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Certified Comprehensive Stroke award

SEATTLE – (Nov. 22, 2017) – Virginia Mason announced today it has received the highest level of certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center available from DNV GL Healthcare, an international quality assurance and certification organization.

DNV GL Healthcare certifies stroke programs based on its evaluation of how well medical centers apply clinical best practices through the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and whether they have clear metrics to reliably measure outcomes.

The certification of Virginia Mason’s stoke program is effective for three years, through Oct. 25, 2020.

“This achievement reflects our commitment to providing our patients with the best care that aligns with the highest national standards for quality and clinical outcomes,” said Joyce Lammert, MD, Executive Medical Director, Virginia Mason.

“Very few hospitals in the Northwest are equipped to handle every type of stroke, in every situation, every second of the day,” Dr. Lammert added. “But Virginia Mason is. This is vitally important because when it comes to stroke, every second really does count. Outcomes from our stroke emergency care are among the best in the nation.”

Comprehensive stroke services at Virginia Mason span emergency care, inpatient care, outpatient rehabilitation and education designed to reduce the patient’s risk for another stroke. The expert team at the Virginia Mason Stroke Center include interventional radiologists, endovascular surgeons, neuro-interventional radiologists, neuro-hospitalists, intensive care physicians, emergency department physicians, critical care nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists.

The DNV GL Healthcare Comprehensive Stroke Certification is based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association.

Virginia Mason has long been certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, a national accreditation organization, and is a member of the National Stroke Center Network.

Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States and a leading cause of death. An estimated 795,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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; 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 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 the 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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