Transgender Health Care at Virginia Mason: Providers are ‘Driven to Do This Work’

Longtime Virginia Mason patient Samantha Forney and the nurse caring for her sat down to talk. The nurse had made a mistake by referring to Samantha, who is a transgender woman, with male pronouns. Samantha saw an opportunity for teaching, with a … [Read more...]

A Horse Walks into a Hospital. No, Really.

A visitor to your hospital room wearing boots and a jaunty hat might not be instantly welcome – unless it happens to be a mini horse. Baxter the therapy horse is just 26 inches tall at the shoulders, but he becomes larger than life for patients … [Read more...]

Pelvic Organ Prolapse: How a Restorative Treatment Helped Mother and Daughter

Kathy Silva describes the 12-acre farm where she grew up and where her mother, Rosemary Cockrill, still lives. Life in scenic Port Angeles, Wash. could be low key if you let it. But Rosemary, 86, kicks it up a notch, making time to go to concerts, … [Read more...]

Empowered to Choose: What Women Should Know about Screening Mammography

These days women are getting conflicting recommendations about when to start screening mammograms and how often to have them. I talked with breast surgeon Janie Grumley, MD, who says that a better understanding of mammograms as a screening tool and … [Read more...]

Integrated Behavioral Health: Taking Care of the Body and Mind

A Virginia Mason patient for 32 years, Tom Cyr visited his primary care physician with some familiar complaints. He had back pain, a side effect from a hard physical career, and his damaged knee – a decades-long condition requiring multiple surgeries … [Read more...]

Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness with the Housing Stability Project

In a weekly skill-building class at Bailey-Boushay House, outpatient program clients are quietly finishing a journal entry. Group leaders Angela Brock, occupational therapist, and Billy Burton, clinical case manager, assure the group that sharing … [Read more...]

Rapid Access TIA Clinic Reduces the Risk of Stroke

What if you suddenly experienced a stroke symptom – weakness, slurred speech, a change in vision or numbness in your body – that completely disappeared after a few minutes? You may have just suffered a transient ischemic attack (TIA), sometimes … [Read more...]

Facing Prostate Cancer: Michael’s Story

To return his doctor’s phone call, Michael Webb found a remote office in his building and shut the door. A recent blood test showing an uptick in Michael’s prostate-specific antigen, or PSA – a protein produced by prostate cells – had prompted a … [Read more...]

Healing Sounds: The Power of Therapeutic Music

Jessica Gallo rolled her half-size harp into a patient’s room, finding her hunched in a tight ball, her face contorted in pain. It was intolerable, the patient told her, but Jessica learned from the patient’s nurse she had just received her … [Read more...]

Virginia Mason Physicians Volunteer at Kenya Hospital

Last September at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, residents in orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery got a sense of what their U.S. counterparts experience. Virginia Mason complex spine fellow Vijay Yanamadala, MD, traded information … [Read more...]