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Distinction puts Virginia Mason in Top 5 Percent of Hospitals Nationwide

SEATTLE – (Jan. 15, 2013) — Virginia Mason Medical Center announced today it is a recipient of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for the third year in a row from Healthgrades, a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This prestigious distinction places the hospital among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for clinical performance.

“Our physicians and staff are committed to providing the highest quality care to our patients every day,” said Gary S. Kaplan, MD, Virginia Mason chairman and CEO. “This recognition directly reflects our team’s focus on our patients.”

Virginia Mason is the only recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in the Seattle area, and it is one of only 262 recipients nationwide. While many hospitals have specific areas of expertise and high-quality outcomes in certain areas, these hospitals exhibit comprehensive high-quality care across multiple clinical specialties. From 2009 through 2011, the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence as a group had an overall 30.9 percent lower risk adjusted mortality rate, as compared to those hospitals that did not achieve the award (across 18 common inpatient conditions and procedures).

“Today, consumers have unprecedented access to information on hospital performance as it relates to specific conditions and procedures so that they can make more informed decisions about who to see and where to go for care,” said Evan Marks, EVP Informatics and Strategy. “The Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence enables hospitals to communicate their commitment to providing outstanding patient care and to show their continued efforts to improve clinical outcomes.”

For more information about Healthgrades, to download a full copy of the report or to get information about hospital and physician quality, visit: today.

Healthgrades Hospital Quality Distinctions
Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for more than 4,500 hospitals across the nation in 28 procedures and conditions annually. provides information on objective measures of hospital performance, which allows consumers to compare their local hospitals at Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for nearly every hospital in the nation; no hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being evaluated, and no hospital pays to be evaluated. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account differing levels of severity of patient illness at different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared equally.

About Healthgrades
Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, is a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 200 million consumers use the Healthgrades websites to select and communicate with physicians and hospitals that best meet their treatment needs. Consumers are empowered through use of the Healthgrades proprietary information about clinical outcomes, satisfaction, safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action. For more information please visit and

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs more than 5,300 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 450 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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