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SEATTLE - (Sept. 19, 2008) — Virginia Mason Medical Center recognizes Langdon and Anne Simons with the 2008 Meurk Distinguished Service Award for more than 40 years of volunteer service. The award is given yearly to outstanding individuals for their service to the medical center. The couple served in numerous capacities to support the organization, including board appointments and fundraising campaigns through the years.

"I am tremendously grateful for the privilege of serving on Virginia Mason boards and for many wonderful memories," Langdon Simons remarked. "I have special memories of the many friends we have made, from the earliest days to the present, and of the good times we have had with an inspiring group of physicians and prominent business leaders."

Langdon and Anne Simons began their service to Virginia Mason in 1966, when Langdon joined the Virginia Mason Hospital Board of Directors. He remained on the hospital board for nearly 20 years, following this service with tenures on the Virginia Mason Medical Center Board, the Foundation board, the board of the Virginia Mason Research Center and the Virginia Mason Medical Center Board of Governors — a position he still occupies today. Not to be outdone, Anne was the first woman on the Virginia Mason Research Center Board in the 1960s — blazing the trail for those who would follow in her footsteps.

"The leadership and number of hours Langdon and Anne have given to Virginia Mason are truly exceptional. We are extremely grateful for their commitment and gift of time to Virginia Mason. They have contributed tirelessly of themselves and their resources. It is for all these reasons that they have been selected as the 2008 recipients of the Meurk Distinguished Service Award," said Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason.

The Meurk Distinguished Service Award was established in 2000 by the Virginia Mason Foundation board. The award was named in honor of long-time friends and supporters of Virginia Mason, Jacki and Carl Meurk.

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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