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David Nosacka named CFO of the Year by PSBJ

David Nosacka, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health (VMFH) and CommonSpirit Health Northwest Region Chief Financial Officer (CFO), has been recognized as CFO of the year by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Learn more.


Nurses Throw Graduation Party for Mom in the Hospital–Then Another for Her Twins

The medical team at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health’s Birth Centers can add another title to their resumes: party planners. They recently threw a graduation ceremony in the hospital for a mother who earned her PhD just three days before giving birth to twins. Learn more.


Special Olympics Washington Announces Groundbreaking New Health Initiative for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Alliance for Inclusive Health

Special Olympics Washington announced today the “Alliance for Inclusive Health,” a new initiative designed to provide people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in Washington state greater access to inclusive health care. Learn more.

Unique Fellowship Gives Residents the Opportunity to be on Set of Grey’s Anatomy

For about six weeks, two Virginia Mason Franciscan Health residents, Anna Melio (pictured) and Oriyomi Alimi, participated in the Grey’s Anatomy Communications Fellowship Program in Los Angeles, a unique program that gives residents the opportunity to work alongside Grey’s Anatomy writers. Learn more.


VMFH Center for Cardiovascular Health Receives Nation’s Highest Honors  

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health is pleased to announce The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has awarded its three cardiovascular hospitals within VMFH, a prestigious three-star rating, the highest rating possible in cardiac surgery. Learn more.

Eight Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Hospitals Recognized in 2024 Healthcare Equality Index

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health (VMFH) has been recognized in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2024 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) with all eligible VMFH hospitals and medical centers named an “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality High Performer.” Learn more.

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Brings World-Class Medical Expertise to Communities Across the Northwest

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health launched the Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Care Network, providing clinical, business, educational, operational, and research expertise to independent community hospitals across Washington state as well as Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Montana. Learn more.

Carefully Crafted, Centered in Patient Care

When you walk into the Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center at St. Anthony Hospital, warm wood ascends up the tall walls, inviting you in. Take an immediate left upon entering the Cancer Care Center, and you’re welcomed into a space of healing - a reprieve from chemotherapy and infusions. Patients are offered services more akin to a spa than a hospital. Massages, facials, acupuncture, even wig fitting are all booked there. Learn more.

Tips for Preventing Stroke and Seeking Help if it Occurs

May is Stroke Awareness Month, and in recognition, the Stroke Center at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health is sharing information about stroke, including preventative tips, what to do if you or a loved one have a stroke, and services VMFH provides to patients across the region.  Learn more.

Tacoma Police Department, Community Partners Make Special Donation To St. Joseph Medical Center NICU families

Delivering a baby and not being able to take them home during those first few days is a feeling no parent wants to experience. But for families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), it’s a reality–and it can be a stressful and worrisome time. Learn more.


Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Names Dr. Hans P. Cassagnol as Chief Medical Officer, Following National Search

Following a nationwide search, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health has appointed Hans P. Cassagnol, MD, MMM, as its new chief medical officer. In this role, he will oversee all clinical operations for VMFH and the Northwest Region of CommonSpirit Health, including quality and safety, and ensuring patients receive the highest standard of medical care. Learn more.