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Ellen Wiegand
Ellen Wiegand

SEATTLE – (Nov. 18, 2020) – Ellen Wiegand, vice president and chief information officer, has been named winner of the 2020 Seattle CIO of the Year ORBIE Award, the premier technology executive recognition program. She is the award recipient in the hospitals and health care category.

The Seattle CIO of the Year Awards were presented virtually Nov. 13, honoring chief information officers in seven categories – health care, leadership, global, large enterprise, enterprise, corporate and public sector. The ORBIE goes to chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership. Finalists and winners are selected by an independent peer review process.

Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD, said her thoughtful leadership and commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration help ensure the organization’s Information Technology (IT) initiatives are strategic and sustainable.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, Ellen has led the IT team in working closely with departments across our organization to leverage technology to protect the health and safety of patients and team members,” Dr. Kaplan explained.

Wiegand was promoted to vice president and chief information officer at Virginia Mason in September 2018 after serving seven years as administrative director for Information Technology. She has a master’s degree in business administration from The George Washington University.

“I consider it a privilege to be part of Virginia Mason’s team,” she said. “Across the organization, there is an appreciation for technology as a critical resource for improving quality, safety, operational efficiency and patient 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.

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

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