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SEATTLE – (July 15, 2014) — Virginia Mason is ranked as one of the best hospitals in Washington state for the fifth consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report, which has also designated it as a national high performer for cancer care; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; nephrology; orthopedics; and urology.

The Best Hospitals rating for 2014-15, announced today, recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients with the most serious or complex medical conditions.

“Our commitment to ensuring our patients receive safe, appropriate, high-quality care is often recognized by outside organizations that evaluate our industry,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “We are proud of this recognition by U.S. News. It’s another affirmation to our teams that we are focused on the right work and truly making a difference for our patients.”

U.S. News & World Report launched its Best Hospitals program in 1990 and help guide individuals who face a difficult surgery, a challenging medical condition or added risk because of other health problems or age. Learn more about the 2014-15 Best Hospitals program.

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 6,000 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; regional medical centers 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.

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Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Virginia Mason Media Relations
(206) 341-1509

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