Little Things Make a Big Difference: Donating Hospital Socks

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”

Imagine 20 pounds of freshly laundered hospital socks going on the feet of people in need, not in the garbage. Ruth Murata-Hultgren, RN, and her fellow PACU Green Team members did imagine it and then helped make it happen. Ruth and the team … [Read more...]

Ten observations from a short [Virginia Mason] hospital stay

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 *** Glen Melin recounts his recent stay at Virginia Mason Hospital through 10 observations and a dash of humor. Thank you , Glen, for allowing us to share this with our readers.  *** When you pass gas in the hospital after surgery, people … [Read more...]

April is for Alcohol Awareness: 5 Steps to Safer Drinking

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month. As one of the most widely used drug substances in the world, alcohol is often part of socializing with family and friends, but it is easy to overdo it. So, let’s take a moment to look at our drinking habits and … [Read more...]

What’s the Key to Keep Exercising?

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Motivation ... motivation ... motivation. In a word, this is the key to starting and maintaining a successful exercise program. We all want the benefits of exercise: improved cardiovascular health, weight control, more energy and emotional … [Read more...]

What is Voice Banking?

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For people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, losing the ability to speak is only one of the devastating effects. But at the Virginia Mason ALS Clinic, there’s a way to preserve the sound of a patient’s own … [Read more...]

New Treatment Options for Hepatitis C

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Hepatitis C is one of six hepatitis viruses that causes inflammation of the liver. Many people are unaware of the disease until they are diagnosed with some liver damage. This can take many years. Many people infected with the virus develop … [Read more...]

Help Us Learn More about Celiac Disease

People living gluten-free must avoid foods with wheat, rye and barley, found in many foods including bread, pasta and beer.

Virginia Mason and Benaroya Research Institute are conducting research studies to look closely at the immune system in celiac disease. These studies will be done through a biorepository of blood and tissue samples and medical histories from people … [Read more...]

Don’t Lose Sleep Over Daylight Saving Time

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We’ve almost made it out of the dark Pacific Northwest winter – daylight saving time brings longer days next week when we switch the clocks forward Sunday, March 9, at 2 a.m. However, this springtime ritual snatches away an hour of sleeping time and … [Read more...]

Heart Healthy Recipe: Curried Cauliflower and Couscous Pilaf

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Even though American Heart Month ends this week, you can still eat with your heart in mind all year round. Virginia Mason’s new executive chef, Brian Brooks, shared his food philosophy and this delicious cauliflower recipe to keep us in a heart … [Read more...]

New Procedure Helps Some Patients Avoid Coronary Bypass Surgery

Virginia Mason's cardiovascular intervention team treats hundreds of blocked coronary arteries every year, all by way of small incisions and specially equipped catheters in a procedure known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Recently, … [Read more...]

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