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Team celebrating LifeCenter Northwest award
From left: Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD, and Shirley Sherman, RN, director, Critical Care Services, lead the team’s celebration of the LifeCenter Northwest awards.

SEATTLE – (April 25, 2018) — Virginia Mason has received the 2017 Donation Excellence Award from LifeCenter Northwest, the regional organ procurement organization.

The Donation Excellence Award is presented to one hospital in LifeCenter Northwest’s four-state service area that has demonstrated impressive organ donation outcomes, strong and effective processes, and unwavering dedication to improving the lives of donor families and transplant recipients.

In addition, Virginia Mason is one of 15 hospitals in LifeCenter Northwest’s service area to receive the Organ Donation Achievement Award. This award is presented to hospitals with a 75 percent donation rate achieved through timely referral calls, collaboration on potential donation cases with LifeCenter Northwest, and maintaining donation opportunities.

In addition to its organ donation program, the medical center provides kidney and pancreas transplantation services at the Virginia Mason Transplant Center.

LifeCenter Northwest is the federally designated organ procurement organization serving Alaska, Montana, Northern Idaho and Washington state, which comprise the largest geographic donation service area in United States. For more information, or to register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit LifeCenter Northwest.

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

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