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SEATTLE - (Sept. 9, 2009) - Virginia Mason Medical Center has hired Jim Cote as vice president of clinics. He will have responsibility for VM Federal Way, Laboratory Services, Clinic Information Technology, the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and the Surgery sections including Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, General Surgery, Urology, Gynecology, Ophthalmology and Plastic Surgery.

"We're very fortunate that Jim decided to move across the country to be a part of the team at Virginia Mason," says Kate Reed, RN, senior vice president and clinic administrator at Virginia Mason. "He is a collaborative leader, who encourages transparency and open communication. His management style works well for VM's values of teamwork, integrity, excellence and service."

Cote has worked in health care for nearly 25 years. For the past 15 years, he held a variety of positions with Children's Hospital Boston, a comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care and the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Most recently, he was executive director of Martha Eliot Health Center, which is Children's community health center and provides care to a diverse group of under-served patients. Cote's other roles with Children's included director of Ambulatory Operations and director of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Prior to joining Children's, he worked as a health-care consultant for KPMG. He also worked for Boston Medical Center.

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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