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SEATTLE – (Feb. 5, 2014) — Virginia Mason has received the 2014 Women’s Choice Award, designating it as one of the nation’s best hospitals for heart care. The award recognizes Virginia Mason for creating a superior patient experience for women and their families.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. During February, Virginia Mason is participating in American Heart Month events to increase community awareness of heart disease and ways to prevent it.

Virginia Mason also provides a free, online heart attack risk assessment year-round to help women and men better understand their risks. The assessment offers personalized messages they need to improve their health and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Additionally, Virginia Mason supports "Go Red for Women Day" on Friday, Feb. 7. This national event promotes the American Heart Association's campaign to wear red as a reminder to women to learn their risk factors and adopt a healthy lifestyle to reduce their risks. One of every three deaths among U.S. women every year is attributed to cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, making it the No. 1 killer of females. However, only one in five American women believes heart disease is the greatest threat to her health, studies show.

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 and improve quality and patient safety.

To learn more about Virginia Mason, please visit Facebook.com/VMcares or follow @VirginiaMason on Twitter. To learn how Virginia Mason is transforming health care and to join the conversation, visit our blog at VirginiaMasonBlog.org.

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

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