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SEATTLE - (Aug. 13, 2008) — Virginia Mason Medical Center received a $2.5 million grant from The Norcliffe Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life of all people in the local community. The funds will contribute to the construction of Virginia Mason Hospital's new patient-centered facility, which will help improve cost, access and quality of health care in the community.

This significant grant was made in large part because members of The Norcliffe Foundation had the opportunity to tour parts of Virginia Mason designed with similar process improvement principles to be deployed in the new hospital facility. Virginia Mason uses the Virginia Mason Production System, a management method modeled on the Toyota Production System that is focused on improving quality and removing waste from health care.

"It was amazing to see Virginia Mason's use of the Toyota methods in health care," said Mary Pigott, president of The Norcliffe Foundation. "We saw how these methods truly can improve hospital facility design for patient-centered care within our community, and we were excited to be a part of this work."

"We are very grateful for The Norcliffe Foundation's generous grant, which will enable us to enhance and accelerate changes we are already making to transform health-care delivery and improve care," said Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason. "At Virginia Mason, nothing matters more to us than the patient and the patient experience. By supporting our mission with this wonderful gift, The Norcliffe Foundation has given an even greater gift to our patients and community — advancements in the delivery of care for improved health and well-being."

The new hospital addition reflects Virginia Mason's commitment to continually improving the patient experience. To make health-care delivery more patient-centered, the hospital will feature unique design elements driven by information collected from patients, physicians, staff and community members. The building design plans include about 250,000 square feet of space incorporating inpatient and critical care, a new emergency department, operating suites, patient floors designed to improve delivery processes and systems, and flexible design to allow for continuous improvement and changing demands.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health-care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care hospital in Seattle. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and Adult Day Health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

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