Our Greatest Gratitude to Jim Young
Dedicated Board Member and Chair
For 17 years, Jim Young has contributed to Virginia Mason, not only as a donor and a volunteer, but as a board member. Most recently he served four years as the chair of the Virginia Mason Health System Board. This included leading strategic planning, establishing guiding principles, and leading the affiliation process for Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital to become Virginia Mason Memorial.
“The most important responsibility was to keep our patients first with quality, safety, and the patient experience as the primary focus,” says Jim. “We also needed to continue to advance Virginia Mason Medical Center’s mission and vision of transforming health care.”
Jim’s journey with Virginia Mason began in 1999 when he was asked to join the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) board as treasurer. He was a managing partner of the Seattle office of Grant Thornton LLP, the fifth largest international accounting tax and business advisory firm. He served on the BRI board until 2007, including two years as chair.
Jim joined Virginia Mason Health System and Virginia Mason Medical Center Boards of Directors in 2005. He served as Board Secretary from 2009-2012, and in 2013 he began a four-year term as chair of the Virginia Mason Health System and Virginia Mason Medical Center Boards. His term ends in 2016, but his journey with Virginia Mason continues. He has joined the Virginia Mason Memorial Board and the Virginia Mason Institute Board.
A Strong Board
“I’ve enjoyed working with the Board of Directors – a very strong and dynamic group,” says Jim. “They bring great experience whether in health care or their own professional life. Everyone is focused on our patients and our mission of transforming health care. We all put in a lot of time and effort; but we all understand how important this work is.”