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Image: Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Medical CenterSEATTLE - (May 12, 2011) — Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Medical Center, is ranked 12th in Modern Physician and Modern Healthcare's seventh annual listing of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives.
Created to recognize physician leaders who are thoughtful, visionary and focused on improving quality and patient safety, the list is produced by asking readers of Modern Physician to vote on who they view as the most influential physician executives.
Included on the list are hospital CEOs, physicians who are in government organizations, medical school leaders, those representing consumer and professional organizations, and leaders of HMOs. Kaplan has been recognized on this list six times and was 16th in 2010.
"Virginia Mason has become an international leader in health care innovation, quality, service and patient safety under Dr. Kaplan's leadership," said Carolyn Corvi, chair of the Virginia Mason Health System/Virginia Mason Medical Center Boards of Directors. "All Virginia Mason staff and board members share this honor with Dr. Kaplan for their ongoing commitment to achieving our vision to be the Quality Leader and transform health care."
Dr. Kaplan has served as chairman and CEO of the Virginia Mason Health System since 2000. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan and is board certified in internal medicine.
Under Dr. Kaplan's guidance, Virginia Mason has received significant national and international recognition, including HealthGrades' "Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence" for 2011. In 2010, for the fifth consecutive year, Virginia Mason was one of 65 hospitals in the nation named to The Leapfrog Group's annual Top Hospitals list. Virginia Mason also was named by Leapfrog as the Top Hospital of the Decade, one of only two hospitals in the nation to receive the distinction.

In addition to his patient-care duties and position as CEO, Dr. Kaplan is a clinical professor at the University of Washington and has been recognized for his service and contribution to many regional and national boards, including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Medical Group Management Association, the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Healthcare Forum. Dr. Kaplan is a founding member of Health CEOs for Heath Reform.
In 2009, Dr. Kaplan received the John M. Eisenberg Award from the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission for Individual Achievement at the national level for his outstanding work and commitment to patient safety and quality. Additionally, he was recognized by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) as the recipient of the Harry J. Harwick Lifetime Achievement Award.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit comprehensive regional health care system in Seattle that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 440 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Virginia Mason operates a network of clinics throughout the Puget Sound area, and Bailey-Boushay House, a skilled-nursing facility and chronic care management program for people with HIV/AIDS. The medical center is affiliated with Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, internationally recognized in autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason is known for applying manufacturing principles to health care to improve quality and patient safety. For more information, visit Facebook/VMcares or follow @VirginiaMason on Twitter.
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