A Tale of Two Pandemics: The 1918 Flu and COVID-19

**By Chris Baliga, MD, and David Wilma** “We’re in unprecedented times.” During the COVID-19 pandemic, we hear variations of this statement on repeat. While current times are heartbreaking and incredibly trying, there is, in fact, a precedent. As … [Read more...]

A Message from Gary S. Kaplan, MD, Chairman and CEO

Virginia Mason CEO supports White Coats for Black Lives in open letter.

To Our Community: I am writing with a heavy heart, and I’m sure many in our community share my feelings. The senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and George Floyd in Minnesota are tragic. These events shine yet … [Read more...]

Donated Supplies Help Deliver Care in East Africa

Last summer, Phoebe Wright completed her third volunteer mission to the Elimlim Community Health Center in Kitale, Kenya. It was the second year the University of Washington biology major took medical supplies donated by Virginia Mason; basic items … [Read more...]

Protect Loved Ones and the Community by Safely Tossing Prescription Drugs

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at Virginia Mason Federal Way Medical Center Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Prescription medications play an important role in the health of millions of Americans. But some prescribed medications become … [Read more...]

Peer Partners Offer Encouragement and Support to Joint Replacement Patients

Patient peer partner volunteer speaks with orthopedics patient.

When it comes to innovation and improvement, Virginia Mason recognizes that patients are a valuable resource. This is especially true in the Peer Partners program. When former joint replacement patients were asked what could be done to improve their … [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...]

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...]