Virginia Mason and Vera Whole Health today announced a strategic collaboration that brings Virginia Mason's clinical best practices to Vera Whole Health's employer-funded primary care clinics.
Seattle-based Vera Whole Health offers onsite and near-site health care to employers in the Pacific Northwest, including primary care, urgent care and health coaching. Its teams of physicians, nurse practitioners, medical assistants and health coaches work with patients to identify and address underlying issues that impact their health. Instead of waiting until people get sick to treat them, Vera Whole Health's goal is to help people establish healthy lifestyles and take preventive measures to avoid chronic illness, which ultimately leads to reduced total cost of care.
Vera Whole Health providers will utilize evidence-based criteria devised by Virginia Mason physicians to inform their diagnoses, and refer patients to appropriate specialty care, providing each patient with access to the right care in the right place to best meet their needs.
"This is an exceptionally good fit for both organizations since we share a vision of providing high quality care while removing waste and inefficiency from care delivery," said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. "Our ultimate goal is to provide the most efficient and cost-effective way to deliver all the care people need and only the care they need."