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Gary S. Kaplan, MD

Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Health System, will be a featured speaker at the symposium.

SEATTLE   (Aug. 15, 2018)Virginia Mason Institute will host its first global symposium March 6-7, 2019 to teach health care executives, clinical leaders, and quality and safety experts new methodologies for driving improvements in health care quality, safety and cost.

The two-day interactive event, “Symposium 2019: Creating Greater Value and Reliability in Health Care, will take place at Motif Seattle.

Through the lens of the complex spine surgery team at Virginia Mason Medical Center, attendees will discover the breakthrough methods it used – including team-based strategies to make better decisions for patients – to reduce surgery complications by 36 percent.

The symposium will also showcase proven ways to engage and empower team members – from the boardroom to the front lines of care delivery – to drive change and achieve better processes and value-based care through successful improvement of service lines.

The programming of this interactive event will provide a framework for disruptive innovation in health care delivery that has the potential to greatly improve the value of any service line – as defined by the patient’s perspective. Through formal instruction with health care experts, focused panel discussions, keynote lectures and networking with industry peers, participants will go away with the sense of urgency and tools needed to compete in the new world of health care value and reliability, and improve the bottom line.

For more information and to register, visit

Virginia Mason’s world-class management system has enabled it – and others that have implemented an evidence-based systems engineering approach to quality improvement – to become a learning organization that knows how to execute.

Since 2008, Virginia Mason Institute has partnered with health care organizations worldwide to assess opportunities for critical improvement, develop and implement innovative services and solutions, and continually evaluate progress to drive advances to quality, safety, and efficiency. One of the overarching goals of Virginia Mason Institute is to help organizations create value from their services — as defined from the patient’s perspective. Using the same philosophy and approach that are fundamental to Virginia Mason’s successes in quality care, Virginia Mason Institute empowers health care leaders to address current challenges and proactively mitigate emergent issues.

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; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others from around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management methodology for continually improving quality, safety and efficiency.

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950.

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

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