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SEATTLE – (Sept. 21, 2017) – Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD, is on the 2017 list of “112 Physician Leaders to Know,” compiled and posted online by Becker’s Hospital Review, a Chicago-based news organization that focuses on the health care industry.

The list features hospital and health system presidents and CEOs who hold medical degrees and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and clinical expertise throughout their careers. The full list can be viewed here.

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

“He is a physician executive with few equals,” said Tod Hamachek, chairman, Virginia Mason Health System Board of Directors. “With his leadership, Virginia Mason has gained international acclaim for innovations designed to transform health care by improving quality, safety and the patient experience.”

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). In June, he received the 2017 National Healthcare Award from B’nai B’rith International.

Becker’s Hospital Review is a monthly publication and online daily information source offering news and analysis affecting hospitals and health systems.

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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