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Virginia Mason Enhances Its Employee Benefits with On-Site Whole Health Clinic
SEATTLE – (Jan. 4, 2016) – Virginia Mason added a new benefit for its employees today by opening an on-site clinic at the medical center to provide primary care services and health coaching for staff members, while potentially reducing the organization’s annual health care costs.

The outpatient clinic is operated by Seattle-based Vera Whole Health. It contracts with employers to establish on-site and near-site workplace, whole health clinics staffed by Vera physicians, nurse practitioners, medical assistants and health coaches.

Businesses that have contracted with Vera Whole Health for workplace clinics have reduced their health care costs by as much as 25 percent in the first year, in addition to experiencing decreased absenteeism and increased productivity.

“Vera has demonstrated an ability to drive quality-of-life improvements and health care savings through its integrated, whole health approach,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “Our partnership with this innovative company will help our team members stay healthy and, ultimately, that is good for our patients.”

Vera health coaches will work one-on-one with Virginia Mason employees to identify potential health problems early, and develop wellness plans, before serious or chronic conditions develop. The clinic, located on the medical center’s main campus in the First Hill neighborhood of Seattle, serves individuals enrolled in a Virginia Mason medical plan and their covered spouses or domestic partners.

“We look forward to this exciting opportunity to work with Virginia Mason team members and being at their side as they set goals, evaluate outcomes and measure successes,” said Ryan Schmid, president and CEO of Vera Whole Health. “We are aligned with Virginia Mason’s focus on consistently providing appropriate, patient-centered care that results in better outcomes and lower costs.”

Other Vera clients include Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Trident Seafoods, City of Kirkland, and the Northern Arizona Public Employers Benefit Trust.

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