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SEATTLE – (Oct. 17, 2017) — Virginia Mason was recognized by Healthgrades today as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for cardiac care, coronary intervention, pulmonary care, general surgery, gastrointestinal care and critical care.

Healthgrades evaluated Medicare patient outcomes at nearly 4,500 hospitals for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. It then identified the 100 best-performing hospitals across all conditions and procedures evaluated within each service line.

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

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

This marks the second consecutive year Virginia Mason has been named one of Healthgrades Best 100 hospitals for pulmonary care.

Virginia Mason is also a Healthgrades’ Five-Star recipient for coronary intervention procedures, esophageal/stomach surgery, colorectal surgery, and treatment of  heart attack, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, GI bleed, bowel obstruction, sepsis, pulmonary embolism, respiratory failure and diabetic emergencies.

“These achievements reflect the commitment of our outstanding care teams to always put patients first in everything they do,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “Providing the highest quality care is our No. 1 priority.”

Healthgrades’ 2018 Report to the Nation, released today, demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact this variation may have on health outcomes. For example, from 2014 through 2016, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals award for coronary intervention had, on average, a 55 percent greater chance of surviving than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, Healthgrades determined.

“Many consumers believe that hospital quality is standardized, though the reality is that clinical quality and outcomes at hospitals vary widely across the country,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer, Healthgrades.

The Report to the Nation and Healthgrades’ study methodology are online at

Earlier this year, Healthgrades named Virginia Mason one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ and recognized the medical center with its Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ for the fifth consecutive year (2013-2017).

Cardiac Care Award
Coronary Intervention Award
Critical Care Award
Gastrointestinal Care Award
General Surgery Award
Pulmonay Care Award

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 United States 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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