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  Michael Gluck, MD

SEATTLE - (April 10, 2013) — Michael Gluck, MD, has been promoted to chief of medicine at Virginia Mason Medical Center. His appointment was effective April 1, 2013.

“I am honored to have been chosen and look forward to serving the patients and staff of Virginia Mason,” said Dr. Gluck, who joined Virginia Mason as a gastroenterologist in 1997.

In 2008, he was named advanced endoscopy director of the Digestive Disease Institute (DDI). Since 2010, he has served as section head of gastroenterology and associate director of DDI’s Pancreatic Center of Excellence. He has held numerous administrative positions and participated on a number of Virginia Mason committees, including medical staff, utilization management and critical care.

“Dr. Gluck has a tremendous vision for the Department of Medicine and what Virginia Mason’s place in the community can be,” said Donna L. Smith, MD, medical director for the Virginia Mason network of clinics. “He also appreciates the power of our continued application of the Virginia Mason Production System.”

The Virginia Mason Production System is the organization’s management method for transforming health care by elevating care quality, improving patient safety and eliminating inefficiency from care delivery.

“Dr. Gluck assumes leadership of a department featuring highly skilled physicians, nurses and administrators — all focused on quality and the coordinated integration of care for our patients,” Dr. Smith added. “I’d like to thank his predecessor, Joyce Lammert, MD, who was recently named medical director of the hospital, for helping establish that strong foundation with her great leadership.”

Prior to joining Virginia Mason, Dr. Gluck was with Group Health Cooperative and served as chairman of its gastroenterology section from 1990 to 1997. He received a medical degree with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. He also completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at UW.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs more than 5,300 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; satellite locations throughout the Puget Sound area; and Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste and improve quality and patient safety.

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Virginia Mason Media Relations
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