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SEATTLE – (May 29, 2014) – Michelle Burris, MBA, an executive with more than 25 years of experience in the business sectors of biotechnology, high technology and aerospace, has joined the Virginia Mason Health System and Virginia Mason Medical Center Boards of Directors.

Burris is the operations consultant at Oncogenex Pharmaceuticals and previously served as the company’s executive vice president. She is also the former senior vice president and chief operating officer of Trubion Pharmaceuticals, and was senior vice president and chief financial officer at Corixa Corp. for about 10 years. Also, she has held strategic and operations planning positions with The Boeing Co.

Burris serves on the executive advisory board for the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University. She has also served on the boards of directors at Sonus Pharmaceuticals and the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association. Burris earned a Master of Business Administration degree at Seattle University, where she also studied accounting at the postgraduate level. 

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Virginia Mason is a recognized leader in innovation, care quality and patient safety. Becker’s Hospital Review, a national health care industry publication, included Virginia Mason on its 2014 list of the “100 Great Hospitals in America.”

About Virginia Mason
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs more than 5,600 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, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety.

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


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