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SEATTLE, Wash. - (Oct. 19, 2007) - Virginia Mason Medical Center’s Neuroscience Institute  is among the nation's top neuroscience programs and designated as a Neuroscience Center of Excellence (COE), according to the 2006-2007 Neuroscience Center of Excellence Survey, sponsored by NeuStrategy, Inc., Chicago, Ill.

The 2006-2007 survey, the only one of its kind in the neurosciences, analyzed 150 neuroscience programs across 41 states. A hospital's overall performance is determined by measuring program progress in four key areas: clinical and research programs, staff, facilities and technology, and business.

The 2006-2007 results mark the third release for the Neuroscience COE Survey. The assessment evaluated 150 hospital-based programs, and only 42 percent of those received sufficient scores to be recognized as a 2006-2007 Neuroscience Center of Excellence.

“At Virginia Mason, we’ve long recognized our Neuroscience Institute as a center of excellence that meets strict standards of care with leading programs and providers,” said Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Medical Center. “It’s a pleasure to have a third-party industry surveyor confirm that our program is among the most innovative in the country.”

Michael Elliott, MD, medical director of Virginia Mason’s Neuroscience Institute, said, “The survey findings underscore the importance of our Neuroscience Institute’s multi-specialty approach to care. We’re pleased to be recognized.”

“In addition to offering the most comprehensive range of neurological specialists, Virginia Mason is committed to having the most advanced neuro-imaging technology available,” added Jim Sapienza, administrative director for imaging services and the Neuroscience Institute at Virginia Mason.

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care hospital in Seattle. 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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