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SEATTLE - (April 20, 2007) - Virginia Mason Medical Center and J. Michael Rona today announced he is resigning as president of Virginia Mason Medical Center. Rona joined Virginia Mason in 1981, serving in various positions, and has been president since 1991.

"It has been a great privilege to serve Virginia Mason and its patients over the last 26 years," said Rona. "I was fortunate to have been here a long time, but now is a good time to leave as Virginia Mason is well positioned for continued success and has a great management team to lead it. I have worked with some of the most talented staff in the country and, while our number one priority is the patient, it has always been our people who make it happen as they continue to seek perfection in health care. I will certainly miss the support and friendship of the many extraordinarily talented people at Virginia Mason."

"Mike has been a great asset for Virginia Mason," said Board Chairman Tom Van Dawark. "Through his leadership and partnership with Chairman and CEO Gary Kaplan, MD, Virginia Mason has accomplished a great deal including merging the hospital and clinic into an integrated organization; growing our health care system to include a network of regional clinics; the development of our strategic plan and developing a vision for the future expansion of the downtown campus. We will miss Mike and wish him the very best in the future," added Van Dawark.

"We want to thank Mike for his many contributions to the organization," said Kaplan. "Mike's legacy at Virginia Mason will be his unswerving passion for placing the patient first and the unprecedented application of the Toyota Production System as a management methodology for health care. He is leaving Virginia Mason in the strongest position in its 87-year history."

In addition to serving as president of Virginia Mason, Rona is an assistant professor in the School of Public Health and Community Services at the University of Washington and holds the degrees of Master of Health Administration from the University of Washington and Bachelor of Arts from Whitman College. He serves on the boards of the Rainier Club, the Living Legacy Foundation, LifeCenter Northwest and the Whitman College Board of Overseers. Rona is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Medical Group Management Association.

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a not-for-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of nearly 500 physicians with a 336-bed acute care hospital in Seattle. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

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