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

SEATTLE – (Dec. 8, 2020) – Highlighting its achievements in patient safety and quality, Virginia Mason was today named a 2020 top hospital by The Leapfrog Group, a national non-profit organization of employers and other health care purchasers widely acknowledged as the toughest standard-setters for safety and quality.

Virginia Mason, a 336-bed acute care hospital that has renowned medical residency and education programs, received the Top Teaching Hospital distinction.

“This prestigious, national award is a testament to our team members’ steadfast dedication to quality and safety and to always putting patients first in everything we do,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD.

“Our organization’s work during COVID-19 has been outstanding,” he added. “From the frontline teams to our support departments and everyone in between, I am so proud of the great effort we continue to put forth in dealing with something none of us has ever had to face.”

The Leapfrog Top Hospital Award is regarded as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. More than 2,200 hospitals were considered for the designation this year but only 105 were chosen:

  • 9 children’s hospitals
  • 29 general hospitals
  • 19 rural hospitals
  • 48 teaching hospitals

“Being recognized as a top hospital is an extraordinary feat and we are honored to recognize Virginia Mason this year,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO, The Leapfrog Group. “Despite the extraordinary pressure and strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia Mason has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to patients and the greater Puget Sound community. We congratulate the board, staff and clinicians whose efforts made this honor possible.”

The quality of patient care across many areas of hospital performance is considered in establishing the qualifications for the Top Hospital Award, including infection rates, practices for safer surgery, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

To qualify for the award, hospitals must rank top among peers on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital performance for quality and patient safety. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2020 Top Hospitals, visit

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care.

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.

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

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