Media Relations Contacts
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.
Please do not use this media contact information for sales inquiries.
- Leif Ergeson
Executive Director, Communications, Marketing, Public Affairs
- Rebecca Teagarden
Communications Specialist, External/Media Relations
- Lisa Johns
- Communications Office
2811 Tieton Drive
Yakima, WA 98902
- Advertising/Marketing Inquiries:
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.
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.
Requests for Logos
Please contact Lisa Johns, Graphics Manager, for any logo requests and accompanying brand guide for appropriate use.
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.