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SEATTLE - (Aug. 22, 2008) - Virginia Mason Medical Center has announced the selection of Carolyn Corvi, Vice President/General Manager of Airplane Programs at Boeing, as the new chair of the Virginia Mason Health System and Virginia Mason Medical Center (VMHS/VMMC) Boards of Directors. Her two-year term begins Jan. 1, 2009.

In addition to being a leader in the aerospace industry, Corvi’s commitment to the community is long-standing. She has served on the VMHS/VMMC Boards for six years in various roles, most recently as board secretary. Corvi has been deeply involved in the execution of the Virginia Mason Production System, a management method based on the system used by Toyota.

She is co-founder of the Northwest Children’s Fund, a former board member of the YWCA - King and Snohomish Counties, and past president and executive board member of Washington’s National Park Fund.

At Boeing, Corvi is responsible for leading Commercial Airplanes’ fully integrated production system, from design through production and delivery. Her broad experience has made her an important part of the Virginia Mason Board, especially her familiarity with lean production methods. The Airplane Programs organization has more than 30,000 staff members and includes all airplane production activities in Everett and Renton, component fabrication at Boeing facilities in the United States, Canada and Australia, and supplier management.

Corvi was the 2006 recipient of the Eli Whitney Productivity Award, granted by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for distinguished accomplishments in improved production capabilities. She also was honored as one of the “Women of Influence” in 2006 by the Puget Sound Business Journal. For her contributions to both Boeing and the aerospace industry, Corvi won the 2001 Women in Aerospace Leadership Award.

Corvi replaces Tom Van Dawark, who will continue to serve as chair of the boards through 2008 and as a board member in 2009. Van Dawark has served Virginia Mason as a board member since 1997 and as chair since late 2004.

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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