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 Robert Williams
Robert Williams

SEATTLE – (Aug. 1, 2019) — Robert Williams, PhD, a former senior director at Amazon and Microsoft, has joined the Virginia Mason Institute Board of Directors.

Williams is former director of the Amazon Appstore. He also held several leadership positions during his tenure at Microsoft from 1999 until 2012, including senior director of business development and strategy for the Windows Phone Division.

He received a doctorate degree in organometallic chemistry from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina.

Earlier this year, he joined the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason Board of Directors.

The Virginia Mason Institute offers training in the Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS), Virginia Mason’s innovative management method, for health care leaders from the United States and other nations. Using VMPS principles, Virginia Mason has earned recognition as a leader in quality and safety by independent organizations such as Healthgrades and The Leapfrog Group.

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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