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SEATTLE – (Jan. 22, 2018) — Virginia Mason announced today its primary care practices have earned certification as Patient-Centered Medical Homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

The primary care services are located at Virginia Mason’s main campus in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood and at its Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kirkland, Lynnwood and University Village regional medical centers. The primary care locations earned Level 3 designations from NCQA, the highest achievement possible.

The Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of care that puts patients at the forefront of care and strengthens relationships between people and their clinical care teams. Research shows this model also improves quality, the patient experience and staff satisfaction, while reducing health care costs.

According to NCQA, medical homes are chosen based on their performance in patient-centered access; team-based care; population health management; care management; care coordination and transitions; and performance management and quality improvement. More than 12,000 practices (with more than 60,000 clinicians) across the nation are recognized by NCQA. And more than 100 payers support NCQA recognition through financial incentives or coaching.

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 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 the Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950.

Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Media Relations Manager
Virginia Mason Health System
(206) 341-1509
gale.robinette@VirginiaMason.org

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