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Healthgrades 2018 Clinical Excellence

SEATTLE – (Jan. 23, 2018) — Virginia Mason announced today it has received the 2018 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. The achievement places Virginia Mason in the top 5 percent for clinical performance among nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for the eighth consecutive year (2011-2018).

“This award is a testament to our standard of providing the highest quality care every day,” said Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason. “Our team’s unparalleled focus on excellence is the reason our organization is a regional and national leader in health care.”

Virginia Mason is the only hospital in the Pacific Northwest (defined as the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho by the United States Environmental Protection Agency) to receive the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for eight straight years.

Recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence stand out for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2018 study period (2014–2016), Healthgrades determined the award-winning hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for Medicare patients across at least 21 of 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures as measured by objective clinical outcomes performance data.

If all U.S. hospitals as a group had performed at the level of Virginia Mason and the other 249 award winners, an estimated 159,924 lives could potentially have been saved, Healthgrades concluded. (Statistics are based on Healthgrades’ analysis of Medicare Provider and Analysis Review, or MedPAR, data for 2014 through 2016 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.)

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“We commend hospitals that have achieved Healthgrades 2018 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, demonstrating a steadfast commitment to high quality care for their patients,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer, Healthgrades. “Hospitals that meet these high quality standards will continue to distinguish themselves with consumers making decisions about where to receive care.”

In October 2017, Virginia Mason was the only hospital in Washington state to be named by Healthgrades as:

  • One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care™ for two consecutive years (2017-2018)
  • One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention™ in 2018
  • One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care™ for six consecutive years (2013-2018)
  • One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care™ for seven consecutive years (2012-2018)
  • One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery™ for six consecutive years (2013-2018)

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 Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving the Yakima Valley in Central Washington since 1950.

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

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