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U.S. News Best HopitalsSEATTLE – (July 16, 2013) — Virginia Mason Medical Center is ranked as one of the best hospitals in Seattle and Washington state for the fourth consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report. Also, Virginia Mason received special recognition for high performance in its cancer, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, orthopedic and urology programs.

The U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings for 2013-14, announced today, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

“This recognition is another testament to our unwavering focus on providing safe, appropriate and high-quality care,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “This really speaks to the dedication and commitment of our entire team as we strive to provide the perfect patient experience.”

Kirkland-based EvergreenHealth, with which Virginia Mason has had a strategic partnership since February 2012, is also ranked among the best hospitals in the Seattle area by U.S. News. Through their partnership, Virginia Mason and EvergreenHealth collaborate to provide high quality, cost-effective care.

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties. This is the 24th year of the Best Hospitals program.

The U.S. News program is one of several services in which Virginia Mason is ranked among the best hospitals in the region and the nation for quality and safety.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs more than 5,300 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 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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