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SEATTLE – (Nov. 19, 2014) – Virginia Mason is again rated as one of the safest hospitals in the nation by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit representing large purchasers of health care that is driving improvements in quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. health system.

Virginia Mason has received an “A” for patient safety in Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score program for the fifth time since the program, a gold standard measure of patient safety, was launched in 2012.

See how Virginia Mason compares nationally and locally on the Hospital Safety Score website at http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Hospitals receive grades of A, B, C, D or F based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The safety grades are updated twice a year (spring and autumn).

 “To maintain our ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score on an ongoing basis requires the dedication and focus on patient safety from every one of our team members,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “This recognition is another testament to our continuous efforts to ensure each of our patients receives the safest, highest quality care.”

The Leapfrog Group named Virginia Mason a Top Hospital of the Decade in 2010.

About Virginia Mason                            
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs 6,000 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; regional medical centers 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, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety. Virginia Mason website: www.VirginiaMason.org

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Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Virginia Mason Media Relations
(206) 341-1509
gale.robinette@vmmc.org

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