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SEATTLE - (Dec. 5, 2011) —Virginia Mason and Wenatchee Valley Medical Center have entered into a new cardiac affiliation. This affiliation represents two outstanding health care organizations, who share similar values, formalizing a relationship to provide the residents of North Central Washington with access to high-quality, efficient and cost-effective health care. This is an opportunity for two like-minded organizations to further dedicate themselves to transforming health care, with a focus on improving the patient experience and value of care.

As part of the arrangement, physicians from Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and Virginia Mason will collaborate on numerous aspects of patient care and share best practices with one another. Some of the activities include:

  • Weekly Grand Rounds
  • Consultation on cases requiring technology and techniques not available in Wenatchee
  • Development of cardiology order-sets and clinical protocols
  • Weekly cardiac catheterization conferences and collaborative case reviews
  • Shadowing opportunities
  • Continuing medical education
  • Site visits
  • Community outreach events

"We look forward to this affiliation with Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, as our patients and providers throughout the state will ultimately benefit from what these exceptional organizations have to offer," says Sarah Patterson, Virginia Mason executive vice president and chief operating officer. "Virginia Mason has served many eastern Washington patients over the years, and we are excited to build on this service as our partnership with WVMC takes shape."

"This affiliation is a tremendous opportunity for Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and the patients it serves to have organized access to and interaction with a high quality health care organization that shares our values of patient-centered value-based care," says Peter Rutherford, MD, CEO and Chairman of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center. "We will be able to learn from each other and improve patient care for all."

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit comprehensive regional health care system in Seattle that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 440 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Virginia Mason operates a network of clinics throughout the Puget Sound area, and Bailey-Boushay House, a skilled-nursing facility and chronic care management program for people with HIV/AIDS. The medical center is affiliated with Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, internationally recognized in autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason is known for applying manufacturing principles to health care to improve quality and patient safety. For more information, visit Facebook/VMcares or follow @VirginiaMason on Twitter.

About Wenatchee Valley Medical Center
Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, established in 1940, is a large physician-owned, multi-specialty clinic with a regional focus and a commitment to serving patient needs. Our nearly 300 physicians and advanced practitioners cover a service area encompassing roughly 12,000 square miles, making us one of the nation's largest rural healthcare clinics. We have clinics in eight communities across North Central Washington and the Columbia Basin, and a small hospital on our Wenatchee campus. For more information, please visit

For media inquiries, contact:
John Gillespie, Virginia Mason, (206) 341-1509
Steph Grubich, Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, (509) 663-8711, ext. 5528

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