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SEATTLE, Wash. – (Sept. 18, 2007) – Virginia Mason Medical Center was one of 41 hospitals in the nation and the only hospital in Washington state named a 2007 Leapfrog Top Hospital. The designation is based on results from the Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey, a rating system that provides an up-to-the-minute assessment of a hospital’s quality and safety. Virginia Mason was selected from more than 1,285 hospitals that participated in the survey nationwide.

Leapfrog's assessment is based on four hospital quality and safety practices that include:

  • Computer physician order entry;
  • Evidence-based hospital referral;
  • Intensive care unit (ICU) staffing by physicians experienced in critical care medicine; and,
  • The Leapfrog Safe Practices Score comprised of 27 National Quality Forum Safe Practices.

“At Virginia Mason, it is our vision to be the Quality Leader in health care,” said Cathie Furman, RN, senior vice president for quality and compliance at Virginia Mason. “The Leapfrog Top Hospitals national designation validates the hard work of our employees to make patient safety and quality the primary focus of everything we do.”

How Virginia Mason Scored
The Leapfrog survey results from 1,285 hospitals reveal significant findings about the state of health care quality and safety in the nation's hospitals, including:

  • Only 10 percent of hospitals, including Virginia Mason, have fully implemented computerized physician order entry.
  • Only 29 percent of hospitals, including Virginia Mason, enlist intensive care specialists to manage patients in the intensive care unit (ICU).
  • Only 25 percent of hospitals, including Virginia Mason, fully meet the standard for the Leapfrog Safe Practices Score, which includes implementing procedures to avoid wrong-site surgeries, addressing adequate hand washing for employees, and requiring a pharmacist to review all medication orders before medication is given to patients.

Additionally, Virginia Mason excelled in Leapfrog’s high-risk treatment areas by being among 5 percent of hospitals nationwide that meet the standards for esophageal cancer surgery.

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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