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SEATTLE - (May 14, 2008) - The Stroke Center Advisory Group and Operations Team at Virginia Mason Medical Center will receive the "Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Award" from the National Patient Safety Foundation at its Congress meeting May 16 in Nashville, Tenn.

This award is granted to an NPSF member hospital in recognition of an outstanding initiative that demonstrates patient safety improvement, with involvement of staff at all levels of the organization.

"We're very proud of the stroke center team for their hard work and commitment to patient safety," said Gary S. Kaplan, MD, CEO and chairman of Virginia Mason. "Patient safety and quality are our highest priorities at Virginia Mason. Receiving this recognition from an external authority like the National Patient Safety Foundation is a tangible affirmation of the work we're doing to improve the safety and quality of patient care."

The group will be recognized for its comprehensive team approach, positive and enthusiastic culture, patient-centered focus, the scope of the group's influence and its demonstrated, measurable results. Group members focused on the multidisciplinary collaboration necessary to provide exceptional, patient-focused care to stroke patients, using the Virginia Mason Production System to create better processes, test new work tools and evaluate results.

The stroke center was also recognized with the Gold Performance Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, and was recently awarded Virginia Mason's 2008 Mary L. McClinton Patient Safety Award.

About the National Patient Safety Foundation
The National Patient Safety Foundation is an independent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has been diligently pursuing one mission since its founding in 1997 — to improve the safety of patients. A decade later, NPSF remains the sole organization in the field with this singular focus.

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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