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Recognized for its Respect for People initiative, VMMC will serve as thought leader on key issues

(SEATTLE) – May 27, 2021 Virginia Mason Medical Center (VMMC), part of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, has announced a partnership with the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s (ABIM Foundation) Trust Practices Network to strengthen relationships and build trust among health care stakeholders by sharing best practices and key insights, ultimately improving patient care and outcomes.

The Trust Practices Network supports a national effort to enhance the overall quality of health care by improving patient care and outcomes and restoring trust among physicians, patients, government and others. As a member of this network, VMMC has an elevated platform to share best practices, such as its Respect for People initiative, with like-minded health care organizations. Sharing these insights will help start important conversations needed to build momentum for positive change.

“Each day provides a new opportunity to enhance equity, inclusion and respect, which is why we are proud to be part of this national network, said Katerie Chapman, president, Virginia Mason Medical Center. “We look forward to everything we have to learn from other organizations, as well as sharing the insights and leadership we’ve witnessed firsthand.”

“Building trust requires engaged and proactive partners across the health care spectrum to better identify what’s happening and share best practices to increase trust between different parties,” said Daniel Wolfson, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the ABIM Foundation. “We’re thrilled that Virginia Mason Medical Center has joined the Trust Practices Network to help us rethink how to elevate trust in health care.”

Participation in the Trust Practices Network is just one component of a broader, multi-year, multi-stakeholder initiative called Building Trust.

For more information about the ABIM Foundation’s Trust Practices Network, please visit

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About Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health is an integrated health system serving the Puget Sound region of Washington state, offering access to some of the country’s most prestigious experts and hospitals that are internationally known for superior quality. With a team of 18,000 team members, including nearly 5,000 employed physicians and affiliated providers, we unite the brightest health care minds in the region to provide world-class clinical excellence at 11 hospitals and nearly 300 sites of care throughout the Puget Sound area. We are proud to be the home of Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS, and Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research. We embrace our community’s uniquely vibrant, active culture by providing holistic, personalized and patient-centered care. We are committed to caring for the most vulnerable in our communities, including the poor and underserved, providing more than $300 million in community benefit – free, subsidized, and reduced cost health care and programs.

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health was formed in 2021 by bringing together two leading health systems in Washington state. Our family of hospitals includes Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle; St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; St. Michael Medical Center, Silverdale and Bremerton; St. Anne Hospital, Burien; Rehabilitation Hospital, Tacoma; and Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital, Tacoma. Learn more at

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