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SEATTLE - (Aug. 10, 2009) — Virginia Mason Medical Center (VM) received the highest overall score of any reporting hospital in Washington in the 2009 Leapfrog Group survey results recently issued. VM also scored the highest in the state in both high-risk treatment safety ratings and overall patient safety ratings among all reporting hospitals.

"Health-care reform is on the minds of many, and the role of quality in health care is of critical importance. At Virginia Mason, we strongly believe improving quality and reducing cost go hand-in-hand," said Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO at Virginia Mason. "We are proud of our Leapfrog scores and will continue to focus on quality and patient safety as we work diligently to be the Quality Leader in health care."

VM fully met Leapfrog standards in nine of 16 categories and reported results in every category appropriate to its services (all except high-risk obstetrics). This is true of only 22 of 88 hospitals reporting in Washington.

About Leapfrog
The Leapfrog Group is a voluntary program aimed at mobilizing employer purchasing power to alert America's health industry that big leaps in health-care safety, quality and customer value will be recognized and rewarded. Among other initiatives, Leapfrog works with its employer members to encourage transparency and easy access to health-care information, as well as rewards for hospitals that have a proven record of high-quality care.

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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