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Gary S. Kaplan, MD

SEATTLE – (Aug. 8, 2017) – Virginia Mason is again recognized as one of the top hospitals in Seattle and Washington state by U.S. News & World Report, which released its annual Best Hospitals list today.

The medical center achieved high-performing status in gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; aortic valve surgery; heart bypass surgery; colon cancer surgery; lung cancer surgery; hip replacement; and knee replacement. Virginia Mason is rated excellent for patient experience in aortic valve and heart bypass surgery; and in hip and knee replacement.

This is the eighth consecutive year Virginia Mason has been in the Best Hospitals spotlight.

“This recognition by U.S. News is the result of the commitment to quality and safety that distinguishes physicians, nurses and other caregivers across our organization,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “Their collaborative pursuit of excellence is making a difference in the lives of our patients.”

For the 2017-18 Best Hospitals program, U.S. News used data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other sources to evaluate and rank nearly 5,000 hospitals on how well they perform across multiple categories, including patient satisfaction, preventing prolonged hospitalizations and reducing hospital readmissions. U.S. News experts analyzed more than 2,600 metrics for 25 data-driven specialties, procedures and conditions.

U.S. News began publishing its hospital rankings in 1990 to identify medical centers in various specialties best suited to patients whose illnesses pose unusual challenges because of underlying conditions, procedure difficulty, advanced age or other medical issues that add risk. Hospitals do not pay to be evaluated for, nor included in, the rankings.

Earlier this year, Virginia Mason was named one of the 50 best hospitals in the United States by Healthgrades, an independent company that uses Medicare data to evaluate hospitals’ performance in multiple categories.

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; regional medical centers in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; 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, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others from around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management methodology for continually improving quality, safety and efficiency. Virginia Mason online:

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Yakima-based Memorial Family of Services and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, a 226-bed facility serving the Yakima Valley in Central Washington since 1950. Memorial Family of Services comprises primary care practices and specialty care services, including high quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, hospice care, and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Memorial online:

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

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