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

SEATTLE — (Dec. 9, 2019) — SEATTLE – (Dec. 9, 2019) – Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD, is No. 89 on Modern Healthcare magazine’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.

This is the 11th time he has been on the national publication’s roster of most influential people. The 2019 list was announced today.

“This achievement is a great honor for Dr. Kaplan and for every team member at Virginia Mason,” said Tod Hamachek, chair, Virginia Mason Board of Directors. “It recognizes Dr. Kaplan’s influence and Virginia Mason’s position as a leader in the national movement to improve care quality and patient safety and to lower cost. It also is a testament to his leadership at Virginia Mason, which has become a model for innovations designed to transform health care.”

The Modern Healthcare ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare honors individuals who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential in the industry, in terms of leadership and impact. See the 2019 list at 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.

In addition to serving as chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason since 2000, Dr. Kaplan is a practicing internal medicine physician; chair of the Lucian Leape Institute at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI); and immediate past chair of the IHI Board of Directors.

In June, Dr. Kaplan was named one of the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare for the 14th time.

Dr. Kaplan is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE) and the American College of Physician Executives (FACPE).

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; regional medical centers in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed and built 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 online:

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving the Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Memorial online:

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

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