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SEATTLE, Wash. - (March 6, 2007) - Virginia Mason Medical Center (VM) recently named Michael VanDerhoef president of the Virginia Mason Foundation and vice president of VM. VanDerhoef will provide oversight of the Virginia Mason Foundation, the philanthropic branch of VM, and continue to be the executive leader responsible for VM's service strategy.

"I'm honored to be named president of the Virginia Mason Foundation," said VanDerhoef. "Virginia Mason is an extraordinary place where the support of our friends and the community has always played a critical role in helping us to provide the highest quality care to our patients. As Virginia Mason continues to transform health care delivery, philanthropy will be the catalyst, and I'm excited to be a part of connecting our community with our vision."

VanDerhoef joined Virginia Mason in 2002 as the director of the fundraising campaign for Virginia Mason's Center for Hyperbaric Medicine. In 2003, VanDerhoef became executive director of the Virginia Mason Foundation and vice president of VM. Under his leadership the foundation has expanded the medical center's efforts to secure philanthropic support for VM's capital and program priorities.

"Michael has done an exceptional job assembling a professional team to work with our wonderful donors and corporate partners," said J. Michael Rona, president of VM. "Together they support our vision of becoming the Quality Leader. Michael's vision and passion for VM is exciting. We are very fortunate to have his leadership at Virginia Mason."

VanDerhoef earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and advertising from Marquette University in 1984 and a master's degree in business administration from University of Illinois in 1993.

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 nearly 500 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, please visit VirginiaMason.org.

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