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Virginia Mason Plans New Bainbridge Island Medical Center in Wintergreen Walk Development

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND – (Dec. 8, 2015) – Virginia Mason announced today it plans to relocate its popular Bainbridge Island medical facility in late 2018 to the nearby Wintergreen Walk development at High School Road and Highway 305 as it responds to the growing community’s demand for medical services.

“The Wintergreen Walk development presents the best opportunity for us to create a medical center that will allow us to expand services and ensure Virginia Mason provides an exceptional setting in which island residents receive remarkable care for generations,” said Catherine Edwards, MD, section head at Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center and an island resident.

The organization has sent letters to patients, government and business leaders and others announcing its plan and explaining its representatives have thoroughly explored numerous options for a new and larger medical center over the past two years. The Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center is currently at 380 Winslow Way E.

“Our current facility and the size of the property it is on limit our ability to expand services as needed to keep pace with the community’s need for high quality health care services,” Dr. Edwards said.

Bainbridge Island has more than 23,000 residents, up from 12,300 in 1980, according to the Bainbridge Island Public Library. Individuals age 60 and older accounted for 90 percent of the population growth in the last 10 years, according to the demographic information.

Virginia Mason will invite its patients and other island residents to take part in planning events that focus on the patient experience at the new 30,000-square-foot facility in the Wintergreen Walk development. The dates, times and locations of the public events – which will be hosted by Virginia Mason – will be announced over the next several months.

“One of our top priorities is to build the right facility in the right setting with input from families who cherish this island community and call it their home,” Dr. Edwards said. “We are very mindful of the potential impacts of new development. We are grateful to be part of this special community and for the opportunity to call a new corner of it the future home of our medical center.”

Meanwhile, Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center, which has served the community for more than 25 years at its current Winslow Way site, will continue business as usual until relocation in 2018. The medical facility is open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Services provided by the medical center staff include, but are not limited to, adult and family medicine, orthopedics, heart care, advanced imaging, lab services, and urgent care for treatment of injuries and illnesses not considered life-threatening. Learn more at www.virginiamason.org/Bainbridge

About Virginia Mason
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs approximately 6,000 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 480 physicians; regional medical centers throughout the Puget Sound area; and Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Using the Virginia Mason Production System management methodology, Virginia Mason is an international leader in applying lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety. Virginia Mason website: www.VirginiaMason.org

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Gale Robinette
Virginia Mason Media Relations
(206) 341-1509
gale.robinette@VirginiaMason.org