Profiles

Sandy Eastwood, RN
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Getting Her Dream Job

Sandy Eastwood has a long commute between Bailey-Boushay House and her small rural community north of Seattle. She uses the drive to think about the clients she calls “my folks.”

 
Robbi
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Finding a Home Away from Home

Just before he turned 30, Robbi learned he was HIV-positive. “I was scared,” he says. “Terrified.”

Depression set in. During the next nine months he was hospitalized twice after suicide attempts. He lost his job, his boyfriend, his housing, his cat.

 
Keesha Bailey
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Committing to a Chosen Family

Keesha Bailey found a family, a best friend and acceptance as a transgender woman when she came to Bailey-Boushay House in 1999.

 
Hai Hua, Magdalena Lemus, and Jerry Mora
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Keeping This House a Home

If Bailey-Boushay House had a well-kept secret, it would have to be the experienced housekeeping team of Hai Hua, Magdalena Lemus and Jerry Mora. They work discreetly behind the scenes to make sure this building comforts all who live, work and visit here.

 
Joan Allen
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A Mother and Daughter Act

Mal Joseph was in her seventies when she began volunteering at Bailey-Boushay House — and she did it on a dare.

A friend told Mal, “If you’ll do it, I’ll do it.”

What’s funny, her daughter Joan Allen recalls, is that “Mom’s friend stopped soon after, but my mother kept coming. I don’t think she ever missed a volunteer shift in the kitchen in all her years here.”

 
David Rogers
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Facing the Stigma of HIV

When David Rogers discovered Bailey-Boushay House, he immediately knew: "That's who I want to support in honor of Rudy's memory."

David's first partner, Rudy Hebert, died of AIDS in 1990.
 
Betsy Lieberman and Chris Hurley
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Founder and Director

Betsy Lieberman and Chris Hurley deserve much of the credit for the success of Bailey-Boushay House, both past and present. Lieberman is founder of AIDS Housing of Washington and Hurley was Bailey-Boushay's first Executive Director. The two worked closely together during its birth years, and it was not an easy birth.

 
Brian Knowles, LNHA
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Executive Director
Bailey-Boushay House
Brian.Knowles@virginiamason.org

Brian has worked at Bailey-Boushay House since January 1992, and has been executive director since 2004. Brian oversees all aspects of the organization including patient care, regulatory compliance and community relations. He has a special interest in working with individuals with mental illness.

 
Charles Carroll

Charles Carroll started coming to Adult Day Health several years ago, but is now a full-time patient in Residential Care, as he has become too ill to take care of himself. It's not a situation anyone wants to be in, but according to Carroll, it's "much better than a regular hospital or nursing home."

The amount of personal attention he receives is what he appreciates most. "They are very responsive," he says of the nursing staff. "I get lots of attention. It's the little things, like getting me ice cream if I want, that make the difference. I appreciate the kindness." Carroll gets around in a power chair, which the staff helps him in and out of, whenever he needs. "It makes it easier for me to do what I want to do. I can go downstairs to socialize, or just get out of my room for a while."

 
Chet Robachinski, MD
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Psychiatrist
Bailey-Boushay House
bbhcmr@virginiamason.org

Chet Robachinski, MD, has worked at Bailey-Boushay House since 1993. His areas of special interest are medication and psychiatric evaluations. Dr. Robachinski provides psychiatric evaluations and follow-up of both outpatient and skilled nursing clients.

 
Andy
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Doing the Hard Work to Get Better

When Andy came to Bailey-Boushay House in 1994, he was HIV-positive, chronically depressed, addicted to street drugs and alcohol, living hand to mouth, and miserable.

 
Phil Bereano
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Turning Grief into Positive Action

Phil Bereano goes upstairs to the third floor every time he visits Bailey-Boushay House. At the end of the hall, in a peaceful solarium, he reads the dedication plaque honoring his lover, Michael Myers.

 
Craig Koball, BSRN, ACRN, CHPN
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Charge Nurse, Residential Care
Bailey-Boushay House
Craig.Koball@virginiamason.org

Craig has worked at Bailey-Boushay House since 1995, and has been a residential care charge nurse since 2009. His areas of special interest include direct patient care, staff education with high acuity problem solving, end-of-life hospice and palliative care and pain management. He assists in all areas of residential care.

 
Ellie David
Profile PhotoA Front Row Seat to the Bailey-Boushay House Story

For 20 years Ellie David has sat front and center as witness to the loving and life-changing care provided by Bailey-Boushay House. From her volunteer work to her written stories that have graced the pages of the Homefront newsletter and the Virginia Mason annual report, Ellie has been the voice for BBH. Ellie's connection to Bailey-Boushay is also a personal one. In 2001 Ellie's dear friend of 30 years passed away at BBH from cancer and since then she's said goodbye to two more friends at BBH.

 
Jackie Cotter, RN
Profile PhotoCharge Nurse, Residential Care
Bailey-Boushay House
Jackie.Cotter@virginiamason.org

Jackie moved around the U.S. with her family throughout her childhood, until settling in North Carolina. There, she attended North Carolina State University and graduated with a BS in Biomedical Engineering, and MS in Bioprocess Engineering with a minor in biotechnology. She also participated in two national championships in women's rugby.
 
Kasin Family Foundation

Helping the Kids Learn about Giving

Ever since the Kasin boys were in elementary school, the family has talked finances at Christmas dinner.

Their mom Cindy describes the scene: “We’d say: ‘Look, fellas, here’s what we made and where it went: income, taxes, your school tuition, the mortgage, charity. We’re fortunate. We can do anything we want — but not every thing.’ I’m not sure how much they understood, but they did get the concept that there are choices. And we decide our priorities.”

 
Linda Fae Leonard
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Bailey-Boushay House

Though Linda Fae Leonard's official job title is receptionist, folks around here just call her mother. "I take care of everybody. If people need to vent, I listen. If the place is in an uproar, I'm the peacemaker. I keep the lobby in control.

 
Mark Anstadt, ARNP
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Nurse Practitioner
Bailey-Boushay House
Mark.Anstadt@virginiamason.org

Mark has worked at Bailey-Boushay House since 2010, and has been a nurse practitioner since 2011. His areas of special interest include HIV care, palliative care and wellness. He assists with medical management of Bailey-Boushay House inpatient residents, including health promotion, assessments, diagnosis and treatment of chronic and acute illness. He helps oversee the care of each resident and shares his assessments with the interdisciplinary team to achieve the best possible outcomes.

 
Martha D. Purrier, RN, MN
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Bailey-Boushay House
Martha.Purrier@virginiamason.org

Martha moved to the Seattle area after earning her degree in nursing from Harding University, in Arkansas. She then received her Masters in Nursing from the University of Washington. She has worked in oncology for more than 25 years, coming to Virginia Mason in 1999.
 
Michael Schattenkerk
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Manager, Facility Operations
Bailey-Boushay House
Michael.Schattenkerk@virginiamason.org

Michael joined Bailey-Boushay House in 1994, and became the manager of facility operations in 1996. He strives to provide a safe, clean and comfortable environment for the residents at Bailey-Boushay House. His primary job responsibilities include running the day-to-day facility operations, central supply and reception areas at Bailey-Boushay House.

 
Don Brown
Profile PhotoLetting New Family In

Don Brown died Nov. 14, 2011, at Bailey-Boushay House.

Don Brown surprised a lot of people at Bailey-Boushay House — including himself.

He entered outpatient care in 1999 with a feeling of doom. He had no family. He'd lost his longtime partner Reggie to HIV/AIDS. And HIV-related blackouts forced Don to give up working.

 
Lorraine Cooper
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Living for Today at 95

Lorraine had her 95th birthday party on May 15, 2012, at Bailey-Boushay House.

She was delighted to be having another birthday and she was surprised to have something new to celebrate.

 
Stephen Ward
Profile PhotoFinding Respect and Dignity at End of Life

Stephen Ward died in April, 1995, at Bailey-Boushay House.

Stephen Ward did not want to come to Bailey-Boushay House in 1995. He knew that moving into residential care meant he was going to die and he was angry about dying young.

 
Gus
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Free to Be Exactly Who You Are

Died on Jan. 21, 1995 at Bailey-Boushay House

Seattle artist Gus "was a painter his whole life," says his sister, Theodora Geokezas. He was also a lifelong and likable nonconformist.

 
Ann Carson
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Finding Friends at Every Turn

Ann Carson died July 12, 2010, at Bailey-Boushay House.

Ann Carson remembered everyone she'd ever met. If only she knew how many people at Bailey-Boushay House remember her.

 
David Roodhouse
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The Embrace of Community

David Roodhouse died on Dec. 22, 2004, at Bailey-Boushay House.


David Roodhouse moved into Bailey-Boushay House in spring 2004 for what's informally called a "tune-up" (nursing care to recover after a health crisis). Instead, Bailey-Boushay became David's last home.

 
Dennis Kennedy
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Becoming a Profile in Courage

Dennis was curious about everything. He loved talking and got energy from being around other people. He was the ultimate people person,” says John Gentry, his friend of 30 years. “He enjoyed people, and people enjoyed him.”
 
Diane Benson
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Taking Care of the People She Loved

Diane Benson died Nov. 8, 2009, at Bailey-Boushay House.

Diane Benson and Kevin Daly reconnected through the Internet in 2008 after a 40-year separation. Each had married, raised kids, and divorced since their first teen romance. In 18 months, they fell in love all over again.

 
Roy Gaffke
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Safe Haven for a Young Family

To honor the 20th anniversary of Roy Gaffke’s death, his daughter, Katie, made a movie on her laptop. Her 17-minute tribute uses Roy’s favorite music as the sound track for dozens of family photos.

 
Sandy Perry
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Crossing Another Border

Sandy Perry kept her passport handy at all times, ready for the next adventure. She traveled the world in the same spirit she lived everyday life: She lived with irrepressible curiosity, a writer’s keen eye and a playful sense of humor.

 
David Ravenscroft
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Dave died at Bailey-Boushay House on Oct. 12, 2011.

The Best 10,000 Days

Dave Ravenscroft needed and loved people. He could make any occasion into a party. He even enjoyed his own wake.

 
Sandy Eastwood, RN, ACRN
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Assistant Nurse Manager/Charge Nurse, Outpatient Nursing
Bailey-Boushay House
Sandy.Eastwood@virginiamason.org

Sandy worked at Bailey-Boushay House from 1995 to 2000, and then returned in 2005. She has been the Assistant Nurse Manager since 2007.

 
Seattle Foundation
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The idea behind The Seattle Foundation is simple and inspiring: when people pool their money, the collective impact of their giving can make a big difference in the local community.

 
Steven Malloy, RN, ACRN
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Charge Nurse
Bailey-Boushay House
Steve.Malloy@virginiamason.org

Steve has worked at Bailey-Boushay House since 2003, and has been a residential care charge nurse since 2010. His primary job responsibilities include electronic health record support and training, assisting with new employee orientation, staff education and training, and direct patient care.

 
Teri Dascher
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Teri Dascher has seen a lot in her forty-some years of life, including the face of death. A heroin and cocaine user for decades, Dascher had shrunk to under 100 pounds and had legs so swollen from infection that she could barely walk. "If it weren't for Bailey-Boushay, I don't think I'd be here today."

She was given a clean room, medication, healthy food, and positive support. "Everything is given to you with heart," she says. "They taught me how to take my HIV medications and stressed the importance of taking them on a regular schedule. The nurses are great. They respect you and encourage you." In addition to saving lives, sometimes it's the little things nurses do that really stand out, like telling a person to stand up straight. "I was walking hunched over. I have terrible posture. This nurse said, 'put your shoulders up higher.' I like...

 
Thatcher Bailey
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NAMESAKE

Though Bailey-Boushay House was named after Thatcher Bailey and his partner Frank Boushay, who died of AIDS in 1989, this place is not about them. At least according to Mr. Bailey, a quietly animated, articulate, gentle soul who is all humility when it comes to the whole namesake thing.

"I was just one of an army of people who helped at the beginning. My job was to be an advocate, to raise money and be a public face for the cause. I contributed what I could, but this home has nothing to do with me and everything to do with the amazing universe of people who lived here, died here, and cared for people here."

 
Kathryn Swingle
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Bailey-Boushay House

Kathryn Swingle worked in HIV outpatient care before she moved to Seattle but “coming to Bailey-Boushay House,” the social worker says, “was my first time working closely with death and dying.”

It was 1996, just before life-saving AIDS medication became available. Every resident she worked with was at end of life.

 
Vance Miller
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"Learning about Bailey-Boushay House was a godsend," says Vance Miller, a patient temporarily in Residential Care, being treated for a serious bout of illness brought on by AIDS and cancer. "I don't think I would've recovered if I hadn't come here."

Miller says he appreciates the atmosphere and independence of Bailey-Boushay. "I have more privacy here. The rooms are nice and relaxing, and the nursing staff really seems to care about my health."

For years, Miller has benefited from the Adult Day Health services as well. When he's back on his feet, he will come in for medication management, physical therapy, meals, and social activities. "I have a hard time remembering when to take my medication-all the HIV cocktails. They tell me when, and that helps a lot."

Before discovering Bailey-Boushay, Miller suffered from major depression. But the combination of a caring staff, professional medical attention, and...

 
Wayne McCormick, MD, MPH
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Medical Director
Harborview Medical Center/Bailey-Boushay House
Mccorm@u.washington.edu

Wayne C. McCormick, MD, MPH, joined the Bailey-Boushay House team in 1991-before it officially opened. Dr. McCormick's areas of special interest include HIV and aging. His primary job responsibilities include directing, coordinating or providing medical care to all residents and clients. He is the program director of the University of Washington Palliative Medicine Training Program and has been named a Seattle Magazine "Top Doctor."

 

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