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SEATTLE – (Oct. 31, 2013) — Virginia Mason is rated as one of the safest hospitals in the nation by The Leapfrog Group, an initiative driven by organizations that use their collective purchasing power to encourage breakthrough improvements in health care safety, quality and affordability.

For the second time this year, Virginia Mason has received an “A” for patient safety from Leapfrog’s respected Hospital Safety Score program. The scores are updated every six months.

“I am proud of this recognition of our team’s focus on safety,” said Virginia Mason Health System Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “Every team member has a relentless focus on providing the highest level of safety and quality in patient care.”

Virginia Mason has received the top grade since Leapfrog launched its Hospital Safety Score program in June 2012. Hospitals receive grades of A through F based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

To see how Virginia Mason compares nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. It was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its members.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs more than 5,600 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; satellite locations 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. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste and improve quality and patient safety.

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Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Virginia Mason Media Relations
(206) 341-1509

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