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SEATTLE - (April 30, 2008) - Steven Dassel, MD, pediatrician at Virginia Mason Sand Point Pediatrics received the inaugural Richard A. Molteni Award for Professionalism and Quality, to be presented annually to a community physician who exemplifies excellence in the values and practice embraced by the medical staff of Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center.

"We are so proud of Steve for receiving this important community recognition featuring pediatricians who serve the region's children and families with integrity and genuine care," said Michael Dudas, chief of pediatrics at Virginia Mason. "Steve is not only an excellent pediatrician, but a leader in the community caring for children. This award is well deserved."

Children's medical staff's Program and Recognition Committee chose Dassel based on peer nominations and the following criteria:

  • Professionalism – Adheres to the highest standards of professional conduct and behavior;
  • Accountability – Accepts responsibility for actions and decisions; reports errors and concerns to improve care to all patients; strives to improve performance;
  • Respect – Shows exceptional commitment to patients' and families' choices and rights regarding their medical care; commitment to excellence unaffected by cultural differences; seeks and listens for opinion/advice of other members of the health-care team;
  • Integrity and Ethics – Demonstrates honesty, trustworthiness and ethical behavior when working with patients and families, staff and colleagues;
  • Advocate – Leads or participates in programs that promote the health and safety of children;
  • Participates in Improving Systems of Care – Demonstrates leadership in improving access to and planning, delivery and quality of care for children and families; and,
  • Clinical Judgment – Demonstrates excellent clinical judgment based on current knowledge, evidence-based guidelines and the thoughtful application of resources, treatments and therapies. 

Richard Molteni, MD, retired after eight years as medical director of Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center. A champion of family-centered care, Molteni led Children’s efforts to improve quality of care, patient safety and access for patients and families.

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 400 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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