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SEATTLE - (May 28, 2009) — Several Virginia Mason Medical Center staff members recently received industry recognitions and awards.

Nurses Cynthia Pompey, RN, with Virginia Mason Hospital, and Naomi France, RNC, with VM Federal Way, were honored with 2009 DAISY Awards during Nurses Week, May 6 through 12. VM first partnered with the DAISY Foundation in 2007 and participates every year in recognizing staff nurses, clinical nurse leaders, assistant nurse managers and clinical nurse specialists who have shown remarkable care and clinical skills in their patient care. More than 200 hospitals in the United States are committed to honoring their nurses with the DAISY Award.

Aaron Cloward, a supervisor with VM's sterile processing department, received the Ruth Anne Brooks, RN, Past Presidents Award from the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) during its May 2009 Annual Meeting. This award recognizes an outstanding paper on the challenges and developments to the industry.

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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