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SEATTLE – (Oct. 21, 2014) – Virginia Mason announced today it has again been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for pulmonary, gastrointestinal, critical care and general surgery.

Virginia Mason earned Healthgrades’ Excellence Award in each of the four specialties, placing it among the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals for these services. This is the fourth consecutive year Healthgrades has designated Virginia Mason one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for gastrointestinal care and the third straight year it has ranked Virginia Mason among the best 100 for critical care, pulmonary care and general surgery.

“This recognition of excellence reflects the commitment of teams throughout our organization, and of our partner organizations whose providers treat patients in our hospital, to always providing the highest quality and safest care,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “As we strive to transform health care, Virginia Mason continues to be a national leader in raising the bar for quality, safety and the total patient experience.”

Virginia Mason also received Healthgrades’ coveted 5-Star rating in 13 treatment categories. This is the highest rating possible and indicates clinical outcomes are better than normally expected.  For example, from 2011 through 2013, patients treated for stroke at hospitals with a 5-Star rating like Virginia Mason had, on average, a 48.4 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated at a hospital with a 1-Star rating. Virginia Mason’s 5-Star ratings are for:

  • Stroke treatment (six years in a row)
  • Heart attack treatment (five years in a row)
  • Heart failure treatment (four years in a row)
  • Total knee replacement (three years in a row)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease treatment (six years in a row)
  • Pneumonia treatment (12 years in a row)
  • Esophageal/stomach surgery (five years in a row)
  • Small intestine surgery (five years in a row)
  • Gastrointestinal bleed treatment (six years in a row)
  • Bowel obstruction treatment (10 years in a row)
  • Pancreatitis treatment (four years in a row)
  • Sepsis treatment (seven years in a row)
  • Pulmonary embolism treatment (two years in a row)

For its analysis and annual report released today, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 33 common conditions and procedures. More information about “Healthgrades 2015 Report to the Nation,” including the complete methodology for evaluating hospitals’ performances, can be found at

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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