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Virginia Mason named ‘Most Wired’ health system for fifth straight year

SEATTLE – (July 6, 2016) – Virginia Mason today was named one of the “Most Wired” health systems in the nation for the fifth consecutive year by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the publication of the American Hospital Association.

The Most Wired Award, announced in the magazine’s July edition, recognizes organizations that are leaders in leveraging information technology to support clinical decisions, patient safety and the overall patient experience.

“This recognition is a testament to the pursuit of excellence that distinguishes teams across our entire organization supporting IT solutions that improve the overall patient experience,” said Bill Poppy, senior vice president and chief information officer at Virginia Mason.

Virginia Mason’s achievements in clinical information technology include a computerized physician order entry system, a comprehensive inpatient and outpatient electronic health record, comprehensive nursing documentation, a barcode system that ensures safe medication administration, and a secure online portal called MyVirginiaMason used by thousands of patients to view their lab results, renew prescriptions, securely message their providers and access to their personal medical information.

Virginia Mason has received the Most Wired Award annually since 2012.

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