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SEATTLE - (July 17, 2009) — Bailey-Boushay House (BBH) honored State Senator Edward Murray last night as the recipient of the Bailey-Boushay House Citizenship Award for his leadership in securing state funding for Bailey-Boushay House outpatient programs serving people with HIV/AIDS. The reception was held at the Pacini Lubel Gallery in Seattle.

"Because of Senator Murray's support and leadership, Bailey-Boushay continues to be here for our neighbors and friends who need us most," said Brian Knowles, executive director of Bailey-Boushay House. "I am deeply thankful for Senator Murray's work in keeping our outpatient program viable and able to continue as a vital health-care provider in our community."

Bailey-Boushay House's outpatient program receives funding support from Medicaid, public and private grants and fundraising. In early 2009, Medicaid funding, which represents 60 percent of program revenue, was threatened with elimination. Senator Murray led the charge to ensure BBH's outpatient programs continued to receive the funding necessary to serve those with HIV/AIDS.

Murray has been a member of the Washington State Legislature for 14 years, representing the 43rd District that includes the Seattle neighborhoods of Capitol Hill, First Hill, Fremont, Wallingford, the University District, Greenlake, Eastlake, Madison Park, Roosevelt and Ravenna. He is currently caucus chair for the senate Democrats. In addition to his leadership role, he also serves on the Ways and Means, Health Care and Rules committees.

About Bailey-Boushay House
Bailey-Boushay House, opened in 1992, is America's first skilled nursing facility planned, funded, built and staffed to meet the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. The nationally-recognized facility provides care for people living with HIV/AIDS and other complex, life-threatening diseases promoting their health, well-being and functional independence. Bailey-Boushay is operated by Virginia Mason Medical Center.

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