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SEATTLE - (Oct. 29, 2008) — Virginia Mason Medical Center today announced the establishment of the Virginia Mason Institute (VMI), a separate non-profit corporation with the mission of providing education and training in the Virginia Mason Production System management method and furthering development of the Center for Health Care Solutions. VMI has been created in response to an overwhelming number of requests for Virginia Mason staff to share their experience and knowledge in applying lean principles to health care.

In 2001, Virginia Mason adopted the business case for quality as its key strategy with a clear and unequivocal focus on the patient. At the time, VM was one of the first organizations in the world to adapt the Toyota Production System to health care to improve care, reduce waste and allow medical staff and the entire care-delivery team to spend more value-added time with patients.

"With an active "learning laboratory" in our own delivery system, we are a unique and attractive site for educating others in VMPS methods and tools," says Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason. "The demand for this type of education is great, and VMI provides the structure to meet this demand while continuing to focus on important improvement work for our patients."

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health-care system in Seattle that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 440 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Virginia Mason operates a network of clinics throughout the Puget Sound area; manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and Chronic Care Management program for people living with HIV and AIDS; and operates Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, internationally recognized in autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason is known for applying manufacturing principles to health care to improve quality and patient safety.

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