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Lynne Chafetz
Lynne Chafetz

SEATTLE — (March 29, 2019) — Lynne

Chafetz, senior vice president and general counsel at Virginia Mason, will receive the 2019 Weinberg Award today at the annual meeting of the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC) in Tucson, Ariz.

The award is presented every year to individuals who best exemplify AIAMC founder Dr. Ethel Weinberg’s energy and commitment to academic medicine. Award recipients demonstrate excellence in providing:

  • Leadership in academic medicine, locally and nationally
  • Advocacy for the independent academic medical center, such as Virginia Mason Medical Center, by articulating its unique role and contributions
  • A vision for the future of academic medicine in the independent academic medical center

Virginia Mason is the Puget Sound region’s oldest independent academic medical center, offering physician residents and fellows Graduate Medical Education (GME) training in nine programs, including Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Anesthesiology and Diagnostic Radiology.

“I am extremely honored to have been chosen for this very special award,” Chafetz said. “Also, I am grateful to the AIAMC for all it is doing to support Virginia Mason and other independent academic medical centers that are striving to elevate quality and safety through education and training.”

Gillian Abshire, director, Virginia Mason Medical Education, nominated Chafetz for the Weinberg Award. “Lynne’s passion for excellent resident education, together with a vision of innovation, a workforce culture of respect, and a priority of patient safety and integrity of practice, have aligned Lynne with the key vision and mission of the AIAMC.”

Chafetz, in addition to serving as legal counsel to the health system, provides executive leadership for Virginia Mason’s GME program, the Center for Healthcare Improvement Science, Strategic Innovation, Benaroya Research Institute, governance, and safety and regulatory compliance.

She has served on the AIAMC Board of Directors and as vice-chair of the AIAMC’s National Initiative VI: Stimulating a Culture of Well-Being in the Clinical Learning Environment. She also represents the AIAMC in the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being & Resilience. In addition, she is a member of Women of Impact, an organization of executive-level women from diverse sectors of health care who seek, through collective impact, to advance national changes in health care.

The Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers is a national membership organization made up of independent teaching hospitals delivering exceptional patient care through education and innovation. With more than 80 institutional members, our size provides an environment that encourages and supports networking and collaboration. We actively develop and apply real-world solutions to thrive in the continually changing regulatory and accreditation environment. The AIAMC has a 30-year track record of connecting graduate medical education as a strategic asset for achieving better outcomes. For more information on the AIAMC and its membership, visit

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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