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SEATTLE - (Dec. 27, 2013) — Virginia Mason, recognized as one of the safest health systems in the nation, announced today it has received $29,529 in grant funding from the Cardinal Health Foundation for patient safety initiatives in its operating rooms.

It will use the grant to support internal education and communication regarding the World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Checklist.

“Providing patients with the highest quality and safest care is our top priority,” said Michael Mulroy, MD, an anesthesiologist who led the grant application process for Virginia Mason. “The Safe Surgery Checklist is an important resource that helps ensure the best outcomes for individuals who entrust us with their care. It helps us not to miss a step, but more importantly builds teamwork because everyone in the room participates.”

In October, Virginia Mason was recognized as one of the safest hospitals in the U.S. by The Leapfrog Group, which gave it an “A” for patient safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score program grades hospitals across the nation based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

Since its inception in 2008, the Cardinal Health Foundation’s E3 Grant Program has awarded more than 200 grants, totaling $6.15 million, to health care institutions across the U.S. to advance the effectiveness, efficiency and excellence of health care. The program has generated millions of dollars in cost savings, with the most recent grantees focused on reducing medication errors reporting savings of more than $11 million.

“We are encouraged by the impressive outcomes that previous grant recipients have made from the use of our E3 grants,” said Dianne Radigan, vice president of community relations at Cardinal Health. “There have been major strides in medication and OR safety leading to lower readmission rates, significant cost savings and, most importantly, better patient outcomes. We congratulate Virginia Mason and their work to achieve similar meaningful, long-term improvements.”

About the Cardinal Health Foundation
Cardinal Health Foundation supports local, national and international programs that improve health care quality and build healthy communities. The Cardinal Health Foundation also offers grants to encourage employee service to the community and works through international agencies to donate much-needed medical supplies and funding to those who need them in times of disaster.

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.

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

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