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SEATTLE - (Dec. 3, 2008) — Virginia Mason Medical Center has hired Diane Miller as vice president and executive director of Virginia Mason Institute (VMI). She will oversee the newly established VMI in providing education and training in the Virginia Mason Production System management method and further development of the Center for Health Care Solutions. VMI was created to meet the growing number of requests from health-care organizations interested in learning how to apply lean principles to their business.

"We are extremely fortunate and pleased to welcome back Diane Miller to VM," says Sarah Patterson, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Virginia Mason. "Diane is uniquely qualified for this role based on her deep knowledge of VMPS and instrumental work in the development of the infrastructure and training when the system was first implemented."

Miller spent the last year with Simpler Consulting, where she served as a senior consultant in lean principles. Prior to that, she was a director with the Institute for Health Care Improvement in Boston, from 2004 to 2007.

Previously at VM, Miller held a variety of roles. She was administrative director of Organizational Development from 1998 to 2004. She was director of Education from 1993 to 1998; director of Admitting and Quality Resources from 1983 to 1993; and director of VM’s Children’s Center from 1980 to 1983.

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.

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