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SEATTLE – (Sept. 4, 2013) — The strategic partnership between EvergreenHealth and Virginia Mason is expanding to offer improved access to neurology care on the Eastside. Two Virginia Mason neurologists will practice part time with their colleagues at EvergreenHealth’s Neuroscience Institute.

“Together this group will be able to provide the full range of outpatient neurological care with a goal to meet the demand of the community for neurology services,” said Juan Aragon, MD, M.M.M., executive director of Medical Specialties and Physician Services — Medical Affairs at EvergreenHealth.

The partnership will provide an integrated Eastside neurology practice, which combines the offerings of both clinical programs and physician groups to ensure outstanding care, added convenience and an exceptional patient experience.

The appointments include: 

  • Justin Stahl, MD, who is seeing patients with general neurology concerns, started work at EvergreenHealth Neuroscience Institute in July. He has a particular interest in epilepsy. He is board certified in neurology and neurophysiology.
     
  • Sindhu Srivatsal, MD, who recently completed a fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Washington. She will begin seeing patients with neurological symptoms later this month. She has particular interest and compassion for the treatment of patients with movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease.

The collaborative work in the Neurosciences Institutes supports one of the key purposes of the EvergreenHealth and Virginia Mason strategic partnership: to leverage the expertise of both organizations to provide the highest quality, cost-effective health care for patients in the Puget Sound Region and beyond.

“The integration of our practices and providers brings great benefit to our patients who receive diagnosis, treatment, therapies and rehabilitative services from one central Eastside location. We welcome our Virginia Mason partners who are bringing the highest level of sub-specialty neurological care, and we look forward to the strides we’ll make together in improving the health of our community,” said David Likosky, MD, medical director of the Neuroscience Institute at EvergreenHealth.

“In addition to providing superb access for patients living on the Eastside to general neurological care, this partnership will enable the Neuroscience Institutes at EvergreenHealth and Virginia Mason to enhance our programs in several other neurologic sub-specialty programs such as MS, Parkinson's disease and stroke,” said Michael Elliott, MD, medical director of the Neuroscience Institute at Virginia Mason.

The strategic partnership between EvergreenHealth and Virginia Mason was designed to create a broader network of care in the Puget Sound region and new models of care innovation that provide value to patients and better serve both organizations’ communities. The strategic partnership was first announced in November 2011 and signed in February 2012.

About EvergreenHealth
EvergreenHealth, a public hospital district and community-based health care organization established in 1972, offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. More than 950 physicians provide clinical excellence within more than 80 specialties, including  cardiac, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, a Neuroscience Institute, Women’s and Children’s services, hospice care, pulmonary care, a Sleep Disorders Center and Home Health services care.  EvergreenHealth serves more than 400,000 residents in its primary service area of northern King and southern Snohomish counties with EvergreenHealth Medical Group, a network of primary and urgent care practices, and EvergreenHealth Hospital Medical Center, its main hospital campus in Kirkland, Wash. EvergreenHealth also provides emergency care at two sites; its main hospital campus and the EvergreenHealth Redmond Medical Center.  In addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by Evergreen Healthline, a 24/7 nurse consultation service. For more information, visit www.evergreenhealth.com.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs more than 5,300 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; satellite locations 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. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste and improve quality and patient safety.

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

Kay Taylor
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
EvergreenHealth
(425) 899-2604
ktaylor@evergreenhealth.com

Kristi Clough
Firmani + Associates Inc.
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Kristi@Firmani.com

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