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SEATTLE – (April 7, 2016) – Virginia Mason has received the Institutional Leadership in Quality Award from the American College of Medical Quality (ACMQ).

The annual award, presented April 1 during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., is given to organizations in recognition of outstanding contributions to medical quality management or clinical quality improvement in the areas of scholarship, ideas or promotion of the specialty.

“We are thrilled to have been chosen to receive the Institutional Leadership in Quality Award,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “Since ACMQ and Virginia Mason are both comprised of health care professionals who are passionate about medical quality issues and committed to improving the nation’s health care system, we are in very good company and humbled to be honored by peers from around the country.”

Virginia Mason is the 15th recipient of the award since it was established in 1999. Past honorees include the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Kaiser Health Plans/Kaiser Permanente and the Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth Medical School.

Cathie Furman, RN, MHA, executive faculty member, Virginia Mason Institute, accepted the award on behalf of the Virginia Mason organization and gave a presentation about how it uses world-class management to align strategies and goals.

This is one of numerous recognitions Virginia Mason has received over the years for its care quality and patient safety initiatives. Learn more at

ACMQ is the premier organization for health care professionals, responsible for providing leadership in quality and safety outcomes, who want tools, experience and expertise to improve the quality and safety of patient care.

About Virginia Mason 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 480 physicians; regional medical centers in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; 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, 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 online:

Virginia Mason also includes Yakima-based Memorial Family of Services and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, a 226-bed facility serving the Yakima Valley in Central Washington since 1950. Memorial Family of Services comprises primary care practices and specialty care services, including high quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, hospice care, and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Memorial online:

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

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