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SEATTLE –  (Jan. 20, 2015) – Virginia Mason announced today it has received the 2015 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades, an independent online consumer resource for comprehensive quality and safety information about U.S. hospitals and physicians.

This distinction places Virginia Mason among the top 5 percent of the more than 4,500 hospitals in the nation evaluated for clinical performance and outcomes. This is the fifth straight year Virginia Mason has received the award. Also, Virginia Mason is the only hospital in Washington state to be ranked in the top 5 percent nationally five consecutive years by Healthgrades.  

“This prestigious award is another acknowledgement of our team’s commitment to providing the highest quality care possible for our patients every day,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD.

Virginia Mason’s strategic partner, EvergreenHealth in Kirkland, also received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. In all, only 261 hospitals in the nation earned the award.

From 2011 through 2013, Healthgrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, as a group, had a 27.7 percent lower risk adjusted mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals.  During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence across these 19 procedures and conditions, 163,488 lives could potentially have been saved.  For example, patients treated at a hospital that achieved the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award had, on average, a 26.6 percent lower risk of dying from a stroke than if treated at a hospital that did not receive the award.

“By selecting a hospital that has achieved the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence consumers can be confident that this hospital has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to exceptional clinical quality care,” said Evan Marks, chief strategy officer for Healthgrades.

To be eligible for the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, hospitals were objectively evaluated for their performance in at least 21 of the 32 most common procedures and medical conditions, based on Medicare inpatient data compiled by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. To learn more, visit

About Virginia Mason
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs 6,000 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; regional medical centers throughout the Puget Sound area; and Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety. Virginia Mason website:

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Virginia Mason Media Relations
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