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Around The Table: Avista, Seattle Mariners, Virginia Mason

In ‘Around The Table,’ we highlight member news and share information on industry trends. This week, we shine the spotlight on Avista, the Seattle Mariners, and Virginia Mason.

Avista Partners with Second Harvest Food Bank in Spokane

Avista has a long history of partnering with organizations in the communities it serves. One such partnership is with Spokane’s Second Harvest Food Bank. Avista recently toured the food bank to help find ways to save energy. One such change was replacing existing fluorescent lights with TLEDs, cutting Second Harvest’s energy use for lighting by half. Avista also upgraded Second Harvest’s electric fork lift charging stations, which created 20 to 30 percent more efficient charging of their fork lifts and increased battery life. Learn more about Avista and its community partnerships here.

Mariners Care Hosts 32nd Annual  Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament

The Seattle Mariners on Monday hosted the 32nd annual golf tournament to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The tournament was held at Seattle’s Broadmoor Golf Club and was attended by current and former players, media members, and supporters of the cause to eliminate the disease. Since the tournament was established 32 years ago, Mariners Care has raised over $5.7 million prior to Monday’s event in partnership with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “The foundation has been very fortunate in that the last few years we’ve helped develop a drug that today, almost 60 percent of our population is able to take and not have the effects of CF,” Chad Moore, the national board member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation said. “What this tournament does is lets people know what we’re doing.” Read more and view photos from the event here.

Gary Kaplan Nominated for ‘100 Most Influential People in Healthcare’ Award

Dr. Gary Kaplan, CEO of Virginia Mason, is one of 300 people on the ballot for the Modern Healthcare 100 Most Influential People awards. The program honors individuals in healthcare who are deemed by their peers and the senior editors of Modern Healthcare to be the most influential individuals in the industry, in terms of leadership and impact. Voting closed last week, and winners will be announced on August 21. Click here to learn more about the award.




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