Media Materials and Contacts

The Communications and Public Relations Department at Virginia Mason is the official contact for all media requests. Media relations services include interview scheduling and medical experts, patient interview requests, photography coordination, and provision of press releases and media materials.

Media Materials

Contact Information

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


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


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

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

Patient confidentiality and privacy is not only our commitment to patients, but required by 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.