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Healthgrades Best Hospital Award

SEATTLE – (Feb. 27, 2018) – Virginia Mason announced today that for the second straight year it has received the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award from Healthgrades, the leading online consumer resource for comprehensive information about hospitals and physicians.

Virginia Mason is the only recipient of the 2018 award in Washington state and the only hospital in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon and Idaho) to receive the award two years in a row (2017-2018).

Moreover, the 2018 award places Virginia Mason among the elite 1 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals in the United States evaluated for clinical performance spanning a broad spectrum of care provided to Medicare patients from 2014 through 2016.

“Quality and safety are at the center of everything we do, every day,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “This prestigious recognition by Healthgrades affirms the commitment to excellence that distinguishes our organization locally and nationally.”

During the two-year study period for the Best Hospitals Award, Virginia Mason and the other 49 recipients showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for at least 21 of 32 common inpatient conditions and procedures as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).

If all hospitals had performed at the level of Virginia Mason and the other award recipients, an estimated 179,464 lives could potentially have been saved, Healthgrades determined.

“As consumers take an active role in managing their health, they can have confidence that hospitals that have achieved the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award stand above the rest,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer, Healthgrades.

Last October, Healthgrades named Virginia Mason one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care for the second straight year (2017-2018) and one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention. February is American Heart Month.

Learn more about how Healthgrades determines its Best Hospitals Award recipients at

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; outpatient medical facilities and services in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed 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 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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