Project Access Northwest Partnership Removes Barriers for Uninsured

Jean McKinnon has been active all her life. She played tennis and walked everywhere. However, severe hip pain over the last five years began to impact her work as a waitress. Because she didn’t have health insurance, she kept working and ignored the … [Read more...]

Playing Golf: When Should You Get Your Child Started?

*** by Brad Perdue When should you get your child playing golf? If you just watched the video, the answer is as early as possible. Is there anything cuter than a child swinging a golf club? My son got his first plastic set of clubs when he was … [Read more...]

#VirginiaListens: Trees, Inspiration and Community Art on Bainbridge Island

Listening Tree 1

To believe in my dreams and in myself ... to wear my retainer... to listen to my mother... to see myself as others see me ... to have the world have no violence ... to be the best I can be ... to be as patient as my husband.... These are just a few … [Read more...]

Are You Allergic to Bee Stings?

Bee flying over colorful flower field

One of my worst childhood memories came courtesy of my father’s attempt to remove a hornet’s nest from the bush on the side of our house. I managed to come outside at exactly the same time one of the angry insects decided to seek revenge. Instead of … [Read more...]

Overfishing Our Oceans: What a Hospital Can Do To Help (Plus, Tasty Tacos)


Eating seafood is part of life in the Pacific Northwest. Can you imagine summer in Seattle without the frenzy over Copper River salmon or enjoying fresh halibut with friends? Yet, according to the World Wildlife Fund more than 85 percent of the … [Read more...]

Hip Replacement Surgery: An Engineer’s Story

Chris “Ike” Eichinger and his wife, Zen, can’t say enough good things about his hip replacement at Virginia Mason. “Each person provided the outstanding patient experience we had come to expect.”

Chris Eichinger, ‘Virginia Mason Lives Up to Its Values’ Chris Eichinger and his wife, Azenith, finally built their dream home last year in Olympia. When it was finished, they hired movers but, as often happens, Chris the homeowner did a lot of … [Read more...]

Cancer: One Patient’s Journey to Health

Georgia Hartness

We are proud to share the 2013 Virginia Mason Annual Report. Read about our patients, the treatment they received at Virginia Mason and how it has improved their lives. Georgia Hartness’ Long Journey to Health For more than 20 years, Georgia … [Read more...]

What is a biorepository?


Biorepositories accelerate discovery One of the nation’s greatest research treasures was developed at Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) and is being enhanced every day. The treasure is more than 100,000 blood and tissue samples … [Read more...]

Stress Less and Enjoy Barbecue Chicken


It looks like we may be in luck – the July Fourth forecast is currently sunny and in the low 70s. Perfect weather for getting out the grill and enjoying barbecued chicken. But are you feeling a bit overwhelmed by gatherings and guests to do … [Read more...]

Heads Up! Concussions on the Rise in Soccer

Soccerball in net

by Marianne Beirne *** “Yeouch!!” That was the collective sound Team USA and soccer fans around the world said last Monday when star player Clint Dempsey took a nasty kick to the face from opposing Ghana player John Boye during the team’s first … [Read more...]


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