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SEATTLE – (Nov. 21, 2014) — Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD, is featured in the November edition of an electronic book exploring ways to further improve health care quality and efficiency.

The e-book produced by FierceHealthcare is titled, “System-wide Transformations that Improve Healthcare Quality and Efficiency.

Dr. Kaplan is featured in the first chapter, called “Navigating a New Health Care Climate: Targeting Efficiency and Quality Care.” It focuses on the Virginia Mason Production System, Virginia Mason’s management methodology for eliminating waste and improving processes to benefit care quality and patient safety.

“I don’t want to overdramatize it, but in many ways it’s an answer to what the industry is looking for,” Dr. Kaplan says in the article. “I’m not sure I’ve heard or seen, in my 36 years in health care, a better system for doing this.”

Virginia Mason has achieved national and international recognition for innovation, using principles and resources of the Virginia Mason Production System. More than 5,000 people from 20 nations have attended seminars on the production system offered since 2008 by the Virginia Mason Institute.

FierceHealthcare is an online source of management news for health care executives across the United States.

About Virginia Mason
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs 6,000 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; regional medical centers 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, lower cost, 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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