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Jim Young

SEATTLE – (Jan. 30, 2013) — Virginia Mason Health System appointed Jim Young as the new chair of the Virginia Mason Health System and Virginia Mason Medical Center Boards of Directors. His two-year term began Jan. 1, 2013.

Young joined the Virginia Mason Board in 2005. He serves as a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee, Compensation and Benefits Committee, Finance Committee, Investment Committee, and Quality Oversight Committee. He chaired the Audit and Compliance Committee through 2012 and served as board secretary from 2009 to 2012. Young also served on the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) Board of Directors from 1999 to 2007. He was chair of the BRI board for two years.

Young retired in August 2007 as an assurance partner of the Seattle office of Grant Thornton LLP, the fifth largest international accounting tax and business advisory firm. He began his public accounting career in 1976. He entered the Grant Thornton partnership in 1987 and transferred from the Chicago office in 1989 to serve as managing partner in Seattle. Young was the managing partner of the Seattle office for 14 years.

Young’s other board memberships include current board president for the Issaquah Highlands Community Association, board treasurer for LifeCenter Northwest, and current board treasurer and immediate past board chair for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs more than 5,300 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 450 physicians; satellite locations 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 and improve quality and patient safety.

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Michelle Peterson, Virginia Mason Media Relations
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