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SEATTLE - (June 10, 2009) - Gary S. Kaplan, MD, Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Medical Center, ranked 16th in Modern Physician's fifth annual list of the 50 Most Powerful 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 powerful 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 was ranked 20th in 2008, 18th in 2007 and 23rd in 2005.

"Under Dr. Kaplan's leadership, Virginia Mason has become internationally known for its innovative approach and commitment to transforming health care," said Carolyn Corvi, chair of the Virginia Mason Health System and Virginia Mason Medical Center (VMHS/VMMC) Boards of Directors. "This special recognition not only speaks to Dr. Kaplan's work, but to the abilities and accomplishments of the entire Virginia Mason team."

Kaplan was named Chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Medical Center in February 2000. He serves on the Virginia Mason Medical Center Board of Directors, the Board of Governors, the Benaroya Research Institute Board and the Board of the Virginia Mason Foundation. He has practiced internal medicine at Virginia Mason since 1982 and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Medical Practice Executives and the American College of Physician Executives.

Kaplan is a board-certified internal medicine physician who received his medical degree from the University of Michigan. He is a clinical professor at the University of Washington.

In addition to his patient-care duties and position as CEO, Kaplan currently serves on the Board of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Board of the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Board of Directors of the King County Division of the American Heart Association, the Board of Trustees of the Seattle Foundation and the Board of the National Bureau of Asian Research.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit 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; manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and Chronic Care Management program for people living with HIV and AIDS; and operates 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.

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