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Puget Sound High Value Network Will Be Health Plan Option for State Employees Starting in 2016

SEATTLE – (June 8, 2015) – The Puget Sound High Value Network, established by Virginia Mason and several other provider systems in the region, was today selected by the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) as one of two health plan options for state employees in the Puget Sound area starting in 2016.

The HCA accountable care program will serve a five-county region (King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston) and 50,000 Public Employees Benefits Board enrollees.

“We are honored that the Puget Sound High Value Network will be a health plan option for public employees, and we look forward to serving them and their families,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD.

The Puget Sound High Value Network is an innovative health plan of like-minded organizations that provides high-quality, cost-effective and comprehensive care at a reduced cost. The network includes Edmonds Family Medicine, EvergreenHealth Partners, Lakeshore Clinic, Overlake Medical Center, MultiCare Connected Care, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Virginia Mason.

Participants in the network share a commitment to collaborating on clinical initiatives that deliver quality, coordinated care across the region. The foundational principles of the network focus on providing high quality, appropriate health care, while reducing costs through elimination of waste and reduction of medical errors.

In addition to the Puget Sound High Value Network, the University of Washington Accountable Care Network is the other organization selected by HCA as a health plan option for state employees in the Puget Sound region beginning next year.

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 480 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: www.VirginiaMason.org

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Media Contact: Gale Robinette Virginia Mason Media Relations (206) 341-1509 gale.robinette@VirginiaMason.org