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Marks 10th Anniversary of AwardPhoto: Dick and Bonnie Robbins, winners of the 2010 Meurk Distinguished Service Award for their years of volunteer service.

SEATTLE - (Oct. 22, 2010) - Virginia Mason Medical Center recognized Dick and Bonnie Robbins with the 2010 Meurk Distinguished Service Award for their years of volunteer service. The award is given annually to outstanding individuals for their service to the medical center. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the award.

Dick and Bonnie Robbins began their service to Virginia Mason more than 30 years ago when Dick joined the Board of Directors for the Virginia Mason Research Center. In the midst of this board service, he joined the Virginia Mason Foundation Board and served terms as secretary and vice president. Today, he serves as chair of the Virginia Mason Foundation Board and is a member of the Virginia Mason Health System Board.

"The number of hours and amount of leadership that Dick has given to Virginia Mason is truly immense. It is a gift of time and talent that is immeasurable. And of course for a man as busy as Dick, we all know that it was Bonnie behind the scenes who supported him and made this all possible," said Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason.

"Working with Virginia Mason, I realized that this is one of the country's best places for doctors, clinics, research and boards, who all perform at a world-class level," said Dick Robbins. "To participate in that from the beginning has been wonderful."

"We are extremely grateful to Dick and Bonnie for their longstanding enthusiasm, partnership and leadership within Virginia Mason. They have contributed tirelessly of themselves, their time and their resources. It is for all of these reasons we are honored to name them the 2010 recipients of the Meurk Distinguished Service Award," continued Kaplan.

The Meurk Distinguished Service Award was established in 2000 by the Virginia Mason Foundation Board. The award was named in honor of longtime friends and supporters of Virginia Mason, Jacki and Carl Meurk.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit 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; manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and Chronic Care Management program for people living with HIV and AIDS; and operates 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 VirginiaMason.org or Facebook/VMcares or follow @VirginiaMason on Twitter.

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