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SEATTLE – (Dec. 6, 2016) — For the 11th consecutive year, The Leapfrog Group today named Virginia Mason a Top Hospital based on its evaluation of quality and safety at medical centers across the nation.

The Top Hospital award is based on results of the 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing qualifications for the award, including infection rates and the hospital’s ability to prevent errors.

Virginia Mason is the only facility in the nation to be designated a Top Hospital every year since the recognition program began in 2006. Also, Virginia Mason is the only recipient of the 2016 Top Hospital award in Washington.

“The Top Hospital award from The Leapfrog Group is another affirmation of our team members’ focus on quality and safety, and on creating a remarkable patient experience,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “The attributes of teamwork, integrity, excellence and service guide our work every day and ensure we are on the right path.”

Established in 2000 by large employers and other health care purchasers, the Washington, D.C.-based Leapfrog Group is a non-profit coalition driving giant leaps forward in health care quality, safety and transparency. Members of the coalition include several Fortune 100 companies.

National and regional health plans use Leapfrog hospital survey results to power decision-support tools for their members and regional coalitions use the data to activate their communities around safety and quality.

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than three percent of hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO, The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, Virginia Mason has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care requires motivation and drive from every team member.”

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; regional medical centers in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; 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, 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 online:

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

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

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