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SEATTLE – (June 11, 2013) – Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD, emphasizes that respect for people is the foundation for quality health care.

"At Virginia Mason Medical Center, we understand respect must be shown every day, at all levels of our organization, for us to provide the best care and a perfect patient experience,” he states in an article on FierceHealthcare’s Hospital Impact blog. “If our physicians, nurses and other team members don’t feel valued and respected, this will affect their ability to put the patient first in everything we do."

Read his article titled Respect: The foundation for quality care.

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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Gale Robinette
Virginia Mason Media Relations
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