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 Valerie Black
Valerie Black

SEATTLE — (Oct. 4, 2019) — Valerie Black, author, personal coach, entrepreneur and a co-founder of Vera Whole Health, will be the featured speaker Monday, Oct. 7, as part of the annual Virginia Mason Innovation Expo at which Virginia Mason employees’ ideas and creations are displayed.

Black, author of The Change Agent’s Handbook, is scheduled to speak from 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. about emotional intelligence and mindfulness, and she will offer tips for reducing stress in our professional and personal lives. Her presentation, scheduled in the Volney Richmond Auditorium on Level 1 of Lindeman Pavilion, 1201 Terry Ave., is open to the public and free of charge.

The Innovation Expo will immediately follow her talk and feature a display of Virginia Mason staff-generated innovative projects designed to improve care delivery and processes. Those attending will have a chance to vote for their favorite exhibit to win the People’s Choice Award. Also, the winner of the Innovator Award will be selected.

Innovation and celebrating creativity are essential aspects of Virginia Mason’s management method, called the Virginia Mason Production System. It empowers team members across the organization, regardless of job or title, to participate in efforts to improve quality, safety, effectiveness and the patient experience.

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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