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Virginia Mason Franciscan Health is dedicated to providing an excellent patient experience and creating healthier communities throughout the Puget Sound region. Your personal stories are the most powerful and inspirational way to demonstrate this commitment.
Whether you are a patient or family member who has experienced our care, a dedicated staff member, volunteer or a devoted supporter — we want to learn more about your career path, or about a recent experience at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health that has personally affected you or a family member.
We invite you to share your story by filling out the form below. Please note your story could be featured on Virginia Mason Franciscan Health social media.
Some of our stories
Dani Hart, Art Therapist Volunteer with Franciscan Hospice House
Meet Dani, she currently co-facilitates Bereavement Groups at Franciscan Hospice House. Dani uses SoulCollage®, an expressive arts process, in which one constructs a personal deck of unique, soul-tending cards, using photographs, images and intuition.
“After losing both of my sons to cancer I found 'there are no words.' No longer able to speak or write about my loss, I turned to art for healing. The process of gathering images and creating cards in honor of my loved ones provided a way to deep healing, as well as beautiful reminders of the lives we shared. Encouraged by the way I experienced my own journey with grief, I was eager to share it with others.”
- Dani Hart, Art Therapist Volunteer with Franciscan Hospice House since 2010
Steve Janik, Executive Chef, St. Anne Hospital
“I spent my first 20 years after culinary school working in Vegas at various gourmet restaurants, and as an executive chef for Fortune 500 executives in Seattle. These experiences shaped me into who I am today: a professional chef committed to preparing high-quality meals from scratch. What I love about hospital food service is that it allows me to work alongside healthcare staff to ensure patients get better. In my instance, I’m helping individuals heal through my expertise in preparing meals using nutritious, healthy ingredients.”
Ketul J. Patel, MHA, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
"As a child, I spent the first eight years of my life traveling to remote parts of Kenya with my family watching my mother, a nurse, and my father, an internist, provide health care to the poor. I saw firsthand the impact health care providers and access to medicine have on people’s lives. Those experiences left a lasting and meaningful impression on me and ultimately shaped my path to pursue a career in this field.
The mission and values of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health truly reflect what I experienced in my youth and what I believe is the reason many of us choose to work in health care — to serve those in need. Every decision I make as CEO is centered on fulfilling our mission and ensuring our patients and families have access to the highest quality and compassionate care.
I feel incredibly proud and fortunate to work alongside a team as talented and dedicated as Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Every day I am inspired by their compassion to serve and fulfill our mission to create healthier communities.”
Jacob Mathew, MD, Oncology, St. Michael Medical Center
“People are born with essential dignity and my job as an oncologist is to preserve that dignity. Caring for them with kindness and compassion then becomes a natural outflow. My patients are often facing the most difficult challenge of their life when I see them, with prognoses stacked against them. Because my staff share my philosophy, it becomes easy to do the hard task of going the extra mile to make sure we provide cutting edge diagnostics, treatment, and clinical trials, by which our patients are able, not too infrequently, to achieve outcomes that are true miracles. My staff and I are honored to be able to partner in that.”
Mindy McBride, Administrative Support Assistant, St. Michael Medical Center
“I realized early on that I wasn’t going to be a doctor or nurse, but knew I someday wanted to be part of a team that helps people get better. As an Administrative Support Assistant at CHI, I take on the typical tasks you’d imagine: setting up meetings and interviews, writing reports, ensuring the clinical staff have what they need to provide exceptional care for our patients - you name it. However, my role goes beyond this. In addition to facilitating the March of Dimes campaign and being a co-chair for United Way of Kitsap County, I am also a patient notary. In short, once patients and their families throughout the hospital have made the often-difficult decision regarding their health care directives, I have the opportunity to give them peace of mind knowing that their wishes have been documented and witnessed. For some of our palliative and hospice patients, this is one of the final decisions that they will make. It is an honor to provide this last act of service for them.”
Roumelia “Ia” Jordan, Resource Nurse at St. Joseph Medical Center
“I came from a third world country, where I saw firsthand inequalities in access to quality, compassionate healthcare. It was difficult to see vulnerable individuals not get the care they needed. When I started at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health in 2014, I knew right away that I was in an environment that’s devoted to providing care for all individuals. No matter what their situation. I was finally surrounded by healthcare professionals who viewed their patients as a whole being – and not just as a person. It was contagious. My goal every single day that I come into work is to do better than I did the day before. This includes providing the best possible patient experience, and being their number one advocate – especially for those needing the most help.“
BethAnn Reeves, Clinic Support Coordinator at St. Joseph Medical Center
“I grew up in a family of medical professionals, and always knew my purpose in life was to help people. When I started at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health as a housekeeper over 30 years ago, I knew I wanted to someday be in a position to truly impact patients. Today, I have my dream job — working with some of the most dedicated people I know. As a Clinic Support Coordinator, I provide physicians and nurses the medical equipment and supplies needed to provide the best possible care for patients. Knowing that I’m helping people get better makes every day at work the best day.”
Zachary Hren, Pharmacist at St. Clare Hospital
“I was a mechanic for several years before becoming a pharmacist. I always knew I wanted a career which impacted people’s health. My friends and family encouraged me to go back to school – and I took their advice. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. As a pharmacist, you directly impact patients by playing two roles. As a gatekeeper, I am able to work directly with providers to ensure patients receive appropriate medication therapy before they begin treatment. As a teacher, I take the time to sit down with patients so they understand the impact that their medications have on their health. I’m proud of my work, and strive for positive patient outcomes every day I come into the hospital.”
Ways to Give
Students and Faculty Orientation
Community Health Needs Assessment
Rainier Health Network
Resources for Journalists
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