Media Materials and Contacts

The Virginia Mason Communications and Public Relations Department is the official contact for all news media requests. Our media relations services include scheduling interviews with leadership team members, medical experts and patients; coordinating photography and videography requests; and providing news releases and other materials to help reporters with stories, from breaking news to features.

Media Materials

Contact Information

24-hour Media Relations pager:  (206) 215-0168

Please do not use the media contact information for sales inquiries. For Advertising and Marketing, please call (206) 341-0423.

Gale Robinette, Media Relations Manager

Gale Robinette
Media Relations Manager

(206) 341-1509

Kathleen Paul, Vice President

Kathleen Paul
Vice President, Communications and Public Policy

(206) 341-0439

Michelle Peterson, Director

Michelle Peterson
Director, Communications and Public Relations

(206) 583-6581

Michael Sprouse, Associate Director

Mike Sprouse
Associate Director, Communications and Public Relations

(206) 583-6541

Requests for Interviews and Photographs

Contact a media relations manager to conduct an interview or take photographs at Virginia Mason. Members of the news media must be accompanied at all times while on medical center grounds.

Experts Available

Virginia Mason has experts who are available to speak about medical topics, scientific and clinical research, health issues and programs. Call a media relations manager for assistance.

Release of Patient Information

Protecting privacy and personal health information is not only our commitment to our patients, but it is required by federal law under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Information about the condition of a patient may be released only if the inquiry specifically contains the patient's first and last name. A patient, or the person authorized to give consent, can opt out of providing information altogether. Please read the Washington State Hospital Association Guide for Cooperation for an explanation of the terms that are used to describe patient conditions and injuries, and for information about the federal laws that govern hospitals' release of patient information to media.