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SEATTLE - (June 17, 2009) — Virginia Mason Medical Center (VM) has announced recipients of three prestigious organizational awards for outstanding physician, management leader and student.

2009 James Tate Mason Award
David Aboulafia, MD, was recognized with the 2009 James Tate Mason Award in May. Aboulafia joined the Hematology/Oncology Section of Virginia Mason in 1990. In 1992, he became the medical director for Bailey-Boushay House and has served on numerous committees in areas including HIV/AIDS, Clinical Oncology and Infectious Diseases. He has chaired several VM committees and is the VM General Cancer Conference chair. In addition, he is also a clinical professor at the University of Washington and has authored more than 130 papers on HIV and cancer.

The James Tate Mason Award recipient is nominated by his/her peers. Recipients must be outstanding, exemplifying exceptional professional commitment and competency. An award committee makes the final selection among qualified candidates based on the person's professional competence, patient service, teamwork, peer recognition, personal values and leadership.

17th Annual Terin Guinn Management Leadership Award
Brian Knowles, executive director, Bailey-Boushay House, received the 17th Annual Terin Guinn Management Leadership Award in June. Knowles has been with Bailey-Boushay since its beginning. Several Bailey-Boushay team members nominated him for the award, noting that in addition to being an exemplary leader in his work of guiding Bailey-Boushay House and its team, he also played an important role saving BBH funding in the face of severe state budget cuts.

The award is named after Terin Guinn, who served as director of the Benaroya Diabetes Center in the early 1990s. Guinn had a major role in developing and managing the largest diabetes center in the Pacific Northwest. She was the first person to receive this leadership award, just before dying of breast cancer in 1993 at age 38. It is now given every year in her honor to a person who most exemplifies her demonstrated excellence in leadership.

2009 Outstanding Student Award
Judy Gayne was awarded VM's 28th annual Outstanding Student Award in June. Gayne will receive a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Washington this month, and will enter an internal medicine primary care residency program at the University of Washington affiliated hospitals in Seattle.

The Outstanding Student Award recognizes a graduating University of Washington medical student who has demonstrated an outstanding ability to blend knowledge, judgment and compassion in the care of patients.

About 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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