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Chairman and CEO ranked 33rd by Modern Healthcare

SEATTLE - (Aug. 24, 2011) — Virginia Mason Medical Center Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD, is ranked No. 33 on Modern Healthcare's 2011 list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. Modern Healthcare is the most widely read publication among health care leaders.

This is the third time Dr. Kaplan has been named to the list — he was No. 66 in 2007 and No. 41 in 2008, when it was called "the Most Powerful People in Healthcare." In compiling the list, Modern Healthcare received more than 400,000 names. From a list of 300 candidates, the final 100 were voted on by the magazine's readers. The results were published on Aug. 22.

The list includes such notable people as President Barack Obama, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Don Berwick, MD, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

Under Dr. Kaplan's leadership, Virginia Mason has become an international leader in health care innovation, quality, service and patient safety by making the decision 10 years ago to adopt the essential principles of the Toyota Production System to eliminate waste, improve quality and lower costs. The Virginia Mason Production System has vaulted the health system to among the top 1 percent of hospitals for efficiency and led to Virginia Mason Medical Center being named one of two "Hospitals of the Decade" by the Leapfrog Group.

Each year, hundreds of clinical and administrative leaders from all over the United States and the world travel to Virginia Mason to study the Virginia Mason Production System at the Virginia Mason Institute.

"I am happy to accept this honor on behalf of every physician and employee at Virginia Mason," said Dr. Kaplan. "It is a reflection of how their dedication to our patients to improve quality and lower costs by removing waste is transforming health care in Seattle, across our nation and around the world."

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit comprehensive regional health care system in Seattle that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 440 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Virginia Mason operates a network of clinics throughout the Puget Sound area, and Bailey-Boushay House, a skilled-nursing facility and chronic care management program for people with HIV/AIDS. The medical center is affiliated with Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, internationally recognized in autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason is known for applying manufacturing principles to health care to improve quality and patient safety. For more information, visit Facebook.com/VMcares or follow @VirginiaMason on Twitter.

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