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 Gary S. Kaplan, MD
Gary S. Kaplan, MD
Chairman and CEO

SEATTLE — (April 30, 2020) — SEATTLE — Virginia Mason today received an ‘A’ for the 17th consecutive time in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade program for its success in preventing medical errors and other harms.

The Leapfrog Group — an independent, national watchdog organization focused on health care quality and safety — uses 28 measures of publicly available safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 acute-care hospitals based on their performance in protecting patients.

Virginia Mason is one of only 32 hospitals in the United States — and the only one in Washington state — to have earned an ‘A’ in every grading cycle since Leapfrog launched the program in 2012. The safety grades are issued in the spring and fall.

“This continuing recognition by Leapfrog affirms that our team’s steadfast focus on quality and safety is making a difference in the lives of our patients,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD.

The spring 2020 Safety Grade uses 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey results and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) data from 2018 and 2019.

“To be counted again among the safest hospitals in the United States is especially good news for our team during this unprecedented time of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr. Kaplan said.

“As the world copes with this challenging virus, our gratitude extends to hospital leadership and health care workers everywhere for their tremendous dedication,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based Leapfrog Group. “We hope this ‘A’ helps to thank the people who work and volunteer for Virginia Mason. They are role models in putting patients first, and their service has been extraordinary in our country’s time of need.”

Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is commemorating its 100th anniversary in 2020.

About Virginia Mason Health System
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; outpatient medical facilities and services in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; Virginia Mason Foundation; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management method for improving quality and safety.

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation.

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


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