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No. 1 in Washington in Overall Cardiac Services, Cardiology, GI Services and GI Medical Treatment

Rating Based on Study of Patient Outcomes at the Nation's Hospitals by HealthGrades®
 
SEATTLE - (Oct. 18, 2011) — Today HealthGrades® named Virginia Mason Medical Center as the 2012 recipient of America's 100 Best Specialty Excellence Award for Overall Cardiac and GI Care. This means Virginia Mason ranked among the 100 best hospitals in the nation for these services based on HealthGrades® analysis of Medicare data from 2008 through 2010.

According to HealthGrades 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America report, Virginia Mason Ranked No. 1 in Washington for:

  • Overall Cardiac Services — for the second year in a row
  • Cardiology Services — for the second year in a row
  • GI Services
  • GI Medical Treatment

Other awards received by Virginia Mason include:

  • 2012 HealthGrades Cardiac Care Excellence AwardTM for the second year in a row
  • 2012 HealthGrades Coronary Intervention Excellence AwardTM for the second year in a row, and placing Virginia Mason among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationally
  • 2012 HealthGrades Gastrointestinal Care Excellence AwardTM for the third year in a row, and placing Virginia Mason in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationally for GI services and treatment
  • 2012 HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence AwardTM for the third year in a row and in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationally
  • 2012 HealthGrades Critical Care Excellence AwardTM for the second year in a row and in the top 5 percent of all hospitals

Virginia Mason Medical Center received HealthGrades "5-star" rating for cardiology services, coronary interventional procedures, treatment of heart attack, treatment of heart failure, neurosciences, stroke, overall pulmonary services, treatment of COPD, treatment of pneumonia, GI medical treatment, GI procedures and surgeries, treatment of GI bleed, treatment of bowel obstruction, treatment of pancreatitis, treatment of sepsis, treatment of pulmonary embolism and treatment of respiratory failure.

"Everyone at Virginia Mason is proud of achieving these new benchmarks, which are a significant improvement over last year's outstanding results," said Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Medical Center. "These ratings demonstrate the great work of teams across Virginia Mason and the effectiveness of the Virginia Mason Production System in empowering them to continuously improve the quality and safety of the care we deliver to our patients."

The HealthGrades study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes in nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records. HealthGrades' hospital ratings are the leading objective, actionable quality measures based solely on clinical performance made available to the public.

Top performing hospitals had dramatically lower mortality and complication rates than other hospitals. According to HealthGrades, patients treated at 5-star rated hospitals had a 73 percent lower risk of dying and a 63 percent lower risk of complications compared to 1-star hospitals.

Based on its analysis, HealthGrades says that from 2008 through 2010, as many as 240,000 lives could have been saved and nearly 165,000 complications prevented if all Medicare patients had been treated at 5-star hospitals.

Seattle ranks No. 4 in the nation, behind only Washington D.C., New York City and Kansas City, for the percentage of health care consumers that actively search HealthGrades database for information about doctors and hospitals. All of the comparative quality data of Seattle-area hospitals is available for review online at HealthGrades.com.

About HealthGrades Ratings
HealthGrades is an independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes. HealthGrades online properties are the nation's leading destination for physician search and empower more than 170 million consumers annually to make informed health care decisions.

More information about the HealthGrades 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America report, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit 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 Facebook/VMcares or follow @VirginiaMason on Twitter.
 
For media inquiries, contact:
John Gillespie
Virginia Mason Medical Center
(206) 341-1509 (o)
(206) 402-2822 (m)
john.gillespie@vmmc.org

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