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SEATTLE – (July 21, 2015) — Virginia Mason is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in the adult specialties of orthopedicsnephrology and gastroenterology/ gastrointestinal surgery for 2015-16.

The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings released today include hospitals that excel in treating medically complex patients. Virginia Mason is designated as “high performing” in the three specialties and named one of the best hospitals in the Puget Sound region and Washington state.

“This recognition by U.S. News is a result of our organization’s steadfast commitment to quality, safety and to meeting the needs of the patients we serve,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “I am very proud of teams across our organization that are focused on truly making a difference for our patients.”

This is the sixth straight year Virginia Mason has been recognized in the Best Hospitals program.

For its 2015-16 ranking, U.S. News evaluated nearly 5,000 hospitals. “A hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News.

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by the research organization RTI International. U.S. News used the same data, as well as the new Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings, published in May, to produce the state and metro rankings.

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 approximately 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.

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

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