What Your Gut Should Tell You: Esophageal Health Requires an Experienced Team

Reflux and other esophageal issues require prompt diagnosis and treatment to prevent more serious health concerns, including chronic indigestion or rarely, cancer. The Esophageal Center of Excellence at Virginia Mason brings a multidisciplinary … [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...]

Pollen allergies? Watch Out for Certain Foods

**By Megan Clark** Ever wonder why your mouth itches when you eat certain fruits and vegetables?  The simple answer may be that you’re having an allergic reaction, to the proteins in fruits and vegetables related to tree, grass and weed pollen. It’s … [Read more...]

Aesthetician Reveals Top Tips for Healthy Winter Skin

Between clocks changing and holiday planning (and myriad other things), there’s a lot to think about in November. Keeping your skin healthy likely isn’t top of mind. The days are more dark than light, so there’s less sun damage to worry about, right? … [Read more...]

Self-Advocacy for Autoimmune Disease Patients: A Conversation with Judi Rising and Tracey Barnes

Judi Rising and her daughter Tracey Barnes know a lot about advocating for people living with autoimmune diseases. Judi is co-founder of the Autoimmune Advocacy Alliance (A3 Alliance) and has spent years educating local and statewide communities … [Read more...]

Cryoablation: New Hope for a Heart Out of Sync

Imagine you are speaking to a large audience when your heart suddenly starts fluttering and racing. You have to finish your talk without letting anyone know about the symptoms you are experiencing. Sounds like a nightmare, but this was Jon … [Read more...]

New Treatment Slows Tumor Growth, Improves Quality of Life

The epitome of frustration is, when your symptoms have taken control of your life and medical professionals can’t find a way to make them stop. For more than five years, that was Gig Harbor resident Ellen Dunn’s life. She suffered with ongoing … [Read more...]

Meet the Dog Who’s a Weapon Against IBD

Jenn White has a secret weapon for coping with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) - A French bulldog-Boston terrier mix, named after a rock legend: Jagger. Jagger is more than Jenn’s emotional support animal, he’s a kindred spirit who also suffers … [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...]

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...]