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Leadership Team Recognized for Innovation, Vision and Advancing Quality

SEATTLE - (March 9, 2012) — The American Medical Group Association today presented Virginia Mason Medical Center with the Medical Group Preeminence Award at AMGA's 2012 annual conference in San Diego.

The AMGA Medical Group Preeminence Award is presented to physician-administrator leadership teams from AMGA member medical groups for exceptional leadership; innovation and vision; contributions to the advancement of quality; effective health care delivery practices and structure; and outstanding contributions to the local public community.

"This award recognizes an organization's contributions to the community but also to the medical group model, itself," said Donald W. Fisher, PhD, CAE, President and Chief Executive Officer, AMGA. "Virginia Mason stands as an exemplar of the model, and their work is revolutionizing how care is delivered to their community. Virginia Mason has set and exceeded goals to be a safer, more efficient, high-quality care organization which gives back to the region through community involvement to improve health in the Seattle area."

This is Virginia Mason's second time being honored with the award, having also received it in 2007. The organization has a long history of physician-administrator partnerships and its leadership philosophy is articulated throughout the organization and is transparent at all levels.

"Everyone at Virginia Mason is proud to have their efforts on behalf of our patients recognized by AMGA," said Gary S. Kaplan, MD, Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason. "Our vision at Virginia Mason is 'To be the Quality Leader and transform health care.' It is a great honor for our team to be recognized by their colleagues for their commitment to our patients, and for their innovation and determination in establishing benchmarks in care for all of us to meet and exceed."

About AMGA
The American Medical Group Association represents medical groups, including some of the nation's largest, most prestigious medical practices, independent practice associations, and integrated health care delivery systems. AMGA's mission is to improve health care for patients by supporting multispecialty medical groups and other organized systems of care. More than 125,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing health care services for 130 million patients in 49 states (more than one in three Americans). Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AMGA is the strategic partner for these organizations, providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs, publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance.

About Virginia Mason
Virginia Mason Medical Center is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1920, Virginia Mason includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; more than 450 primary care and specialty 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, improve quality and safety, and lower costs.

Awards and distinctions include Top Hospital of the Decade by The Leapfrog Group; 2012 Top Hospital (for the sixth consecutive year) by The Leapfrog Group; 2012 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from HealthGrades®; and 2012 America's 100 Best Specialty Excellence Award for Overall Cardiac and Gastrointestinal Care from HealthGrades.

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