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SEATTLE – (June 13, 2014) – Craig Blackmore, MD, MPH, director of the Virginia Mason Center for Health Services Research, has been appointed to the state’s new Performance Measures Coordinating Committee by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

Dr. Blackmore is one of 29 individuals selected to serve on the panel. Its purpose is to recommend standard statewide measures of health performance that can be used to inform public and private health care purchasing, and improve the value and efficiency of services.

The committee was created by legislation calling for transformation of the state’s health care delivery system through strategies proposed in the State Health Care Innovation Plan for a Healthier Washington. The committee includes representatives of health research, medicine, behavioral health, insurance plans, public health, health care practices and specialties, consumer groups, minority populations, the business community and other areas.

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 more than 5,600 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; satellite locations 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: www.VirginiaMason.org

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

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