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 Gary S. Kaplan, MD
Gary S. Kaplan, MD
Chairman and CEO

SEATTLE – (July 30, 2019) — Virginia Mason is rated as one of the best hospitals in the United States for gastroenterology and gastrointestinal (GI) surgery by U.S. News & World Report.

In its 2019-2020 Best Hospitals survey released today, U.S. News ranks Virginia Mason at No. 39 nationally in gastroenterology and GI surgery. It also ranks Virginia Mason as one of the top hospitals in Washington state and the Seattle metro area, with a designation of high-performing in abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, colon cancer surgery, geriatrics, hip and knee replacement, lung cancer surgery, pulmonology and lung surgery, and urology.

“This recognition by U.S. News is a result of the focus on quality, safety and great patient experiences that distinguishes our organization,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD.

This is the 10th straight year Virginia Mason has been ranked as one of the best hospitals in the region by U.S. News, which evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. Its methodologies in most areas of care are based largely or entirely on objective measures, such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.

“For 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 on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties.”

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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