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Only hospital in Washington state, and one of just 49 nationally, to be awarded an ‘A’ in every grading cycle since 2012

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

SEATTLE – (April 24, 2018) — Virginia Mason has again earned an “A” in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, maintaining the distinction as the only hospital in Washington state to receive an “A” in every grading cycle since the program began in 2012.

Virginia Mason is also among just 49 hospitals across the nation to have received straight “A’s” in the Leapfrog program. The grades are issued in the spring and fall every year.

“This recognition by The Leapfrog Group affirms that our focus on quality and safety is making a difference for the patients we serve,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD.

An example of Virginia Mason’s focus on safety is its innovative Patient Safety Alert system, which empowers all employees to immediately submit alerts when they see anything that poses a hazard or could become a safety concern.

“Only a very select group of hospitals nationally continue to earn an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade year after year,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO, The Leapfrog Group. “It shows an unbroken commitment to protecting patients from preventable errors and accidents that harm, and even kill, too many people in our country every day.”

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. It assigns grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog program uses 27 measures of publicly available safety data to grade hospitals.

Learn more about the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade at www.HospitalSafetyGrade.org.

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; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others from around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management methodology for continually improving quality, safety and efficiency.

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950.

Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Media Relations Manager
Virginia Mason Health System
(206) 341-1509
gale.robinette@VirginiaMason.org

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