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SEATTLE - (Dec. 8, 2009) - Virginia Mason Winslow health-care provider Deborah Coatsworth, RN, recently demonstrated advanced knowledge and skill in anticoagulation therapy to become a Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider (CACP). The national certification is provided by the National Certification Board for Anticoagulation Providers. Coatsworth staffs the Anticoagulation Clinic at VM Winslow.

Anticoagulation therapy is an effective treatment for stroke prevention. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. The purpose of anticoagulants is to slow the body's own clotting process, thereby minimizing the risk of blood clots forming in certain high-risk conditions. However, anticoagulation therapy is associated with high bleeding risks. The Anticoagulation Clinic at VM was created to reduce the complications of this therapy.

"VM's anticoagulation therapy program appears to reduce major complications associated with continual treatment by 65 to 80 percent, and Debbie is a big part of our patients' success at VM Winslow," says Kim Leatham, MD, Section Head, Virginia Mason Winslow. "I'm very proud she added national certification to her long list of accomplishments."

Coatsworth joined Virginia Mason in 1996. She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Nursing.

In addition to VM Winslow, anticoagulation clinics are located at Seattle Main Clinic, VM Bellevue, VM Kirkland, VM Issaquah, VM Lynnwood and VM Federal Way.

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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