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Gary Kaplan

SEATTLE – (Sept. 8, 2016) – Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD, was named to the Becker’s Hospital Review list of “110 Physician Leaders To Know in 2016,” which features presidents and CEOs of hospitals and health systems who also hold medical degrees.

See the complete list here. Names are in alphabetical order.

Those recognized have demonstrated outstanding leadership and clinical expertise throughout their careers and led initiatives to improve their individual organizations and the health care of the communities they serve, Becker’s said in a news release.

Dr. Kaplan, an internal medicine physician, has served as chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Health System since 2000. He is also chair of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Board of Directors and chairman of the National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute.

The Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team selected individuals for inclusion based on editorial judgment and discretion, and nominations were considered when making selections for this list, which has been published since 2010. Individuals did not and cannot pay to be on the list.

Becker’s is a monthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Each issue reaches more than 18,000 people, primarily acute care hospital chief executive officers, chief financial officers and chief information officers.

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 U.S. 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 Yakima-based Memorial Family of Services and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, a 226-bed facility serving the Yakima Valley in Central Washington since 1950. Memorial Family of Services comprises primary care practices and specialty care services, including high quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, hospice care, and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Memorial online:

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


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