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SEATTLE – (June 11, 2014) – Lynne Chafetz, senior vice president and general counsel to the Virginia Mason Health System, has received the 2014 Outstanding In-House Counsel Award from the American Bar Association (ABA). It was one of several awards announced by the ABA Non-Profit Organizations Committee June 5 in Washington, D.C.

Chafetz oversees legal affairs, governance and enterprise risk management for Virginia Mason, including the hospital, medical centers, Bailey-Boushay House, Benaroya Research Institute, the Virginia Mason Foundation and the Virginia Mason Institute.

She has been an innovator in applying principles of the Virginia Mason Production System to streamline the processes of Virginia Mason’s legal and governance departments. Chafetz and her team have improved the processes by which Virginia Mason handles compliance with new rules and regulations, such as the Affordable Care Act, contract management, and assessment and negotiation of complex partnering arrangements.

The ABA Non-Profit Organizations Committee annually recognizes accomplished and civic-minded non-profit attorneys in the categories of academic, in-house counsel, young attorney and lifetime achievement.

About Virginia Mason
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs more than 5,600 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, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety. Virginia Mason website: www.VirginiaMason.org

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Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Virginia Mason Media Relations
(206) 341-1509
gale.robinette@vmmc.org

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