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Gary S. Kaplan, MD
Melissa Peterson

SEATTLE — (Jan. 4, 2019) — Melissa Peterson, MSN, RN, will join Virginia Mason on Jan. 7 as vice president for Patient Care Services, with responsibility for the departments of Medicine and Surgery.

Since 2016, she served as vice president of clinical operations at the Wayne State University Physician Group, the largest multi-specialty physician practice group in southeast Michigan. The physician group is also affiliated with Wayne State University School of Medicine.

From 2001 to 2016, Peterson was ambulatory care administrator for the University of Michigan Health System. She earned a Master of Science in Health Systems Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Michigan.

“Melissa is a proven leader with extensive experience in driving organizational strategy,” said Katerie Chapman, senior vice president, Virginia Mason Patient Care Services “She has a hands-on approach to leadership and a track record of elevating team members’ and patients’ satisfaction. We are excited that she is joining our team.”

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.

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation.

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


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