UW Medicine Appoints King County Councilmember Julia Patterson to Valley Medical Center Board of Trustees


Media Contacts:
Susan Gregg, UW Medicine, 206-616-6730, sghanson@uw.edu
Kim Blakeley, Valley Medical Center, 425-228-3440, ext. 3341, kimberly_blakeley@valleymed.org

Julia_PattersonUW Medicine has appointed King County councilmember Julia Patterson to Valley Medical Center’s new board of trustees. Patterson, of SeaTac, will serve as a community trustee appointed from within the medical center’s service area. Her two-year term is effective immediately. She is a lifelong resident of south King County and served as a City of SeaTac councilmember from 1990 to 1993.
As part of the strategic alliance formed July 1 between UW Medicine and Valley Medical Center, the new board of trustees provides oversight for Valley Medical Center and its clinics.
“I am delighted that Julia Patterson is joining the board of trustees, which is responsible for assuring that Valley Medical Center continues its long tradition of providing outstanding clinical care with an emphasis on patient safety and service,” said Dr. Paul G. Ramsey, chief executive officer, UW Medicine. “Her experience as a policy maker and as a member and past chair of the King County Board of Health will serve the board well.”

Patterson has served as a King County councilmember representing south King County since 2001. She is also a member of the Employment and Administration Committee; Regional Transit Committee, King County Board of Health (chair from 2006-2011); Sound Transit Board; and Matt Griffin YMCA Board. She has also been a member of the Washington State Senate and Washington State House of Representatives.

“I am pleased to welcome Julia Patterson to the board,” said Lisa Jensen, chair, board of trustees, Valley Medical Center. “As a lifelong resident of south King County, she is closely connected to the community and fully understands the health challenges faced by south King County residents. Under her leadership, the Board of Health adopted many policies to help keep our residents safe, encourage people to make healthier choices, protect the environment, reduce the spread of disease and challenge health disparities.”

Patterson was raised on a small farm in south King County. She has a bachelor of science degree in Society and Justice from Washington State University and a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Washington.

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