Press Room

The Communications, Marketing and Media Relations Department at Virginia Mason Memorial is the official contact for all media requests. Media relations services include interview scheduling and medical experts, patient interview requests, photography coordination, and provision of press releases and media materials.

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    Contact Information

    Please do not use this media contact information for sales inquiries.

    Leif Ergeson
    Executive Director, Communications, Marketing, Public Affairs
    (509)575-8116

    Allison Arnett
    Communications Manager, Internal Communications, Social Media
    (509)249-5221

    Rebecca Teagarden
    Communications Specialist, External/Media Relations
    (509)575-5051

    Lisa Johns
    Graphics Manager
    (509)249-5308

    Communications Office
    Tieton House
    2811 Tieton Drive
    Yakima, WA 98902

    Advertising/Marketing Inquiries:
    (509) 249-5593

  • Requests for Interviews and Photographs

    Contact a Communications Specialist to conduct an interview or take photographs at Virginia Mason Memorial. Members of the news media must be accompanied at all times while on medical center grounds or any outpatient location.

    Requests for Logos

    Please contact Lisa Johns, Graphics Manager, for any logo requests and accompanying brand guide for appropriate use.

    Experts Available

    Virginia Mason Memorial has experts who are available to speak about medical topics, scientific and clinical research, health issues and programs. Call a Communications Specialist for more information.

    Release of Patient Information

    Patient confidentiality and privacy is not only our commitment to patients, but required by law under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Information about the condition of a patient may be released only if the inquiry specifically contains the patient's first and last name. A patient, or the person authorized to give consent, can opt out of providing information altogether. Please read the Washington State Hospital Association Guide for Cooperation for an explanation of the terms that are used to describe patient conditions and injuries, and for information about the federal laws that govern hospitals' release of patient information to media.

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