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SEATTLE — (Jan. 16, 2019) – Karen Lee and Orlando Ashford have joined the Virginia Mason Medical Center and Virginia Mason Health System Boards of Directors, effective this month.

Virginia Mason Board Member Karen Lee
Karen Lee
Virginia Mason Board Member Orlando Ashford
Orlando Ashford

Lee is chief executive officer of Pioneer Human Services, a Seattle-based manufacturer of aerospace and commercial products that is also a social enterprise organization focused on uplifting criminal justice-involved individuals. A native Washingtonian, Lee is the former commissioner of the Washington State Employment Security Department and is known as a statewide leader and advocate on prison reentry, jail diversion and social justice. She received a law degree from the University of Washington and she is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Ashford is president of Holland America Line, a leader in the cruise industry. He has nearly 25 years of global experience in executive and talent management, organization development, change management and corporate human resources. He is the author of “Talentism,” which examines how technology and human networks can bridge skill gaps in the workforce, improve business performance and benefit society at large. Ashford has a master’s degree in industrial technology and a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership, both from Purdue University.

About Virginia Mason Health System
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; outpatient medical facilities and services in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; Virginia Mason Foundation; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management method for improving quality and safety.

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation.

Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Media Relations Manager
Virginia Mason Health System
(206) 341-1509

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