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SEATTLE, Wash. - (Nov. 12, 2007) - Anticipating the state presidential election primary in February 2008, 150 regional and national health care, business, labor and political leaders will come together in Seattle Monday, Nov. 19 to address a new vision for health care and coverage.

The Mayo Health Policy Center Northwest Conference, hosted by Group Health and Virginia Mason, is part of a national series of health care reform discussions led by industry leaders from the Mayo Clinic, headquartered in Minnesota. This Northwest-focused session will build on recent Washington state policy initiatives and reform principles developed by more than 400 national thought leaders. The invitational event will be held at Virginia Mason Medical Center, at 1201 Terry Ave., in the Volney Richmond Auditorium. Members of the news media are welcome to attend.

Presenters and panel participants include:

  • Scott Armstrong, president and CEO, Group Health Cooperative;
  • Shannon Brownlee, author of “Overtreated” and senior fellow at the New America Foundation;
  • Denis A. Cortese, MD, president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic;
  • Carolyn Corvi, vice president and general manager of Airplane Programs at Boeing;
  • Bob Crittendon, MD, chief of family medicine service at Harborview Medical Center;
  • Christina Hulet, health policy advisor to Gov. Chris Gregoire;
  • Gary Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Medical Center;
  • Ron Sims, King County Executive;
  • Adam Smith, U.S. Representative, Washington;
  • Robert K. Smoldt, executive director of the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center;
  • Carolyn Watts, professor in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine; and
  • Ron Wyden, U.S. Senator, Oregon.

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. 

Group Health Cooperative
Marking its 60th year, Group Health Cooperative is an innovative, consumer-governed, nonprofit health care system that integrates care and coverage. Along with its subsidiary carriers, Group Health Options, Inc. and KPS Health Plans, Group Health works to improve the health of more than 576,000 members in Washington and Idaho. Nearly 10,000 staff employed by Group Health and Group Health Permanente, its contracted, multispecialty group practice, provide patient-centered, evidence-based care to members and the broader community through medical and specialty centers, hospitals, a charitable foundation, and a nationally recognized research center.  Please visit the virtual newsroom on our Web site, under “Newsroom.”

Alisha Mark
Virginia Mason
(206) 341-1509
Michael Foley
Group Health
(206) 448-4148

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