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SEATTLE – (Sept. 4, 2018) – Ellen Dowling has been promoted to vice president and chief information officer at Virginia Mason, effective Sept. 1. For the last nine years, she served as director and administrative director of the organization’s Information Systems team.

“Ellen is extremely sharp, with a strategic mindset and deep knowledge of clinical information systems and application management that make her well-suited for this role,” said Bill Poppy, senior vice president and former chief information officer. “In addition, she’s a well-respected leader who’s able to articulate a vision and engage her team in achieving our organizational goals.”

Before joining Virginia Mason, she worked in technology leadership roles at Catholic Health Initiatives and at Cerner, a health information technology company.

Dowling earned a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from George Washington University and she is certified in the Virginia Mason Production System management method.

In 2017, Virginia Mason was designated as one of the “Most Wired” health systems in the United States for the sixth consecutive year by Hospitals & Health Networks, the publication of the American Hospital Association. The Most Wired Award is given to organizations like Virginia Mason that are leaders in leveraging information technology to support clinical decisions, analytics, safety and the patient’s health care experience.

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; Virginia Mason Foundation; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management method for improving quality and safety.

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

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