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SEATTLE – (Oct. 23, 2012) — Healthgrades announced today that Virginia Mason Medical Center’s Cardiac, Pulmonary, Neurosciences, Gastrointestinal, General Surgery and Critical Care programs received specialty Excellence Awards, placing them in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide. The findings are part of American Hospital Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates the performance of some 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Healthgrades is a leading provider of information to help consumers make informed decisions about physicians and hospitals.

Virginia Mason also was named among America’s 100 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades in six areas:

  • Cardiac Care for the second consecutive year
  • Coronary Intervention
  • Pulmonary Care
  • Gastrointestinal Care for the second consecutive year
  • General Surgery
  • Critical Care

In addition, Virginia Mason was ranked No. 1 in Washington state in the following areas:

  • Overall Cardiac Services for the third consecutive year
  • Cardiology Services for the third consecutive year
  • Coronary Interventional Services
  • Gastrointestinal Services for the second consecutive year
  • General Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Medical Treatment for the second consecutive year

Virginia Mason also was a Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient in 22 categories in the areas of Cardiac, Orthopedic, Neurosciences, Pulmonary, Gastrointestinal and Critical Care.

"The ratings from Healthgrades reflect the efforts of all who work at Virginia Mason, including our partners, to provide the highest quality care for our patients," said Gary S. Kaplan, MD, Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO. "These honors also demonstrate our work to transform health care by eliminating waste and providing extraordinary service is clearly making a difference. Our patients are the ultimate beneficiaries, and I think that’s the most important aspect of these rankings."

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs more than 5,300 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital, a primary and specialty care group practice of nearly 460 physicians, locations throughout the Puget Sound area and Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste and improve quality and patient safety.

Other awards and distinctions include Top Hospital of the Decade by The Leapfrog Group, 2012 Top Hospital (for the sixth consecutive year) and grade "A" patient safety rating by The Leapfrog Group, and the 2012 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety Excellence Awards from Healthgrades. And, earlier this year, VM was honored by Healthgrades with the Emergency Medicine Excellence Award for the second consecutive year, placing VM in the top 5 percent among the nation’s emergency medicine providers.
Recently, Virginia Mason became one of only six health care organizations in the nation designated as a Center of Excellence by Walmart. Virginia Mason is one of only four hospitals in the country designated to provide specialty cardiac care and one of only three to provide specialty spine surgery to Walmart’s more than 1 million employees and covered family members under this program.
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