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Hospital Performance Ranks Among the Best in Washington, Nation LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Oct. 12, 2004 – Virginia Mason Medical Center has been recognized for quality medical care and clinical excellence across multiple service lines in the 2005 hospital ratings released today by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare quality company. Virginia Mason (VM) received the following HealthGrades ratings and designations for 2005:
  • Pulmonary: Rated #1 in Washington, and five-star rated (highest possible designation) for pulmonary services and treatment of aspiration pneumonia.
  • Orthopedics: Ranked among the top five percent of all U.S. hospitals, and among the top five in Washington, for joint replacement surgery. Five-star rated for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.
  • Stroke: Five-star rated in Washington, for stroke care.
  • Gastrointestinal: Ranked #1 in Washington for overall GI services, and among the top ten percent of hospitals in the nation for GI medical services. Five-star rated for overall GI surgery and procedures, along with treatment of GI bleed.
Virginia Mason also received the 2004 HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, placing VM in the top 3.4 percent nationally for overall performance. “We’re very proud to be recognized with these outstanding HealthGrades quality ratings, which validate our commitment to clinical excellence,” said Gary S. Kaplan, MD, Chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Medical Center. “Top ratings from an independent, objective national source demonstrate the quality care that our physicians, nurses and staff deliver to the patients and families in our community every day.” As part of its seventh annual Hospital Quality in America Study, HealthGrades independently analyzed nearly 5,000 hospitals in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for its 2005 ratings, objectively assessing their clinical outcomes and quality. The HealthGrades ratings measure whether patient outcomes for each of more than two dozen procedures and diagnoses are better than expected (5-Star), as expected (3-Star) or worse than expected (1-Star). “HealthGrades objectively assesses and rates hospital performance in order to help consumers make better and more informed healthcare choices,” explained Sarah Loughran, HealthGrades executive vice president. “With consumers having a greater stake in their healthcare purchasing decisions, it’s important for them to know that there is a tremendous difference in clinical quality outcomes between hospitals.” “In northwest Washington, Virginia Mason stands out notably in terms of delivering quality care for its patients,” Loughran added. “Patients, families and employers here truly have access to healthcare that is among the best in the nation.” The 2005 HealthGrades ratings for all hospitals nationwide are available, free of charge, on the web at More than one million unique users and 125 major employers visit the HealthGrades web site every month to access quality information about hospitals, nursing homes and physicians. HealthGrades also provides consumers and payers with detailed assessments of hospitals’ patient safety outcomes, based on indicators developed by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. About HealthGrades Health Grades, Inc. (OTCBB: HGRD) is the leading independent healthcare quality company, providing ratings, information, and advisory services to healthcare providers, employers, health plans, and insurance companies. HealthGrades works with healthcare providers to help assess, improve and promote their quality. HealthGrades provides consumers access to information about the clinical quality and patient safety outcomes of healthcare providers and practitioners through its Web site and provides liability insurers, employers, and payers with critical information about healthcare quality and safety. About Virginia Mason Medical Center Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of nearly 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care Seattle hospital. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.
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