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SEATTLE – (May 20, 2015) – Virginia Mason is rated “high performing” for hip and knee replacement in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings released today.

U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide on common inpatient procedures and conditions and ranked the facilities as high performers, average or below average. Only 10 percent of the hospitals are rated as high performers. The ratings are available on the U.S. News website

“This recognition by U.S. News is yet another affirmation to our teams that we are focused on the right work and truly making a difference for our patients,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD.

The Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings rely on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data for patients 65 and older, as well as survey data from the American Hospital Association and clinical registry data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

“The choice of hospital is one of the most important and costly decisions an individual makes,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis for U.S. News. “We evaluated the treatment of more than 3.6 million patients and identified a small percentage of hospitals that have superior outcomes compared with their peer institutions. Whenever possible, patients, in consultation with their doctors, should seek out high performing hospitals that excel in treating their specific condition.”

In July 2014, U.S. News ranked Virginia Mason as one of the best hospitals in the state for the fifth consecutive year when it also designated it as a national high performer in cancer care, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, nephrology, orthopedics and urology.

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 about 6,000 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; regional medical centers 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, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety.

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

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