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

SEATTLE – (June 15, 2020) Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD, has again been named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives in the United States. This marks the 15th time he has been included on the elite annual roster published today.

Modern Healthcare, a national publication, created the list to honor individuals in health care who are deemed by their peers and the weekly magazine’s senior editors to be paving the way to better health through their executive responsibility, leadership qualities, innovation, community service and achievements inside and outside of their respective organizations. Readers voted for one of 150 clinical executives who they view as the most influential.

This recognition honors Dr. Kaplan’s leadership of Virginia Mason’s innovation, quality, service and patient safety efforts. His leadership has been critical to Virginia Mason and the community as the health system has responded to COVID-19, and to ensuring the organization is able to continue providing patient care while keeping them and team members safe. He has been chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason since 2000.

“Dr. Kaplan is always the first to recognize that being named to this list would not be possible without the dedication of physicians, nurses and all team members at Virginia Mason, and this honor is shared with every individual on the team,” said Tod R. Hamachek, chair, Virginia Mason Health System Board of Directors.

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; Virginia Mason Foundation; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management method for improving quality and safety.

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation.

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


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