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SEATTLE – (Oct. 20, 2015) – Virginia Mason announced today it has been recognized again by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best™ hospitals for gastrointestinal care, general surgery and critical care.

Virginia Mason also earned five stars from Healthgrades for treatment of heart attack for the sixth year in a row (2011-2016); treatment of heart failure for the fifth year in a row (2012-2016); treatment of stroke for the seventh year in a row (2010-2016); treatment of pneumonia for the 13th year in a row (2004-2016); treatment of bowel obstruction for the 11th year a row (2006-2016); treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) bleed for the seventh year in a row (2010-2016); treatment of sepsis for the eighth year in a row (2009-2016); esophageal/stomach and small intestine surgeries for the sixth year in a row (2011-2016); and colorectal surgeries for 2016.

A five-star rating indicates clinical outcomes at Virginia Mason are statistically better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

This is the fifth year in a row Virginia Mason has earned recognition as one of the 100 best hospitals for gastrointestinal care and the fourth year in a row it has been designated one of the best for general surgery and critical care.

“This recognition by Healthgrades reflects the dedication of teams across our organization, and of our partner organizations whose providers treat patients in our hospital, to provide the highest quality and safest care,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide. It assessed hospital performance and patient outcomes for 33 common conditions and procedures, then identified the 100 best-performing hospitals within specific service lines. Statistics are based on Healthgrades’ analysis of MedPAR data for years 2012 through 2014 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

The findings were released today online in Healthgrades’ “2016 Report to the Nation.” The complete report with detailed cohort-specific outcomes data, hospital-specific quality achievements, and detailed study methodology, can be found at

In February 2015, Virginia Mason received Healthgrades’ 100 Best Hospitals Award for the second straight year. The award placed Virginia Mason among the top two percent of more than 4,500 hospitals in the United States evaluated by Healthgrades, a leading online information resource for consumers.

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 5,500 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. Virginia Mason website:

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

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