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Virginia Mason Partner, EvergreenHealth, Also Receives Top Grade

SEATTLE – (May 8, 2013) — Virginia Mason Medical Center has received an “A” for patient safety for the third time from the Hospital Safety Score program developed by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

An “A” signifies Virginia Mason is among the safest hospitals in the region and nation. The scores are updated every six months, and Virginia Mason has received the top grade since Leapfrog began issuing Hospital Safety Scores. Hospitals are given scores of A through F based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. 

“This recognition is a testament to the continuous efforts of our entire team to ensure each of our patients receives the safest, highest quality care,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “We always put patient safety first.”

“Earning an ‘A’ on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that this hospital has exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I’d like to congratulate Virginia Mason for your achievements and encourage you to continue to put a priority on the safety of your patients.”

Additionally, Kirkland-based EvergreenHealth, with which Virginia Mason has a strategic partnership, received an “A” in the respected Hospital Safety Score program.

To see how Virginia Mason and EvergreenHealth compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at, which provides information on how the public can protect themselves during a hospital stay.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel of foremost patient safety experts, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, medical and medication errors. The Blue Ribbon Expert Panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

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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