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SEATTLE -- (Oct. 23, 2018) -- Virginia Mason is one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for cardiac care, coronary intervention, gastrointestinal care and general surgery, according to a national study released today by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

Virginia Mason is the only hospital in Washington state to be named:

  • One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for cardiac care for three consecutive years (2017-2019)
  • One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for coronary intervention for two consecutive years (2018-2019)
  • One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for gastrointestinal care for eight consecutive years (2012-2019)
  • One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for general surgery for seven consecutive years (2013-2019)

The medical center also received the Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ for the 10th consecutive year (2010-2019) and the Critical Care Excellence Award for the ninth consecutive year (2011-2019) from Healthgrades.

Moreover, Virginia Mason is a Healthgrades’ Five-Star Recipient for colorectal surgery, valve surgery and coronary intervention procedures, and treatment of heart attack, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, gastrointestinal bleed, bowel obstruction and sepsis.

“This recognition is a testament to the expertise of our care teams, to their focus on quality and successful clinical results, and to putting patients first in everything they do,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD.

These achievements are part of the findings released today in the Healthgrades “2019 Report to the Nation.” The report demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact this variation has on health outcomes. Additionally, from 2015 through 2017, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention Award have, on average, a 46 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in a hospital that did not receive the award.

“Hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care, Coronary Intervention, Gastrointestinal Care and General Surgery have proven their dedication to quality care and exceptional outcomes,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer, Healthgrades. “Consumers should consider hospital quality when navigating their care journeys, and these recognitions distinguish Virginia Mason Medical Center in the marketplace.”

Denver-based Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for almost 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories.

The complete Healthgrades “2019 Report to the Nation” and detailed study methodology can be found at

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

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation.

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


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