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Gary S. Kaplan, MD
Gary S. Kaplan, MD

SEATTLE – (June 19, 2018) – Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD, is ranked No. 42 on Modern Healthcare’s annual list of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders. This is the 13th time he has been included in the prestigious list, published in the June 18 edition of the national publication.

The exclusive roster recognizes physicians working in all sectors of health care who are steering their organizations through dynamic and challenging times.

Joining Dr. Kaplan are hospital CEOs, physicians in government organizations, medical school leaders, and those representing consumer and professional organizations who stand out for the scope of their executive responsibilities, personal achievements, innovation and commitment to their communities. ­

“Since Dr. Kaplan represents all Virginia Mason team members, this honor helps bring well-deserved recognition to the health system and the great work team members do every day,” said Tod Hamachek, chair, Virginia Mason Board of Directors. “The physicians, nurses and all team members at Virginia Mason share this honor with Dr. Kaplan for their ongoing commitment to achieving our vision to be the Quality Leader and transform health care.”

Dr. Kaplan has served as chairman and chief executive officer of Virginia Mason since 2000. He is also chairman of the National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute and immediate past chair of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Board of Directors. In addition to his responsibilities as chairman and CEO at Virginia Mason, Dr. Kaplan is a practicing internal medicine physician.

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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