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Virginia Mason Earns ‘A’ for Patient Safety in National Hospital Safety Score Program

SEATTLE – (Oct. 29, 2015) – Virginia Mason has received another “A” for patient safety in the national Hospital Safety Score program administered by The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit hospital safety watchdog.

The safety grades are updated by Leapfrog twice a year, and Virginia Mason has received an “A” all eight times since the program began in 2012. Further, Virginia Mason is the only Seattle hospital to receive an “A” in Leapfrog’s latest release.

“To maintain our ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score on an ongoing basis requires a focus on patient safety from every one of our team members,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “This recognition by The Leapfrog Group is another testament to our commitment to always putting our patients first.”

Learn more about Virginia Mason’s score.

An “A” signifies Virginia Mason is among the safest hospitals in the region and nation to receive medical care. A, B, C, D or F grades are assigned to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice a year based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Scores are calculated by patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

Learn more about the Hospital Safety Score program and how other hospitals in the region and the nation fared: http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org/

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: www.VirginiaMason.org

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