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SEATTLE — (Feb. 12, 2019)

Virginia Mason announced today it has received the 2019 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award from Healthgrades, making this the third straight year the medical center has earned this prestigious recognition for clinical excellence.

The award places Virginia Mason in the top 1 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals in the United States whose clinical performance is assessed by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

From 2015 through 2017 (the study period for the 2019 award), if all hospitals had performed similarly to Virginia Mason and the other 49 hospitals earning the award, an estimated 182,721 lives could potentially have been saved, Healthgrades said.

“To receive the 50 Best Hospitals Award from Healthgrades for three consecutive years is a remarkable achievement,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “The award acknowledges the commitment to excellence that distinguishes our teams and affirms that their constant focus on quality and safety is making a difference for our patients.”

Not only is Virginia Mason the only hospital in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon and Idaho) to receive the 50 Best Hospitals Award from Healthgrades three years in a row (2017-2019), it is the only recipient of the 2019 award in Washington state. “Healthgrades congratulates the recipients of the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for their proven commitment to exceptional care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer, Healthgrades. “Our analysis shows that care quality can vary significantly between hospitals, but consumers can use sources like Healthgrades to research and select the best hospital for their care.”

Recipients of the award are recognized for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the study period these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 most common inpatient conditions and procedures, as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).

To learn more about how Healthgrades determines the award recipients, and for more information on Healthgrades Quality Solutions, visit


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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