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Virginia Mason is the Official Medical Care Team for the Seattle Storm

SEATTLE – (July 1, 2009) – Virginia Mason Medical Center announced today it will partner with the Seattle Storm to serve as the official medical care team for the Storm’s professional female basketball athletes. VM physicians will provide comprehensive medical care for the athletes throughout the season, including preventive and rehabilitative primary and sports medicine care.

Through the partnership, VM providers will work hand-in-hand with the Storm team training staff to provide care for the Storm players. Patricia Auerbach, MD and David Kim, MD, will lead a team of VM physicians to provide medical coverage at all Storm home games and at road playoff games. Storm players who are injured during practice or games will receive treatment at VM facilities. In addition, VM providers performed complete internal and sports medicine physicals of Storm players before they reported to practice for the 2009 season.

“We selected Virginia Mason based on the quality of medical care provided throughout its clinics,” said Karen Bryant, CEO of the Seattle Storm. “It’s clear VM is committed to high-quality care for each and every patient, and we feel good about their approach to care delivery. Just as our players work together as a team on the court, Virginia Mason providers collaborate in the patient’s best interest. As we begin our 10th Anniversary season in Seattle, we are pleased to be working with a health care organization that shares our long-term commitment to the community.”

“We’re excited to partner with the Storm and provide them with excellent Team Medicine,” said Patricia Auerbach, MD, Virginia Mason internal medicine physician and Seattle Storm team physician. “Like the Storm, we share a common pledge to serve the community. We’re thrilled to see our teams coming together.”

About Seattle Storm
The Seattle Storm, celebrating its 10th anniversary season in 2009, is one of six independently owned teams in the WNBA, the world’s preeminent women’s professional basketball league. Established in 2000, the Storm is committed to bringing outstanding professional basketball to a diverse and rapidly growing fan base. The team also plays an active role in promoting literacy, health and fitness, support for women and girls, and youth basketball in local communities.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health-care system in Seattle that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 480 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Virginia Mason operates a network of clinics throughout the Puget Sound area; manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and chronic care management program for people living with HIV and AIDS; and operates Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, internationally recognized in autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason is known for applying the Toyota Production System to health care to improve quality and patient safety. For more information, visit VirginiaMason.org.