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SEATTLE, Wash. - (Aug. 2, 2007) - Virginia Mason Medical Center announced today a new executive leadership structure to support its vision to be the Quality Leader in health care.

"Ultimately, everything we do is focused on the patient experience. The new executive leadership structure will help us continue to accelerate improvements in health care that will serve as a model for delivering better, faster and more affordable care," said Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason.

The following highlights the executive leadership team members with significant changes in responsibilities under the new structure:

Sarah Patterson, executive vice president and hospital administrator, will assume the role of executive vice president and chief operating officer. Patterson will lead the integration of functions such as quality and compliance, facilities, supply chain, pharmacy and human resources into care delivery throughout the medical center. Additionally, she will have oversight responsibility for the hospital and clinic.

Andrew Jacobs, MD, has been named chief medical officer. In this role, he will partner with Patterson to integrate key functions into care delivery. In addition, medical leadership for the hospital and clinic will report to Jacobs.

Sue Anderson, a nationally-prominent management consultant who has advised both Virginia Mason and Benaroya Research Institute (BRI) at Virginia Mason, has been hired in the position of senior vice president, chief information officer and chief financial officer. Anderson's responsibilities will include oversight of information systems, finance and BRI.

Charleen Tachibana, RN, senior vice president and chief nursing officer, will also become the hospital administrator and will have administrative oversight of all hospital and perioperative services.

Donna Smith, MD, currently chief of pediatrics and medical director of the emergency department, will become the medical director of the hospital. Smith will have oversight responsibility for the emergency department, hospitalist service, critical care and other hospital services.

Mike Glenn, MD, currently chief of surgery, will assume the new position of physician in chief and become the medical director of the clinic. As physician in chief, Glenn will work to build strong relations with community physicians who practice at Virginia Mason Hospital. As medical director of the clinic, Glenn will partner with Patti Crome, RN, senior vice president and clinic administrator, and work with Jacobs and department chiefs to provide medical leadership for the departments of medicine, surgery, satellites and pediatrics and all clinical service lines.

About 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 Seattle hospital. 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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