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SEATTLE — (Oct. 22, 2019) — Virginia Mason has received a five-star rating for the treatment of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, bowel obstruction and sepsis, according to a national report released today by Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

The company evaluated clinical performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions, using data from 45 million Medicare inpatient records.

Virginia Mason is the only hospital in Washington state to receive Healthgrades’ five-star distinction for treatment of pneumonia for 17 years in a row (2004-2020). It is also one of only five hospitals in the nation — and the only one in Washington — to receive Healthgrades’ five-star rating for treatment of bowel obstruction 15 years in a row (2006-2020).

Healthgrades Five-Star Rating Award Heart Attack
Healthgrades Five-Star Rating Award Heart Failure
Healthgrades Five-Star Rating Award Pneumonia


Healthgrades Five-Star Rating Award Bowel Obstruction
Healthgrades Five-Star Rating Award Sepsis

From 2016-2018, if all hospitals as a group had performed similarly to Virginia Mason and other hospitals receiving five stars as a group, on average, 220,019 lives could potentially have been saved and 149,403 medical complications could potentially have been avoided, Healthgrades determined. (Statistics are based on an analysis of Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data for 2016 through 2018 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.)

Also, Healthgrades ranks Virginia Mason among the top 10% of hospitals in the United States for cardiology services for the fourth consecutive year (2017-2020). 

“Our passion for quality care and patient safety has been recognized often by outside organizations that evaluate the health care industry,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “We are very proud of this recognition. It affirms to our teams that we are focused on the right work and truly making a difference for our patients, and patients everywhere.”

“Consumers have many choices when it comes to choosing a hospital where to receive care and the choice can be a matter of life and death,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer at Healthgrades. “The hospitals that have been recognized as five-star rated for specific procedures and conditions stand out above the rest for the ongoing dedication and commitment to providing exceptional care to their patients.”

The Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation and its study methodology are available online.

Earlier this year, Healthgrades named Virginia Mason one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for a third year in a row (2017-2019) and recognized the medical center with the Outstanding Patient Experience Award for the seventh consecutive year (2013-2019).

Virginia Mason, established in 1920, will commemorate its 100th year of service to patients and the community in 2020.

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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