Eye Safety Reminders for the Solar Eclipse

On Monday, Aug. 21, the Seattle area will experience a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covers part of the sun's disk. When the moon covers the entire solar disk it is called a total eclipse. While Seattle is not in the “path of totality,” or … [Read more...]

A New Life After Open Heart Surgery: Daniel’s Story

Daniel Lo, 77, was diagnosed in 2010 with multiple myeloma, a relatively rare cancer affecting plasma cells in the bone marrow. The condition was discovered when Daniel was scheduled for open heart surgery to repair blockages found during a routine … [Read more...]

Innovative Radiation Therapy Attacks Early-Stage Breast Cancer in One Treatment

Virginia Mason was the first medical center in Washington state to offer intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) to treat women with early-stage breast cancer. Since 2012, 350 patients have participated in the IORT clinical trial, receiving a … [Read more...]

Memory Loss? Don’t Panic. The Cause May Be Treatable.

**By Alison Koop with Richard Mesher, MD** Maybe you keep misplacing your car keys. Your spouse says you just asked the same question 10 minutes ago. Or perhaps balancing your checkbook has become a more difficult math challenge than it ever was. … [Read more...]

Eight Tips to Banish Holiday Blues

by Marianne Beirne *** Call me the Grinch, but I need to talk to you about holidays and depression. Thanksgiving and the subsequent holidays usually call up images – either in the media or our own memories – of smiling faces, laughter and festive … [Read more...]

Caring for People who are Transgender: What the Health Care Community (And All of Us) Need to Talk About

**By Una Lee, MD** “Enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being.” –World Health Organization. This quote supports the fundamental belief that every person deserves compassion and … [Read more...]

Freedom from Joint Pain: Nik’s Story

When Nik Quesnell isn't playing golf or on a bike trip, he’s probably indoors “spinning” on a stationary bike or doing hot yoga. Nik, who is retired, has been active all his life. Today, thanks to bilateral hip replacement surgery, he’s enjoying his … [Read more...]

Staying a Lifelong Runner: Tony’s Story

"Always running." That's what Tony Williams, 50, is always doing and it's also the name of his company, Always Running, where he helps people safely reach their fitness goals. "We stress taking care of your body first," says Tony, and he often … [Read more...]

Celebrating National Nurses Week: A Nurse Volunteer Helps Military Families Feel at Home

Sherry Taylor is a busy registered nurse, but she makes time every week to help support a unique program that is close to her heart. Sherry volunteers at the United Service Organization (USO) center at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. There, … [Read more...]

Greener Hospitals for a Greener Planet: The EnviroMason Way

As we celebrate another Earth Day, Virginia Mason remains committed to providing the highest quality health care while preserving our natural environment now and for generations to come.   … [Read more...]