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SEATTLE – (April 6, 2015) – Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD, has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders in Healthcare for the 10th time by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Dr. Kaplan is No. 10 on the 2015 list, published in today’s edition of the national magazine.

“Not only is this an honor for Dr. Kaplan, it is tremendous recognition for the entire Virginia Mason team,” said Jim Young, chair, Virginia Mason Board of Directors. “Dr. Kaplan’s leadership and influence is reflected in the high quality care physicians, nurses and all team members provide to our patients every day. Under his leadership, Virginia Mason has become an international leader in health care innovation, quality, service and patient safety.”

Dr. Kaplan has served as chairman and chief executive officer of Virginia Mason since 2000. He is also chair of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Board of Directors and a founding member of Health CEOs for Health Reform.

“I am proud of this recognition by Modern Healthcare magazine and very grateful to have the opportunity to lead the Virginia Mason team as we continue working to improve quality and safety, and transform health care,” he said.

Modern Healthcare created the most influential list to honor physicians deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential in terms of demonstrating leadership and impact. These physician leaders are innovators, excel in community services, and demonstrate reputable executive authority.

Readers of the magazine nominate and vote for executives they view as most influential. Readers’ votes count for 50 percent of the outcome. The opinions of senior editors account for the other 50 percent. Joining Dr. Kaplan on the list are hospital CEOs, physicians who are in government organizations and those representing consumer and professional organizations.

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 about 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.

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Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Virginia Mason Media Relations
(206) 341-1509

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