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SEATTLE – (Oct. 23, 2018) – Virginia Mason will host its third annual Innovation Expo Wednesday, Oct., 24, featuring projects by team members that represent fresh ideas for improving health care quality, safety and the patient experience.

The event, “Evolving Ideas in Health Care,” is from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. in conference rooms C, D, F and G on Lindeman Pavilion Level 1, 1201 Terry Ave. Admission is free.

It will feature 19 projects centered on delivery models, devices, technology and core processes. These include a calculator designed to simplify the process for creating taper instructions for patients taking opioids for acute pain; a process for shared medical appointments that allows stroke patients and their caregivers to meet with and learn from other patients; a suite of educational resources that supports Virginia Mason’s services for transgender patients; a casing that integrates three timers and a thermometer for monitoring disinfectant levels during and after a high-level disinfection process; and a bath/shower simulator to help patients at risk for falling to safely practice the motions of getting in and out of a bathtub before they are discharged from the hospital.

Project participants will be on hand to describe and answer questions about their works.

The purpose of the Innovation Expo is to showcase the breadth and depth of creativity at Virginia Mason, celebrate innovators and their accomplishments, and serve as a catalyst for further innovation across the organization. Kaizen (continuous improvement) events and innovation are foundational to Virginia Mason’s vision for transforming health care.

The Innovation Expo will also include a presentation at noon in Virginia Mason’s Volney-Richmond Auditorium by author Paul Plsek, titled “Curiosity Doesn’t Really Kill Cats: It Helps People and Organizations Thrive.” This will be the first Floyd Talk, named in honor of Floyd Jones, a longtime patient and Virginia Mason supporter.

The expo and Floyd Talk are sponsored by the Virginia Mason Jones Learning, Innovation and Simulation Center and the Kaizen Promotion Office.

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
gale.robinette@VirginiaMason.org

 

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