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SEATTLE — (July 22, 2020) — Virginia Mason has been recognized for excellence in percutaneous cardiac intervention (PCI), a non-surgical procedure that treats coronary artery disease by improving blood flow to the heart.

The medical center is designated as a top-performing PCI site in Washington state by the Foundation for Health Care Quality and Cardiac Care Outcomes Assessment Program (COAP).

COAP Performance Recognition is awarded to hospitals that perform at or better than the state average on at least six of eight key quality indicators.

Virginia Mason Heart Institute cardiologists use PCI to open coronary arteries that are narrowed or blocked by the buildup of plaque. PCI may also be used to relieve symptoms of coronary artery disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease. Coronary artery disease occurs when cholesterol deposits accumulate on walls of arteries that supply blood to the heart. As these walls get thicker with plaque deposits, the inside of the arteries become narrower and blood flow is restricted.

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
gale.robinette@VirginiaMason.org

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