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SEATTLE — (Oct. 10, 2019) — Virginia Mason is one of 22 health care organizations in the United States — and the only one in Washington state — to be recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) for their efforts to improve physician satisfaction and reduce burnout.

Virginia Mason is a recipient of the AMA’s inaugural Joy in Medicine Recognition.

“It is a great honor to recognize the outstanding achievements of the organizations selected for the ‘Joy in Medicine Recognition,’ ” said AMA Board Chair Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH. “These organizations are true leaders in promoting physician well-being and continue to make a difference in the lives of our nation’s health care workforce.”

Organizations’ achievements to reduce physician burnout were evaluated by the AMA against criteria demonstrating competencies in commitment, assessment, leadership, teamwork and support.

Foundational to Virginia Mason’s success is its innovative management method, the Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS), which empowers physicians and other team members to initiate, and participate in, continuous improvement efforts (i.e., workshops) designed to further improve quality, safety, operational efficiency and the workplace. The National Academy of Medicine featured Virginia Mason Kirkland Medical Center in a case study earlier this year about how VMPS principles support clinician well-being at that outpatient facility.

“We value respect, teamwork, innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration,” said Virginia Mason Chief Medical Officer Michael Glenn, MD. “Our experience is that this type of organizational culture inspires our team members, promotes camaraderie and professional development, and makes Virginia Mason a destination employer for physicians.”

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; Virginia Mason Foundation; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management method for improving quality and safety.

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation.

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

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