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Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals - 2016

SEATTLE - (Feb. 23, 2016) — Virginia Mason announced today it has received the 2016 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™ from Healthgrades, making this the third consecutive year it has earned this recognition for clinical quality.

Virginia Mason ranks among the top 2 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals evaluated nationwide for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance across a broad spectrum of care as measured by Healthgrades.

Virginia Mason is also the only hospital in Washington state to receive the 2016 award from Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.  
“I am proud of the commitment to excellence that distinguishes the care teams across our organization,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “We are all here to improve the health and well-being of the patients we serve, and our dedication to quality and safety is why Virginia Mason is a national leader in health care.”

Award winners are determined through Healthgrades’ independent evaluation of clinical outcomes for Medicare patients. From 2012 through 2014, patients treated at a hospital receiving this year’s award had, on average, a 26.5 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated at a hospital that did not receive the award, based on 19 rated procedures and conditions for which in-hospital mortality was the outcome.

During this same period, if all hospitals had performed at the level of Virginia Mason and the other award recipients, an estimated 170,699 lives could potentially have been saved, according to Healthgrades.

“Our analysis shows that there is tremendous variation in care, so it’s important for consumers to carefully research and choose a hospital,” said Evan Marks, chief strategy officer, Healthgrades. “We commend the recipients of the America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award for delivering exceptional clinical outcomes that help them stand out from their peers in terms of overall clinical performance.”

Healthgrades evaluates clinical outcomes for 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures at more than 4,500 hospitals in the United States annually. No hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being evaluated, and no hospital pays to be evaluated. Mortality and complication rates are risk-adjusted, which takes into account differing levels of severity of patient illness at different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared equally.

The 100 Best Hospitals Award follows the 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence that Virginia Mason received from Healthgrades in January. In that recognition, Virginia Mason earned five stars, the most possible, for the treatment of several conditions, including heart failure, stroke and pneumonia.

To learn more about America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award program, visit

About Virginia Mason
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 480 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 also includes Yakima-based Memorial Family of Services and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, a 226-bed facility serving the Yakima Valley in Central Washington since 1950. Memorial Family of Services comprises primary care practices and specialty care services, including high quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, hospice care, and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Memorial online:

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

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