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BAINBRIDGE ISLAND – (July 17, 2014) — Virginia Mason has installed “Listening Trees” at its Bainbridge Island Medical Center, 380 Winslow Way East, and other locations throughout the community to encourage conversations that build a healthy community.

Individuals are invited to fill out conversation tags at the trees in response to a question or statement, such as “I value my health so I can …” or “I am inspired by …” and “Words I live by …” Those tags can be tied to the tree limbs as a part of a highly visible and interactive community project designed for sharing ideas. People may sign their conversation tags or remain anonymous.

“This is a fun way for everyone to express themselves and be part of an exciting summer event in our community,” said Andrew Baylor, director, Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center. “This is much bigger than health care. We’re convening a conversation across the community about living well that gets more interesting with each person’s voice.”

Listening Trees are also at Winslow Green, Winslow Mall, Waterfront Community Center and near the stage for Movies in the Park at Waterfront Park (Aug. 8, 15 and 22). The trees will be on display through Labor Day and then donated to the community.

Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center offers a range of primary and specialty services, including cardiology, orthopedics, hematology-oncology, digital mammography and endocrinology. The Bainbridge Island Medical Center team works with the entire Virginia Mason team across eight medical centers in the Puget Sound region and the organization’s acute-care hospital in Seattle to meet every health care need, big or small.

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 6,000 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; regional medical centers 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.

To learn more about Virginia Mason, please visit Facebook.com/VMcares or follow @VirginiaMason on Twitter. To learn how Virginia Mason is transforming health care and to join the conversation, visit our blog at VirginiaMasonBlog.org.

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

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