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SEATTLE - (Jan. 12, 2009) — Several Virginia Mason Medical Center providers will serve in leadership roles for health-care organizations beginning this year. 

Carrie Horwitch, MD, MPH, FACP, is the new governor-elect for the Washington Chapter of American College of Physicians (ACP). Horwitch is an associate program director in the Section of General Internal Medicine. She is the governor-elect designee until the ACP national meeting in April 2009, at which time she will start her full year as governor-elect. Horwitch's governorship will begin in April 2010. She has served in a number of roles for the ACP since becoming a member in 1989. Horwitch has been a council member of the Washington chapter since 2004, and currently is the ACP/Washington State Medical Association representative to the Vaccine Advisory Committee in Washington state.

Jeaux Rinehart, RN, has been elected president of the Washington State Emergency Nurses Association (WA-ENA). Rinehart is a nurse in the Section of Emergency Medicine. He was elected by 92 percent of voting members and will take over as president this month. As president, Rinehart will lead state meetings, guide the association's council, oversee the budget and day-to-day operations and act as liaison to the national association. He will also represent the state of Washington at the national association's annual scientific assembly.

Kathleen Kobashi, MD, was elected president of the Washington State Urology Society for a two-year term through 2010. Kobashi is a urologist and serves as section head for the Section of Urology and Renal Transplantation.

Fred Govier, MD, was elected the 2009 president of the Northwest Urology Society. He is also the 2009 president-elect of the western section of the American Urologic Society and will serve as president in 2010. Govier is a urologist and serves as chief of surgery for the Department of Surgery.

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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