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Virginia Mason received the highest overall scores in the Pacific Northwest region in The Leapfrog Group’s 2006 Hospital Quality and Safety Survey. No hospital in the State of Washington has outranked Virginia Mason on this annual survey since The Leapfrog Group began measuring hospital quality and safety.

The Leapfrog Group, launched in 2000, is a coalition of large organizations that buy health care services for their employees who are working to initiate breakthrough improvements in health care safety, quality and affordability. Its quality and safety indicators include:
  • Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) – Requires staff to use computers to order medications, tests and procedures. Virginia Mason Medical Center and Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center are the only two hospitals in the Puget Sound region that have fully implemented CPOE.
  • ICU Staffing – Measures the extent to which a hospital’s ICU is staffed by doctors and other clinicians who have specialized training in critical care.
  • High Risk Treatments – Indicates hospitals with more experience and better results for specific high-risk procedures, including heart bypass surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, pancreatic resection and esophagectomy.
  • Safe Practices Score – Measures 27 safety procedures recommended to reduce preventable medical mistakes.
“As part of our vision of being the Quality Leader in health care, Virginia Mason is committed to publicly reporting our achievements in quality and patient safety,” says Gary S. Kaplan, MD, Chairman and CEO. “Our consistently strong standing in The Leapfrog Group survey is impartial validation of Virginia Mason’s continued status as the quality and safety leader in our region.”

The Leapfrog Group’s growing consortium of Fortune 500 companies and other large private and public health care purchasers provide health benefits to more than 37 million Americans in all 50 states. Members commit to purchasing health care from organizations with a track record of providing care that is safer, more affordable and yields improved outcomes for patients.

For more information, view the survey results for hospitals in the Seattle area. To learn more about Virginia Mason’s quality improvement and patient safety efforts, visit Virginia

Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a not-for-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of nearly 500 physicians with a 336-bed acute care Seattle hospital. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

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