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SEATTLE - (Oct. 3, 2008) — Virginia Mason Medical Center has hired Kate Reed, RN, as senior vice president and clinic administrator. She oversees the departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, Satellites, Surgery, the Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Laboratory, Radiology, The Heart Institute at Virginia Mason, Floyd and Delores Jones Cancer Institute, Digestive Disease Institute, Neuroscience Institute and the Clinic Kaizen Promotion Office.

"We are thrilled Kate Reed is joining our team," says Sarah Patterson, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Virginia Mason. "Her clinical background and experience in creating successful patient-centered programs will significantly advance our vision to be the Quality Leader."

Prior to joining Virginia Mason, Reed founded and worked for Innov8 Healthcare, a consulting firm that delivers breakthrough, patient-focused solutions to academic medical centers, hospitals and physician practices. Clients she worked with included Boston Medical Center, University of Minnesota-Fairview, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Bon Secours Health System in Marriottsville, Md., and Integris Health System in Oklahoma City. Reed also served as vice president of Ambulatory and Network Services for Children's Hospital in Boston from 1999 to 2004, and she was a national practice leader providing health-care consulting with Towers Perrin from 1995 to 1999.

Reed earned a nursing diploma at Western Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Pittsburgh and received a bachelor's degree from Boston College. She completed her Master of Business Administration at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. 

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health-care system in Seattle that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 440 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Virginia Mason operates a network of clinics throughout the Puget Sound area; manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and Chronic Care Management program for people living with HIV and AIDS; and operates Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, internationally recognized in autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason is known for applying manufacturing principles to health care to improve quality and patient safety.

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