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

SEATTLE — (June 17, 2019) — Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD, has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives for the 14th time by Modern Healthcare magazine.

He is No. 17 on the list, published in today’s edition of the national magazine. The list honors physicians working in the health care industry who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential in terms of demonstrating leadership and impact. Joining Dr. Kaplan on the elite roster are hospital CEOs, physicians who are in government organizations, and those representing consumer and professional organizations.

“This is remarkable recognition for Dr. Kaplan and the entire Virginia Mason team,” said Tod Hamachek, chair, Virginia Mason Health System Board of Directors. “Under Dr. Kaplan’s leadership, Virginia Mason has become an international leader in health care innovation, quality, service and patient safety.

Dr. Kaplan is chair of the National Patient Safety Foundation Lucian Leape Institute and immediate past chair of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Board of Directors.

He was a founding member of Health CEOs for Health Reform and has held leadership positions with numerous organizations, including the Medical Group Management Association and the Washington Healthcare Forum. In addition to his responsibilities as chairman and CEO at Virginia Mason, Dr. Kaplan is a practicing internal medicine physician who continues to see patients.

“I am honored to receive this recognition and know it wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated Virginia Mason team members who work relentlessly every day to provide high quality care and an outstanding patient experience,” said Dr. Kaplan.

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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