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SEATTLE – (July 19, 2019) – Virginia Mason has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain — MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2019.

 Chest Pain Award

The award recognizes Virginia Mason’s success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and affirms it has reached an aggressive treatment goal recommended by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines. The medical center demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain — MI Registry for eight consecutive quarters and is one of only 225 hospitals in the nation to receive the award.

Virginia Mason Emergency Department physicians and nurses are certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support. Also, Virginia Mason Heart Institute physicians are recognized nationally for treatment for heart failure and heart attack, with cardiac surgery outcomes ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation.

“As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, Virginia Mason has established itself as a leader in setting the national standard for improving quality of care in patients with acute myocardial infarction,” said Michael C. Kontos, MD, FACC, chair of the NCDR Chest Pain — MI Registry Steering Subcommittee, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The NCDR Chest Pain - MI Registry empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care.

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. The mission of the ACC and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. Learn more at

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; Virginia Mason Foundation; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management method for improving quality and safety.

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation.

Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Media Relations Manager
Virginia Mason Health System
(206) 341-1509



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