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SEATTLE - (June 18, 2008) - Virginia Mason Medical Center has announced recipients of three prestigious organizational awards for outstanding physician, management leader and student.

2008 James Tate Mason Award
Dan Paull, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon, received the 2008 James Tate Mason Award in May. A Mercer Island resident, Paull joined Virginia Mason in 1985, and became the section head of Cardiothoracic Surgery (CTS) in 1997. In 2002, he became the deputy chief of surgery and was responsible for quality and outcomes, positioning VM as one of the leading CTS programs on the West Coast. In 2003, Paull become hospital chief of staff at a critical time in VM’s focus on quality and patient safety.

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.

16th Annual Terin Guinn Management Leadership Award
Kay Cee Olson, director of ambulatory services at the Virginia Mason Bellevue clinic, received the 16th Annual Terin Guinn Management Leadership Award in June. A resident of Covington, Wash., Olson came to VM in 1988 as assistant manager of medical records. In 1996, she took on the role of manager of satellite transitions that included directing a team that converted business and clinical processes. In 1998, she became manager of VM Winslow, and then, in 2007, she became ambulatory services director at VM Bellevue. Olson is known for her vision, optimism and skills as an excellent team builder.

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.

2008 Outstanding Student Award
Kyle Tubbs was awarded VM's 2008 Outstanding Student Award in June. Tubbs will receive his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Washington this month, and will enter an otolaryngology residency at the University of Florida Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla.

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

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. For more information, visit

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