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Andrew Weiss, MD
Andrew Weiss, MD

SEATTLE — (Feb. 5, 2019)

Virginia Mason has become the first medical center in the Pacific Northwest to earn designation as a Donor Care Network Center of Excellence by the National Kidney Registry.

The Donor Care Network is comprised of transplant programs within the registry that have met rigorous standards for the prestigious centers of excellence designation and are committed to specific actions that support quality clinical outcomes and patient experiences.

“We look forward to a continuing partnership with the National Kidney Registry and share its vision for making kidney donation safer, easier and more convenient for donors,” said Andrew Weiss, MD, medical director, Virginia Mason Transplant Center.

More than 3,000 kidney and pancreas transplants have been performed at Virginia Mason since the medical center’s transplant program was established in 1972. Since 1988 alone, a total of 2,797 kidney-only transplants have occurred at Virginia Mason, more than any other transplant center in Seattle during this period of time.

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
gale.robinette@VirginiaMason.org

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