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SEATTLE -- (Oct. 20, 2020) -- Virginia Mason is among the top 10 percent in the nation for Gastrointestinal Care and General Surgery, according to new research by Healthgrades™, which announced recipients of its 2021 Specialty Excellence Awards today.

Virginia Mason is one of only three hospitals in Washington state to receive both the General Surgery and Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Awards. It is also the only hospital in Washington to receive the Five-Star Distinction for Treatment of Pneumonia for 18 consecutive years (2004-2021).

Additionally, the medical center is being recognized by Healthgrades for these clinical achievements:

  • Five-Star Distinction in Treatment of Heart Failure for 10 years in a row (2012-2021)
  • Five-Star Distinction in Treatment of Pneumonia for 18 years in a row (2004-2021)
  • Five-Star Distinction in Treatment of Sepsis for 13 years in a row (2009-2021)
  • Five-Star Distinctions for Carotid Procedures, Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries, Colorectal Surgeries and Treatment of Pancreatitis for 2021

“Our organization is honored to have earned this recognition from Healthgrades,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “It is an important acknowledgement of our team’s steadfast focus on quality and safety.”

Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards recognize hospitals with superior performance in specific specialty lines and specialty focus areas. From 2017 through 2019, patients treated at hospitals receiving the General Surgery Specialty Excellence Award had, on average, a 26.7 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication or dying while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

“The importance of hospital quality is top of mind for consumers, as they are becoming more aware of differences in care provided by different hospitals,” said Healthgrades Chief Medical Officer Brad Bowman, MD. “Consumers can feel confident knowing that hospitals that are recognized for their performance in Gastrointestinal Care and General Surgery provide high quality care and superior outcomes.”

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term, acute-care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures and evaluated comparative outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states.

Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as Five-Star (statistically significantly better than expected), Three-Star (not statistically different from expected) and One-Star (statistically significantly worse than expected). The Healthgrades 2021 Report to The Nation is online

* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2017 through 2019 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. For appendectomy and bariatric surgery, Healthgrades used inpatient data from 16 states that provide all-payer data for years 2016 through 2018.

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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