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Charleen Tachibana

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Senior Vice President, Hospital A...

Virginia Mason Medical Center
1100 Ninth Ave.
Seattle , Washington 98111
United States

Company Description: Virginia Mason Medical Center is a nonprofit regional healthcare system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1920, Virginia Mason includes a...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • MN
    University of Washington
  • BSN
    Pacific Lutheran University
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Fourth Edition - NWone, 21 Mar 2014 [cached]
In November we were proud to celebrate Charleen Tachibana's induction as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the highest national honor a nurse leader can achieve. Charleen is a Past President of the NWONE Board of Directors.
Charleen Tachibana was inducted into the National Academy of Nursing on October 13, 2012. Please note the special recognition given to Charleen for this achievement, below.
Charleen Tachibana is Inducted Into the American Academy of Nursing
Charleen Tachibana, the Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive, and Hospital Administrator at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA, was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) on October 13, 2012.
"It was a very humbling experience," Tachibana said, "it was amazing to hear the careers of some of these men and women and appreciate what they had done to change the lives of people. There are some amazing nurses around this world. I see nursing as having a higher purpose. [Nursing] is a calling to make a difference for patients, and my desire is to have the ability to change our healthcare system and make it a system that is safer and has higher quality; one that is constantly improving."
According to Tachibana, this honor is more than just recognition; it is through the collaboration of this group of individuals that she may help improve her practice back in Seattle. "It is not just the recognition. It's that I get to continue my work at another level and at another venue. It's that I am joining another group of colleagues to transform healthcare, and it's having another group of colleagues that I can also expose myself to," she said
Tachibana's career has included being on the board for the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) and NWONE, serving as the NWONE representative to WSHA, as well as serving as President to the Board of NWONE.
After receiving this honor, Tachibana doesn't seem to be slowing down. She looks forward to continuing her education and bringing her new learning into her practice. This is what makes her transformational - she continues to look ahead for new ways to innovate and move forward in her practice.
NWONE Newsletter - NWone, 21 Mar 2014 [cached]
We would like to thank Patty Cochrell and Charleen Tachibana for their service and dedication to NWONE.
Charleen Tachibana, the Senior Vice President, Hospital Administrator and Chief Nursing Executive at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, served as the NWONE Representative to the Washington State Hospital Association and her term ended this past December.
Thank you Patty and Charleen for your service to the NWONE Board!
Charleen ..., 3 Dec 2011 [cached]
Charleen Tachibana Senior VP, Hospital Administrator & CNO Virginia Mason Medical Center E-Mail:
Board of Directors — Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives, 11 June 2011 [cached]
Charleen Tachibana Senior Vice President, Hospital Administrator and CNE Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington Phone: 206-341-0419 E-Mail:
Faculty - Your Lean Expert Team | Virginia Mason Institute, 12 Nov 2014 [cached]
Charleen Tachibana
Charleen Tachibana, RN
Charleen Tachibana, RN, is the Hospital Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer at Virginia Mason. She is responsible for hospital operations and nursing throughout the organization. Charleen completed the Virginia Mason Production System Certification and has received extensive training in the Toyota Production System methodology, including study missions in Japan. She works extensively in leading systematic changes to improve clinical processes including improving workspaces, enhancing work environments and designing efficient care delivery processes to increase the amount of direct care time nurses spend with patients. Charleen received her BSN from Pacific Lutheran University and her MN from the University of Washington where she is on the clinical faculty and is the Assistant Dean for Clinical Nursing.
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