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Gary S. Kaplan, MD
Gary S. Kaplan, MD

Chairman and CEO

SEATTLE – (Aug. 14, 2018) – Virginia Mason has again been recognized as one of the best hospitals in the Puget Sound region by U.S. News & World Report.

In its 2018-19 rankings released today, U.S. News rates the medical center as high performing in aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, colon cancer surgery, hip and knee replacement surgery and lung cancer surgery.

The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 29th year, are designed to help individuals make informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions and common elective procedures.

This is the ninth straight year Virginia Mason has received the regional Best Hospital designation from U.S. News.

“This recognition by U.S. News is a testament to the focus on quality, safety and patient experience that distinguishes the physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other professional caregivers across our organization,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD.

For its 2018-19 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.

“For nearly 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to health care consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available, we give patients and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of specialties.”

The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely or entirely on objective measures, such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates for patients 65 and older, volume, patient experience, patient safety and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.

U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company. More than 40 million people visit each month for research and information. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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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