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SEATTLE – (July 17, 2012) — For the third consecutive year, Virginia Mason Medical Center (VM) has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top hospitals in Washington state and the Puget Sound.

Additionally, 10 Virginia Mason specialty areas are listed for high performance in the U.S. News Best Hospitals metro-area rankings for the 51 largest metro areas. They are: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; gastroenterology; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology and urology. The rankings recognize hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties.

The metro-area rankings are relevant to a wide range of health care consumers. They are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital. To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties.

U.S. News created Best Hospitals more than 20 years ago to identify those exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases, such as brain tumors typically considered inoperable and delicate pancreatic procedures.

“We are so proud to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report,” says Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason. “The ability to access this report empowers patients, giving them the information required to select the best hospital to meet their complex needs."
About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs more than 5,300 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital, a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 450 physicians, satellite locations 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 and improve quality and patient safety.

Awards and distinctions include Top Hospital of the Decade by The Leapfrog Group, 2012 Top Hospital (for the sixth consecutive year) and grade “A” patient safety rating by The Leapfrog Group, 2012 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety Excellence Award from HealthGrades®, and 2012 America’s 100 Best Specialty Excellence Award for Overall Cardiac and Gastrointestinal Care from HealthGrades.  

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