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Virginia Mason founders and staff pose in front of the original hospital entrance at Terry Avenue and Spring Street in 1929.

SEATTLE — (Aug. 20, 2019) — As Virginia Mason prepares to commemorate its 100th anniversary in 2020, patients, donors, current and former staff members, and community members are invited to share stories about their experiences with the medical center or recollections of their favorite moments, physicians, nurses and other care team members.

Stories will be selected for potential use in print and online narratives celebrating Virginia Mason’s centennial.

Since November 1920 when Virginia Mason admitted its first patient, it has become a leading health care institution with an international reputation for innovation that is transforming care delivery and patient experience.

Over the past century, Virginia Mason also has grown into a major non-profit health system. It includes two acute-care hospitals (Virginia Mason in Seattle and Virginia Mason Memorial in Yakima); a network of outpatient clinics in King, Snohomish and Kitsap counties; Benaroya Research Institute; Bailey-Boushay House; and Virginia Mason Institute.

Ultimately, Virginia Mason’s success will be best measured by how the organization, its caregivers, researchers and administrators benefit patients. For that reason, the goal of the ‘100 Years, 100 Stories’ initiative is to collect personal stories that are foundational to the organization’s rich history of growth, change, courage and commitment.

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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