Vigilance and Prompt Treatment Are Keys to Concussion Management

Rebecca Partridge

**By Rebecca Partridge, MD A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. While we often hear about head injuries in athletes, most concussions happen off the playing field — in car and bicycle accidents, fights and even minor … [Read more...]

Ann Hagensen, RN: Improving Medical Education in Central Africa

Ann spends time with the local children.

Landing in a small plane on a grass-covered runway in the middle of a jungle is the quiet part of Ann Hagensen’s journey to Africa. Because once the doors open, she and the traveling medical team are welcomed by throngs of locals from Karawa, a … [Read more...]

Keeping Your Breasts Healthy Now and in the Years to Come

Virginia Mason - University Village - Grand Opening

by Eva Khan, ARNP *** Lumps, bumps, pain and wanting a different size. What is the common source of these problems?  If you haven’t guessed, it’s a woman’s breasts. Breast issues can range from serious, like breast cancer, to cosmetic, … [Read more...]

Surviving Prostate Cancer: Bill’s Story


My name is Bill and I am a software engineer. In the fall of 2010, I was sitting on my father's front porch in Milwaukee when I got the call confirming I had prostate cancer, the same disease that had killed my grandfather and was about to end my … [Read more...]

Game Therapy Shows Promise for Treating “Lazy Eye” in Children

Hee-Jung Park, MD

A common cause of decreased vision in children is amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye.” Often confused with strabismus, or the misalignment of the eyes, amblyopia refers to vision reduction in one eye due to the brain favoring the other eye. Any … [Read more...]

Surviving Renal Cell Cancer: Yaffa’s Story

Yaffa with baby Nesiya

My name is Yaffa Grace Penski. I am 45 years old, married and have four children ages 14, 13, 10 and 8 months. I am a career coach, life coach and recruiter. And my husband and I have a small fitness studio on Mercer Island for adults and kids. I … [Read more...]

Surviving Pancreatic Cancer: Kris’s story


My name is Kris and I'm happy to say I turned 63 in April 2015. When I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Jan. 6, 2011, it was a very, very dark day. At that time, I had a teenage son and daughter, two Bichon Frises, a bunny and a wonderful … [Read more...]

Ice Sculpture Resonates with People Touched by Cancer


On April 27, Virginia Mason made cancer disappear. Five-foot tall letters made of ice spelled the disease, then slowly broke apart into icy rubble under blue sky at Seattle’s Westlake Center. Part of the “See What’s Happening to Cancer” campaign, … [Read more...]

Surviving Lymphoma: Matthew’s Story


My name is Matthew. I'm a city manager and I live in Ellensburg, Wash., with my wife and two children. We love doing outdoor things like camping and bike riding and treasure our annual trip to Disneyland. We are all proper Disney nerds! Two years … [Read more...]

Earth Day Is Every Day

Brenna Davis, director of Sustainability

By Brenna Davis In a country where health care is the second largest producer of waste (behind fast food), we are working hard to be a sustainable health care leader. Why? Because providing quality care includes preventing environmental illness … [Read more...]


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