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Screening Center of ExcellenceSEATTLE – (Oct. 8, 2014) — Virginia Mason has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening.

“We are proud and honored to be working with Virginia Mason as a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence,” said LCA President and CEO Laurie Fenton Ambrose. “Their commitment to practice responsible lung cancer screening will lead to advancements in research and many lives saved. They are an example to follow.”

As a designated Screening Center of Excellence, Virginia Mason is committed to providing clear information based on current evidence about who is a candidate for lung cancer screening. It also complies with standards developed by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program for controlling screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures within a multi-disciplinary clinical setting. Low-dose CT screening is a proven method for detecting lung cancer at an early and treatable stage.

LCA launched the National Framework for Lung Screening Excellence and its Continuum of Care in 2012 and now has more than 200 sites committed to the guidelines. The National Framework lays out a bill of rights for the at-risk public and guiding principles for lung cancer screening sites. LCA online: LungCancerAlliance.org

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.

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Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Virginia Mason Media Relations
(206) 341-1509
gale.robinette@vmmc.org

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