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SEATTLE – (Sept. 2, 2015) — Virginia Mason is the only hospital in Washington state to be named a National Pancreas Foundation Center.

The National Pancreas Foundation (NPF), a nonprofit organization that provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, announced the designation of 30 National Pancreas Foundation Centers in the U.S. on Sept. 1.

National Pancreas Foundation Center

Virginia Mason’s Digestive Disease Institute is a leader in the treatment of acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, and pancreatic cancer.

NPF Centers are at premier health care facilities that focus on multidisciplinary treatment of the “whole patient” with a focus on the best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life.

“The newly designated NPF Centers will be of great benefit to the whole community,” said NPF Center Task Force member Christopher E. Forsmark, MD. “Having the NPF Center designation will help distinguish institutions whose focus is on patient-centered care either for the treatment of their disease or to get an expert second opinion.”

For people coping with pancreatitis or other pancreatic disorders today, there are inconsistencies in the level of care they receive. The NPF Center designation helps facilitate development of high quality, multidisciplinary care approaches for the field. Designated centers will also seek to advance research and lead the way for heightened awareness and understanding of pancreatitis and related conditions among community physicians, allied health professionals, patients, families and the general public.

Virginia Mason and the other NPF Centers across the country completed an extensive auditing process and met the criteria developed by a task force made up of invited subject matter experts and patient advocates. Find more information about the National Pancreas Foundation and view the complete list of NPF Centers.

About Virginia Mason
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based 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. Using the Virginia Mason Production System management methodology, Virginia Mason is an international leader in applying lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety.

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Gale Robinette
Virginia Mason Media Relations
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