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SEATTLE - (April 12, 2010) — Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Medical Center, is ranked Photo: Gary Kaplan, MD, Chairman and CEO16th in Modern Physician's sixth annual list of the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives.

Created to recognize physician leaders who are thoughtful, visionary and focused on improving quality and patient safety, the list is produced by asking readers of Modern Physician to vote on who they view as the most powerful physician executives.

Included on the list are hospital CEOs, physicians who are in government organizations, medical school leaders, those representing consumer and professional organizations, and leaders of HMOs. Kaplan has been recognized on this list five times and was also 16th in 2009.

"Under Dr. Kaplan's leadership, Virginia Mason has become an international leader in health care innovation, quality, service and patient safety," said Carolyn Corvi, chair of the Virginia Mason Health System/Virginia Mason Medical Center Boards of Directors. "The physicians, nurses and staff at Virginia Mason share this honor with Dr. Kaplan for their ongoing commitment to achieving our vision to be the Quality Leader and transform health care."

Kaplan has served as chairman and CEO of the Virginia Mason Health System since 2000. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan and is board-certified in internal medicine.

Since Kaplan became chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason has received significant national and international recognition, including HealthGrades' "Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence" for three consecutive years. Recently, for the fourth consecutive year, Virginia Mason was one of 37 hospitals and eight children's hospitals named 2009 Top Hospitals in the nation by The Leapfrog Group. Virginia Mason was the only hospital in the Pacific Northwest to be listed.

Virginia Mason is also a national leader in applying manufacturing principles to health care — reducing costs while improving quality, safety and efficiency.

In addition to his patient care duties and position as CEO, Kaplan is a clinical professor at the University of Washington and has been recognized for his service and contributions to many regional and national boards, including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Medical Group Management Association, the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Healthcare Forum. Kaplan is a founding member of Health CEOs for Heath Reform.

In 2007, Kaplan was designated a fellow in the American College of Physician Executives.

Last year, Kaplan received the John M. Eisenberg Award from the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission for Individual Achievement at the national level for his outstanding work and commitment to patient safety and quality. Additionally, he was recognized by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) as the recipient of the Harry J. Harwick Lifetime Achievement Award. Each year, the MGMA and the American College of Medical Practice Executives honor one individual who has made outstanding nationally recognized contributions to health care administration, delivery and education in his career, advancing the field of medical practice management.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit 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; manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and Chronic Care Management program for people living with HIV and AIDS; and operates 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.

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