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...]

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...]

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...]

Virginia Mason Surgeons Treat Spine Disease in Sri Lanka

A 16-year-old girl with severe scoliosis traveled to the National Hospital of Sri Lanka for a chance at a new life. An international volunteer medical team had arrived to perform complex spine surgeries alongside a few of the local surgeons, while … [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...]

A Labor of Love: Creating Hats for Hope

Kailey Druffel has visited Virginia Mason a number of times, but not as a patient. Her mother, Shelly, was a surgical technician at Virginia Mason when Kailey was young, before a long battle with breast cancer took Shelly’s life. Now her mom’s former … [Read more...]

Ann Hagensen, RN: Improving Medical Education in Central Africa

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...]

Therapeutic Music Brings Comfort to Virginia Mason Patients

Jessica Gallo's love for the harp started in grade school, when her grandfather would often take her to lessons. Years later a series of strokes put her grandfather in the hospital. Jessica was in college studying harp performance when he fell ill … [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...]