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SEATTLE – April 18, 2013 — Virginia Mason Medical Center announced today it has been selected by Seattle Reign FC to be the official medical services provider for the professional women’s soccer team through the 2015 season.

William Callahan, MD, a sports medicine specialist at Virginia Mason, has been appointed the team’s physician. “I am very proud to have this opportunity to work closely with the coaches and the talented players of this exciting sports franchise,” he said.

As the Official Medical Care Team of Seattle Reign FC, Virginia Mason will perform a wide range of services for the players, including orthopedic examinations and treatment of injuries.

“We’re thrilled that Virginia Mason has agreed to serve as our medical services provider,” said Laura Harvey, general manager and head coach of Seattle Reign FC. “Virginia Mason has a proven track record serving Seattle’s top sports teams. Their experience will be incredibly valuable as we begin our first season.”

Seattle Reign FC is part of the National Women’s Soccer League. Reign FC will play their second league match this Sunday, April 21, against Portland Thorns FC. Nearly 15,000 fans are expected to attend the match in Portland.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs more than 5,300 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; satellite locations throughout the Puget Sound area; and Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste and improve quality and patient safety.

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Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Virginia Mason Media Relations
(206) 341-1509
gale.robinette@vmmc.org

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