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SEATTLE, Wash. - (Dec. 17, 2007) - Virginia Mason Winslow is pleased to announce the hiring of pediatrician, Molly Linhardt, MD.

"Dr. Linhardt will be a welcome addition to our team," says Kim Leatham, MD, medical director of Virginia Mason Winslow. "She has experience in hospital and newborn nursery care as well as outpatient clinic care for kids of all ages. Dr. Linhardt is excited to be working with the Bainbridge Island community and has a passion for taking care of kids."

Dr. Linhardt has medical experience in the United States and internationally. She was born and raised in Michigan and attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., where she received her undergraduate degree in genetic biology. She then lived and worked in Seattle as an emergency department technician at Swedish Medical Center.

She left Seattle to attend medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland, where she graduated in the top 10 percent of her class. After graduation she stayed in Europe and completed a medical and surgical internship at James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Dublin. Dr. Linhardt returned to the United States and completed a three-year pediatric residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. She has been a pediatrician at Group Health Port Orchard since 2006.

She helped Group Health update and improve pediatric preventive care and will be involved with the Virginia Mason pediatrics leadership group.

"Dr. Linhardt has an engaging personality that makes families, parents and kids feel at ease," says Leatham. "She inspires confidence in her patients. We are so excited to have her join us at Virginia Mason Winslow."

Dr. Linhardt will be moving to Bainbridge Island with her husband who is a senior consultant with Oasis Environmental in Winslow.

Dr. Linhardt will start at Virginia Mason Winslow on Dec. 27. Patients can make an appointment by calling (206) 842-5632.

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care hospital in Seattle. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

Katie Birge
Media Relations
(206) 341-1536

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