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

SEATTLE – (April 25, 2016) — 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, announced today, are updated by Leapfrog twice a year, and Virginia Mason has received an “A” all nine times since the program began in 2012. Virginia Mason is the only Seattle hospital to accomplish this.

“We are proud of this recognition by The Leapfrog Group,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “Maintaining our ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score on an ongoing basis requires a focus on patient safety from every one of our team members to ensure every patient receives the safest, highest quality care possible.”

See the spring 2016 safety grades for hospitals in Washington state.

An “A” signifies Virginia Mason is among the safest hospitals in the nation. Leapfrog assigns grades of A, B, C, D or F 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: www.hospitalsafetyscore.org

About Virginia Mason Health System
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; regional medical centers in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; 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, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others from around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management methodology for continually improving quality, safety and efficiency. Virginia Mason online: VirginiaMason.org

Virginia Mason also includes Yakima-based Memorial Family of Services and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, a 226-bed facility serving the Yakima Valley in Central Washington since 1950. Memorial Family of Services comprises primary care practices and specialty care services, including high quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, hospice care, and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Memorial online: YakimaMemorial.org

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