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SEATTLE - (Sept. 24, 2009) — Suzanne Anderson, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Virginia Mason Medical Center, has been elected to a four-year term as a member-at-large of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). The NBME is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides high-quality examinations for the health professions.

"Being elected to the NBME is an honor," said Anderson. "I am enthusiastic about being able to bring health-care administration experience to the organization, along with the knowledge of quality I've gained working for Virginia Mason."

In addition to serving in the NBME Membership, Anderson's other volunteer activities with the NBME include service on the NBME Finance Committee and the International Collaborations Advisory Committee. Anderson has occupied volunteer positions with other national organizations in a number of different roles, including chair of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and public director, American Board of Ophthalmology.  

The membership of the NBME has ultimate responsibility for establishing policy for the NBME and for electing its board of directors, the Executive Board. The NBME membership is composed of approximately 80 individuals representing the academic community, national professional organizations, state licensing boards, students, residents, the federal government and the public. It meets annually in March.

Protection of the health of the public through state of the art assessment is the mission of the NBME, along with a major commitment to research and development in evaluation and measurement. The NBME develops the three-step United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®), which provides a common evaluation system for applicants seeking initial licensure to practice medicine in the United States. The NBME's examinations and services are also widely used by the medical education system. In addition, the NBME provides testing, educational, consultative, and research services to a number of medical specialty boards and societies and healthcare organizations in the United States and internationally.

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.

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