Nearly all procedures historically conducted at Virginia Mason will continue to be provided, with the exception of direct elective pregnancy terminations and Virginia Mason’s participation in physician-assisted death. Virginia Mason conducted a very limited number of direct elective pregnancy terminations and did not conduct physician-assisted death at its hospital. These services will continue to be accessible for our communities in the settings they are already typically delivered, which are outpatient treatment centers outside of the Virginia Mason system. In addition, all other women’s health care services will continue.
All other end-of-life and palliative care services will continue across Virginia Mason Franciscan Health as we will continue to adhere to each patient’s wish as expressed in advance directives, including any Do-Not-Resuscitate orders.
The physician-patient relationship is private, and physicians should continue to exercise their professional judgment with patients and discuss all treatment options. If a patient seeks services the organization does not offer, we will ensure processes are in place for patients to seamlessly and easily access those services in our community.