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SEATTLE – (Dec. 2, 2014) – For the ninth consecutive year, The Leapfrog Group today named Virginia Mason to its annual list of Top Hospitals in the nation.

Virginia Mason is the only hospital in Washington state to receive the 2014 Top Hospital award for quality and safety, and it is the only hospital in the U.S. to be named a Top Hospital every year since the recognition program was launched in 2006.

“The Leapfrog Group’s methodology sets a high standard for identifying hospitals that are truly committed to providing the highest quality and safest care,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “The Top Hospital award acknowledges our organization’s extraordinary achievements and our team members’ focus on creating a perfect patient experience.”

An elite distinction earned by hospitals through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Top Hospital award is given to less than 7 percent of all eligible hospitals in the country. 

“Leapfrog’s Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions any hospital can achieve in the United States,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, an employer-based coalition –  whose members include The Boeing Co., AARP, Federal Express, United Parcel Service and Verizon  advocating for improved transparency, quality and safety. “It recognizes institutions for their excellence in quality of care and patient safety, as well as their commitment to transparency.

“By achieving Top Hospital status, Virginia Mason has proven it’s a premier institution and deserves to be recognized for its dedication to the families and patients,” she added.

Virginia Mason is one of only 94 hospitals in 27 states recognized as a Top Hospital this year. The selection is based on results of The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey of hospitals’ performances on patient safety and quality indicators. The survey focuses on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use and management structures established to prevent errors. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including rates for high-risk procedures and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors.

To see the full list of institutions honored as a 2014 Top Hospital, visit

The Top Hospital award is not given to a set number of hospitals, but rather to all urban, rural and children's hospitals that meet the high standards defined in each year’s Top Hospitals Methodology

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group ( is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members. The Hospital Safety Score ( is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group.

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:

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

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