About Virginia Mason Health System
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; outpatient medical facilities and services in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others from around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management methodology for continually improving quality, safety and efficiency.

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950.

Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Media Relations Manager
Virginia Mason Health System
(206) 341-1509


Back to Search