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

SEATTLE – (Aug. 26, 2013) – Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD, is again included on Modern Healthcare magazine’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. He is ranked No. 31 on the 2013 list published today.

This is the fifth time Dr. Kaplan has been named to this elite roster by the magazine, considered one of the most widely read publications among health care leaders in the United States.

“This achievement is a great honor for Dr. Kaplan and for every team member at Virginia Mason,” said Jim Young, chair of the Virginia Mason Health System and Virginia Mason Medical Center Boards 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 list of 100 Most Influential People was determined by the magazine’s readers and editors, with each group’s vote accounting for 50 percent toward the ranking.

The final list is online at: 2013 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.

Under Dr. Kaplan’s guidance, Virginia Mason has developed into an international leader in care quality, service and patient safety since it began applying essential principles of the Toyota Production System more than 10 years ago to eliminate waste, improve quality and reduce cost. The Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS) has elevated the health system to national prominence for efficiency and led to Virginia Mason being named one of two Hospitals of the Decade in 2010.
Additionally, hundreds of health care professionals from across the U.S. and the world travel to Virginia Mason every year to study the Virginia Mason Production System at the Virginia Mason Institute. Since 2008, about 5,000 people from 17 countries have attended VMPS classes to learn how to apply VMPS methodologies at their own hospitals. 
About Gary S. Kaplan, MD
Gary S. Kaplan, MD, FACP, FACMPE, FACPE, has served as chairman and CEO of the Virginia Mason Health System since 2000. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan and is board certified in internal medicine.
In addition to his duties as chairman and CEO, Dr. Kaplan is a practicing physician, a clinical professor at the University of Washington, board chair for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and incoming (September 2013) chair of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Earlier this year, he was ranked among the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives in the U.S. for the eighth time by readers and senior editors of Modern Physician and Modern Healthcare magazines.

Dr. Kaplan, a founding member of Health CEOs for Health Reform, has been recognized for his service and contributions to numerous regional and national organizations, including the Medical Group Management Association, National Patient Safety Foundation and the Washington Healthcare Forum.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs more than 5,300 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; satellite locations throughout the Puget Sound area; and 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 at Virginia Mason is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste and improve quality and patient safety.

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

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