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One of Two Hospitals in Nation to Receive Honor Seven Years in a Row

SEATTLE – (Dec. 4, 2012) — Virginia Mason Medical Center was named a 2012 Top Hospital today at The Leapfrog Group’s annual meeting in Baltimore. This is the seventh consecutive year Virginia Mason has received the honor from Leapfrog. Virginia Mason joins University of Maryland Medical Center-Baltimore as the only two hospitals to receive Top Hospital distinction every year since the recognition program’s inception in 2006.

“We are extremely proud once again to be a Leapfrog Top Hospital,” said Gary S. Kaplan, MD, Virginia Mason chairman and CEO. “This recognition reflects our physicians’ and team members’ dedication to achieving the highest standards in serving our patients. The Leapfrog Group’s standards are high, and its methodology identifies those hospitals that are truly committed to providing the highest quality, safest care for patients.”

This year, 66 hospitals — and just three in Washington state — were named to the Top Hospitals list out of nearly 1,200 participating in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey. The honor is based on results of that survey, an evaluation tool that provides consumers and health care purchasers with up-to-date assessments of participating hospitals' quality and safety programs and outcomes.

“The Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction is by far the most competitive award a hospital can receive,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Leapfrog holds hospitals to the highest standards on behalf of our purchaser members and their employees. By achieving the Top Hospital distinction, Virginia Mason has demonstrated exemplary performance across all areas of quality and patient safety that are analyzed on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey.”

To be named a Top Hospital, Virginia Mason had to:

  • Fully meet Leapfrog’s standard for computer physician order entry (CPOE).
  • Fully meet Leapfrog’s intensive care unit (ICU) staffing standard.
  • Meet Leapfrog’s standards for complex procedures, such as heart bypass surgery, resection of the pancreas, resection of the esophagus, etc.
  • Achieve a value score of 69 or better as calculated through Leapfrog’s Hospital Recognition Program. The score, which is a numerical value from 0 to 100, is a combination of quality and resource use, with quality weighted more heavily.
  • Receive an A grade on Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score. This score grades hospitals on how safe they are for patients. Each A, B, C, D or F score comes from expert analysis of publicly available data consumers can now use to protect their families from harm or death during a hospital stay.

A detailed explanation of the Leapfrog Hospital Recognition Program scoring methodology can be found at

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group ( is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit comprehensive regional health care system in Seattle that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 440 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Virginia Mason operates a network of clinics throughout the Puget Sound area, and Bailey-Boushay House, a skilled-nursing facility and chronic care management program for people with HIV/AIDS. The medical center is affiliated with Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, internationally recognized in autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason is known for applying manufacturing principles to health care to improve quality and patient safety. For more information, visit or follow @VirginiaMason on Twitter.

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