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U.S. News & World Report Recognizes VM for High Performance in Eight Specialties
SEATTLE - (March 29, 2011) — Virginia Mason Medical Center was recognized today for its high performance in eight specialties — more than any other regional hospital — and ranked second in Seattle in U.S. News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals metro-area rankings. The high-performing specialties noted at Virginia Mason include gastroenterology (which is also ranked nationally for high performance), geriatrics, gynecology, kidney disorders, orthopedics, pulmonology, urology, and ear, nose and throat.
The new rankings recognize 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties, including 132 of the 152 hospitals already identified as the best in the nation. There are nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide.
U.S. News created Best Hospitals more than 20 years ago to identify those exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases, such as brain tumors typically considered inoperable and delicate pancreatic procedures.
The new metro area rankings are relevant to a much wider range of health care consumers. They are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital. Patients and their families will have a far better chance of finding a U.S. News-ranked hospital in their health insurance network and might not have to travel to get care at a high-performing hospital. To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties.
"We are so pleased to be recognized for our high performance by U.S. News & World Report," says Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason. "This information provides patients with a valuable tool to access high-quality health care and have peace of mind that they've selected the best hospital to meet their complex needs."
"All of these hospitals provide first-rate care for the majority of patients, even those with serious conditions or who need demanding procedures," says Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. "The new Best Hospitals metro rankings can tell you which hospitals are worth considering for most medical problems if you live in or near a major metro area."
About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit 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, and Bailey-Boushay House, a skilled-nursing facility and chronic care management program for people with HIV/AIDS. The medical center is affiliated with 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. For more information, Facebook/VMcares or follow @VirginiaMason on Twitter.
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