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Proceeds from annual golf tournament will support patients with heart disease

SEATTLE, Wash. – (Aug. 11, 2006) – The Boeing Greater Seattle Classic, one of the newest addition to the PGA Tour’s Champions Tour, will take place Aug. 14-20, 2006 at Tournament Players Club (TPC) at Snoqualmie Ridge. This second annual golf tournament on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course will benefit The Heart Institute at Virginia Mason.

With leading specialists and comprehensive services, The Heart Institute has helped thousands of patients fight heart disease and lead healthier lives. The Heart Institute uniquely combines the resources of a hospital, clinic, academic institution and research partnership, offering its patients the opportunity to receive new and advanced treatments not available elsewhere.

“Today, one in three adult men and women have some form of cardiovascular disease. Along with supporting a great event, we are taking the opportunity to raise awareness about heart disease and steps people can take to reduce and prevent the onset of disease. These steps include watching cholesterol intake, knowing your risk factors and exercising regularly,” said Chris Fellows, MD, Co-Director of The Heart Institute at Virginia Mason.

In addition to relying on almost 80,000 volunteers a year to run its events, nearly all of the PGA TOUR’s tournaments are 501(c)(3) organizations, designed to donate 100 percent of net proceeds to local charities. Nearly 1,000 volunteers will step up to lend support and help run the Boeing Greater Seattle Classic tour this year.

“This tournament will have a big impact in our community,” said Chuck Nelson, Executive Director, Boeing Greater Seattle Classic tournament. “We are very grateful that our fans and sponsors will enable us to raise much needed dollars for patient care and cutting-edge research at The Heart Institute.”

Tod Leiweke, CEO of the Seattle Seahawks and J. Michael Rona, President of Virginia Mason are co-chairs of the tournament. With a goal of raising $1 million for The Heart Institute, many community and corporate partners will help run the tournament.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a not-for-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 480 physicians with a 336-bed acute care hospital in Seattle. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason. For more information visit, VirginiaMason.org.

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